Introduction to Photovoltaics
n this course, students are provided a review of the photovoltaic (PV) related concepts, and knowledge they need to succeed on the NABCEP Associate-level exam. This is an eight-week course of intensive study, where Emphasis is placed on the review of all ten learning objectives, and the eight major task areas of the exam. Upon completion of the course, the student is expected to be able to analyze photovoltaic market and application trends; develop a practice of safe work environment as it relates to the installation and maintenance of photovoltaic systems according to OSHA standards; apply electrical concepts to the operation and maintenance of photovoltaic systems and related equipment; understand solar energy fundamentals and their application to PV design; understand photovoltaic module specifications and their application in PV electrical design; know system component definitions and component purposes; use system sizing principles-appropriately size a specific system given specifications; apply system electrical design principals-put it all together electrically; understand the principles of system mechanical design-roofs, loading, mechanically secured systems; perform performance analysis-find potential problems with the design; maintenance-what to do when, and troubleshooting-where to start, what to look for. Students will also complete practice questions for each learning objective, and a practice NABCEP PV Associate-Level final exam.
Read the Associate Handbook for further credentialing information.
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Course Format Options: In-Person
Qualifies for Associate Exam: Yes