Solar Energy Training Courses

Welcome to Everblue - the leading resource for professionals looking for solar energy training courses and certification. We will introduce you to important solar energy terms and the requirements for becoming a certified solar panel installer.

Our accredited training, experienced faculty, and top-of-the-line equipment will prepare you for a successful career in renewable energy.

Choose from the course options below to learn more!

PV101 Solar Fundamentals
PV201 Solar Installation
PV202 Solar Design
PV301 Solar Sales
NABCEP Certification Programs

Keep scrolling for a brief overview of each course.

 

PV101 Solar Fundamentals

solar panels

**Start Here!**   18 Hours | Online | $599

This entry-level solar training course introduces key terms, system components, safety & electricity basics, system sizing principles, performance & output metrics, maintenance, and troubleshooting strategies.

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PV201 Solar Installation

solar installation training

40 Hours | Online or Blended | $1599

This course is designed to teach individuals how to install solar panels and the balance of components, including inverters, charge controllers, and battery banks for grid-tied and off-grid systems.

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PV202 Solar Design

solar design

34 Hours | Online | $999

This training takes a deeper dive into the factors that influence solar system design, such as the project site, energy savings goal, and project budget.

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PV301 Solar Sales

solar inspection

16 Hours | Online | $499

This specialized program focuses on sales-related skill sets in the solar industry, such as understanding client needs, providing customized solutions, capitalizing on state incentive programs, and recognizing opportunities for solar growth.

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Earn a Solar Certification

The most respected solar certification program comes from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, or simply NABCEP for short.

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NABCEP currently offers 9 total certifications and 2 entry-level "Associate" credentials. Each designation is expertly crafted and designed to align with a career skill set, such as the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification, which demonstrates proficiency in solar panel installation.

Our NABCEP-approved, IREC-accredited curriculum prepares individuals from all backgrounds for NABCEP Certification.

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Have Questions? Leave a Comment Below!

NABCEP Certification

Submitted by Anonymous
Posted on Sun, 2019-07-28 01:10.

Hello there : I am interested in getting NABCEP certification. I am not an installer or contractor. I own few data centers and building MW scale solar projects. I taught physics/electricity long time ago for MCAT and familiar with electricity concepts and currently use PV syst from time to time. I would like to get some kind of NABCEP certificate to get formal training. Is there any such thing for non-contractors?

re: NABCEP Certification

Submitted by Lesley@Everblue3
Posted on Mon, 2019-07-29 12:17.

Hi, thanks for your question. The NABCEP certifications largely align with a solar job role, such as installation, design, or sales. However, there is an entry-level designation called NABCEP PV Associate, which is meant for those who are serious about working in the solar industry and demonstrating knowledge of solar energy at a high level. You can learn more about what this credential represents by reading the NABCEP PV Associate Job Task Analysis or the NABCEP PV Associate Handbook. There are two different pathways for qualifying for the NABCEP PV Associate exam: (1) is to show 6 months of documented work experience in the areas covered in the NABCEP PVA Job Task Analysis. (2) is to take an approved training course, such as Everblue’s PV101 Solar Fundamentals. If you're interested in earning the NABCEP PV Associate credential, we'd love for you to participate in our PV101 course! Should you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to call us at (877) 754-9041. Thanks! -Lesley@Everblue

THE ABILITY TO BECOME A LICENSED SOLAR COMPANY

Submitted by Anonymous
Posted on Wed, 2019-07-24 15:48.

I LIVE IN WEST TEXAS , OWN AN ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR COMPAMY. WOULD VERY MUCH LIKE TO BECOME A SOLAR CONTRACTOR. NOTICED IN THE Q AND A, THAT YOU MIGHT NEED FOUR YEARS OF EXPERIENCE WITCH WOULD INCLUDE INSTALLATION AND EDUCATION. CAN YOU ELABORATE ON THIS A LITTLE MORE. ONLY WAY TO RECIEVE INSTALLATION EXPERIENCE IS TO APPLY FOR AN ENTRY-LEVEL POSITION ???? THANK YOU SCOTT RUNGE

re: THE ABILITY TO BECOME A LICENSED SOLAR COMPANY

Submitted by Lesley@Everblue3
Posted on Thu, 2019-07-25 08:56.

Hi Scott, thanks for your question. First, let’s be clear: licensure and certification are different. Licensure involves passing a state-mandated exam; however, because solar is still new and growing, not all states require licensure. You’ll want to first see if the state of Texas requires licensure or not. Then we start talking about certification, which is a voluntary extra step that contractors take to prove their knowledge and credibility. This is where Everblue’s solar training courses come into play.

Candidates can take our solar courses simply to gain knowledge, but they can also use our courses to qualify for certification from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).

Now, there are different levels of certification. The first step is called NABCEP PV Associate, and all you have to do to qualify for the exam is take our PV101 Solar Fundamentals course. The more advanced certification is called NABCEP PV Installation Professional, and I think that might be what you were referring to.

To qualify for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional exam, you need to complete 58 hours of training (which we offer) and show documented proof of work experience on real solar installation projects (which we don’t offer). To get that work experience, we recommend that candidates volunteer with GRID Alternatives, Habitat for Humanity, a local solar installation company, or solar installation work at your own company.

So the answer to your question depends on (a) if you need to sit for a Texas solar license exam and (b) if you want to earn certification. If you want to earn certification, I would recommend that you read the NABCEP Certification Handbook, which goes into extraordinary detail on what’s required to sit for the exam.

If you have any other questions about how Everblue’s solar courses can help you achieve your goals, please give us a call at (877) 715-7418. Thank you!

Hello, I have read all your

Submitted by Anonymous
Posted on Mon, 2019-01-28 17:07.

Hello, I have read all your Q&A. I still am unsure of 1 thing mainly. I live on west coast of Florida. Your classes are just prep to prepare to take the Solar contractor license? How do I get to become a licensed Solar company? Will your classes only prep me for that? After completion of you classes what exactly does that give me? Hopefully I am being specific enough to get the answers I am looking for? Thanks so much!! Bobby

re: Hello, I have read all your

Submitted by Lesley@Everblue3
Posted on Tue, 2019-01-29 11:57.

Hi Bobby, thanks for your question. Our courses are aligned with the internationally-recognized solar workforce standards created by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners. NABCEP, for short, offers a series of voluntary solar certifications that allow individuals to show their understanding and proficiency with solar job skills and accepted best practices. When you complete our solar training, you will be able to perform the essential duties of a solar installation contractor.

Please note that there is a difference between licensing and certification. Generally, licensing is mandated by the state (and qualifications/requirements vary state to state). Certification, on the other hand, is voluntary and offers you the opportunity to stand out from competitors by achieving a marketable designation.

Florida indeed has requirements to get licensed in solar. You will need 4 years of experience, which may include both installation and education, and at least 1 year of experience in a supervisory role to qualify for the solar contractor license. You will need to pass a solar trade exam as well as a business/financial management exam. For more information, you will want to contact the Florida Legislature and the Construction Industry Licensing Board.

As you can imagine, you will need to complete basic solar training in order to get started in this industry. Since a prerequisite to earning the Florida solar contractor license includes 4 years of experience, you will need to first get trained in solar to qualify for entry-level jobs. This is where Everblue comes in. We will teach you the fundamentals solar skills so you can first get a job and earn experience. Then later, you will work toward the state licensing exam. If you have any other questions about our training, please give us a call at 877-959-3806. Thanks! Lesley@Everblue

So do you offer the courses

Submitted by Anonymous
Posted on Sun, 2019-04-14 16:53.

So do you offer the courses required by the State of Florida to become a licensed solar installer or no? Your answers are very vague... A simple yes or no would be best.

re: So do you offer the courses

Submitted by Lesley@Everblue3
Posted on Mon, 2019-04-15 10:03.

Our solar courses were not designed to be Florida Solar License preparation classes. Our courses cover fundamental solar energy principles that will be helpful for your licensure preparation, but they were not specifically designed for that goal. If you have any other questions about solar certification vs. licensure, please give us a call at 877-959-3806.

Solar Energy Training

Submitted by Anonymous
Posted on Sat, 2018-06-30 05:31.

I work in the Egyptian Academy of Aeronautics as a large professional. I have applied for a training grant in the United States of America in the field of solar energy and for the implementation of this grant as a prerequisite for approved training place in the United States of America Is it possible to have training in you. And the funding will be through the grant. The duration of the training is four months. For two people Is it possible to get your training? Sincerely

re: Solar Energy Training

Submitted by Lesley@Everblue3
Posted on Mon, 2018-07-02 13:13.

Hi Sohair,

I just saw your other message regarding your training grant; we are happy for you and your colleague to attend our training, however the total duration of the training is approximately 84 hours (with the live portion of the training being two 8-hour days, not 4 months). Would you still be open to attending? If so, we would just need the full name and email address for each student and I can go ahead and create your registrations and send you an invoice to submit for the grant funding. Do you know if the grant funding would pay for the training in advance? Let me know when you can!

How do I go about taking the Training

Submitted by Anonymous

I am a student working on my BBA in Project Management and would be completing in Associate Dregree in Business Adminstration in March 2012. I would like to know how much would the contractor's course cost and at what college it would held, when, and is there financing avaliable, since I am currently a student. Thanks Bhagat Mohabir

How do I go about taking the Training

Submitted by teal_brown

Hello Bhagat and thank you for question. Everblue's NABCEP PV Installation Professional program will be a great training package for you as it allows for some flexibility with scheduling. You can take the training completely online at your own pace or in a blended format (where the majority of the training is online, only the solar PV installation training is in-person and hands-on in a location near you).

Thanks,

Teal B.

Solar Expansion in India

Submitted by Anonymous

I live in NJ work in NYC. I would like to start a solar business in India and do it on residential level. I am moving to India to a plan to start. Please let me know if we can discuss on this idea or any help you can render on this. Thanks Balbir

Training in Tennesse

Submitted by Anonymous

Are there classes offer in Knoxville, TN?

Training in Tennesse

Submitted by Bana@Everblue

Hello and thank you for your question.

As of this posting we do not offer solar training in Tennesse, so I would suggest all online, anytime format of the training. Also if you have a group of students interested in training, we can offer in-house training at your location.

Thank you,
Bana

Solar Training in NYC

Submitted by Anonymous

I WANT TO OPEN A BUSINESS IN OVERSEASE ON SOLAR SYSTEM DESIGN, INSTALLATION AND TROUBLESHOOTING. DO YOU HAVE ANY TRAINING LOCATION IN NEW YORK CITY

Solar Training in NYC

Submitted by Bana@Everblue

Hello and thank you for your question.

As of this posting, we do not having solar training in NYC. Our closest location to you will probably be Ithaca, NY. We also offer this training completely online so you can access it from the convenience of your home computer! If you'd rather attend in-person training, please check back on our site for additional course locations that may be added.

Thank you,
Bana

Ithaca,NY training facility

Submitted by Anonymous
Posted on Tue, 2019-07-02 00:04.

You mentioned a training facility in Ithaca, NY region. Any details in regards to this? Thanks, Bill

re: Ithaca,NY training facility

Submitted by Lesley@Everblue3
Posted on Wed, 2019-07-03 10:47.

Hi Bill, thanks for your question. Unfortunately, our 2019 training schedule does not include Ithaca as a location. The majority of our solar training is available online (self-paced), so it can be accessed from anywhere in the world. If you’d rather attend some hands-on solar panel installation training, we do have a schedule available for our PV201 Solar Installation course: https://www.everbluetraining.com/solar-pv-installation-training. In the Northeast, our most popular location is Boston, MA. If you have a group of 6-10 individuals, we can certainly host a training session in your region – Ithaca or elsewhere. You may also call us directly at (877) 741-6459 to discuss additional training options. Thanks!

Courses in MD/DC Area

Submitted by Anonymous

I am interested in Solar business to own my own company overseas and would like to be trained on system design, installation and troubleshooting. Do you offer classes in Maryland or DC? Is this class good for someone who wants to enter the solar business?

Courses in MD/DC Area

Submitted by Bana@Everblue

Hello and thank you for your question.

At the time of this posting, we do not offer an in-person training session in DC/Baltimore. However, we have an amazing online program that you begin accessing today! Our solar training courses are designed to teach newcomers and solar professionals alike. We're confident that we'll be able to help you navigate the solar workforce. We have also emailed you more detailed information on our training.

Thank you,

Bana

Course in Redding, CA

Submitted by Anonymous

Hello, Do you offer anything in Redding, Ca?

Course in Redding, CA

Submitted by Bana@Everblue

Hello and thank you for your question.

We do offer our solar training courses in a live, in-person format as well as an online anytime format. To view our live training locations, please visit our Locations page and find the training nearest you!

Thank you
Bana

Training Location

Submitted by Anonymous

Do you offer course training in Chicago,IL?

Training Location

Submitted by Bana@Everblue

Hello and thank you for your question.

Yes, we offer training in Chicago, including solar training! To view the course schedule, visit our Solar Training in Chicago page.

Thank you,
Bana

Solar PV Contractor Series

Submitted by Anonymous

The Solar PV Contractor Series course is not offered in Houston, TX. Will it be available in the city of Houston in the future?

Solar PV Contractor Series

Submitted by Bana@Everblue

Hello and thank you for your question.

We have re-branded the Solar Contractor Series program to the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Exam Prep. In addition to preparing you for a career as a solar contractor, this program will also help you to qualify for a solar panel installation certification from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). And this program is available in Houston as well as completely online. We look forward to training you soon!

Thank you,
Bana

upon passing the cousre

Submitted by Anonymous

Do you guys have job placement

upon passing the cousre

Submitted by Bana@Everblue

Thank you for your question. Everblue does not assist in job placement, but should you get financial assistance from your local workforce agency, part of their funding process includes assistance in job placement. If you would like more information on WIA, please call us at 800 460 2575.

Will the state pay for my school?

Submitted by Anonymous

I am unemployed and I want to get into solar. I have a general contractor's license. Can I get the state to pay for me?

Will the state pay for my school?

Submitted by Everblue

Everblue works with a program called the Workforce Investment Act that can provide unemployed individuals the funding they need to attend our classes. It's offered on a state by state basis. Please contact our office at 1-800-460-2575 if you would like more information on the program.

Thank you,
Everblue

NABCEP Registered Classes in Ontario

Submitted by Anonymous

Do you offer NABCEP Entry Level exam prep courses in Ontario for those interested in launching careers in renewable energy? I would like to learn how your solar energy classes can help my job search.

NABCEP Registered Classes in Ontario

Submitted by Everblue

Hello,

Our NABCEP PV Associate Training is actually completely online so you can access the training from home! Participants can instant access to course materials upon registration. This NABCEP PV Associate training program will qualify you for the NABCEP PV Associate Exam (formerly called NABCEP Entry Level Exam).

Thank you,
Everblue

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