Entry Level Solar Energy Training

Your First Step To Joining the Solar Workforce!

solar training courseThis solar energy training course is designed to help individuals understand the fastest growing form of power generation in the world - solar power.

This is the best place to start to begin your journey into the solar workforce! No prior experience is required. We'll teach you what you need to start working in the solar industry.

* This course will instantly qualify you for the NABCEP PV Associate credentialing exam.


About the PV101 Solar Program

Prerequisites:  None! Start here & prepare yourself for a career in renewable energy!

Course Description:  Gain a foundational understanding of solar energy principles and important solar terms with this PV101 course. This Entry Level Solar Training class introduces solar energy and photovoltaics, electricity, system sizing principles and PV array electrical & mechanical design.

Who Should Take This Course?  The Entry Level Solar Training Program is intended for many people who are currently working in, or seeking employment in, the renewable energy industry. This may include students in renewable energy programs, workers at an early stage in their renewable energy career, experienced professionals who have just begun offering renewable energy products/services, or those in renewable energy jobs who lack a professional certification or degree.

Course Format:  PV101 is available 100% online and features video presentations, practice questions, PDFs, and useful links to additional online content. We recommend that students spend 18-40 hours in total completing this course.


Is an Online Solar Course Right for Me?

This 3-minute video preview will give you the look and feel for our online learning platform.

If you're able to press Play and enjoy this video sample, you CAN do online solar training!

solar fundamentals preview video

   Benefits of Online Learning

   ✓  Instant access to self-paced materials

   ✓  Watch from home, work, PC, Mac or mobile

   ✓  Pause & restart at your convenience

   ✓  Contact our instructor with questions

   ✓  Enjoy 24/7 access for 6 months

This class features 24 sections, with each section taking 30 minutes to 2 hours to complete.

The self-paced nature of this program enables individuals to log in at their convenience, on their schedule, and from anywhere in the world to participate.

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Curriculum for the PV101 Solar Course

Students should complete modules in the order that they appear to get the most out of the program.

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Payment Options

We're pleased to accept multiple forms of payment for our courses. Please note that the 6-month user access begins only when course payment is made in full (with the exception of Affirm financing). This means that those who choose to pay by check or payment plan will have a deferred enrollment until their orders are paid in full.

The course fee is $599 with no hidden fees, taxes, or shipping/handling.

For more information about payment options, click here.


Have Questions? Leave a Comment Below!

General question

Submitted by Arturo Vidal (not verified)
Posted on Wed, 2018-10-31 23:52.

1. The PV system electrical design module under the PV 101 caught my attention, specifically the inclusion of training in the preparation of one line diagrams. How do we go from your training curriculum to generating permit ready designs?, what design software will this teach us? will training include the use of any cad programs ?

re: General Question

Submitted by Lesley@Everblue3
Posted on Fri, 2018-11-02 09:30.

Hi Arturo,

Thanks for your questions. The curriculum in this course (PV101 Solar Fundamentals) aligns with the Job Task Analysis provided by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). In other words, these topics have been identified as core concepts related to solar energy and would serve as a strong introduction to a solar job role.

To truly get into permit-ready solar system designs, I would recommend that you complete the prerequisite PV101 course as well as our advanced PV202 Solar Design training. PV202 is where we spend more time focusing on the intricacies of solar PV systems and associated designs/calculations. There is a section about securing permits and approvals, as well.

During the PV202 course, we reference several tools and resources for working in the solar design industry, including PVsyst and PV_Lib.

For more information about the PV101 and PV202 solar courses, please give us a call at 877-749-9481. Thanks!

Solar Energy

Submitted by Teresita Burdyshaw (not verified)
Posted on Fri, 2018-10-26 15:04.

I am a 75 year old grandmother who still wants to learn different things. I just retired and I am interested to learn something new. Here in the nearby town of Bono, Arkansas, I am given an scholarship by Arkansas State University to study any course or degree that I want and the only fee is the fee technology of less than $100, and a parking permit of $50. Unfortunately, there is no Solar Training that I can get into this university except probably the study of Electrical engineering which would be more than I needed to know if Solar Energy will be the main core of study that I would be needing. I will probably consider of taking the course of solar Energy and all its gamut later on. For the mean time I have been vigorously pursuing, reviewing all I can find out about solar energy in my own time . I thank you all for the input that you sent regarding my inquiry. Sincerely yours, Teresita Burdyshaw

re: Solar Energy

Submitted by Lesley@Everblue3
Posted on Mon, 2018-10-29 11:08.

Hi Teresita,

Thanks for your message, and congratulations on earning the training scholarship from ASU! That’s wonderful that you’re interested in learning new things. That’s a quality we certainly appreciate here!

As far as paying for an Everblue course with your scholarship, I would suggest asking the ASU financial office whether they will approve our course. We do not offer semester-based degree programs. Instead, we specialize in short-course professional development, continuing education, and vocational trade classes.

That said, the PV101 Solar Fundamentals course is a self-paced online class with 18 hours of curriculum. The cost of the single course is $599. You will gain instant access as soon as you enroll and will be able to log in and participate anytime from anywhere for 6 months. Quite honestly, I don’t think the technology fee and parking permit will be necessary, since this course is 100% online and therefore can be accessed from home with a computer that has a secure Internet connection.

If you’d like to apply your scholarship toward our training, please call us at 877-958-8130 so we can talk about the logistics of placing your order. Hope to hear from you soon!


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified)
Posted on Wed, 2018-07-04 06:49.

I am actually searching solar classes for a general contractor who is a Veteran. Currently he is unemployed and wants to get into solar. Will the state pay for him? In the meantime, I like what I see. I am a nurse. Can I take these classes? How could I get a grant. Is there anything out there for folks 60 or older? After folks take the classes , what is your success rate of folks passing the certification exam? Thank you. Maggie

re: Payment

Submitted by Lesley@Everblue3
Posted on Wed, 2018-07-04 09:42.

Hi Maggie!

Thanks for visiting our site and checking out our programs. Everblue is founded by Veterans, and we love to assist other veterans in pursuing their goals! We actually offer a 10% military discount to those who provide a valid DD214, so if you want to go that route, you can send the documentation to info@everbluetraining.com and we can get you set up with the training at the reduced rate. You’ll also see on our website, in general, that we offer payment plans and financing for flexibility.

As far as state funding is concerned, you should check out the Department of Energy’s Solar Ready Vets program. This program is specifically designed for military veterans who are transitioning into the workforce, and the tuition is largely covered. Students participate in 2 weeks of hands-on solar training and conclude the course with a certification exam that can help give them a foot-in-the-door to solar jobs. I believe only 10 military bases across the country are offering the Solar Ready Vets program. We actually work with Fayetteville Technical Community College in Fayetteville, NC to deliver this program in conjunction with Fort Bragg. Another avenue you might consider is visiting a Career OneStop center to discuss grant funding. You can find your nearest center at www.careeronestop.org.

We invite anyone to take our courses, regardless of occupation or background, so you are welcome to attend! While we do not provide or manage grant funding, hopefully the above payment options and resources will be able to assist you and your friend. I’m not aware of any specific grants for folks 60 or older, but it’s very possible that the Career OneStop center will know more about that. As far as pass rates on the certification exams, the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) does not release pass rates for its advanced certification exams, but they have shared that we have a 90% pass rate among our participants on the entry-level NABCEP PV Associate exam (which is largely a required first step for anyone getting into the solar workforce).

Hopefully this helps to answer your questions. If you think of any more questions, please let me know! I'm also sending you these answers by email. Hope you have a great day! - Lesley@Everblue

Online course

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified)
Posted on Wed, 2018-06-13 06:52.

Hi, when I complete an online course do I receive printed hardcopy certificate by mail? or printable from your website?. and does that certificate show by any mean that my course was online training?. Thanks. Ahmed

re: Online course

Submitted by Lesley@Everblue3
Posted on Wed, 2018-06-13 09:32.

Hi Ahmed, thanks for your great questions! When you complete the Everblue solar training course online, you will receive a certificate of completion. The certificate does not explicitly state that the training was online, but it does include your name, the course enrolled, the corresponding continuing education approvals, and more. To qualify for the certificate of completion, you will need to complete each video presentation in the course and receive a passing score of at least 80% on each of the module quizzes. To receive your certificate of completion, you will need to submit a request to our customer service team, who will verify your completion of the previously stated activities. They will then email you a PDF version of the certificate that you can then download and/or print out. Thanks again for your questions. We look forward to assisting you with your goals!

I like to get into the solar

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified)
Posted on Thu, 2018-05-31 12:53.

I like to get into the solar panels industry, do you have a job job placement program ?

Hi! Thanks for your message.

Submitted by Lesley@Everblue3
Posted on Fri, 2018-06-01 09:33.

Hi! Thanks for your message. While Everblue does not offer a formal job placement program, we do have relationships with many employers across the country. Check out our Job Board to see some of our employer partners: https://www.everbluetraining.com/hiring/job-board. You'll also see the option to subscribe to receive job alerts. Oftentimes, employers reach out to us to hire our graduates. Due to privacy law, we are unable to share our student's contact information with third parties, so what we do to connect students and employers is to e-mail out the job posting to students on our email newsletter. This way, you can decide if you're interested in the job opportunity and can reach out directly to the employer. Let us know if you have any further questions!


Submitted by Eric Iverson (not verified)
Posted on Sat, 2018-03-03 15:22.

So the online training sounds nice, but what about hands on training? Are there apprenticeships available for solar installation? If so, where should I start looking for them?

Hi Eric, thanks for your

Submitted by Lesley@Everblue3
Posted on Mon, 2018-03-12 10:30.

Hi Eric, thanks for your question. The online-only class you were viewing is our beginner-level class where you learn the fundamentals of solar energy. Our next-level class does offer hands-on solar installation training. See here: https://www.everbluetraining.com/renewable-energy-training/solar-training-courses/solar-pv-design-installation. As far as apprenticeships and on-the-job-experience, we've identified our top 10 places to find solar work experience here: https://www.everbluetraining.com/blog/how-find-job-solar. To chat more about how we can help you learn solar skills, please give us a call at 877-754-9041. We look forward to working with you to achieve your goals!

Training for Full test

Submitted by Joe Horling (not verified)

Hello. i am interested in getting the 40 hours required to sit for the Full NABCEP exam, not the entry level one. I currently have my OSHA 30 hour cert, so that gives me 18 of the 54 required hours. I have also been an electrician for 13 years and have over 250 installations completed as the lead installer. Will this 40 hour training count as the 40 hours required to sit for the exam?

Training for Full test

Submitted by teal_brown

Hello Joe,

Given your experience, our 40-hour Advanced Solar Installation Training course will go towards your required 58 training hours to make you eligible to take the NABCEP PV Installer Exam.

Teal B.

Solar Sales

Submitted by JPierre (not verified)

I need to know if you have any courses on Solar sales? Also, I will need a grant for this course since I am not working right now and have not work for a a while. Please let me know. I live in Los angeles, California. Best regards, J.Pierre

Solar Sales

Submitted by Bana@Everblue

Hello JPierre and thank you for your question!

Our Solar Design & Sales course is a fantastic course to learn the fundamentals you'll need to sell solar panels. As for funding, you will be emailed information on how to apply for funding through the WIA. This funding is targeted to those who are unemployed.

Thank you,


Solar Training Grants

Submitted by BENNY (not verified)

Is there a grant you can avail to take this class?

Solar Training Grants

Submitted by Bana@Everblue

Hello Benny and thank you for your question.

There may be opportunities depending on where you are located. I would recommend visiting your local one stop career center to see if there are grants available in your jurisdiction.

Thank you,

Electrical Experience

Submitted by tunde (not verified)

Do I need electrical experience before I become certified, or installer, or designer?

Electrical Experience

Submitted by Bana@Everblue

Hello Tunde and thank you for your question.

You are not required to have electrical experience to take any of Everblue's training or take the NABCEP exams we prepare you for. While it can be beneficial to have this experience, most solar professionals work alongside a seasoned electriction to ensure solar systems are inplemented safely.

Thank you,

Everblue Accreditation

Submitted by Talmage Bassham (not verified)

What Accreditation do you have and do you have a list of colleges or universities that accept that accreditation? I am currently enrolled in a program at a community college. When I finish here I will have the same ability to take the NABCEP test, but will my classes here transfer to your program or vice versa? Thanks Talmage

Everblue Accreditation

Submitted by Bana@Everblue

Hello Talmage and thank you for your question.

Everblue's solar training curriculum is accredited by IREC (Interstate Renewable Energy Council), which is one of the approved boards for NABCEP Certification. Everblue typically does not transfer credits since our courses are fairly short, but should you like to discuss this, please call us at 800 460 2575.

Thank you,

NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam

Submitted by Richardc2873 (not verified)

Hi, if ever I take the online Solar PV Associate course. Am I allowed to take the NABCEP PV Entry level Exam?

Reply to comment NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam

Submitted by Bana@Everblue

Hello Richard and thank you for your question.

Should you take the Solar PV Associate course you will not only be eligible for the NABCEP PV Associate exam but very prepared!

Thank you,

Upon Completion...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified)

So Once You Have Completed This Course You Will Be Certified And Be Able To Install Solar Panels Or Do You Need Further Courses?

Upon Completion...

Submitted by Bana@Everblue

Hello and thank you for your question.

This NABCEP PV Associate Exam Prep course will instantly qualify you for the first-tier credentialing exam from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). The NABCEP PV Associate credential is largely a certificate of knowledge, or an entry-level foot-in-the-door to the solar workforce. If solar installation is your ultimate goal, I would recommend that you check out our NABCEP PV Installation Professional Exam Prep Course, as it contains more solar training hours specifically focused on solar installation and is intended to prepare candidates for the advanced NABCEP PV Installation Exam.

Thank you,

Grants Page

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified)

Where are the links for grants for your classes?

Grants Page

Submitted by Bana@Everblue

Hello and thank you for your question.

We don't specifically sponsor any grant funding at this time. If you do not find a grant in your area and are currently unemployed, consider stopping by your local one-stop career center to see if there is funding in your area for training.


Solar energy

Submitted by sonarupa (not verified)

After short time training on Solar PV Associate gives a certificate! Solar energy utilization is being very popular day by day.

Submitted by John Hesch (not verified)

I think the prices are decent. Will talk to my boss first regarding this, then we will soon get back.

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