International Institute of Technology and Applications

Solar Renewable Energy System – Design and Installation

IITA offers the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP®) voluntary personnel certification for professionals in the renewable energy industry, including NABCEP PV Installation Professional™, NABCEP Solar Heating Installer™, and NABCEP PV Technical Sales Professional™.

Individuals seeking these certifications must meet the requirements of one of the qualifying categories established by the NABCEP Board of Directors, agree to a Code of Ethics, pay all required fees, and pass an examination. Certified individuals (Certificants) must complete minimum related continuing education and experience requirements, and pay a recertification fee, to maintain certification during each three-year certification period.

NABCEP was incorporated to work with and support the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries, professionals, and stakeholders to develop and implement quality credentialing and certification programs for practitioners. Practitioners who choose to become certified must demonstrate their competence in the field and their commitment to upholding high standards of ethical and professional practice. NABCEP is a nationally recognized credentialing body formed to set competency standards for professional practitioners in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

IITA follows best practices of the certification field in the development and operation of all certification programs, such as NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification (formerly NABCEP Solar PV Installer Certification) has been accredited to the rigorous international ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 standard for personnel certification bodies since 2007, and the NABCEP Solar Heating Installer Certification became accredited in 2013.

The voluntary certification for renewable energy professionals:

  • Promotes the status and credibility of renewable energy practices
  • Promotes consumer confidence in renewable energy technologies
  • Promotes worker safety and skill
  • Advances uniform professional standards by holding certificants to a Code of Ethics
  • Commits certificants to continued professional development through maintenance of the credentials.
IITA and NABCEP are committed to providing a certification program of quality and integrity for the professionals and public consumers it is designed to serve.

PV101 Course Topics and Objectives

Lesson 1 : Photovoltaic Cells and the Manufacturing Process
Lesson 2 : Performance Characteristics of PV Cells
Lesson3 : PV Modules to PV Arrays
Lesson 4 : Measuring the Available Solar Energy
Lesson 5 : Performing a site Assessment
Lesson 6 : PV System Performance
Lesson 7 : PV System Components
Lesson 8 : Inverters and Utility Interactive PV Systems
Lesson 9 : Battery Based PV Systems and Load Assessment
Lesson 10 : Racking and Mounting of PV Modules
Lesson 11 : National Electrical Code (NEC) Compliance
Lesson 12 : OSHA and Safety
Lesson 13 : Troubleshooting and Maintaining PV Systems
Lesson 14 : Utility Interconnection Standards and System Integration