This is a professional training course that equips practitioners to design and safely install Grid-Tied and Battery Based Systems. It requires 100 hours of online training, 30 hours of laboratory work, and 15 hours of tutorials. You can log on at any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the full duration of the specified course. You will generally need between 10-20 hours/week to complete the lesson materials and graded activities. Students can access the course anytime, from any computer with an internet connection. There are no specific times that you need to log on, the course is self-paced, but you must finish all graded materials by the end date of the course. The live instructors are there to give feedback, grade your work and you can contact them with questions on the forum discussion boards, or by email.
This course will be divided into two online training courses by Solar Energy International (SEI) in Grid Tied and Battery Based Systems. Participants will be given the opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge gained in the SEI PV courses during a face-to-face practical component conducted at the BCC, using the Arizona State University (ASU) Mobile Training Kits and BCC PV Lab roof structures, PV modules, racking, and Balance of System Components (BOS).
Students will learn about site analysis, system sizing, array configuration, performance estimation, electrical design characteristics, as well as load analysis, battery bank design, equipment options, and electrical integration of system components. The SEI training courses will provide full preparation for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners' Associate Exam which students are free to complete on their own.
Each SEI online course will run for six (6) weeks, a total of twelve (12) weeks for the two courses. The BCC face-to-face component will run concurrently with the SEI courses for a total of fifteen (15) weeks of one three (3) hour session per week; a total of 45 hours. One hour each week will be a group tutorial review of the SEI online course material.