Solar PV Mastery Training

Ecotech Training’s Solar PV Mastery Training was designed to create the next generation of solar professionals. Designed for those looking to enter the solar industry, this intensive course will provide a strong foundational knowledge, as well as focus on the real-world installation skills that will be used in the solar field. This course also makes participants eligible to sit for the NABCEP PV Associate Exam.

Why Take This Course

  • Immediate access to online training upon registration
  • Ecotech Training, ACICS accredited via Brightwood College - El Paso, is a registered NABCEP PV Associate Exam provider.
  • Participants can enter this course as an absolute beginner, and they will leave with the advanced knowledge and real-world skills needed to stand out as a professional solar installer.
  • Employers and customers expect quality training for solar installers, and NABCEP Certification is sometimes required to qualify for solar installation incentives and rebates.
  • This solar energy training course was designed by instructors who are still currently working in the solar energy industry.
  • Participants will gain solar installation skills that can immediately be applied in the field.
  • The solar energy industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in the nation.

What You’ll Learn

Ecotech Training’s Solar PV Mastery course begins with the 18-hour Associate Photovoltaic online course. Then, you will join experienced solar industry instructors for the classroom and hands-on live portion of the program.

Online Course Objectives

  • Calculate basic electricity values
  • Identify the elements of PV systems
  • Recognize important PV terms
  • Understand the history of PV
  • Identify consumers of PV technology
  • Recognize advantages and disadvantages of PV systems
  • Identify types of PV systems
  • Understand daily and annual solar variations
  • Understand the importance of PV location
  • Learn about techniques for shading analysis
  • Be able to calculate electricity production from a PV system
  • Learn about additional resources and solar energy employment opportunities


Day 1 Course Outline:

  • Section A1: Verify Client Needs
  • Section A2: Review Site Survey
  • Section A3: Confirm System Sizing
  • Section A4: Review Design of Energy Storage Systems
  • Section A5: Confirm String Sizing Calculations
  • Section A6: Review System Component Selection
  • Section A7: Review Wiring and Conduit Size Calculations

Day 2 Course Outline:

  • Section A8: Review Overcurrent Protection
  • Section A9: Review Fastener Selection
  • Section A10: Review Plan Sets
  • Section B1: Conduct Pre-Construction Meetings
  • Section B2: Secure Permits and Approval
  • Section B3: Manage Project Labor
  • Section B4: Adapt System Design

Day 3 Course Outline:

  • Section B5: Manage Project Equipment
  • Section B6: Implement a Site-Specific Safety Plan
  • Section C1: Mitigate Electrical Hazards
  • Section C2: Install Grounding Systems
  • Section C3: Install Conduit and Raceways
  • Section C4: Install Electrical Components
  • Section C5: Install Circuit Conductors

Day 4 Course Outline:

  • Section C6: Install Utility Interconnection
  • Section C7: Install System Instrumentation
  • Section C8: Install Battery Components
  • Section D1: Install Equipment Foundation
  • Section D2: Install Mounting System
  • Section D3: Install PV Modules
  • Section E1: Testing the System

Day 5 Course Outline:

  • Section E2: Commission the System
  • Section E3: Complete System Documentation
  • Section E4: Orient Customer to System
  • Section F1: Conducting Maintenance and Troubleshooting
  • Section F2: Perform Visual Inspection
  • Section F3: Verify System Operation
  • Section F4: Perform Corrective Actions
  • Section F5: Verify Effectiveness of Corrective Actions

What’s Included

  • 18-hour online Associate Solar Photovoltaic self-paced course
  • 5-day Live Solar Photovoltaic course, with 4 days in the classroom and 1 day of hands-on training
  • Mike Holt’s Solar Photovoltaic Systems Training Manual NEC Code Book 2014
  • All 58 of the minimum required educational hours to sit for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional exam (upon achieving a passing score on the NABCEP PV Associate Exam).
  • NABCEP PV Associate Exam fee (NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification exam fees are not included).

Ecotech Training Pass Guarantee: If you do not pass the NABCEP PV Associate Exam on your first try, you may retake the course at no additional cost.

NABCEP Certification

Ecotech Training’s PV Associate course prepares and qualifies participants for the nationally recognized NABCEP PV Associate credential. For full details on how to qualify for, obtain, and maintain the credential visit

Ecotech Training’s Advanced Solar Design and Installation course prepares participants to earn the nationally recognized NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification. For full details on how to qualify for, obtain, and maintain the certification visit


How Much Work is Available for Solar Installers?

The solar industry has been doubling in size every year for the past 4 years, and this trend is expected to continue. There are over 170,000 professionals in the solar industry.

Why Get Certified by NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners)?

The NABCEP PV Associate shows that you have a basic level of experience, as well as in-depth knowledge and training in solar system design and installation. This is not required when looking for employment, but can sometimes be the deciding factor between otherwise equally qualified candidates.

I completed the PV system mechanical design module the other day. Then the next morning our solar installation company Positive Energy NY headed off to do a residential roof mount in Schenectady and I felt on top of my game because all the racking was fresh in my mind and it definitely showed. We used a Unirac rail system and I knew the ins and outs of how it all fit together; the install went very smoothly
Caleb Kinney