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PV201L: Solar Training - Solar Electric Lab Week (Grid-Direct)

Put classroom theory into practice with the ultimate hands-­on PV experience available! This five-day lab class offers students the opportunity to work closely with experienced PV professionals and get their hands dirty by fully installing and commissioning a wide variety of system types before testing the system, then de-commissioning and breaking down. You will work with modules, inverters, and racking components from a wide range of manufacturers that are all big players in the PV industry. A low student-to-instructor ratio and the world­-class lab facility at SEI’s locations in Paonia, Colorado, Costa Rica and Oman combine to make PV201L the perfect environment for your first hands­-on PV experience.

what you will learn

Students who complete the PV201L workshop will be able to:

  • Determine safe, best practice installation techniques when working with different inverters, racking hardware, mounting methods including: ballasted roofs, steep asphalt and standing seam metal roofs, ground-mounts, and pole-mounts
  • Define fall protection requirements, and properly use different harness set-ups
  • Demonstrate lockout/tagout procedures to create a safe working environment
  • Properly use an assortment of meters to test equipment


Note: This class is a great complement to PV301L, the Solar Electric Lab Week (Battery-Based).

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helpful information

PREREQUISITE COURSES: Before participating in the PV201L course, students MUST complete PV101 or PVOL101 OR an equivalent course from another organization, have NABCEP certification, or demonstrate field experience and pass a placement quiz. Please contact sei@solarenergy.org if you feel you are qualified to skip the prerequisite for PV201L.

For information on SEI’s Solar Professionals Certificate Program please click here.  For information on SEI’s workshop and training program policies please click here.

nabcep certification information

SEI Contact Training Hours: 5 days in person = 40 hours

This course provides approved credit hours towards the following NABCEP Certifications and Recertifications:

  • PV Installation Professional
  • PV Design Specialist
  • PV Installation Specialist
  • PV Commissioning and Maintenance Specialist
  • PV Technical Sales Professional
  • PV Associate (Renewal only)
  • PV System Inspector (Recertification only)
  • SH Associate (Renewal only)
  • Solar Heating System Inspector (Recertification only)
  • Solar Heating Installer (Recertification only)

Please visit NABCEP’S online course catalog for credit hours breakdown.

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    Notice: This course has multiple locations!
  • Paonia, CO
    • September 28 2020 - October 02 2020
  • 5 days
  • 40 hours

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