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Submitter's Information


Biju Raman


Dean - Instruction and Student Services


Inland Empire/Desert


Palo Verde College

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Biju Raman

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Program Details

Program Title

Solar Technician

Submission Type

New Program

TOPs Code

Energy Systems Technology (094610)

Projected Start Date


Catalog Description

This program is designed to prepare the student for entry level residential and utility scale photovoltaic installations. Solar Technician certificate will introduce students to basic electrical theory, electrical safety, solar radiation, welding, blue-print reading, site surveys, system design and installation, commissioning and troubleshooting.Students will learn NABCEP's learning objectives. The NABCEP exam will be available for students successfully completing the course. The test will have an additional cost to each student participating. 

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Program Proposal Attributes

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  • Certificate of Achievement: 16 or greater semester (or 24 or greater quarter) units (C)
Program Goal

Community need for training solar installation technicians.

Course Units and Hours

Total Certificate Units (Minimum and Maximum)


Units for Degree Major or Area of Emphasis (Minimum and Maximum)


Total Units for Degree (Minimum and Maximum)


Course Report

Program Requirements Narrative

This certificate is designed to provide comprehensive occupational training in the skills and methods used in the solar installation industry. Students will be taught the manipulative skills and the technical knowledge in blueprint reading, electricity and plumbing required to qualify for employment in the solar industry. Examples of employment positions student may pursue include, but are not limited to general solar installation, solar site manager/supervisor, maintenance and repair.

Program Requirements
(Y1 or S1)
BCT 116Basic House Wiring Theory3S1
BCT 220Photovoltaic Systems4S1
WEL 103Basic Tig Welding3S1
BCT 110Blueprint Reading3S2
BCT 113Basic Plumbing3S2

NBE 098Preparatory Mathematics0S2

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Published at

08/14/20 - 07:34 AM



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Diann Thursby Super User   ·  09/10/20

Received regional recommendation at 08-24-2020 IEDRC Deans Meeting.