Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma Series

The award winning, IREC ISPQ-accredited Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma Series (RETDS) is a continuing-education training program that provides:


To earn this continuing education diploma from NC State University, you must complete a minimum of 120 hours, or three 40-hour courses under the Diploma Series. In addition, the program can help meet the required continuing education for professionals in certain fields.   NC electrical contractors receive 24 continuing education credit hours.  Professional engineers receive 40 PDH credits.  We also offer credits for CPA’s and lawyers.  Our Photovoltaics (PV)  and  Solar Thermal(ST) courses offer participants the opportunity to take the North American Board of Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV Entry Level Exam or the NABCEP SH Entry Level Exam. These courses fulfill the education requirements on the journey to becoming a NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional, PV Tech Sales or Solar Heating Installer.  We are committed to excellence with not only our curriculum but also our instructors, who are ISPQ Certified Master instructors and NABCEP certified installation professionals, and in some cases, sit on NABCEP’s technical review committees.

Contact Maria O’Farrell at (919) 523-8888 for more information

What are the week-long RET Diploma Series workshops?

1.REPV: Renewable Energy Generation with Photovoltaic Systems– Pathway to NABCEP PV Installer and Tech Sales Certifications
2.REPV(A): Advanced Design and Installation of Photovoltaic Systems *- Pathway to NABCEP PV Installer Certification
3.REST: Renewable Energy Generation with Solar Thermal Systems– Pathway to NABCEP SH Installer Certification
4.REG:Renewable Energy Generation with Geothermal Systems- Accreditation
5.REW: Renewable Energy Generation with Wind Energy Systems– Pathway to NABCEP SW Certification
6. RESNET HERS Rater– Certification
7. BPI Building Analyst and Envelope Specialist -Certification
8. CREM: Certificate in Renewable Energy Management– Certificate and Pathway to NABCEP PV  Tech Sales Certification

Short Course Workshops

We also offer short course workshops that are either nested within  or a complement to the Renewable Energy Diploma Series. These courses cover range from technical theory to specific business topics to hands-on technical workshops.   *Must have taken REPV previously, or have passed the NABCEP Entry-Level PV Exam  Participants must be in class for 90% of the time and satisfy course-specific requirements to receive the workshop certificate.

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