Short-Course Professional Development Workshops


All short course workshops are either part of or offer a complementary education piece to the Renewable Energy Technology Diploma Series.

Click on the hyper-linked courses to jump to the course description:

Policy and Finance

One-Day Solar Business Basics

PV Technical Sales

Solar Technology

Solar Storage Workshop

Operations and Maintenance for PV Systems Workshop

Hands-on PV Lab

PV Fundamentals for PV Practitioners


Solar Storage Workshop

Fee: $699
Dates (click to register):

November 28 – 30, 2017

April 3 – 5, 2018

November 27 – 29, 2018


This workshop will cover fundamental principles of battery based systems. At the end of the class, participants will be able to assist in designing and installing a residential PV system with battery back-up.

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O&M for PV Systems Workshop

Fee: $649
Dates (click to register):

October 19 – 20, 2017

June 13 – 14, 2018

October 18 – 19, 2018


This 2-day workshop will cover: evaluating performance of systems, including  specific data collection and evaluation, as well as protocols for collection; arc flash requirements; finding ground faults; thermal imaging;  IV curve tracing and fuse servicing.

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PV Fundamentals for PV Practitioners

Anytime, anywhere

Fee: $499

Register here, then contact Megan Cain.

Are you already doing solar but need to fulfill educational requirements (prerequisites for other workshops; NABCEP Certification)? Or do you work for a clean energy organization and need to make sure you can walk the walk and talk the talk?  Look no further. This 30-hour online, on-demand course will give you the review you need to solidify your understanding of your job, while giving you the flexibility to do your job. This is not for everyone. You will still receive a Certificate of Completion and can be eligible for PDHs. But you won’t be eligible to sit for the NABCEP Associate Exam. When paired with the advanced PV class, it will give you more than enough contacts hours to fulfill your NABCEP training requirements. You must complete the course within 60 days.

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Hands-on PV lab

Fee: $249
Dates (click to register):

March 23, 2018

November 9, 2018


This  day-long hands-on class is for those who have taken the 40-hour basics of design and installation of PV systems (REPV) workshop.  The workshop begins with an overview of safety, system components, system design, and solar fundamentals.  During the course of the workshop you will be filling out “balance-of-system” worksheets to ensure you understand sound PV system design practices.  You will also be installing a live, grid-tied PV system, from mounting the modules, to wiring the inverter, and finally, to commissioning the system.

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One-Day Solar Business Basics

Fee: $449
Dates (click to register):

February 16, 2018

August 17, 2018


This one day course, which is also a part of the Certificate in Renewable Energy Management,  introduces participants to the heart of the solar industry’s success. During the first half of the course, our in-house DSIRE staff and NCSEA’s Director of Government Affairs discuss local, utility, state and federal policy and incentives that foster solar implementation. The second portion of the course illustrates how policy affects the financial viability of renewable energy projects.

NOTE: Opting to take this as a stand-alone will not count towards the 40 – hour CREM program.

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PV Technical Sales

More information coming soon.


This 8 hour PV Technical Sales course is a new program consistent with the NABCEP PV Technical Sales Job Task Analysis. It will give a bird’s eye view of the seven categories of skills and knowledge that every solar technical sales associate must know:

1. Qualifying the Customer
2. Site Analysis
3. Conceptual Design
4. Financial Costs, Incentives and Savings
5. Financial Benefit Analysis and Financing
6. Non-Financial Benefit Analysis
7. Performance Analysis

Paired with the 40-hour REPV: Renewable Energy Generation with Photovoltaic Systems, this class is designed to fulfill the education requirements to sit for the NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification Exam.

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2. Contact: Megan Cain at mdcain@ncsu.edu and ask to join our mailing list.