What is the RET Diploma Series?

The award winning Renewable Energy Technologies (RET) Diploma Series is a continuing-education training program that provides:

  • nationally awarded training
  • numerous professional certifications and pathways to certifications
  • continuing education credits for professionals
  • an NCSU non-degree continuing education diploma
  • the industries’ most qualified instructors
  • technical theory and hands-on training
  • information on current policies and technologies
  • a support network of experienced renewable energy professionals

To earn this continuing education diploma from NC State University, you must complete a minimum of 120 hours under the Diploma Series. In addition, the program can help meet the required continuing education for professionals in certain fields.

There are three main pathways to earn a RET diploma: Solar Project Development, Photovoltaic Technician, and BPI/RESNET.

Solar Project Development

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This education pathway sets you on the path towards the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification, NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification and your Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma.

The Solar Project Development Pathway includes:

  1.  REPV: Fundamentals of Design and installation of PV Systems
  2.  REPV-A: Advanced Design and Installation of Photovoltaic Systems
  3.  CREM: Certificate in Renewable Energy Management

Save over $900 on your registration for this pathway by purchasing the bundled package!

Photovoltaic Technician

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This education pathway sets you on the path towards the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification and your Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma. This will also give you the skills to address the emergent and immediate needs of the solar industry by delving deep into topics on battery-based PV Systems, and operations and maintenance of solar installations.

The PV Technician Pathway includes:

  1.  REPV: Fundamentals of Design and installation of PV Systems
  2.  REPV-A: Advanced Design and Installation of Photovoltaic Systems
  3.  Solar Storage Workshop
  4. O&M: Operations and Maintenance of PV Systems

Save over $770 on your registration for this pathway by purchasing the bundled package!

BPI/RESNET

This education pathway sets you on the course to earning a Building Performance Institute (BPI) certification and/or Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Rater Certification while also earning your Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma

The BPI/RESNET Pathway includes*:

  1.  REPV: Fundamentals of Design and installation of PV Systems
  2.  REPV-A: Advanced Design and Installation of Photovoltaic Systems
  3.  BPI Building Analyst and Envelope Specialist
  4.  RESNET HERS Rater

*Only three of these classes are required to earn the Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma. You may choose which three you are interested in to achieve your 120 hours of training.

Contact Megan Berry at mdcain@ncsu.edu if you are interested in the BPI/RESNET pathway.

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