Cyberguardians Training

Introduction to Distributed Energy Resources in the Electrical Grid

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November 2, 2020 – January 15, 2021

Course Cost: $895 (scholarships available for qualifying military veterans)

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Course Format [27 Course Hours / 9 Weeks]: This is an online course with pre-recorded weekly lectures. Other learning activities include reading assignments, quizzes, videos of narrated PowerPoint presentations, discussion forums, and an individual project.

Course Description: The nation’s electrical energy generation sources are rapidly transitioning from large central generation plants that burn fossil fuels to distributed generation systems (often located on rooftops) that use renewable energy sources such as solar photovoltaic. Important standards and regulation, like IEEE 1547-2018 at the federal level or California Rule 21 or Hawaii Rule 14H at the state level, are driving development agenda.

This course is an introduction to Distributed Energy Resources (DER) in the electrical grid and the standards that inform DER deployment. The course requires no prior knowledge of the topic and is intended for students who are interested in exploring technical (e.g. engineering, chemistry, software), professional (e.g. architecture, marketing, finance), and operational (e.g. accounting, logistics) careers in the rapidly growing distributed energy industry. Students will acquire a foundation in the basic electrical concepts that are needed to understand the more detailed considerations associated with DER in the grid. The course will also provide detailed insights into topics concerning DER interconnection standards and regulations, DER networking standards like IEEE 2030.5, and cybersecurity. Key DER technologies such as solar, wind, energy storage, and electric vehicles are also covered in more depth.

Introduction to Cybersecurity in the Smart Energy Environment

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November 2, 2020 – January 15, 2021

Course Cost: $895 (scholarships available for qualifying military veterans)

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Course Format [27 Course Hours / 9 Weeks]: This is an online course with pre-recorded weekly lectures. Other learning activities include reading assignments, quizzes, videos of narrated PowerPoint presentations, discussion forums, and an individual project.

Course Description: With increasing numbers of IoT devices being connected to the Internet, cybersecurity has become a vital requirement for the safe, reliable, and secure operation of those devices. Cybersecurity is especially important for a Smart Energy DER device as it is connected to the critical electric grid infrastructure. Understanding the threats in the Smart Energy environment, the tools available to combat the threats, and how to apply these tools are important skills for successfully installing and maintaining Smart Energy DER devices. This course will introduce participants to cybersecurity topics including the purpose of cybersecurity, what are the cybersecurity threats, and how do we protect against them. Some of the key components of cybersecurity such as encryption and the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) will be examined in detail. Finally, the course analyzes and applies cybersecurity specifically in the Smart Energy DER use case and the IEEE 2030.5 communication standard.

Secure Communication Networking for Distributed Energy Resources

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November 2, 2020 – January 15, 2021

Course Cost: $895 (scholarships available for qualifying military veterans)

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites. And students should have a firm grasp of the basic principles of electricity and data communications. An understanding of grid-tied solar PV and energy storage systems will be helpful.

Course Format [27 Course Hours / 9 Weeks]: This is an online course with pre-recorded weekly lectures. Other learning activities include reading assignments, quizzes, videos of narrated PowerPoint presentations, discussion forums, and an individual project.

Course Description: The course begin with an overview of Distributed Energy Resource (DER) market requirements in California, and an introduction to grid standards and DER functions in the U.S. and other national markets around the world. Subsequent modules will present communication protocols for DER, California-specific communication requirements, a drill-down into the features of California’s default communication standard (IEEE 2030.5), a review of cybersecurity requirements, testing considerations, and how to deploy secure DER networks in the field. The purpose of this course is to provide Distributed Energy technical professionals (engineers, product managers, managers, and technical executives) working in the DER industry with an understanding of: California market dynamics; the regulatory and the technical requirements for data communication; cybersecurity and testing considerations; and considerations for deploying secure networks for DER.

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Courses

REPV Online: Fundamentals of Photovoltaic Design and Installation

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Summer Session: July 12 – August 20, 2021

Length: 40 Course Hours / 6 Weeks

Course Cost: $1099

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Course Description: This is a 6-week, online course with pre-recorded weekly lectures. In addition to the pre-recorded lectures , there are reading, exercise and quiz requirements.

After completing this class, we highly recommend you register for the 1-day companion hands-on PV installation class. Led by an instructor, you will install a fully operational, grid-tied residential PV system at the NC Clean Energy Technology Center training annex. This hands-on companion workshops will be offered at the conclusion of the Online REPV course.

The online lectures of the REPV workshop are dedicated to the technical aspect of photovoltaics, including system types, components, applications, and best practices for installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting.

NABCEP PV Associate Exam: You are eligible to sit for the NABCEP PV Associate Exam after completing REPV. NABCEP is the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners. It is the most respected, well-established and widely recognized national certification organization for professionals in the field of renewable energy. NABCEP offers credentials for skilled professionals, specialists and those new to working in the areas of PV, solar heating and small wind technologies.

The NABCEP Associate Program is intended for many people who are currently working in, or seeking employment in, the renewable energy industry, including those who are: students in renewable energy programs, workers at an early stage in their renewable energy career, experienced professionals who have just begun offering renewable energy products or services, or those in renewable energy jobs for which there is no professional certification.

REPVA Online: Advanced Photovoltaic Design and Installation

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Fall Session: September 20 – October 29, 2021

Length: 40 Course Hours / 6 Weeks

Course Cost: $1199

Prerequisites: Completion of an entry-level or fundamentals PV course such as REPV or Online REPV and/or a basic, working knowledge of solar PV.

Course Description: This is a 6-week, online course with pre-recorded weekly lectures. In addition to the pre-recorded lectures , there are reading, exercise and quiz requirements.

This 40-hour advanced photovoltaics class covers advanced topics on design and installation of residential and commercial PV systems. This course delves into the details of electrical standards and codes. The bulk of this week-long workshop covers topics relating to the National Electrical Code® (NEC) requirements for PV systems and prepares the participant for proper code compliance, wire sizing, equipment specifications, permit processing, commissioning, and other necessary steps in the design and installation phases of residential and commercial systems.

NABCEP PV Installation Professional: This course is based on NABCEP’s PV Installer Job Task Analysis. Once completed successfully, this course counts as the 40-hour advanced PV course education requirement found in SEC 3.5 of the NABCEP Candidate Handbook needed to sit for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification Exam. If completed after taking the REPV in-person or online course, your 58-hour education eligibility requirements will have been satisfied on the journey to becoming eligible to take the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Exam.

Wind Energy and Technician Courses

Wind Energy Professional

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Dates: Open Enrollment, On-demand

Length: 240 Course Hours / 6 Months

Course Cost: $2395

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Course Description: In this course, you’ll learn the basics of wind energy principles, including wind technology, wind energy anatomy, wind farm design, wind business, and characteristics of energy sources. This course covers the fundamentals of hydraulics and the basic theory and practice of electrical circuits, including calculations as applied to alternating and direct currents.

We highly recommend taking this course alongside the Welder Technician, Engineering Technician, and/or Maintenance Technician course if you’re interested in being a wind energy technician.

Welder Technician

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Dates: Open Enrollment, On-demand

Length: 125 Course Hours / 12 Months

Course Cost: $1995

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Course Description: Do you like to work with your hands? Are you looking for a career where you can do what you love and make good money? This online Welder Technician course is an accelerated training package that will provide you the required knowledge and skills you need for success as a welder.

The course provides an intensive overview of the skills necessary for a welder technician to perform the job, including lessons in math, inspection, safety, materials, quality, metal cutting, grinding, forming, robotics, rigging, and welding.

We highly recommend taking this course alongside the Wind Energy Professional course if you’re interested in being a wind energy technician.

Engineering Technician

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Dates: Open Enrollment, On-demand

Length: 330 Course Hours / 18 Months

Course Cost: $1995

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Course Description: Are you a problem solver and a team player? Why not consider a career as an engineering technician? An engineering technician needs a practical understanding of engineering concepts to assist engineers and technologists in projects relating to research and development, implementation or operation. This course can provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to prove competency and begin your career as an engineering technician quickly.

This online Engineering Technician course provides an intensive overview of skills necessary for this manufacturing role. You will learn math, inspection, safety, materials, machining, quality, grinding, electrical systems, automation, motor controls, additive manufacturing, assembly, design, and management necessary to work as an Engineering Technician.

We highly recommend taking this course alongside the Wind Energy Professional course if you’re interested in being a wind energy technician.

Maintenance Technician

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Dates: Open Enrollment, On-demand

Length: 250 Course Hours / 18 Months

Course Cost: $1695

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Course Description: Do you have a knack for tinkering and fixing things with your hands? Are you looking for a career where you can do what you love every day? This online Maintenance Technician course is an intensive overview of skills necessary for manufacturing maintenance from the basic principles of power transfer and rigging safety to PLCs and robotics that will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to begin a successful career.

A Maintenance Technician is required to have a thorough understanding of how machines and systems function to keep them running without breakdowns and maintain service for their expected lifespan and beyond. You will learn the following concepts and skills: workholding, math, inspection, safety, machining, quality, grinding, electrical systems, automation, mechanical systems, motor controls, rigging, and fluid systems as you prepare for your new career as a Maintenance Technician.

We highly recommend taking this course alongside the Wind Energy Professional course if you’re interested in being a wind energy technician.

Green Building and Energy Efficiency Courses

Certified Indoor Air Quality Manager

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Dates: Open Enrollment, On-demand 

Length: 16 Course Hours / 6 Months

Course Cost: $795 

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites to take this course. However, there are experience requirements if you plan to take the optional certification exam by the American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC). ACAC requires a high school diploma or GED, along with two years of documented experience in property management, risk management, asset management, or corporate policy-making. Questions regarding certification should be directed to ACAC.

Course Description: Are you a facility manager, building engineer, or health and safety officer who wants to improve the indoor air quality of your building? Are you properly prepared to handle air quality complaints? Common mistakes can turn a small grievance into a wildfire of speculation and accusation. In this Certified Indoor Air Quality Manager Online Training and Certification course, you’ll learn how to diagnose, resolve, and prevent indoor air quality (IAQ) complaints. You’ll also establish a comprehensive IAQ plan specific to your buildings.

Not only will this course teach you how to improve your building’s indoor air, it will also prepare you for third-party certification by the American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC). You’ll learn about all the pertinent topics covered on the certification exam. You can even take a 100-question practice examination to prepare for certification.

Certified Indoor Environmentalist Prep

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Dates: Open Enrollment, On-demand 

Length: 32 Course Hours / 6 Months

Course Cost: $895 

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites to taking the CIE course. There are, however, experience requirements if you wish to take the optional certification exam by the American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC). ACAC requires a high school diploma or GED, along with two years of documented field experience related to indoor air quality. Questions regarding certification should be directed to ACAC. Those with a background in HVAC, home inspection, construction, or healthcare may more easily comprehend certain sections of the course; however, the course material does not assume the learner has already received training and therefore topics are explained thoroughly.

Course Description: Would you like to become a Certified Indoor Environmentalist (CIE)? This designation demonstrates that you understand how to create healthy homes and buildings by preventing, diagnosing, and resolving indoor environmental problems. This online course prepares you to pass the CIE examination through a series of video lectures on exam topics such as contaminants, health effects, building science, HVAC, equipment, assessments, mold remediation, and industry standards and guidelines. The course also covers practice questions in detail and provides a practice examination to ensure you succeed at becoming a Certified Indoor Environmentalist.

Your clients want to be confident that they are hiring a trustworthy and competent consultant. One of the best ways to demonstrate your competency is to obtain a third-party accredited certification, such as the Certified Indoor Environmentalist (CIE). The CIE certification is sponsored by the American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC). The CIE Prep Course will prepare you to pass the CIE examination. The examination is offered at computerized testing centers throughout the US and beyond. Certain experience requirements and fees apply to students obtaining certification; however, no experience is required to participate in the CIE Prep course.

Home Inspection Certificate

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Dates: Open Enrollment, On-demand 

Length: 200 Course Hours / 12 Months

Course Cost: $2295 

Prerequisites: There are no specific prerequisites for this course, but having some working knowledge of residential construction and appraisals is beneficial. Further, while you can take this course in any state, please note that some jurisdictions have home inspector licensing or registration laws that require a classroom, field inspection, and/or association membership component. Be sure to check your state’s requirements prior to enrolling.

Course Description: The Home Inspection Certificate Course covers the principal components, procedures, and processes of home inspection. This course has also been approved by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and various home inspector organizations and regulatory boards for membership renewal credits or continuing education credits. It is also one component of the steps required to obtain a NIBI Certified Inspector credential.

Through 11 in-depth module, you will gain insight on the methodologies required to perform a home inspection. You will learn how to inspect and report on heating and cooling systems, plumbing and electrical systems, roof and siding, the foundation, and other major components of a home.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate

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Dates: Open Enrollment, On-demand 

Length: 40 Course Hours / 3 Months

Course Cost: $695 (includes exam fee)

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Course Description: The Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate course is designed to educate candidates on the cutting edge green building and sustainable design practices, and enables participants to designate that expertise with an internationally recognized professional credential.

Developed and backed by the U.S. Green Building Council, the LEED Green Associate and credential has gained national and global notoriety. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system is one of the most widely used standards for green building and design. The Tier 1: LEED Green Associate training course and exam covers general information on green building practices for residential and commercial projects, and prepares individuals to support other professionals working on projects seeking LEED certification.

Voucher Package and Certificate Exams: This course will also prepare you for the LEED Green Associate Credential from USGBC (US Green Building Council). This is an internationally recognized certification that designates expertise in green building and design principles. The exam fee is included with the course.

BPI Building Analyst Certification Training

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Dates: Open Enrollment, On-demand (Blended in-person and online course also available)

Length: 25 Course Hours / 6 Months

Course Cost: $1799 (includes exam fees)

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Course Description: Get BPI Certified as a home energy auditor! Learn how to perform whole-house energy efficiency inspections, identify problems at their root cause, and prescribe and prioritize solutions based on building science.

The BPI Building Analyst Certification is nationally recognized and will set you up with the skills to take your business to the next level.

This BPI Building Analyst certification course is aligned with the Building Performance Institute’s (BPI) standards for home energy auditing and teaches you how to use building science to diagnose a home’s energy issues.

Certificate Exams: If you sign up for the online class you will watch the online training videos and then schedule to have your written/field certification exams proctored remotely over the computer.

If you register for the blended course, you will watch the online training videos and then appear in person for hands-on field training with equipment and your written/field certification exams.

All exam fees are included in the course cost.

RESNET HERS Rater

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Dates: Open Enrollment, On-demand 

Length: 20 Course Hours / 6 Months

Course Cost: $1899 (includes exam fees)

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Course Description: Get certified to offer home energy audits and home energy ratings on new construction homes!

This RESNET HERS Rater Training program will give you with the knowledge necessary to provide homeowners and home builders a detailed analysis of energy consumption and options to save money by conserving energy.

This course will teach you how to help builders and architects improve home energy efficiency and provides instruction for energy efficiency analysis using the house-as-a-system approach.

Certificate Exams: There are two parts to HERS Rater Certification – training/exams and quality assurance. To become a certified HERS Rater, you have to complete training, pass all certification exams, sign up with a Quality Assurance Provider, and complete 5 practice audits within a year timeframe. This training course satisfies the first part. You will still need to sign up for a membership with an approved RESNET Quality Assurance Provider to complete the second. 

All exam fees are included in the course cost.

HVAC/R Courses

HVAC/R Certified Technician

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Dates: Open Enrollment, On-demand 

Length: 162 Course Hours / 12 Months

Course Cost: $2895 

Prerequisites: This course is designed for working HVAC/R technicians with one-to-two years of industry experience. In addition, you should have a high school diploma or GED.

However, if you do not have the previous work experience in the HVAC/R industry, you can instead take the HVAC/R Technician course.

Course Description: It’s no secret that skilled HVAC/R technicians are in high demand. But those with HVAC Excellence or NATE certifications have greater earning potential and more opportunities for career advancement. If you already have one-to-two years of industry experience, this course will prepare you for the next step in your career—certification.

Through hands-on simulations and in-depth course material, you will strengthen your understanding of HVAC/R service, repair, and maintenance. You will also learn about sustainable technology, environmental challenges and their solutions, industry advancements, and develop customer-facing professional skills.

By course completion, you will have the formal training and specialized knowledge to successfully sit for the HVAC Excellence Core and Professional Technician exams, the NATE Core and Specialty Test exams, and the EPA 608 certification exam. You will also receive a voucher package to take the HVAC Excellence exams.

Voucher Package and Certificate Exams: Upon completion of this course, you will receive an HVAC Excellence ESCO Group Voucher Package that includes:

  • 1 Principals of Electrical and Refrigeration (Core)* exam voucher
  • 1 Professional Technician exam voucher (Residential Air Conditioning recommended)
  • 1 EPA 608 exam voucher

*To sit for the HVAC Excellence Core exam, you must provide two years of documented work experience. Exam proctor fees may apply.

Additionally, this course aligns with the following Professional Technician specialty areas (vouchers are not included for the below exams):

  • Principals of Electrical and Refrigeration Theory
  • Residential Air Conditioning
  • Gas Heat
  • Electric Heat
  • Heat Pump Installer
  • Heat Pump Service
  • Light Commercial Air Conditioning
  • Light Commercial Refrigeration

HVAC/R Simulations for Field Technicians

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Dates: Open Enrollment

Length: 18 Course Hours / 6 Months

Course Cost: $495 

Prerequisites: There is no prerequisite for this course. While anyone training for a HVAC/R career would benefit, the simulations are geared to those with two or more years of experience in the field or a working knowledge of HVAC/R systems.

Course Description: As HVAC/R systems become increasingly complex, learning and mastering the latest technology is critical. HVAC/R Simulations for Field Technicians offers a rich, hands-on learning experience that mimics field performance in completely online environment. You will practice servicing, maintaining, and troubleshooting common HVAC/R scenarios in true-to-life service call simulations.

You will work through approximately 200 scenarios to master seven pieces of HVAC/R equipment – Gas Furnace, Oil Furnace, Gas Boiler, Split Residential A/C, Commercial A/C, Heat Pumps, and Commercial Walk-in Freezers. Your skills and knowledge are then put to the test in 12 ungraded assessment simulations. If you need to sharpen your diagnostic and troubleshooting skills, this online course is ideal.

HVAC/R Technician

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Dates: Open Enrollment 

Length: 162 Course Hours / 12 Months

Course Cost: $2895 

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites to take this course. However, we recommend having a high school diploma or GED. If you have the required work experience to take the NATE or HVAC Excellence certification exams, or currently hold Ready to Work certificates and have 2 years of work experience, it is recommended that you take the HVAC/R Certified Technician course.

Course Description: HVAC/R is one of today’s fastest growing industries. Evolving technology, booming commercial and residential construction, and a retiring workforce fuel the need for skilled HVAC/R technicians. This course prepares you for an entry-level career in the HVAC/R industry by providing hands-on guidance, application, and a solid foundation for service, repair, and solutions.

You will learn from relevant material and applicable examples, including a unique Service Call feature and more than 260 supporting photos that bring concepts to life. By course completion, you will be prepared to sit for several entry-level HVAC/R certificates, including all 17 HVAC Excellence Employment Ready Certificates, the EPA 608, and the NATE Ready to Work Certificate.

You will also receive a voucher package for the HVAC Excellence Employment Ready Certificate exam and EPA 608 Certification exam.

Voucher Package and Certificate Exams: This course will provide the necessary information to pass the following entry-level certificate exams:

  • HVAC Excellence ESCO Group: 17 Employment Ready Certificates
  • NATE: Ready to Work Certificate
  • EPA 608: Section 608 Universal Technician Certification

Upon course completion, you will also receive a voucher package for the HVAC Excellence Employment Ready Certificate exam* that includes:

  • 1 Employment Ready Certificate for Electrical
  • 1 Employment Ready Certificate for Air Conditioning
  • 1 EPA 608 Voucher

*Proctor fees may apply

HVAC/R Controls/Building Automation Systems

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Dates: Open Enrollment 

Length: 90 Course Hours / 6 Months

Course Cost: $3695 

Prerequisites: To enroll in this course you must have completed an educational course for HVACR and/or have current industry work experience in the field.

Course Description: This course is designed for HVACR technicians, facility managers, and commercial maintenance technicians who have already completed an educational course for HVACR and/or have current industry work experience in the field. The course will build on your existing knowledge of HVACR fundamentals and equipment and help you learn HVACR Controls and Building Automation Systems.

The course modules were written by Ron Auvil who is the Author of HVAC Control Systems, American Technical Publishers. Ron also teaches these topics in a series of recorded video lecture presentations included with each learning module.

Programas En Español

Programa de Certificado de Conocimiento Básico de HVACR NATE Core

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Fechas: Inscripción Abierta y On-demand

Duración: 100 Horas / 6 Meses

Precio: $2295 

Requisitos Previos Educativos: Aunque no hay requisitos previos educativos, los estudiantes necesitan poder navegar a su correo electrónico, contestar los mensajes de correo electrónico y navegar con facilidad por internet.

Descripción: El programa de conocimiento fundamental de mantenimiento de HVAC es un programa completo de enseñanza en línea de HVACR lo cual incluye la calefacción, la ventilación, el aire acondicionado y la refrigeración. 

Está estructurado específicamente con el fin de preparar a los técnicos para aprobar el examen inicial de conocimientos fundamentales de mantenimiento de NATE y para ampliar las habilidades de los instaladores y técnicos quienes:

  • Son principiantes en la industria HVACR
  • Buscan seguir su aprendizaje, ampliando sus conocimientos y competencias
  • Se preparan para la certificación (NATE CORE)

Certificación: Examen de conocimiento fundamental de mantenimiento de NATE (NATE Core Service)

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