TECU 0001: Intro to Photovoltaics I

This training is designed to teach the learning objectives as outlined by the Electronics Technician Association (ETA) Entry Level Solar Installer Certification competencies.

Program Overview

Intro to Photovoltaics I is a two-week (20 hour) course offered to individuals wanting to enter into the Solar Energy field. This course prepares students for the ETA Entry Level Solar Installer Certification Exam. Included in these requirements is hand-on lab training where each student must complete specific tasks related to Solar PV Installation.

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Identify major components of a photovoltaic system

  • Identify types of PV systems

  • Identify panel types and characteristics

  • Determine proper installation sequence for array and BOS

  • Install basic array and BOS components

  • Determine proper array Orientation

  • Understand basic performance characteristics

  • Understand basic systems sizing methods

  • Troubleshoot basic systems problems and installation errors


Books, Meals, Travel, Materials, Software, Equipment: No Cost.
The tuition only covers administrative costs and nothing else is provided to the student.


20 hours

Estimated Cost


CAEL agreed tuition with 10% discount is $1,980

Ways to Learn



2.0 CEUs

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