Charting Your Solar Course, in the April/May 2010 issue of Home Power Magazine, is a one of the most comprehensive, easy-to-understand articles about renewable energy training I’ve seen. Don’t be intimidated by the 11-page article; consider it the preface as you begin to learn what a quality renewable energy training program should look like.
The article focuses on renewable energy installation and system design training offerings, from on site workshops and programs to online courses to training at energy fairs and conferences. There’s an extensive table, alphabetical by state, of more than 150 solar education providers, ranging from renewable energy specific training centers to university programs. Schools and organizations that have ISPQ accredited training programs and ISPQ certified instructors are included in the table. This piece alone is a phenomenal resource.
The author, David Del Vecchio suggests that when looking for an installer training program, potential students should consider those with both ISPQ accreditation and ISPQ-certified trainers, and/or NABCEP-certified installers.