Troy, New York
Installation Certificate Program


Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) offers a Photovoltaic Installation Certificate Program that trains students for entry into the expanding PV industry. In partnership with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), HVCC developed a five-course certificate program to meet an expected high demand for rooftop PV systems and corresponding need for qualified PV installers. The 19 semester credit-hour certificate program consists of both required and elective courses offered as part of the two-year Associate in Occupational Studies (A.O.S.) degree program in Electrical Construction and Maintenance.

(Note: The duration of the academic semester at Hudson Valley Community College is 15 weeks, and each semester credit-hour (SCH) of purely classroom instruction translates into 15 instructional hours. Laboratory and hands-on sessions require additional contact hours. One semester credit hour of laboratory instruction requires two to three contact hours of instruction. Because of the large amount of hands-on laboratory work, the number of instructional hours shown below is considerably greater than SCH multiplied by 15.)

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Distinguishing Attributes

Special features of this program include:

  • A solid foundation in DC and AC electrical theory
  • Significant hands-on training and practice in residential and commercial wiring
  • On-site practice and experience with actual PV system installations
  • Approximately 420 hours of highly focused instruction, with an excellent balance of theory and applications
  • Highly transferrable skills to a variety of electrical construction occupations

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