In honor of “National Shout Out for Solar Day,” we couldn’t help but share our excitement about the burgeoning solar energy industry. Arguably the most limitless source of energy, solar has been used for everything from desalination of seawater to providing heat and electricity; and its future is looking bright.
Clean and versatile in its applications, solar energy contributes to a growing number of power grids, and may well be a primary form of energy in the years to come. In the long-term, solar energy means a cleaner environment, less money spent on utilities, and a healthier world. In the near-term, it is opening up countless job opportunities and attracting significant investment.
The Importance of Solar Energy Training
Solar energy is harnessed using a variety of ever-developing technologies, such as solar photovoltaics (PVs), solar thermal collectors, and solar architecture. Although PV was discovered more than 2½ centuries ago, the technology has recently been implemented as a common energy provider. As it gains momentum, so does the workforce behind its infrastructure. Naturally, the skills needed to work in this industry are technical and specific, requiring a fair amount of training and exposure. Thus, in order to understand the benefits of solar energy, the associated technology, its usage in homes and businesses, and the methods of implementation, the quickest way to learn is to go for an industry certification.
For aspiring solar energy professionals, getting a NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) certificate is a surefire way to make a foray into the field. NABCEP has four chief certifications: Entry Level, PV Installer, Solar Heating and Solar Technical Sales. Professionals should understand that the entry level exam gives a “Certificate of Knowledge”, while the others provide the full NABCEP certification. Having a credential from NABCEP signifies best practices in training, and provides customers as well as employers with a degree of security that the certification holder has satisfied the hands-on training requirements and met the rigorous qualifications set by the institution.
CleanEdison and Solar Training
And now for the shameless plug. CleanEdison provides an all-encompassing and wide variety ofsolar energy training courses for all levels of professionals. Our solar energy training courses range from solar design, sales, and project financing to entry level and mastery PV courses, NABCEP test preparation and solar thermal installation. All of CleanEdison’s solar energy training courses include options of self-paced online training, live classroom and hands-on field experience suited for people according to their needs. What’s more, there are plenty of free learning resources available at all times, such as webinars and practice exams.
Our solar training courses integrate accepted and valued industry standards and the best practices to prep course takers to become proficient in the skills and knowledge needed for entering and excelling in the solar energy industry. Each course fee offers the option of including the related NABCEP entry level exam fee, and early birds are entitled to a discount. Highly rated by past users and industry veterans, these courses are providing an important avenue toward filling the field with qualified, reliable professionals.
While solar training typically attracts professionals such as architects, contractors, electricians and roofers, anyone who aspires to be a solar energy expert can take our courses. For the last few years, the solar energy industry has been one of the fastest growing sectors in the country, and the trend continues. Over 170,000 professionals work in the industry today, and there is a steadily growing demand for qualified professionals who will be needed in the future. At CleanEdison, we embrace the change, aiming to provide sustainable education for the workforce of today.