Solar Industry Job Resources
As the U.S.solar industry continues to expand, qualified employees are needed for every role from researchers, materials suppliers and manufacturers to project developers, and installers. As with any growing industry, solar companies are also in need of business expertise with financing, legal, and marketing.
You may be able to transfer your skills and experience directly to a job in the solar energy industry. If you need to get training to transition to a new career in solar, there are a variety of government sponsored and industry training and certification programs to choose from.
Currently, 12 states plus Puerto Rico require solar-specific licenses in order to engage in solar work. Frequently, a solar certification is a specialty area for an electrical or plumbing license. In states where a specific license is not required, a contractor with a general license may perform solar work. Regardless of whether state requirements exist, keep in mind that a particular municipality may have local requirements.
Click here to see if your state requires a specialty solar license.
Certifications are generally not required. However, being certified demonstrates to prospective clients that you have expertise in solar work and serves to differentiate you from your competitors. Some states require North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) certification for clients to participate in state incentive programs.
Start here, then select a specific state to find detailed NABCEP requirements
The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners creates voluntary national certification programs for best energy practices. NABCEP's PV Installer Certification and Solar Thermal Installer Certification are accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as compliant with ISO/IEC 17024: General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification Systems of Persons. This standard, created jointly by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) sets best practices for the certification industry.
The Roof Integrated Solar Energy (RISE) program by the National Roofing Contractors' Association certifies PV installers. The successful student receives a Certified Solar Roofing Professional Certification.
Underwriters Laboratories' UL University also offers courses, including a new PV Installer Training Course. After completing the course, passing a PV Installer Certification test is required in order to obtain the credential. UL University provides courses on many other topics related to electrical systems, including electrical safety and fire safety.
The Electronics Technicians Association provides certification courses in a variety of alternative energy technologies, including PV and solar thermal, wind, and electric vehicles. Three certification tracks are offered: installer, integrater, and maintainer/technician.
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