As time goes on, more and more people are starting to look for alternative means of power for their homes. Some consumers are simply tired of the rising costs of energy, some are driven by a desire to reduce our carbon footprint on the planet – almost all are motivated by both reasons.
Solar panel installation is growing in popularity as a career and the job market for technicians with solar training certification is growing along with it. So, the proper training, from introductory classes to advanced education and career preparation is critical for a successful career. Does anyone really want an installer without the best training and expertise to tie new technology into their home’s power grid without specialized training?
Since now is a great time to get into the Solar Energy market, here are the minimum criteria to look for from a training provider to get the best possible training in the industry:
1. Research the training provider and their classes. All Solar Training courses should be fully accredited by IREC/ISPQ.
2. The class you choose should provide students with hands-on training at an IREC accredited training facility.
3. The instructors should have many years of experience in Solar Panel Installation, and be NABCEP Certified Installers themselves.
4. The training company should have a good reputation. If possible, get references from those who took their classes and have “made it” in the solar energy industry.
5. The company should have a long history of training technicians and installers, and be well known within the solar training industry.
If they meet all five tests, then you will have found a Solar Training provider that you can trust.
You should check your state’s laws for contractors’ requirements. Some states have specific laws or certification requirements for solar power installers to meet. Most states require the participation of a fully licensed electrician during the installation process.