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Photovoltaic Installer Certificate

Picture of solar panels installed by students with Photovoltaic Installer Certificates from CMC.This program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to install solar photovoltaic systems based on regulatory codes and standards. Students will be introduced to the principles of design and operation of solar arrays, material analysis, and various construction features. Basic safety principles will be reinforced. Detailed knowledge of photovoltaic components will be provided, and principles of design and operation of solar panel arrays will be covered, as well as a focus on the National Electric Code requirements for electrical installation. This curriculum will prepare students to take the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners’ (NABCEP) Basic Photovoltaic Installer certification exam.

Graduates of this program will receive a Certificate of Occupational Proficiency in Photovoltaic Installer.

Integrated Energy

These programs bring together skill sets that prepare students for entry-level employment in the rapidly growing field of energy, including non-renewable areas related to oil and gas production, renewable energy, and sustainability.  Additionally, students already employed in energy or related fields can receive additional skills for career advancement.  Students learn in an interactive, hands-on lab setting focusing on natural gas and petroleum production, developing alternative energy solutions, and renewable energy technologies.

Integrated Energy Programs:


Renewable Energy Technology Certificates

These certificates are designed to provide students with the theoretical knowledge necessary for a career in the renewable energy fields.  Students will acquire hands-on skills in installation, operation, monitoring, repair, and replacement of related equipment.  Careers in renewable energy will be increasing dramatically nationally as well as locally.  There has been an increasing demand for skilled workers as solar installers, home energy auditors, and in many related fields.  This program includes general education courses to broaden the students’ depth of understanding and prepare them for more advanced degrees or professional positions in a renewable energy field, as well as the hands-on skills needed in the profession.  Additionally, the program will prepare students with general occupational skills important to be successful in any work environment such as work ethics, reliability, attention to safety, and other primary skills that most employers look for.

Renewable energy trends will affect many local businesses such as building equipment, contractors, and local governments, as well as installers, small businesses, sales, and wholesalers.

Students must demonstrate college-level proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics before entering this program.  Skills in these areas may affect the sequence of courses in which students can enroll and may also extend the time required to complete the program.  For more details see the Academic Placement and Testing  section.

These certificates are offered at the Rifle Campus and through Online Learning.  See your campus schedule for the online options.

Minimum Hours Required

Minimum Credit Hours Required (19-22)
Minimum Contact Hours Required (300-345)


◆ State Guaranteed Transfer Course

✽ Applies to CMC AA|AS Degree

For more information see Degree & Certificate Descriptions & Requirements .