Solar panel installer
Online Solar Panel Installer Training
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Become a Solar Panel Professional

The online Solar Panel Installer Training Course offered through SDSU Global Campus is a comprehensive program designed to help you start a successful career in the photovoltaic solar (PV) industry—with the overall solar market expected to triple in size by 2028.

Our course is designed by industry experts to give you the knowledge and hands-on skills needed to succeed in this dynamic field through interactive modules, instructional videos, and real-world solar installation training case studies.

In just three months, you will become proficient in everything from solar technology and installation techniques to safety protocols and emerging trends—acquiring the necessary skills and knowledge to install solar panels and design efficient solar PV systems.

Completing the solar installer training program qualifies for a certificate of completion that satisfies the educational criteria established by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners® (NABCEP®).

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Course Objectives

  • Explore all the components of a solar panel system, understanding how solar panels, inverters, and batteries work synergistically to generate electricity
  • Prioritize safety protocols and equipment when setting up a solar energy system, incorporating measures such as the use of protective gear and grounding equipment
  • Master various installation techniques, from attaching solar modules to the roof to wiring, installing electrical components, and evaluating the performance of the finished product
  • Learn the art of troubleshooting a solar energy system to ensure optimal efficiency and effectiveness, including testing the system and making necessary adjustments for peak performance

Job Outlook for Solar Panel Installers

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, solar photovoltaic installers in the San Diego-Carlsbad, California, metropolitan area earn an annual median salary of $53,970, reflecting the promising economic prospects within the field.

The job outlook for solar panel installers is exceptionally positive. With the global push towards renewable energy, there is a growing demand for skilled professionals in solar installation. The increasing adoption of solar technology by individuals, businesses, and governments ensures a steady flow of job opportunities.

As sustainability becomes a priority, solar installers can expect a rewarding and stable career path with ample chances for growth and advancement.

Meet the Instructor

Chris Boggiano
Chris Boggiano is a respected professional known for his expertise in engineering and education. Holding the position of President at Everblue, he leads the organization with a passion for innovation and a commitment to excellence.

Chris is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he cultivated strong leadership skills and a dedication to continuous learning. With a solid foundation in engineering, he has garnered extensive experience in the field, contributing significantly to various projects and initiatives.

In addition to his role as an engineer, Chris serves as Everblue's Head Curriculum Developer, showcasing his exceptional ability to design educational programs that inspire and empower. His innovative approach to curriculum development has earned him recognition, making a meaningful impact on the educational landscape.

Chris' dedication to shaping future generations through education and his rich background in engineering reflects his unwavering commitment to making a difference in the world of learning and professional development.


What does a solar panel installer job involve?
A solar panel installer is responsible for installing, maintaining, and repairing solar energy systems. The job involves assembling, installing, and maintaining solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on roofs or other structures while following site assessment and schematics. Duties may include measuring, cutting, assembling, and bolting structural framing and solar modules. Additionally, minor electrical work, such as current checks, may be required.

What is the work environment for a solar panel installer like?
Most solar panel installations are completed outdoors in a variety of weather conditions, but PV installers sometimes work in attics and crawl spaces to connect panels to the electric grid. PV installers must also travel to job sites, with their role involving climbing ladders, working on rooftops, and handling tools and equipment.

What skills are needed for a career as a solar panel installer?
Solar panel installers must have a combination of technical, problem-solving, and communication skills to succeed in their job. They should be skilled in interpreting blueprints, using hand and power tools, and understanding electrical components. Paying attention to detail, having good physical fitness, and working well on a team are also essential qualities. As the solar industry advances, installers should stay up to date with the latest solar technologies and installation techniques to maintain a successful career.

Are there prerequisites or requirements?
We highly recommend that participants finish the Solar PV Associate course before registering for this program. Nevertheless, individuals with completed coursework or professional experience in solar are eligible to enroll without the prerequisite of the Solar PV Associate course. This course assumes that participants possess a basic understanding of solar energy, and as such, it will not cover an entry-level curriculum.

Do I need to start on a certain date?
No. This course is 100% online and you may begin at any time.

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