Pellissippi State offers five-day training to be solar photovoltaic installer

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In only five days, students who enroll in the Solar Photovoltaic Training Series at Pellissippi State Community College will be prepared to enter the growing field of solar design and installation. Those who complete the course will also be eligible to take the optional North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners exam. The series is offered through the Business and Community Services Division.

Solar photovoltaics, the conversion of solar power to electricity, is a growing field in Tennessee. As of May 2012, Tennessee is second only to California in the number of solar photovoltaic installers employed. Approximately 670 individuals worked as installers in the state last year, according to the U. S. Department of Labor.

No specialized knowledge is required to take the class. Basic high school math is reviewed, and the foundations of electricity and electronics are covered. Students then go on to the design and installation portions of the coursework. Additional topics include photovoltaic history, market developments and safety.

The class is May 20-24, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Hardin Valley Campus. The cost is $799, plus a textbook fee of $175. The fee for the optional NABCEP exam is $125.

To register or to learn more about this and other classes, call (865) 539-7167 or visit The BCS website lists updated class schedules and information on new course offerings.