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Sustainable Technologies Program

SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIN INSTALLATION CERTIFICATE

The goal of the Solar Photovoltaic Installation Certificate of Achievement is to provide Santa Monica College with a high quality program that will enable students to obtain desirable employment in the solar power industry.  The program is designed to provide students the skills necessary to place and advance in the solar energy industry.  It is also designed to provide students with a holistic perspective on the role of solar power in a changing global economy and climate.
 

DEGREES AND CERTIFICATES

Approval for the Solar Photovoltaic Installation Certificate of Achievement is pending.  The application has been submitted to the State Chancellor’s Office.   Transfer students who wish to qualify for an Associates degree should select either the Liberal Arts or General Science major.  Additional graduation requirements for the Associates degree from Santa Monica College are listed in the Academics section of the catalog as well as online (www.smc.edu/articulation).
 

CAREER OPTIONS (This list is not comprehensive)

Solar Photovoltaic Installer  Energy Efficiency Specialist
Solar Energy Consultant  Sustainability Specialist
Independent business owner in Solar Energy
Renewable Energy specialist
 

FACULTY CONTACT INFORMATION

ADJUNCTS
Stuart Cooley 
 

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Upon completion of all the coursework for the Solar Photovoltaic Installation Certificate of Achievement:
1. Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of the introductory scientific and environmental concepts by applying alternative energy solutions, focusing on solar photovoltaic systems.
 
2. Students will be able to solve photovoltaic installation and design challenges, using their understanding of solar photovoltaic and thermal systems.
 
3. Students will describe environmental, economic, and social benefits of solar photovoltaic systems as well as political and regulatory infrastructure that affect photovoltaic system installation.
 
4. Students will remain current on advanced concepts in solar photovoltaic installation, troubleshooting, net metering laws, local codes, and National Electrical Code (NEC) PV requirements. Successful participants will be qualified to take the North America Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Photovoltaic Installer Certification exam.
 

COURSES OFFERED IN SOLAR TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM (links to Course Outlines on Vicki Drake’s website: http://homepage.smc.edu/drake_vicki)

Photovoltaic Systems 1: Introduction to Solar Energy Systems
Photovoltaic Systems 2: Intermediate PV System Installation
Photovoltaic Systems 3: Advanced Solar Photovoltaic Systems
Energy Efficiency 1:  Introduction to Energy Efficiency
 

NEW CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS COMING FALL 2011 TO SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGIES PROGRAM

ENERGY EFFICIENCY CERTIFICATE
RECYCLING AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATE
 
Additional Courses required for Certificate of Achievement offered through other Academic Departments at SMC
Geography 20: Introduction to GIS or Interior Architectural Design 35: Computer-Aided Design and Drafting
Geography 7/Environmental Studies 7: Introduction to Environmental Studies
Business 63: Principles of Entrepreneurship