Continuing Education

Many MREA courses are recognized and approved for continuing education credit hours (CECs or CEUs) by state licensing agencies, skilled and construction trade associations, and renewable energy credentialing organizations like NABCEP and IREC. Continuing education credits are offered at no additional cost to course participants.

Contact Training Coordinator Jenny Heinzen if you have any questions regarding continuing education, credit hours, or license renewal requirements in the construction trades. Records and transcripts of courses you've taken with the MREA are available upon request. 

See our Course Schedule for more details regarding our renewable energy courses and when they're offered.

North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) 

MREA courses approved for NABCEP PV Installation Professionals:

  • PV Site Assessment Certificate - 18 hours
  • PV System Design (PV 202) - 14 hours
  • PV and Solar Thermal Structural Considerations (PV-ST 411) - 7 hours
  • Inspecting PV Systems (PV 604) - 4 hours
  • 2014 National Electrical Code Update for PV (PV 614) - 4 hours
  • Batteries in Solar PV Systems - 12 hours (Offered in partnership with HeatSpring)

MREA courses approved for NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification:

  • PV System Design (PV 202) - 14 hours
  • PV Sales and Finance (PV 203) - 7 hours

MREA courses approved for NABCEP Solar Heating Installers:

  • PV and Solar Thermal Structural Considerations (PV-ST 411) - 7 hours
  • Solar Thermal System Conceptual Design (ST 410) - 14 hours

MREA courses approved for NABCEP Small Wind Installers:

  • Small Wind Turbine Design and Construction (W 306) - 48 hours

State Licensing Agencies for Electricians, Plumbers, Inspectors, and the Construction Trades:

Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) 

The following MREA Photovoltaic (PV) courses are recognized by the DSPS:

  • Basic Photovoltaics (PV 101)
    • 7.5 hrs for Electricians, Electrical Inspectors, and Dwelling Contractors
  • PV Site Assessor Training (PV 201)
    • 8 hrs for Electricians and Electrical Inspectors
    • 7.5 hrs for Dwelling Contractors
  • PV System Design (PV 202)
    • 16 hrs for Electricians and Electrical Inspectors
    • 12 hrs for Dwelling Contractors
  • Intermediate PV (PV 205)
    • 16 hrs for Electricians and Electrical Inspectors
    • 12 hrs for Dwelling Contractors
  • PV Design and Installation Lab (PV 301)
    • 26 hrs for Electricians and Electrical Inspectors
    • 12 hrs for Dwelling Contractors
  • PV and Solar Thermal Structural Considerations (PV-ST 411)
    • 7 hrs for Dwelling Contractors and UDC-Construction Inspectors
    • 5 hrs for Commercial Building Inspectors
  • Solar Electric Systems and the NEC (PV 602)
    • 2 hrs for Electricians and Electrical Inspectors
  • Inspecting Solar Electric Systems (PV 603)
    • 3 hrs for Electricians and Electrical Inspectors
  • 2014 NEC Update for PV (PV 614)
    • 4 hrs for Electricians and Electrical Inspectors

The following MREA Solar Thermal courses are recognized by the DSPS:

  • Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems (ST 101)
    • 7 hrs for Plumbers, Inspectors, and Dwelling Contractors
  • Solar Thermal Site Assessor Training (ST 201)
    • 8 hrs for UDC-HVAC Inspectors
  • Solar Water Heating Installation Lab (ST 301)
    • 18 hrs for Plumbers and UDC-Plumbing Inspectors
    • 6 hrs for UDC-HVAC Inspectors
  • PV and Solar Thermal Structural Considerations (PV-ST 411)
    • 7 hrs for Dwelling Contractors and UDC-Construction Inspectors
    • 5 hrs for Commercial Building Inspectors

The following MREA Small Wind courses are recognized by the DSPS:

  • Introduction to Wind Systems (W 101)
    • 8 hrs for Dwelling Contractors
  • Small Wind Site Assessor Training (W 201)
    • 4 hrs for UDC-HVAC Inspectors
  • Small Wind Turbine Design and Construction (W 306)
    • 24 hrs for Electricians
  • Math and Code for Small Wind (W 409)
    • 16 hrs for Electricians and Electrical Inspectors

Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry 

The following MREA courses are approved for continuing education for licensed electricians:

  • PV System Design (PV 202) - 6 Code/Energy Hours and 10 Other Hours 
  • Intermediate PV (PV 205) - 16 Other Hours
  • 2014 NEC Update for PV (PV 614) - 4 Code/Energy Hours

Iowa Department of Public Safety 

The following MREA courses are approved for continuing education for Journeyman and Master Electricians:

  • Basic PV (PV 101) - 6.5 Other hours
  • PV Site Assessor Training (PV 201) - 6.5 Other hours
  • PV System Design (PV 202) - 5 Code, 8 Other hours
  • Intermediate PV (PV 205) - 5 Code, 8 Other hours