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PV 703.02 PV Program Development

Course Description

This 16-hour course is offered for instructors and adminstrators looking to advance PV design, installation, and sales training at their institutions. The resources in this course are designed for program managers looking to intergrate PV content into their curriculum or design a program of study for PV Design and Installation or PV Technical Sales professionals. The course includes best practices for curriculum development, solar content integration, student hands-on experience, accreditation, student recruitment, articulation, and local market development. The courses provides participants with resources on state market conditions and growth scenarios, solar career pathways, case studies of successful programs, strategies for accreditation and student certification, student service learning arrangements, community outreach materials,, and model transfer agreements to 4-year colleges. Participants in this course will also gain access to curriculum resources including presentations, videos, manuals, and evaluations from the accredited training programs at the MREA and Kankakee Community College.

This is a 2-day, in-person course with the first day consisting of attendance at the Solar Powering Illinois Conference on April 8, 2014 in Palatine, IL. The second day is a classroom day in which participants will apply their understanding of market growth scenarios to define career opportunities and further develop resources and professional networks in the online MREA Solar Instructor Community of Practice.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify successful PV training programs in the US and describe their distinguishing attributes
  • Use national, regional, and local market information to define growth scenarios and potential employment demand
  • Use the Solar Career Lattice to define connections to career pathways for their training programs
  • Develop strategies for integrating solar content into existing programs at their institution
  • Identify industry credentials of value to their students and justify their demand in the marketplace
  • Review PV industry approved task analysis and begin to chart competencies for their training program
  • Outline an approach to achieving certification for instructors and accreditation for their training program
  • Outline the key components of their training curriculum and identify resources needed and strategies to acquire them
  • Define support services for their program including recruitment strategies, transfer agreements, and service learning experiences

Course Instructors

Nick Hylla, MREA
Tim Wilhelm, Kankakee Community College 


April 8-9, 2014 
Solar Powering Illinois Conference, April 8
Wojcik Conference Center, Suite 115, April 9, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Palatine, IL


$300 (includes conference registrion fee)


  • PV 701 or PV 705

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April 8th, 2014 9:00 AM   through   April 9th, 2014 5:00 PM
Harper College
Wojcik Conference Center, Suite 115
1200 W Algonquin Rd.
Palatine, IL 60067
United States

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Phone: 715-592-6595
Non-Member Price $ 300.00
Member Price $ 280.00

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