Course Schedule

View the 2015 Training Catalog  

The MREA offers a variety of courses in photovoltaics (PV), solar thermal heating, and small wind energy systems. We have renewable energy courses for all levels of learning, from the beginner to the seasoned installer. Our accredited PV courses are available throughout the Midwest via the Solar Training Academy, and many of our courses are accessible online. 

Photovoltaics (PV) - Solar Electricity

Solar Thermal (Hot Water and Space Heating)

Small Wind Energy Systems

BuildingEnergy Masters Series (NESEA
 

Continuing Education Credits

Many of our solar courses are approved for Continuing Education credit hours with NABCEP and state licensing agencies throughout the Midwest. Approved courses are marked with the NABCEP logo, and number of CE hours are listed in the course schedule below. 

Online, On-Demand Courses

We have seven online, informational courses that are completely self-paced and available anytime. They contain no assignments, quizzes, or webinars, and require no instructor interaction. Best of all - they're FREE for MREA members and only $20 for non-members!

2015 COURSE SCHEDULE

September

PV Site Assessor Training (PV 201.04) Online 

  • August 10 - September 7
  • Self-paced with optional, recorded webinars on Thursdays at noon CT
  • Prerequisite: Basic PV (PV 101) or equivalent
  • Registration closed. Next offering begins in October.

Basic Photovoltaics (PV 101.03) Online 

  • August 31 - September 27
  • Self-paced with optional, recorded webinars on Wednesdays at noon CT

Introduction to Tower Climbing and Safety (W 307.02)

  • September 8
  • 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Custer, WI

Wind Turbine Repair and Maintenance (W 401.01)

  • September 9-10
  • 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily
  • Custer, WI
  • Prerequisites: Introduction to Wind Systems (W 101) and Intro to Tower Climbing and Safety (W 307), or equivalent

Building Energy Analytics: Measuring and Understanding Building Energy Use 

  • September 14 - October 23
  • Six-week online course offered in partnership with NESEA
  • CEUs: 10 AIA LU/HSW, 15 BPI, and 6 GBCI approved; 10 RESNET pending approval

Deep Energy Retrofits

  • September 14 - November 20
  • Ten-week online course offered in partnership with NESEA
  • CEUs: 12 AIA LU/HSW (approved), BPI, GBCI, and MA CSL (approval pending)

Passive House in the Real World 

  • September 14 - October 9
  • Four-week online course offered in partnership with NESEA
  • CEUs: 8 AIA LU/HSW (approved), BPI, GBCI, and MA CSL (approval pending)

PV System Design (PV 202.03) Online 

  • September 21 - November 15
  • Self-paced with optional, recorded webinars - Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m. CT
  • Approved for 14 NABCEP continuing education credits
  • Prerequisites: Basic PV (PV 101) and PV Site Assessor Training (PV 201), or equivalent
  • This is a qualifying course for the PV Design and Sales Certificate stipend. To learn more about stipend awarding, see the MREA Professional Certificate website

Batteries for Solar PV Systems (Online)

  • September 21 - October 9
  • Online course offered in partnership with HeatSpring
  • Approved for 12 NABCEP continuing education credits

Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems (ST 101.02) Online 

  • September 28 - October 25
  • Self-paced with optional, recorded webinars on Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. CT

October

PV Site Assessor Training (PV 201.03) Online 

  • October 5 - November 1
  • Self-paced with optional, recorded webinars on Wednesdays at noon CT
  • Prerequisite: Basic PV (PV 101), or equivalent

Small Wind Site Assessor Training (W 201.02) Online 

  • October 12 - November 8
  • Self-paced with optional, recorded webinars on Fridays at noon CT
  • Prerequisite: Introduction to Wind Systems (W 101), or equivalent

Solar Space Heating Systems (ST 409.01) 

  • Saturday, October 17
  • 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Custer, WI
  • Prerequisite: Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems (ST 101), or equivalent

November

PV Sales and Finance (PV 203.02) Online 

  • November 9 - December 13
  • Self-paced with optional, recorded webinars on Thursdays at 3:00 p.m. CT
  • Approved for 7 NABCEP continuing education credits
  • Prerequisite: Basic PV (PV 101), or equivalent
  • This is a qualifying course for the PV Design and Sales Certificate stipend. To learn more about stipend awarding, see the MREA Professional Certificate website

Basic Photovoltaics (PV 101.04) Online 

  • November 16 - December 20
  • Self-paced with optional, recorded webinars on Tuesdays at noon CT

2016 MREA Solar Training Academy 

In 2016, the Solar Academy will return with courses running in Milwaukee, the Twin Cities, and Normal, IL. 

  • January - May
  • One weekend per month
  • 63 hours of PV training towards required NABCEP classroom hours 
  • Curriculum includes: Basic PV (PV 101), PV Site Assessor Training (PV 201), PV Sales and Finance (PV 203), Intermediate PV (PV 205), and PV Design and Installation Lab (PV 301)
     
  • Graduates qualify to sit for the NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam, the MREA PV Site Assessor Certificate Exam, and the MREA PV Design and Sales Certificate Exam.

MREA Program and Course Policies

Please see the 2015 MREA Student Handbook for information and policies regarding MREA courses.

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