Course Schedule 

VIEW THE 2016 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 professional. Our accredited courses and Certificate Programs are available online, at the MREA in Custer (Wisconsin), and throughout the Midwest in our Solar Training Academies.

Photovoltaics (PV) - Solar Electricity

Solar Thermal (Hot Water and Space Heating)

Small Wind Energy Systems

National Electrical Code (NEC) Training 

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 in the schedule below.

Online, On-Demand Courses (Available Any Time)

We have seven online, informational "primer" courses available year-round. They contain no assignments, quizzes, or webinars. They're FREE for MREA members and only $20 for non-members.

MREA Solar Training Academy

Available in Milwaukee (WI), Cottage Grove (MN), Normal (IL), and Dubuque (IA)

  • 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.
  • 2017 SCHEDULE WILL BE RELEASED SOON!

2016 COURSE SCHEDULE 

April 

PV Sales and Finance (PV 203.01) Online 

  • April 25 - May 22
  • Self-paced with optional, recorded webinars on Thursdayas at 5:00 p.m. CT
  • Prerequisites: Basic PV (PV 101), or equivalent
  • Approved for 7 NABCEP continuing education credits
  • Use the discount code spring2016 for $50 off your course registration! Discounts are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

May

Navigating the NEC (G 110.02) Online 

  • May 2-22
  • Self-paced with optional, recorded webinars on Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m. CT
  • Approved for 6 NABCEP continuing education credits

PV Site Assessor Training (PV 201.11) Online 

  • May 2-29
  • Self-paced with optional, recorded webinars on Tuesdays at 12:00 p.m. CT
  • Prerequisite: Basic PV (PV 101), or equivalent

Basic Photovoltaics (PV 101.04) Online 

  • May 9 - June 5
  • Self-paced with optional, recorded webinars on Thursdays at 12:00 p.m. CT

PV System Design (PV 202.07) Online 

  • May 23 - July 10
  • Self-paced with optional, recorded webinars on Thursdays at 3:00 p.m. CT
  • Prerequisites: Basic PV (PV 101) and PV Site Assessor Training (PV 201), or equivalent
  • Approved for 14 NABCEP continuing education credits
  • Use the discount code spring2016 for $50 off your course registration! Discounts are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

It's back! Hands-on, solar hot water installation training at the MREA!

Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems (ST 101.03) 

  • Tuesday, May 10
  • WALK-INS WELCOME!

Solar Hot Water Installation Lab (ST 301.01)  

  • Wednesday-Friday, May 11-13
  • Prerequisite: Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems (ST 101), or equivalent

June 

Small Wind Turbine Design and Construction (W 306.01) 

  • Build a "Homebrew" wind turbine from scratch!
  • Monday-Saturday, June 6-11
  • Stevens Point, WI

PV Site Assessor Training (PV 201.10) Online 

  • June 20 - July 17
  • Self-paced with optional, recorded webinars on Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m. CT
  • Prerequisite: Basic PV (PV 101), or equivalent
  • Graduates are enrolled in the MREA Site Assessment Certificate Program

July

Basic Photovoltaics (PV 101.05) Online 

  • July 11 - August 7
  • Self-paced with optional, recorded webinars on Thursdays at 12:00 p.m. CT

Come to the MREA, take the PV 101-201-202-301 course progression, and become eligible to take the NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam in just two weeks!

Basic Photovoltaics (PV 101.11) 

  • Thursday, July 14
  • WALK-INS WELCOME!

PV Site Assessor Training (PV 201.06) 

PV System Design (PV 202.04) 

  • Monday and Tuesday, July 18-19
  • Prerequisites: Basic PV (PV 101) and PV Site Assessor Training (PV 201), or equivalent
  • Approved for 14 NABCEP continuing education credits

PV Design and Installation Lab (PV 301.02) 

  • Wednesday-Saturday, July 20-23
  • Prerequisites: Basic PV (PV 101) and PV System Design (PV 202), or equivalent

August

Navigating the NEC (G 110.03) Online 

  • August 8-28
  • Self-paced with optional, recorded webinars on Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m. CT
  • Approved for 6 NABCEP continuing education credits

PV Site Assessor Training (PV 201.03) Online 

  • August 15 - September 11
  • Self-paced with optional, recorded webinars on Thursdays at 12:00 p.m. CT
  • Prerequisite: Basic PV (PV 101), or equivalent
  • Graduates are enrolled in the MREA Site Assessment Certificate Program

Basic Photovoltaics (PV 101.06) Online 

  • August 29 - September 25
  • Self-paced with optional, recorded webinars on Mondays/Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m. CT

September

What comes after Labor Day? "Wind Week" at the MREA! 

Introduction to Wind Systems (W 101.03) 
Tuesday, September 6

Introduction to Tower Climbing and Safety (W 307.01) 
Wednesday, September 7

Wind System Repair and Maintenance (W 401.01) 

  • Thursday and Friday, September 8-9
  • Prerequisites: Introduction to Wind Systems (W 101) and Introduction to Tower Climing and Safety (W 307), or equivalent

Solar Hot Water and Space Heating Courses at the MREA this Fall:

Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems (ST 101.04) 

  • Friday, September 23
  • WALK-INS WELCOME!

Solar Space Heating (ST 409.01) 

  • Saturday, September 24
  • Prerequisite: Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems (ST 101), or equivalent

September ONLINE Courses: 

PV System Design (PV 202.02) Online 

  • September 12 - November 6
  • Self-paced with optional, recorded webinars on Thursdays at 3:00 p.m. CT
  • Prerequisites: Basic PV (PV 101) and PV Site Assessor Training (PV 201), or equivalent
  • Approved for 14 NABCEP continuing education credits

2014 NEC Update for PV (PV 614.02) Online 

  • TWO MANDATORY LIVE WEBINARS: September 14 & 21 (Wednesdays)  
  • 3:00-5:00 p.m. CT
  • Approved for 4 NABCEP continuing education credits
  • REGISTRATION CLOSES SEPTEMBER 14th at 2:00 p.m. CT

Solar Thermal System Design Considerations (ST 410.01) Online 

  • September 19 - November 13
  • Eight MANDATORY webinars on Tuesdays, 5:00-7:00 p.m. CT
  • Prerequisite: Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems (ST 101), or equivalent
  • Approved for 14 NABCEP continuing education credits
  • REGISTRATION CLOSES SEPTEMBER 20th at 4:00 p.m. CT

Introduction to Wind Systems (W 101.02) Online 

  • September 19 - October 16
  • Self-paced with optional, recorded webinars on Tuesdays at 12:00 p.m. CT

PV Site Assessor Training (PV 201.04) Online 

  • September 26 - October 23
  • Self-paced with optional, recorded webinars on Wednesdays/Thursdays at 12:00 p.m. CT
  • Prerequisite: Basic PV (PV 101), or equivalent
  • Graduates are enrolled in the MREA Site Assessment Certificate Program

October

Come to the MREA, take the PV 101-201-202-301 course progression, and become eligible to take the NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam in just two weeks!

Basic Photovoltaics (PV 101.12) 

  • Tuesday, October 4
  • WALK-INS WELCOME!

PV Site Assessor Training (PV 201.07) 

PV System Design (PV 202.05) 

  • Thursday and Friday, October 6-7
  • Prerequisites: Basic PV (PV 101) and PV Site Assessor Training (PV 201), or equivalent
  • Approved for 14 NABCEP continuing education credits

PV Design and Installation Lab (PV 301.03) 

  • Tuesday-Friday, October 11-14
  • Prerequisites: Basic PV (PV 101) and PV System Design (PV 202), or equivalent

October Online Courses 

Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems (ST 101.02) Online 

  • October 3-30
  • Self-paced with optional, recorded webinars on Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. CT

Basic Photovoltaics (PV 101.07) Online 

  • October 10 - November 6
  • Self-paced with optional, recorded webinars on Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m. CT

Small Wind Site Assessor Training (W 201.01) Online 

  • October 24 - November 20
  • Self-paced with optional, recorded webinars on Fridays at 10:00 a.m. CT
  • Prerequisite: Introduction to Wind Sytems (W 101), or equivalent
  • Graduates are enrolled in the MREA Site Assessment Certificate Program

November

PV Sales and Finance (PV 203.02) 

  • November 7 - December 11
  • Self-paced with optional, recorded webinars
  • Prerequisite: Basic PV (PV 101), or equivalent
  • Approved for 7 NABCEP continuing education credits

PV Site Assessor Training (PV 201.09) Online

  • November 7 - December 11
  • Self-paced with optional, recorded webinars on Fridays at 12:00 p.m. CT
  • Prerequisite: Basic Photovoltaics (PV 101), or equivalent
  • Graduates are enrolled in the MREA Site Assessment Certificate Program

Basic Photovoltaics (PV 101.08) Online

  • November 14 - December 18
  • Self-paced with optional, recorded webinars on Thursdays at 12:00 p.m. CT

Navigating the NEC (G 110.04) Online 

  • November 28 - December 18
  • Self-paced with optional, recorded webinars on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. CT
  • Approved for 6 NABCEP continuing education credits

MREA Program and Course Policies

Please see the 2016 Student Handbook for information and policies regarding MREA courses.

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