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

August

Introduction to Wind Systems (W 101.02) Online 

  • July 27 - August 23
  • Self-paced with optional, recorded webinars on Tuesdays at noon CT
  • Online registration closed. Please call 715-592-6595 for registration options.

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

Basic Photovoltaics (PV 101.03) Online 

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

Batteries in Solar PV Systems (Online) 

  • August 31 - October 9
  • Online course offered in partnership with HeatSpring
  • Approved for 12 NABCEP continuing education credits

September

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

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

Solar Space Heating Systems (ST 409.01)

  • Saturday, October 3
  • 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Custer, WI
  • Prerequisite: Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems (ST 101), or equivalent

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

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 Online Course Policy

The MREA offers three kinds of online courses:
1. On-Demand courses
2. Self-paced with optional, weekly webinars
3. Structured weekly presentations with mandatory, scheduled webinars

On-Demand Courses
These courses are available online anytime, year-round, without any instructor interaction. The presentations and materials are accessed via the MREA online course website and have no scheduled webinars, assignments, or quizzes. Participants do not receive a Letter of Completion.

Self-paced Online Courses
These courses are typically four, six, or eight weeks in length, and include weekly scheduled webinars that are optional for course participants. Presentations and materials can be accessed at any time via the MREA online course website within the scheduled start and end dates of the course.

Webinars are scheduled based on the availability of the majority of participants, and they are recorded and subsequently posted on the MREA online course website. Participants are encouraged to stay with the pace of the course and take advantage of the live webinars, as a chance to interact with the instructor and other course participants.

If the participant completes all assignments and quizzes by the course end date to the instructor’s satisfaction, he or she will pass the course, receive a Letter of Completion, and be given credit for applicable continuing education credits/hours.

Online Courses with Mandatory Webinar Attendance
The MREA offers online courses that include mandatory webinar participation. These courses are typically four, six, or eight weeks in length, and include weekly scheduled, live webinars in which the instructor presents the course materials. Webinar attendance is recorded and tracked throughout the duration of the course.

Course materials are available on the MREA online course website within the scheduled course start and end dates. Participants will not receive a Letter of Completion or applicable continuing education credits/hours unless all webinars are fully attended, and all assignments and quizzes are completed by the course end date to the instructor’s satisfaction. The MREA cannot give partial credit for these courses. 

Webinar Technical Assistance

MREA webinars use a program and website called ReadyTalk. Visit www.readytalk.com for more information about the software and operating system requirements. Here are some general instructions for participating in an MREA webinar:

  1. Test your computer before the webinar begins. www.readytalk.com/rt/test-computer.php
  2. Log into the webinar using the link provided in your emailed invitation. If you have problems logging in, it could be a number of issues. Update any pop-ups or plug-ins as prompted. Try another web browser. Google Chrome, Safari, and Firefox are all recommended; we have experienced problems with Internet Explorer.
  3. Worst-case scenario: You still can't log in! Go directly to www.readytalk.com and enter the participant code in the box on the top left side of the screen. Your participant code will always be 5926595 for MREA webinars. (It's the last seven digits of our phone number.)
  4. Call in. Use the number and passcode provided in the emailed invitation. (866-740-1260; passcode 5926595)

If you are computer and webinar savvy, you can use the audio controls through the ReadyTalk website, and even download apps for smartphones and tablets. You'll need to do your research ahead of time at readytalk.com to sync your machine(s). Participants have experienced problems like missing audio or echoes due to issues with speakers, headsets, and built-in microphones. If this happens to you, disable the audio controls in ReadyTalk and call in using a phone until you can debug your system. ReadyTalk webinars are toll-free for MREA participants.

 

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