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MREA Courses 

The MREA offers a variety of courses in solar electricity (PV), solar thermal heating, and small wind energy systems. We have courses for all levels of learning, from the novice to the industry professional. Courses are available throughout the Midwest, and many are accessible online. 

Photovoltaics (Solar Electricity)

Solar Thermal (Hot Water and Space Heating)

Small Wind Energy
 

Professional Credentials and Continuing Education

Our courses are aligned to industry-approved task analyses, and are designed to satisfy competencies for Professional Credentialing. Many of our courses are approved for Continuing Education credit hours. Those approved by NABCEP, ANSI, and IREC are highlighted in the course schedule below. 

MREA Solar Training Academies 

Solar Training Academy - Milwaukee 

  • January 10 - May 31, 2015
  • One weekend per month
  • 63 hours of PV training towards NABCEP classroom hours
  • Successful students will qualify for NABCEP Entry Level Exam, MREA Site Assessor Certificate Exam, MREA PV Design and Sales Certificate Exam

Solar Training Academy - Twin Cities 

  • January 10 - May 17, 2015
  • One weekend per month
  • 63 hours of PV training towards NABCEP classroom hours
  • Successful students will qualify for NABCEP Entry Level Exam, MREA Site Assessor Certificate Exam, MREA PV Design and Sales Certificate Exam

Solar Training Academy - Normal, IL 

  • January 16 - May 17, 2015
  • One weekend per month
  • 63 hours of PV training towards NABCEP classroom hours
  • Successful students will qualify for NABCEP Entry Level Exam, MREA Site Assessor Certificate Exam, MREA PV Design and Sales Certificate Exam

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

April

Zero Net Energy Homes (Online) 

Basic Photovoltaics (PV 101.02) Online 
Registration closed. Next offering begins May 18.

  • April 6 - May 3
  • Self-paced with optional, recorded webinars - Wednesdays @ noon CT

PV and Solar Thermal Structual Considerations (PV-ST 411.01) Online 

  • April 27 - May 24
  • MANDATORY WEBINARS Mondays, 5:00-7:00 p.m. CT
  • Approved for 7 NABCEP continuing education credits
  • Prerequisite: Basic PV (PV 101), or Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems (ST 101), or equivalent
  • STARTS MONDAY! REGISTER TODAY!

May

Passive House Design (Online) 

PV Site Assessor Training (PV 201.02) Online 

  • May 11 - June 7
  • Self-paced with optional, recorded webinars Wednesdays @ 12:00 p.m. CT
  • Prerequisite: Basic PV (PV 101), or equivalent

Batteries in Solar PV Systems (Online) 

  • May 11 - June 19
  • Six-week online course offered in partnership with HeatSpring
  • Approved for 12 NABCEP continuing education credits

2014 National Electrical Code PV Update (PV 614.03) Online 

  • Two live, mandatory webinars on Tuesdays
  • May 12th and May 19th, 4:00-6:00 p.m. CT
  • Approved for 4 NABCEP continuing education credits

Basic Photovoltaics (PV 101.06) Online 

  • May 18 - June 14
  • Self-paced with optional, recorded webinars (Tuesdays, noon CT)

June

Small Wind Turbine Design and Construction (W 306.01) 

  • June 8-13
  • 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily
  • Buckville Energy's "Homebrew Wind" workshop; text book included
  • Stevens Point, WI
  • Approved for 48 NABCEP continuing education credits

PV Sales and Finance (PV 203.03) 

  • Thursday, June 18
  • 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Stevens Point, WI
  • Approved for 7 NABCEP continuing education credits

July

PV System Design (PV 202.02) 

  • July 7-8
  • 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily
  • Custer, WI
  • Approved for 14 NABCEP continuing education credits
  • Prerequisites: Basic PV (PV 101) AND PV Site Assessor Training (PV 201), or equivalent
  • Required text books: Photovoltaic Systems by Dunlop (3rd ed.) and 2011 or 2014 National Electrical Code

PV Design and Installation Lab (PV 301.01) 

  • July 9-12
  • 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily
  • Custer, WI
  • Prerequisites: Basic PV (PV 101) and PV System Design (PV 202), or equivalent
  • This course will not be offered again until summer 2016

Introduction to Wind Systems (W 101.02) Online

  • July 27 - August 23
  • Self-paced with optional, recorded webinars (days and times TBA)

Solar Thermal Site Assessor Training (ST 201.01) Online 

  • July 27 - August 23
  • Self-paced with optional, recorded webinars (days and times TBA)
  • Prerequisite: Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems (ST 101), or equivalent

August

Basic Photovoltaics (PV 101.03) Online 

  • August 31 - September 27
  • Self-paced with optional, recorded webinars (days and times TBA)

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

PV System Design (PV 202.03) Online 

  • September 21 - November 15
  • Self-paced with optional, recorded webinars (days and times TBA)
  • Approved for 14 NABCEP continuing education credits
  • Prerequisites: Basic PV (PV 101) and PV Site Assessor Training (PV 201), or equivalent

Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems (ST 101.02) Online 

  • September 28 - October 25
  • Self-paced with optional, recorded webinars (days and times TBA)

October

PV Site Assessor Training (PV 201.03) Online 

  • October 5 - November 1
  • Self-paced with optional, recorded webinars (days and times TBA)
  • Prerequisite: Basic PV (PV 101), or equivalent

Solar Space Heating Systems (ST 409.01) Online 

  • October 5 - November 1
  • MANDATORY WEBINARS - Dates and times TBD
  • Prerequisite: Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems (ST 101), or equivalent

Small Wind Site Assessor Training (W 201.02) Online

  • October 12 - November 8
  • Self-paced with optional, recorded webinars (days and times TBA)
  • 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 (days and times TBA)
  • Approved for 7 NABCEP continuing education credits
  • Prerequisite: Basic PV (PV 101), or equivalent

Basic Photovoltaics (PV 101.04) Online 

  • November 16 - December 20
  • Self-paced with optional, recorded webinars (days and times TBA)

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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