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 in Wisconsin and throughout the Midwest, and many are accessible online. 

Questions about our courses? Contact jennyh@midwestrenew.org.
Have a business or group that needs customized training? Contact clays@midwestrenew.org.
Looking for instructor or electrical inspector training? Contact julieb@midwestrenew.org.

Professional Credentials and Continuing Education

Courses at the MREA 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 credits with national and state agencies and associations. Courses approved by NABCEP and the IAEI are highlighted in the course schedule below. 

 

Online, On-Demand Courses

MREA offers online, informational courses that are available anytime. Full of resources and meant to leave you craving more, they're FREE for MREA members and only $20 for non-members!

2014 COURSE SCHEDULE

Follow this link to see our 2014 Training Catalog

Solar Training Academy Milwaukee
Online registration closed. Contact clays@midwestrenew.org for questions regarding enrollment.

  • January 11 - May 4, 2014
  • Saturday/Sunday classes, one weekend per month

Solar Training Academy Twin Cities
Online registration closed. Contact clays@midwestrenew.org for questions regarding enrollment.

  • January 25 - May 18, 2014
  • Saturday/Sunday classes, one weekend per month

April

PV 202.01 PV System Design (Online) 
Registration closed. 

  • March 24 - May 18, 2014
  • Weekly scheduled and recorded webinars on Thursdays at 2:30 p.m.
  • Prerequisites: PV 101 and PV 201 (or equivalent)
  • Approved for 14 NABCEP continuing education credit hours

PV 705.01 PV Site Assessment Instruction (Online)
Online registration closed. Contact nicoler@midwestrenew.org for enrollment options.

  • April 7 - May 18, 2014
  • Weekly scheduled and recorded webinars
  • Prerequisites: PV 101 and PV 201 (or equivalent), one completed and approved PV Site Assessment report, and affiliated with an active solar training program

PV 101.03 Basic PV - Solar Electricity (Online)
Online registration closed. Call the MREA at 715-592-6595 for late registration.

  • April 14 - May 11, 2014
  • Weekly scheduled and recorded webinars

PV 210.01 Firefighter Safety and Renewable Energy Systems (Online) 
Registration closes this Friday!

  • April 21 - May 18, 2014
  • Four mandatory, live webinars - Wednesdays 5:00-7:00 p.m. CDT
  • Prerequisites: PV 101 (or equivalent), or NABCEP PV Entry Level or Installation Professional certification, or firefighter status
  • Approved for 7 NABCEP continuing education credit hours

May

PV 201.03 PV Site Assessor Training (Online)

  • May 12 - June 8, 2014
  • Weekly scheduled and recorded (optional) webinars
  • Prerequisites: PV 101 or equivalent, or NABCEP Entry Level or Installation Professional certification 

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

  • May 12 - June 8, 2014
  • Four mandatory, live webinars - Tuesdays 5:00-7:00 p.m. CDT
  • Prerequisites: PV 101 and PV 202/205, or PV 701, or ST 101 and ST 301, or ST 701 (or equivalent), or NABCEP PV Entry Level or Installation Professional certification, or NABCEP Solar Heating Entry Level or Installer certification, or licensed building contractor or inspector 
  • Approved for 7 NABCEP continuing education credit hours

June

W 306.01 Wind Turbine Design and Construction (Homebrew Wind Workshop) 

  • June 9-14, 2014
  • 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Stevens Point, WI

PV 606.03 IAEI Inspecting PV Systems 

  • June 19, 2014
  • University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
  • Approved for 6 NABCEP continuing education credit hours
  • Approved for .6 IAEI continuing education credit hours
  • 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

G 104.01 Building Wiring Best Practices

  • June 20, 2014
  • Custer, WI
  • In the Education Room of the REI at The Energy Fair
  • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Walk-ins welcome!

PV 212.01 PV Fire Safety

  • June 20, 2014
  • Custer, WI
  • In the Education Room of the REI at The Energy Fair
  • 2-6 p.m.
  • Walk-ins welcome!

PV 614.01 2014 NEC PV Update

  • June 21, 2014
  • Custer, WI
  • In the Education Room of the REI at The Energy Fair
  • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Walk-ins welcome!

PV 208.01 Electric Vehicle (EV) Car Charging

  • June 21, 2014
  • Custer, WI
  • In the Education Room of the REI at The Energy Fair
  • 2-6 p.m.
  • Walk-ins welcome!

GB 104.01 Advanced Natural Building: A Systems Approach

  • June 22, 2014
  • Custer, WI
  • In the Education Room of the REI at The Energy Fair
  • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Walk-ins welcome!

 

MREA Online Course Policy

The MREA offers three kinds of online courses:
1. On-Demand courses
2. At-your-own-pace with optional, weekly webinars
3. Structured weekly presentations via 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.

"At-Your-Own-Pace" 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.