Solar PV training courses improve job efficiency and safety

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) and a team of partners are launching a free series of self-paced, interactive, online professional development courses on the plan review and permitting process for residential solar PV systems. The series covers the primary tasks to confirm the electrical, structural, and fire code compliance of residential roof-mounted PV systems prior to issuing a permit. IREC developed the course series in partnership with clean energy codes and building safety experts at the International Code Council (ICC), International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI), National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Slipstream, and University of Central Florida – FSEC Energy Research Center. With a focus on upskilling the current workforce, filling knowledge gaps, and providing training for the workforce of the future, this 12-part series was developed with the adult learner in mind. IREC has expertise in designing and producing high-quality learning experiences that facilitate active, participatory, and skills-based professional development. Learners evaluate actual residential solar PV system plans as they complete interactive activities. They can choose to complete courses on topics specific to their job function, or they can complete the entire series and review a full permit application. The new solar PV plan review and permitting training courses are available free of charge on IREC’s online learning management system (LMS). 

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Volume: 2022 November/December