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Solar Photovoltaic Installer

Make the movement toward green energy solutions a foundation for your career.

Does being a key part of making a real change sound good to you? If you like working with your hands and want to help people "go green", then you would enjoy this career. Solar photovoltaic installers use specialized skills to install residential and commercial solar projects. You'll need mechanical skills and must be able to work with the power and hand tools used to construct and fasten equipment. Electrical knowledge and an understanding of basic math are helpful, as are good problem-solving abilities. Attention to detail, following diagrams and instructions are a must as are heavy lifting of solar panels and working on high roofs.

Program Overview

Solar Photovoltaic Installer certificate

One, two-session course


  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • 10th-grade reading level preferred
  • Electrical experience is helpful, but not required
  • Driver's license preferred


Solar Photovoltaic Installer

What can I do when I complete this program?

After completing this program, students may obtain entry-level employment in the solar energy installation and maintenance field as a solar panel installer.

Potential Careers

Given the high interest in green energy solutions, and the trend of favorable government incentives, analysts expect that the solar power industry will continue to grow rapidly. 

The continued expansion and adoption of solar PV systems is expected to create jobs for their installation and upkeep. As the cost of PV panels and shingles continues to decrease, more households are expected to take advantage of these systems, resulting in greater demand for the workers who install and maintain them.