Career and Community Education


Preshess Willets-Vaquilar
tel:  (808) 235-7365

Introduction to Photovoltaic Design and Installation

Instructor: Vinh Pham

This course is your first step toward building a career as a nationally recognized certified Solar PV Installer or certified PV Technical Salesperson. Participants are provided with the knowledge to sit for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV Entry Level exam. NABCEP is the “gold standard” for solar certification. Basics of electricity, principles of solar irradiance and irradiation, and PV System components/configurations will be covered. This introductory course is also designed to teach individuals how to physically install solar panels and components on a roof deck. Completing this course is required to be eligible to take the exam. A person who passes the NABCEP PV Entry Level exam has demonstrated a basic knowledge of photovoltaic systems, which is an important first step in preparing individuals to become highly skilled, qualified and experienced tradespersons and professionals in the PV industry. ****According to Hawaii law, all electrical work needs to be performed by a licensed electrician.

Contact Hours: 42
Class meets:  Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:00 – 7:30 pm
Lab meets:  Saturday, 9:00 am –12:00 pm
Location: Windward Community College, Hale Kuhina 114
Cost: $875.00

SUS8100 10/6 - 11/12 16 mtgs.

SUS8100 1/5/2015 - 2/18/2015 (No class: 1/19, 2/16) 16 mtgs.
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Windward Community College is an approved provider for the NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam.

Fundamentals of a Photovoltaic System

Instructor: Vinh Pham

This course provides an introduction to photovoltaic (PV) concepts, applications and the solar energy industry. Topics covered in this course include basic math skills as they relate to solar PV systems, the basics of electricity, load estimation, energy efficiency, solar site surveying, photovoltaic system components and installation concepts. This is a basic course which will give those new to the industry insight on what PV is about. This is a prerequisite course for those with no PV experience. Taken with Introduction to Solar Photovoltaic Design and Installation, this course prepares participants to sit for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV Entry Level Certificate of Knowledge exam.

Contact Hours: 30
Class meets: Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:00 – 7:30 pm
Location: Windward Community College
Cost: $665.00

SUS8100 11/3 - 12/10 12 mtgs.

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Advanced Solar Photovoltaic Training - NEW

This course will cover PV system installations and is targeted to candidates working in the industry (e.g., contractor, foreperson, supervisor, journey worker, installers or licensed electrician). Emphasis is on the application of photovoltaic systems following the National Electrical Code rules.  System sizing, conductor sizing, grounding and overcurrent protection will be covered. This course is intended to provide students with the 40 hours of PV Installer training required to sit for the NABCEP PV installer certification exam.  Achieving a NABCEP certification gives installers a set of national standards by which they can distinguish themselves from their competition.  It is not intended to prevent qualified individuals from installing PV systems nor replace state licensure requirements.

Contact Hours: 42 (16 mtgs.)
Class meets:  TBD
Lab meets:  TBD
Location: TBD
Cost: $1,195.00

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Solar Technical Sales - NEW

This course will cover the elements needed to prepare you for a career in the Solar Sales field. Completing the Introduction to Photovoltaic Design and Installation course is a requirement to be able to take this course. This course will help you prepare for the NABCEP PV Technical Sales Exam. The topics covered include: Qualifying the customer; Site Analysis, Conceptual Design; Financial Costs, Incentives, Savings; Financial Benefit Analysis and Financing; Non-Financial Benefit Analysis, Performance Analysis; Preparation of Proposals.

Contact Hours: 60
Class meets:  TBD
Location: Windward Community College
Cost: $1,725.00
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• PV Maintenance
• Battery Back-Up

If you have any questions or would like to join the wait list, please fill out the contact form below or call Preshess Willets-Vaquilar at (808) 235-7365.
This project was funded from a grant awarded under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grants, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration.

C3T Hawai‘i is an equal opportunity employer/program and auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.