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 Current Courses

 

Fundamentals of Solar Photovoltaics - NABCEP Entry-Level Certificate of Knowledge (FGA0832)

This 52-hour course is North American Board of Certified Energy Professionals (NABCEP)-approved and is based on the Florida Solar Energy Center’s ‘Solar Photovoltaics’ training curriculum.  Course curriculum covers the NABCEP 10 Learning Objectives:  PV Markets and Applications; Safety Basics; Electricity Basics; Solar Energy Fundamentals; PV Module Fundamentals; System Components; PV System Sizing Principles; PV System Electrical Design; PV Mechanical Design and Performance Analysis, Maintenance and Troubleshooting in both a classroom lecture/discussion and hands-on laboratory settings. The NABCEP Entry Level Program is not intended as an installer-in-training credential, but rather as an important first step in preparing individuals to become highly skilled, qualified and experienced tradespersons and professionals in the PV industry.  This course is also suitable for general contractors, electricians, utilities, engineers and other practitioners, with an overall goal of developing “system knowledgeable” professionals to help ensure the safety and quality of PV system installations. An emphasis is placed on code compliance and accepted state-of-the-art industry design and installation, and includes the hands-on construction of grid-tied micro-inverter and central inverter PV systems.
 
The course textbook Photovoltaic Systems 3rd Ed. by James Dunlop (American Technical Publishers, ISBN 978-1-935941-05-1), is not included in the class fee. The book may be purchased or rented via web-based vendors. It is advised to obtain the book prior to the first day of class.
 
Successful completion of the course will prepare the student to sit for the NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam, and is not included in the course fee. Information about the Entry Level exam cost and schedule will be provided during the course.

For more information, contact (850) 201-8760 to speak with a representative or email us at trades@tcc.fl.edu
 

 Past Courses

 

Fundamentals of Solar Water Heating with Lab

The intent of this 36 hour Florida Energy Center course is to provide trainees with the knowledge and skills needed to design, install, operate and maintain the most common types of solar water heater systems.  This course is a classroom and laboratory section which enables the student to gain technical knowledge and hands-on experience and familiarity with solar hot water collection systems design and construction from the use and operation of various site assessment tools through the design and construction of different solar hot water collection systems and components including: collectors (flat plate and integrated storage/collection components);  roof mounting systems; piping, fittings and insulation; roof penetration materials and methods; circulation system pumps (DC and AC); digital and analog controllers and associated sensors and wiring; gauges; manual and electric valves, gauges; pressure,  temperature and freeze protection valves; testing and measuring equipment; power and hand tools; and safety equipment. A drainback system will be constructed and operated during the class.

Your Role In The Green Environment - Get the ‘GREEN ADVANTAGE’

This National Center for Construction Education and Research introductory course is geared to entry-level craft professionals or to anyone wishing to learn more about green building, green construction practices, and green building rating systems. NCCER has been recognized as a U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Education Provider.  Trainees are eligible for LEED credential maintenance of 15 General CEU awarded upon successful completion of the course. The course is suitable as preparatory for the Green Advantage Commercial/Residential certification exam.

Sustainable Construction Supervisor- GBCI - CMP

This National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) course will enable the student to demonstrate a working knowledge of green construction methods and of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED rating system; use product information to evaluate whether products meet a given sustainability standard; implement and ensure ongoing verification of LEED compliance; implement the waste, site, erosion control and IAQ management plans; and identify, collect, and maintain required supporting documentation for a construction project's LEED certification. LEED Accredited Professionals can earn 20 Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) CE hours toward their Credentialing Maintenance Program requirements upon passing this course.

Fundamentals of  Solar Water Heating Lab Only 

This course is a laboratory section only. Students must have taken the Introduction to Solar Water Heating class (FGA0801 or CON0801) prior to registering for this section. The class content will enable the student to gain technical knowledge and hands-on experience and familiarity with solar hot water collection system design and construction from the use and operation of various site assessment tools through the design and construction of different solar hot water collection systems and components including: collectors (flat plate and integrated storage/collection components); roof mounting systems; piping, fittings and insulation; roof penetration materials and methods; circulation system pumps (DC and AC); digital and analog controllers and associated sensors and wiring; gauges; manual and electric valves, gauges; pressure, temperature and freeze protection valves; testing and measuring equipment; power and hand tools; and safety equipment.

Fundamentals of Solar Photovoltaics - NABCEP PV Entry Level Certificate of Knowledge With Lab     

This 52-hour course is North American Board of Certified Energy Professionals (NABCEP)-approved and is based on the Florida Solar Energy Center’s ‘Solar Photovoltaics’ training curriculum.  Course curriculum covers the NABCEP 10 Learning Objectives:  PV Markets and Applications; Safety Basics; Electricity Basics; Solar Energy Fundamentals; PV Module Fundamentals; System Components; PV System Sizing Principles; PV System Electrical Design; PV Mechanical Design and Performance Analysis, Maintenance and Troubleshooting in both a classroom lecture/discussion and hands-on laboratory settings. The NABCEP Entry Level Program is not intended as an installer-in-training credential, but rather as an important first step in preparing individuals to become highly skilled, qualified and experienced tradespersons and professionals in the PV industry.  This course is also suitable for general contractors, electricians, utilities, engineers and other practitioners, with an overall goal of developing “system knowledgeable” professionals to help ensure the safety and quality of PV system installations. An emphasis is placed on code compliance and accepted state-of-the-art industry design and installation. Successful completion of the course will prepare the student to sit for the NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam. The Exam is not given as part of the course. 

Fundamentals of Solar Photovoltaics - NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam Review

This Exam Review course has been developed from the curriculum used to teach NABCEP’s 10 Learning Objectives of the NABCEP PV Entry Level Program.  The course is intended to refresh knowledge and reinforce the learning objectives for PV students who have taken and passed the Fundamentals of Solar Photovoltaics - NABCEP PV Entry Level Certificate of Knowledge course.  The course does not “teach” the PV Entry Level Exam.

NABCEP Entry Level PV Exam

This exam is for trainees who have completed and passed the FGA0832- Fundamentals of Solar Photovoltaics – NABCEP Entry-Level Certificate of Knowledge course. The NABCEP PV Entry Level program curriculum has been developed from the NABCEP’s 10 Learning Objectives. The NABCEP Entry Level Exam consists of 60 questions drawn from the curriculum. Two hours is the maximum allotted for completion of the exam. The NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam is intended to test basic knowledge and that the Entry Level Program is not equivalent to NABCEP Installer Certifications.  NABCEP certification is not a professional license issued by a government agency, and does not authorize a certificate holder to practice. NABCEP certificate holder must comply with all legal requirements related to practice, including licensing laws. Passing the NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam does not provide any guarantee of employment.

Fundamentals of Solar Photovoltaics Lab Only

This 16-hour course is for trainees who have previously taken and passed CON0812 – Introduction to Solar Photovoltaics or FGA0812 - Introduction to Solar Photovoltaics at TCC and desire to have the hands-on experience not provided in the prior courses. This course is a laboratory section which enables the student to gain technical knowledge and familiarity with solar photovoltaic system design and construction from the use and operation of various site assessment tools through the design and construction of a roof-mounted solar PV system and components including: PV modules; roof mounting system; wiring; combiner boxes; grounding; roof penetration materials and methods; inverter; tie-in to building electrical service; tie-in to municipal electric grid; battery storage; associated sensors and wiring; testing and measuring equipment; power and hand tools; and safety equipment.

Get the Green Advantage

This National Center for Construction Education & Research introductory course entitled Get the Green Advantage is geared to entry-level craft professionals, or to anyone wishing to learn more about green building, green construction practices, and green building rating systems. NCCER has been recognized as a U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Education Provider. The course curriculum is also endorsed by the Green Advantage Commercial/Residential certification exam.

Green Cleaning 

Green Cleaning is defined as cleaning to protect health without harming the environment. Students will learn that Green Cleaning goes beyond chemical and equipment choices. It includes policies, procedures, training, and shared responsibility efforts to minimize the impact of cleaning materials on the health of building occupants and the environment as a whole. With newer technologies and processes, green cleaning products have improved to clean more effectively, efficiently and with less impact on human health and the environment. In addition, learn how green cleaning can contribute to meeting the requirements of various green building certification systems.

Weatherization - Entry Level Installer

This 100 hour entry level course is for weatherization installers. Students will learn and demonstrate the following competencies: construction math (adding, subtraction, multiplying, dividing, fractions, decimals and reading a ruler); thermal and moisture protection (includes insulation, weather stripping, caulking); attic ventilation; windows and exterior doors; window, door and floor trim; solar screens, drywall installation and finishing; serving fixtures, valves and faucets (including hot water heater insulation wrap); basic energy lighting; and reflecting coating for manufactured homes. Additionally students will complete the 10 hour OSHA 1926 General Construction Safety course.

Weatherization Technician Level I 

This NCCER course builds on FGA 0321-Fundamental Weatherization and provides an overview of the material and techniques used in constructing buildings along with the selection and installation of products used to reduce thermal loss in buildings by sealing and insulating the building envelope. It also provides basic knowledge of HVAC ducts and duct systems insulation as well as pipes and piping systems insulation. The building science knowledge and specialized techniques learned from this program will give the student the skill necessary to perform weatherization installations.

Home Inspection Master Course

The new "Home Inspection Master Course" prepares the future Home Inspector with the knowledge and experience to apply for and be tested to become a State of Florida-registered Home Inspector. The Florida-registration exam is not included in this course.

Green Building Practices for Contractors, Engineers, and Architects - Part A 

This first part of the course will be an introduction to the principles of sustainable design and to the context in which they apply.  The course addresses the current state of ecological design, its historical perspective and potential directions for the future.  Case studies of recently completed sustainable buildings will illustrate the cutting edge of green design and construction.

Green Building Practices for Contractors, Engineers, and Architects - Part B

This second part of the course will focus on demonstrating how the green building process differs from conventional building delivery systems.  We will cover the economic implications of green design as well as construction operations and building commissioning.  We will also review and compare two certification systems – LEED and the Florida Green Building Coalition.
Contact Information

For more information contact the Florida Green Academy by phone (850) 201-8760 or e-mail greentraining@tcc.fl.edu.

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