How long are your courses?
Our introductory course, PV-201: Introduction to PV Design & Installation, and our intermediate course, PV-301: Advanced PV Installation, are 40 hours each (Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm). The PV-401: On the Job Training course is an internship that is 40 hours and varies from job to job. The 3 courses are part of a diploma program that can take anywhere from 3 weeks to 6 months to complete, depending on your schedule.
Can government loans or grants be used to pay for classes?
Government loans or grants will not be available until 2012. For Florida residents, there is a government funded program available to eligible prospective students. We also offer internal financing options, which can be discussed by calling 877-769-7657.
Is it possible to visit your location?
Yes! Our address is 913 NE 4th Avenue in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. We’re 6 miles from Fort Lauderdale Airport and 2.5 miles from the beach. We are located just south of Sunrise Boulevard and just west of US1/Federal Highway. We are open Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.
Are there hotels or boarding accommodations available?
Yes, we have negotiated discounted rates at 4 local hotels, which offer a wide variety of amenities including free shuttle service to and from class, free hot breakfast, discounted car rental service, and free wireless internet.
Is there an age requirement?
Yes, students must be at least 18 years of age.
How much are the classes?
The courses are priced as follows:
- PV-201: Introduction to PV Design & Installation – $1,495
- PV-301: Advanced PV Installation – $1,995
- PV-401: Field Training – $1,995
Students who enroll in the diploma program are eligible for discounted pricing.
What do we do for meals?
We offer optional gourmet meal plans for students that include lunch each day of class. Please call for details (877) 769-7657.
What type of certification do I get for taking your courses?
Unlike most solar training schools, we are licensed by the Department of Education and offer a true Photovoltaic Diploma Program. The program consists of 3 courses: PV-201: Introduction to PV Design & Installation, PV-301: Advanced PV Design, and PV-401: Field Training.
You will receive a US Solar Institute Certificate of Completion with each level of the program completed. When you have completed and passed all the requirements for the graduate program, you will receive a US Solar Institute Diploma that is licensed by the Florida Department of Education. This is a highly sought after and respected Diploma in the solar market. Read more about our program here.
USSI is a registered NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) PV Exam Provider, and after completing our PV-201 course you are eligible to take the NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam.
Do I need experience in solar to take classes?
You do not need experience in solar to take our courses. Most students start in our PV 201: Introduction to PV Design & Installation course. Our courses will cover the basic principles of how solar energy is produced and take you through advanced design and installation concepts and teach you everything you need to be successful in the solar industry.
Can I take classes online?
We are currently working on developing our online course curriculum, and will have online courses available soon. Please check back on our website frequently for updated information. Or better yet, subscribe to our newsletter for all the latest news from USSI and the solar industry!
Are there textbooks needed for the classes?
Yes, we use several excellent textbooks and reference materials throughout our course curriculum. When you register for our program, we will send you information on the textbooks required for each course. We offer books and lab materials for sale through our online store.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have at (877) 769-7657 OR (954) 236-4577 OR firstname.lastname@example.org.
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