Photovoltaic Installation (Certificate)


The Photovoltaic Installation certificate prepares you to enter the growing industry of solar panel installation and maintenance. The program includes courses in basic electricity, residential and commercial construction wiring, and photovoltaic theory and practice. Those who complete the training will be prepared to take a certification exam in the photovoltaic field.

This academic program is primarily designed for those who wish to enter the workforce immediately following graduation.

Some students who complete the Electrical Construction and Maintenance associate degree continue on to complete this certificate.

This program is offered by the Building Systems Technology Department.

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Program Highlights

  • The program makes use of the college's TEC-SMART facility in Malta, which has a dedicated PV lab.
  • Course work provides students the foundational knowledge to pursue Building Performance Institute (BPI) certifications.

Evening Program can be completed by attending entirely in the evening.

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Career and Transfer Opportunities

Graduates of the program are well prepared to enter the solar residential and commercial installation field, which is growing across the country. Career titles include: Photovoltaic Solar Panel Installer.

Recent employers include: The College of St. Rose; GlobalFoundries; High Peaks Solar; Mid-Atlantic Crane; Robert Jacobson Contracting; Time Warner Cable.

Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. Here is the median salary taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2015): Photovoltaic Solar Panel Installer, $37,830.

The Center for Careers and Transfer offers Career Services and Transfer Services to all students.

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For more information regarding this program, please contact:

Brittany Kitterman
Department Chairperson
Williams Hall, Room 128
(518) 629-7275

For more information about admission to this program, please contact:

Admissions Office
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
(518) 629-7309