The primary goal of the Train-the-Trainer (funded by the Texas State Energy Conservation Office (SECO)) is designed to provide community and technical college faculty in Texas an in-depth exploration of what is involved in the effective teaching of "HART 1071 Solar Electric Systems Entry-Level" course. The program is made up of two components: an online self-study through THE NETWORK; and a “live” classroom and lab experience at Austin Community College (a four-day intensive classroom and laboratory session). Faculty completing the Train-the-Trainer can then return to their colleges with the knowledge needed to develop and deliver their own version of HART 1071 in their local community. Faculty attending this Train-the-Trainer will gain exposure to all the content that must be included in the delivery of HART 1071 to meet the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) expectations for entry-level practitioner skills/knowledge. However, the Train-the-Trainer will not provide sufficient study of this specific content to prepare the faculty to be eligible to take the NABCEP Photovoltaic (PV) Entry Level Exam, as a good portion of the Train-the-Trainer focuses on effective teaching methods/strategies. "HART 1071 Solar Electric Systems Entry-Level" is considered a "gateway" course in the study of: solar photovoltaic (PV) cells, modules, and system components; electrical circuits; PV system design and sizing for use on homes; solar electric products and applications; understanding energy conversion from sunlight to electricity, and working with solar conversion equipment. Community and technical colleges can make this course available in their communities for students seeking to learn more about the solar industry, add on solar skills to their current job duties in the building construction or electrical industry, and/or become eligible to take the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Photovoltaic (PV) Entry Level Exam.

Target Audience – Upon request, any faculty or staff from Texas community or technical colleges will be given access to the online Solar Train-the-Trainer and given information on how to register for the “live” classroom and lab experience at Austin Community College.

Request for Program Access and/or Additional Information – All request from Texas community or technical college staff or faculty should be sent to Ed Ardizoni, 512-223-7525, eardizon@austincc.edu. Requests for access will be responded to as soon as possible.

Answers to frequently asked questions can be found here.

Acknowledgements - This program has been developed in part by funding from the Texas State Energy Conservation Office (SECO). This project was developed as part of the Innovative Energy Demonstration Program and was funded with 100% of oil overcharge funds from the Exxon settlement as provided by the Texas State Energy Conservation Office and the U. S. Department of Energy. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.