New Online Course Combination Trains Individuals for Entry Level Certificate of Knowledge Exam

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Sun Pirate launches new Electric and Safety Basics for Solar Installers online course that in conjunction with their Photovoltaic System Design & Installation course qualifies students to sit for the NABCEP entry level PV exam.

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With all the current interest in renewable sources of energy, you could say things are heating up in the solar energy industry. Sun Pirate, a solar contractor, is anticipating an increased demand for certified solar energy professionals and is offering a new online course Electric and Safety Basics for Solar Installers that in conjunction with their Photovoltaic System Design & Installation course makes students eligible to sit for the NABCEP Entry Level Certificate of Knowledge Exam at remote testing centers nationwide.

The course – Electric and Safety Basics for Solar Installers – will focus on the basic electrical knowledge such as AC and DC power. Safety topics such as proper ladder use and working on roofs and then also on basic math concepts bringing the entry level solar installer up on regular math concepts used in the industry.

The course -- Photovoltaic System Design & Installation -- will concentrate on the basics of installing code-compliant solar energy systems. Course material will cover practical design criteria, installation guidelines, safety issues, maintenance and legal considerations of photovoltaic power systems.

The exam -- NABCEP Photovoltaic Entry Level Certificate of Knowledge Exam – by successfully completing both the Photovoltaic System Design & Installation course and the Electric and Safety Basics for Solar Installers course our students are eligible to sit for the entry level exam at a computer based testing center nearest them. Upon completion we submit their information to the testing provider and then the student just contacts them and arranges a time to take the exam at the center nearest them. Currently we are offering the course at a discounted rate of only $95.00 until the end of September after which the cost goes up to $149.00.

Roger Coghlan, president of Sun Pirate, developed the course material and is instructor for both online courses. He has a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies and Planning, with a certificate in Energy Management and Design from Sonoma State University. He also holds a California Vocational Education Teaching Credential.

The courses are designed for all levels of professionals. They are ideal for veterans preparing to take the North American Board of Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) certification exam. The courses will aid current practitioners who simply want to brush up on their skills and knowledge. They also are tailored for those who plan to be employed in the field and want to gain the initial fundamentals for an entry-level job.

Sun Pirate Online Training courses are developed in accordance with Interstate Renewable Energy Council/IPSQ Standard 01021. Sun Pirate is an accredited continuing education provider through Interstate Renewable Energy Counsel (IREC). Sun Pirate's courses count for part of the NABCEP requirements to sit for the Photovoltaic Exam and count for continuing education credits to maintain professional certifications.

The Photovoltaic System Design & Installation course costs $595. The Photovoltaic counts for 60 hours for training hours required to sit for NABCEP installer exam.

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