Training Programs

The Citadel
Charleston, SC

The Graduate Certificate in Power and Energy is designed to provide students with a unique perspective, essential knowledge, and advanced engineering skills needed by today's practicing mechanical engineer. The courses are focused on design and directly applicable to design applications in current industry and research. The program includes a course in “Advanced Topics in Renewable Energy Systems.”

Format: on-campus
Duration: 12 credit hours (not including prerequisites)

Clemson University
Clemson, SC

Clemson offers three certificate programs in Renewable Energy, Power Systems Engineering, and Advanced Power Systems Engineering.

The Renewable Energy certificate consists of three classes in the areas of solar power, wind power, and grid penetration.

The Power Systems Engineering certificate program consists of three classes in the areas of power engineering, power systems analysis, and electric machines.

To earn the Advanced Power Systems Engineering certificate, a student must successfully complete four of five classes in the areas of power systems protection, dynamics/stability, transients, and distribution.

Format: online or on-campus
Duration: 9-12 credit hours (not including prerequisites)

Greenville Technical College
Greenville, SC

Graduates of the Construction Engineering Technology Solar Technician Certificate will be prepared with the technical skills necessary to enter careers with solar companies, contractors, and engineering firms. Graduates will have gained knowledge in the building, operation, and maintenance of solar systems and will be equipped with the ability to participate in solar construction activities. Students will be prepared for the fundamental knowledge requirement for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) entry-level exam.

Format: on-campus
Duration: 25 credit hours (4 semesters)

Midlands Technical College
Columbia, SC

The Renewable Energy Technician Certificate provides a fundamental knowledge of electrical wiring, particularly as it applies to the growing field of alternative energy. Students are also given hands-on training in both roof-mount and ground-mount solar panel installation, energy storage installation and management, and other alternative energy options. Students become familiar with electrical codes, ordinances, print reading and electricity fundamentals. Courses taken in this program may be applied toward the Diploma in Industrial Electricity if students later elect to pursue this program.

Format: on-campus
Duration: 30 credit hours

Technical College of the Lowcountry
Beaufort, SC

Technical College of the Lowcountry’s Solar Photovoltaic Certificate program teaches students to install, maintain, and repair solar photovoltaic systems. Students will gain substantial knowledge of solar technologies and electrical installations equivalent to a master electrician. Hands-on courses include AC/DC circuits; electrical installations and code; basic solar energy technology; and solar photovoltaic systems design and installation. The Solar Thermal Technician Certificate program teaches students to design, install, maintain, and repair solar thermal systems. Students will enhance their skillset beyond the basic plumbing certificate by learning both solar thermal technologies and plumbing. Hands-on courses include tools and usage safety, plumbing installations and repair, basic solar energy technology, and solar thermal systems design and installation.

Format: on-campus
Duration: 19 credit ours (2 semesters)

Trident Technical College
Charleston, SC

In the online Solar Power Professional program, students learn the fundamentals of photovoltaic solar-powered energy systems and gain the knowledge needed for an entry-level position with a dealer, installer, or other photovoltaic industry company.

Format: online
Duration: 3 months



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