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May 10, 2010
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By Beth Beavers

While the world’s economy is slowly recovering and improving, we don’t have to tell you that the green collar economy is booming. Green job training programs are sprouting up across the country and are educating a new, unique type of dedicated work force.

If you’re interesting in switching careers, consider looking into a certificate program or an associate in applied science (AAS) degree in alternative energy technology. These certificates and degree programs will prepare you for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners Entry Level Exam and will set your new career in motion.

If you’re just interested in learning more about the trade and technology, many community colleges and job training facilities offer seminars, individual courses and weekend workshops as well.

Below is an overview of some of the training programs around the United States. For a more thorough list, visit the Renewable Energy Training Catalog published by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.

Solar Education Programs

The Evergreen Institute’s Center for Renewable Energy and Green Building

303-883-8290 or

Located in Gerald, Missouri and Denver, Colorado but hosts classes across the country.


John Brown University


Fernando Vega- Program Director

Siloam Springs, AK 72761


Coconino Community College

Joseph Costion- Dept. Chair- 928-526-7696

Alternative Energy Technician Certificate, AAS degree in Alternative Energy Technology

Pima Community College

520-206-7134 or 520-206-7143

Tucson, AZ

Solar installer certificate, AAS degree in Building and Construction Technologies with concentration in solar installer.


Solar Living Institute 707-472-2450

P.O. Box 836, Hopland, CA 95449

Workshops in California or on-line training

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers- Union 551- Santa Rosa, CA

John Lloyd- 707-542-3505

Offers classes toward certification

Sun Pirate Solar Training


ISPQ Accredited, located Cotati, CA

UC Berkeley Extension


Intro to PV Systems, Professional Program in Solar Energy and Green Building, Certificate in Construction Management

Diablo Valley College

925-685-1230 x. 2280

Pleasant Hill, CA

Alternative energy technology: PV systems certificate

Skyline College

Certification in Solar Installation and Integration

San Bruno, CA

Boots on the Roof


Fremont, CA

Master certificate in renewable energy, renewable energy boot camps, on-line courses, ISPQ accredited.

DeAnza College

Ridha Hamidi- 408-864-8999 x 3159

Cupertino, CA

Intro to PV Tech, PV Tech Field Project

Solar Training Institute


Throughout California

Solar Tech Institute


East Los Angeles Skills Center


PV Installer Introduction and Certification preparation courses

Green Career Institute

866-545-5441 or

Throughout California

Allied Schools/Training4Green

800-732-7410 or

Solar business, intro to PV, advanced PV. On-line courses.

MiraCosta College

760-795-6820 or 888-895-8186

Oceanside, CA

One week courses in business strategies and PV


Solar Energy International


Carbondale, CO

ISPQ Accredited Renewable Energy Education Program (REEP) on-line and hands on workshops offered all over.

iCAST- International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology


Lakewood, CO

On-line training, classroom training. Some free training.

Arapahoe Community College

Doug Mugge- Department Chair- 303-797-5863

Littleton, CO

Active Solar Thermal Systems Technician certificate


Florida Solar Energy Center

321-638-1000 or Sherri Shields, Asst. Communications Director- 321-638-1010

Cocoa, FL


Michigan Energy Demonstration Center at Northwestern Michigan College


Oakland Community College


Dr. Debra Row-

Certificate in Renewable Energies and Sustainable Living

Macomb Community College

Lisa Richter- 586-445-7191

Renewable Energy Technology Certificate


The University of Montana, Missoula

Jenny Gorsegner- Program Assistant- 406-243-7916

Tom Gallagher- Department Chair- 406-243-7814

Energy Technology Program, online but majority of classes still offered in traditional classroom


San Juan College 505-327-5705 or 866-426-1233 (toll free)

Farmington, NM

Santa Fe Community College

Randy Grissom- director Sustainable Technologies Center- 505-428-1641,

Certificate in Solar Energy


SUNY Ulster Sustainability 845-339-2025

Courses in Office of Continuing and Professional Education


Portland Community College


Electronic Engineering Technology in Renewable Energy Systems- AAS degree or one year certificate

Northwest Energy Education Institute at Lane Community College

541-463-3977 or 1-800-769-9687

4000 E. 30th Avenue, Eugene, Oregon

AAS in Energy Management, Renewable Energy Technician, Water Conservation Technician. Certification in Sustainable Building Advisor, Residential Energy Auditor, Building Operators Certification, Energy Management Certification. Customized energy training too. ISPQ Accredited!



512-443-5725 or

Austin, TX

Austin Community College

Degree programs- 512-223-6404

Continuing education/Certification programs- 512-223-7525 or

ISPQ accredited!




Shoreline Community College- 206-546-4101

16101 Greenwood Avenue North, Shoreline, WA 98133

Associates degree, three certificate programs

Lake Washington Technical College 425-739-8100 x 660 (Dr. Grace Lasker)

11605 132nd Avenue NE, Kirkland, WA 98034

AASD – Energy & Science Technician, Energy Technology Certificate of Completion


Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

Solar Energy Technology Program: 920-498-5444 or 888-385-6982 (Associate Degree)

Renewable Energy: 920-498-5461 or 800-422-NWTC x. 5461 (Solar Certificate)

Synergized Solar


River Falls, WI

Consortium for Education in Renewable Energy Technology (CERET)


Madison, WI

Renewable Energy Certificate

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

920-498-5444 or 888-385-6982

Solar Energy Technology Program- Associates degree

Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA)715-592-6595

Offers NABCEP certification training programs

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