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Solar Heating Entry Level Program

Intensive self-paced learning on the technical design of solar thermal heating systems

Course Details

Category : Solar Heating
Credit Hours : 24 Hours Online or 24 Hours in 3 Days Classroom
Format : Self Paced Online or Live Classroom
Professional Certificate : Solar Heating Entry Level Program
Recommended For : Building a foundation in Solar Heating & Taking the NABCEP Entry Level Exam

This solar Heating training program is designed for those wanting to enter the solar thermal industry the right way. This solar training provides the skills needed for a variety of professions to work with solar heating systems and to understand the solar heating industry. This solar heating training creates the foundation needed to take the next step into our advanced solar courses, such as our SH Hands-On Installation, SH Advanced Installer or SH Sales and Finance courses.

What Will You Gain?
You’ll gain the technical knowledge needed for entry level sales, marketing, installation and design positions in the Solar Heating Industry. You’ll have the knowledge of technology, sizing, design and installation techniques needed to be professionally involved with Solar Heating systems. You’ll have the basis of knowledge to understand trends and developments in the industry. You’ll also be well prepared for the NABCEP Entry Level exam, your first professional certificate and distinction in Solar Heating.

Self Paced Online Description
You will be able to learn from our cutting edge online training program around your schedule. This solar training program is broken down into multiple modules that will help create a comfortable study pace for you. Our online training platform is owned by us, which means that we have full control and no excuses to deliver a quality user experience. There are quizzes attached to each module that will help you build confidence with the knowledge obtained. There is no need to rush through the training program because we give you 3 months to complete the training program.

Live Classroom Description
Take this training with interested peers at one of our locations. This solar training program is broken down into modules that will help guide the students along their path of completion. Our instructors make sure that all students are progressing along requiring student involvement every step of the way. Classes begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m.

Who Should Attend?
Designers, architects and engineers that is looking to get involved or is already involved with solar heating services should take this course. Any professional in the solar heating and thermal industry who is involved in producing system designs, quotes, or bid proposals should take this course. Any utility, incentive program, AHJ, or code enforcement employee responsible for reviewing these proposals should take this course as well. Any non-installation professional in solar heating and thermal, such as sales, marketing, finance, legal or management, will benefit greatly too. Marketing, policy, finance, or analyst professionals will gain an understanding of the context and meaning behind the driving forces in the Solar heating industry and the factors leading to a system’s financial return. Client facing professionals will be able to speak confidently about solar heating, and job seekers will be able to dazzle in the interview process for their first positions at a solar thermal company. Individuals looking to learn how to install should also take this program prior to taking our advanced solar installation training.


Course Modules
  • SH-101 : Solar Resource and Terminology

    • Getting to know solar
    • SH terminology
    • Evaluating the solar window
    • Defining concepts of global, direct, diffuse and albedo radiation
    • Differentiate between solar irrandiance and irradation

  • SH-102 : SH Industry, History and Future Trends

    • Identify key contributions to the development of SH technology
    • List the advantages and disadvantages of SH systems
    • Describe the roles of various segments of the SH industry and how they interact with one another.
    • Understand market indicators, value propositions

  • SH-103 : SH System Types & Components

    • Active direct systems
    • Active indirect systems
    • Passive direct systems
    • Passive indirect systems

  • SH-104 : Solar Heating Components

    • Low temperature collectors
    • Mid temperature collectors
    • High temperature collectors
    • Background of collector technology

  • SH-105 : Solar Collector Technology

    • Collector performance
    • Heat loss
    • Types of solar thermal collectors
    • Installation considerations
    • Types of flat plates
    • Evacuated tube collectors
    • Open look pool tie-in
    • Incidence angle
    • The suns path in the sky
    • Aesthetic comparisons
    • Thermosiphon
    • Solar collector ratings and efficiencies
    • BTU

  • SH-210 : Introduction to Solar Plumbing

    • Soldering
    • Pipe measuring and cutting
    • Using torches safely
    • Types of piping

  • SH-211 : SH Initial Assessment & Site Analysis

    • Determine the required installation area, orientation, and tilt for proposed collector installation
    • Shade analysis
    • Assure structural integrity for the building
    • Determine component installation location
    • Verify appropiate system for climate

  • SH-212 : Load Integration and Domestic Hot Water Design

    • Determine system components' location and system layout and configuration 
    • Building permits
    • Determine system plumbing
    • Location of plumbing valves
    • Heat exchanger location
    • Pump location
    • Flow calculations

  • SH-213 : Safety Practices

    • Maintain safe work habits
    • Demonstrate safe and proper use of tools and equipment
    • Personal protection
    • Awareness of safety hazards
    • Implementing codes and standards
    • Worker and public safety

  • SH-214 : Pool System Design

    • Collector choice
    • Diverting valve
    • Heat exchanger
    • Calculating pool volume
    • Collector slope

  • SH-220 : SH Collector Installation

    • Identify manufacturer's mounting design and materials
    • Acceptable National Roofing Contractors Association roof mounting and penetration methods
    • Different system mounting methods
    • Determine multi collector piping strategy
    • Flashing and installation methods

  • SH-221 : SH Tank Installation

    • Determine tank ports
    • Dip tube strategy
    • Drain pan installation
    • tank valve installation
    • Connecting conventional water heater to storage tank
    • Exterior tank insulation

  • SH-222 : Electrical Controls and Pressure Diagnostics

    • Target pressure
    • Heat exchanger effectiveness
    • AC power circuits
    • Controller functionality

  • SH-223 : SH Component Installation

    • Sealing insulation joints
    • Pipe flashing
    • Slope strategy
    • Connecting system piping
    • Plumbing valves and monitoring system
    • Heat exchanger and heat exchanger fluids
    • test operation of controller

  • SH-224 : SH System Operations & Maintenance

    • Identification tags and labels
    • Deficiencies in materials, workmanship, function or appearance
    • Verify system start up and shut down functionality
    • Identify safety issues to owner
    • Interpret installation manual, wiring diagrams, and or repair work

  • SH-225 : Pool System Installation

    • System sizing
    • System mounting
    • Straps & connectors