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Photovoltaic (PV) Certificate


The PV certificate provides the academic, technical and hands on experience to prepare the student for entry into the workforce and further on the job-training in PV industry related job functions. These include Solar Photovoltaic Installer1, PV Site Auditor, and PV Commissioning.

The PV certificate also contributes to the furthering of academic growth beyond the certificate level by providing 20 credits of transfer towards an AAS in either Construction Engineering Technology or Electronics/ Electromechanical Engineering Technology.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Develop strategies for the installation, maintenance, repair and operation of PV systems;
  • Define basic construction methods and building materials’ properties including structural steel, concrete and wood;
  • Perform laboratory procedures and assess the validity of experimental/diagnostic data;
  • Employ critical thinking and problem solving skills to analyze, predict the behavior of, and synthesize PV systems and subsystems with minimal supervision;
  • Express and interpret both technical and non-technical concepts orally, in written, and electronic formats;
  • Demonstrate information literacy through the ability to evaluate, review and interpret technical documents related to current technical advances and interpret technical documents related to current technical advances and innovations in the PV industry.


Career Options

Graduates can transfer to a four-year college or university and are eligible to take advantage of the many transfer/articulation agreements Union County College has with some of the top four-year colleges and universities in the country. See a transfer counselor for details.

Program Information

Type of Program:Certificate

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