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Upcoming Workshops

CanSIA & Other Solar Hot Water Installer Courses

Canadian Solar Institute (CSI)

The Canadian Solar Institute is committed to helping establish a nationally accepted training standard for workers in the Canadian solar sector. These standards include an academic accreditation system that monitors, assesses and evaluates the quality of education delivery and a national certification system for solar PV installers.

CSI coffers a 5-Day Solar PV Design and Installation Workshop. Unlike most other solar PV programs that have simply added Ontario content to a U.S. based curriculum, CSI curriculums have been developed to specifically address Canadian markets.

5-Day Solar PV Design & Installation Workshop

  • Photovoltaics - What are they and how do they work?
  • The Solar Resource - Understanding, measuring and using data
  • Site Analysis
  • Grid-tie Inverters
  • String Sizing
  • Mechanical Attachment Options
  • Balance of System Components
  • Wire and Over-current Protection Sizing
  • Grounding
  • Batteries
  • Charge Controllers
  • Off-Grid Inverters
  • Tools
  • Commissioning
  • Jobsite Safety and Code Compliance
  • Load Analysis and System Design

For more information on our workshops visit

Contact Information:

Canadian Solar Institute
36 McIntyre Road
Nairn centre, ON
P0M 2L0

Tel: 1-866-804-4625

College Of Renewable Energy (CORE)

Special P.V. Design & Installation Course

A combination of knowledge and skills are required to design and install PV systems. This 5 day, 40 hour hands-on design & installation Course is based on NABCEP learning objectives and prepares participants to challenge the entry level exam. This Course covers system components, site analysis, PV modules, mounting systems, and safety as well as details on the fundamental requirements for implementing safe, efficient, and code-compliant PV systems. Participants will also learn the basics of sizing an off-grid, stand-alone and grid-tied system, wire sizing, over current protection, and grounding. Maintenance and service procedures including customer relationships, will round out this Course content.

  • Participants should have some basic knowledge and experience in electricity, controls, equipment, etc.
  • Course provided week-ends/week-days at CORE school location or anywhere in Canada, depending on demand.
  • Course Fee:  $2,495.00

The College Of Renewable Energy (CORE) is registered by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) to provide and administer the Entry Level P.V. exam.

For More Information:

Phil Coulter, P. Eng.
3377 Lockhart Road,
Newcastle, Ontario, L1B 1L9
Phone: (905) 987-5475    Fax: (905) 987-1716  

Efan Green

Planning & Installing Solar PV Systems with Hands-on Training (5 days)

Based on NABCEP Learning Objectives. Customzied for compliance to Canadian Building and Electrical Code.

Description:  This course will provide an overview of the three basic PV system applications, primarily focusing on grid-direct systems.  The goal of the course is to create a fundamental understanding of the core concepts necessary to work with all PV systems, including:  system components, site analysis, PV module criteria, mounting solutions, safety, and commissioning.  The course will also cover the basics of sizing a residential grid-direct system, wire sizing, overcurrent protection, and grounding.

The student who pass a final exam are qualified for EFAN GREEN’s authorized  installers and will be issued EFAN GREEN’s "Solar PV Certificate: Level One."  

Cost: $1295 with possible group discount up to $100 off per person.

Prerequisites:  Basic mathematics;  Some computer knowledges; ability to safely lift 50 lbs. 

Students who complete the PV 101 workshop will be able to perform the following:

  1. PV Markets and Applications

  2. Safety Basics

  3. Electricity Basics

  4. Solar Energy Fundamentals

  5. PV Module Fundamentals

  6. System Components

  7. PV System Sizing Principles

  8. PV System Electrical Design

  9. PV System Mechanical Design

  10. Performance Analysis, Maintenance and Troubleshooting

    For more information or to register for the workshop, please visit: or email

For our workshop photo gallery, please visit:  

Phone: 1-877-471-EFAN (3326)

Fax: 1-877-703-EFAN (3326)

Home Energy Solutions Training

MicroFIT update for solar professionals

For more information and for registration click here

The Living City Campus at Kortright

Photovoltaic Training Courses

The Living City Campus @ Kortright is home to Canada’s largest demonstrations of renewable energy technology and green buildings. These demonstrations provide the backdrop some of the most diverse solar training programs and PV research in the country. The Campus instructors have over 75 years combined experience in designing, installing and researching solar technology.

The Campus offers, ½ day, one day, 5 day photovoltaic design and installation courses for individuals, organizations and company’s looking for introductory or advanced training in small, medium and large PV installations.  The Campus also offers customized training and train the trainer workshops.

Based on Canadian experience and best practices The Campuses 5 day photovoltaic design and installation training includes; theory, hands-on laboratory, and installation components that prepare you to write the NABCEP (North American Board Certified of Energy Practitioners) entry level certification exam.

5 Day PV Design and Installation Course Covers:

1.        Photovoltaic Markets and Applications

2.        Solar and Electrical Fundamentals, and Site Planning

3.        Photovoltaic Fundamentals and System Components

4.        Photovoltaic System Design and Sizing, and Building Integration

5.        Code, Regulations and Safety

6.        Installation Practices   

Why Train @ the Campus:

  • Canada’s largest educational demonstrations of renewable energy and green buildings
  • Staff have over 75 years combined experience in teaching and installing PV systems.
  • Over 120 kw of installed PV including, roof, tracker and ground mount systems.
  • Lowest student to teacher ratio and hands on experience
  • Multi roof installation options

For more information on our workshops visit | 9550 Pine Valley Drive | Woodbridge, Ontario | 416-661-6600 ext. 5241,

Schuco Solar Training

Training Location: Kuehne + Nagel Canada, 6335 Edwards Boulevard, Mississauga, Ontario L5T 2W7

Solar Photovoltaic I Training (2-day course)

  • PV system design and installation of grid-tied systems
  • Overview of key PV components and technologies
  • Performance estimation
  • Inverter string sizing
  • Code-compliant electrical design
  • Schüco mounting system solutions
  • Hands-on installation practice
  • Installation and commissioning
  • System Monitoring and Communication
  • Written test at the end of course
  • Photovoltaic training approved for 12 NABCEP credits

Choose from the following 2 day Solar PV 1 Training Courses (8:30 am - 5:00 pm)

Solar Thermal I Training (2-day course)

  • Introduction to different types of Domestic Hot Water (DHW) systems
  • Solar collection, orientation and layout
  • Overview of the Schüco DHW system and components
  • Basic system sizing and support software
  • Schüco mounting system solutions
  • How to properly install, charge and program a Schüco System
  • Installation tips and techniques
  • Hands-on installation practice
  • Written test at the end of course
  • Thermal I training approved for 12 NABCEP credits

Choose from the following 2 day Solar Thermal Training Courses (8:30 am - 5:00 pm)

Fees and Administration

Fee of $150 per person (1-day course) and fee of $350 per person (2-day course) includes technical materials, lunch and refreshments.

Bonus: Schüco will refund training fee with your first complete system order over $5,000. Plus, Schüco will give an additional $100 discount if you order a solar system at the day of training!

You may download the Pre-Registration Form (doc, 124 KB) or contact Susan Muschett to request form and additional information.
Phone: 860-616-0128
Fax: 860-665-0137

You do not have to be an experienced installer or a licensed plumber to participate in Schuco solar training programs. However seating is limited and preference is given to people working in companies that specialize in solar design and installation.

SMA Solar Academy

Please join SMA Canada for FREE comprehensive "hands on" inverter training.

We will be covering the following topics:

Residential and Small Commercial PV using SMA System Technology

This course will promote the highest standards in safety, installation and design. We provide Ontario-focused instruction to help you successfully navigate the Canadian Electrical Code.

SMA will provide attendees with the basic to medium level understanding of Sunny Boy inverters and 3-phase Sunny Tower installations for small commercial applications. Our trainers will discuss the design and sizing of a PV array using Sunny Design software, sizing of DC and AC over-current protection devices to comply with ESA and the Ontario Electrical Safety Code, safety standards.

Who should attend?

Renewable-energy professionals involved in the design, sale and installation of grid-tied PV systems for residential and small or large business customers. Code officials and inspectors are also encouraged to attend.

To register CLICK HERE

Solar Energy International - hosted by Fourth Pig

In proud partnership with world-renowned Solar Energy International (SEI) for their first Canadian solar training.

Solar Electric Fundamentals and Grid-Direct Design (PV 101)
A five day intensive workshop, at Nipissing University Muskoka Campus, Bracebridge, Ontario. $1250 +HST ($1412.50)  Register soon, space is limited! Lunch included.

SEI literally wrote the book on solar install and design (all workshop participants will get the book and other resources) and people travel from all over to take their trainings. Enrollment is on a first-come basis and class size is limited. The instructors are certified by North American Board of Certified Energy Practioners (NABCEP) and are also accredited by Interstate Renewable Energy Council.  The course will include Ontario specific content including information about Ontario’s Feed in Tariff, local content, and code requirements. After successfully completing this course participants are eligible to sit for the NABCEP Entry Level Exam.

This course will provide an overview of the three basic PV system applications, primarily focusing on grid-direct systems. The goal of the course is to create a fundamental understanding of the core concepts necessary to work with all PV systems, including:  system components, site analysis, PV module criteria, mounting solutions, safety, and commissioning. The course will also cover the basics of sizing a residential grid-direct system, wire sizing, overcurrent protection, and grounding – all of which will be expanded upon in PV 202.

Students receive an introductory level hands-on experience through the opportunity to work on lab kits.  Students will wire a grid-direct system, including the inverter, disconnects, racking, and grounding, using commercially available components and small modules.

Solar Energy International, a nonprofit organization, has been providing training in renewable energy since 1991.

The Fourth Pig, a nonprofit organization, specializes in natural and green building, sustainable energy design and installation, and workshops on natural building and sustainable energy.

To register please go to:



SolPowered Energy Corporation & Sustainable Energy Technologies

Solar Power and Fire Safety

A Training Seminar for Fire Fighters

Presented by SolPowered Energy Corporation

Instructor: Denis St. Denis, Fire Safety Officer

Cost: $125 for the first 15 attendees and $50 for each additional attendee.

Program Overview


8:45 am

Program begins

9:00 am

Complimentary refreshments

10:30 am

Program concludes

12:00 pm

Q & A opportunities will be integrated into the program.

Program Details

                        I. What is solar power?

                        II. Market trends and expectations

                        III. How does the technology work?

                        IV. Building construction and weight-bearing capabilities

                        V. Background on fire-ground electrical hazards

                        VI. Safety guidelines with solar power

                                                i. Identifying the system and assessing the hazards

                                                ii. Isolating and shutting down system components

                                                iii. Working around all system components

                                                iv. Ventilation

                                                v. Post-fire safety tactics

                        VII. Case studies                     

                        VIII. Moving forward with code development

Bring our seminar to your municipality by reserving today

Please contact us for more details: Heather Hennigar · (613) 454 – 4444 ext.104