College Catalog
Academic Programs - School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies

Photovoltaic Installation
HEGIS #5317
Building Systems Technology Department
Williams Hall, Room 125 (518) 629-7275

The Photovoltaic Installation certificate program provides the training students need to enter the growing industry of solar panel installation and maintenance. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) worked with Hudson Valley to develop the program as the agency anticipates a high demand for qualified PV installers with hundreds of PV systems expected to be installed in the upcoming years.

The 19-credit hour program consists of required and elective courses in the Electrical Construction and Maintenance A.O.S. degree program. These courses include a basic AC/DC electricity course and residential and commercial construction wiring courses which serve as a foundation for two courses in PV theory and practice.

Both the established journeyman electrician looking for advancement and the potential student interested in the renewable energy field can benefit from the Photovoltaic Installation program. Those who complete the training will be prepared to take the entry-level Photovoltaic Certificate of Knowledge exam administered by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), and be eligible for employment in the Photovoltaic field.

The Photovoltaic Installation Certificate Program is fully consistent with the academic mission of the School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies at Hudson Valley Community College and will further its goal of providing the HVAC/R industry with qualified technicians.

Note: Students enrolled in this program are not eligible to receive financial aid.

Courses Entry Term Special Notes H.S. Average
1 unit of any math (70 or above in the course) Fall only Additional math courses recommended. 70 or above


Course No.


Credit Hrs.

ECMN 121 Residential Construction Wiring 5
ECMN 122 Commercial Construction Wiring 5
ECMN 210 Photovoltaic Systems Theory and Design 3
ECMN 211 Photovoltaic Systems Installation and Maintenance 3
MECT 130 Electricity 3
  Total Credits Required 19

*or specific course equivalents as approved by the Department Chairperson.