Clean Energy and Sustainability

Course Descriptions

BPI Certification/Recertification Field Exam Review

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This training/review session will help prepare the student for the Building Performance Institute's Field Exam. Participants will receive one-on-one, hands-on training. The training will cover the proper use of equipment utilized in the completion of home energy efficiency assessments. This is a preparatory review session, not a BPI certification exam.

The Field Exam Review is a great way for trainees to gain additional hands-on practice with the testing equipment and develop a stronger understanding of the process of analyzing a home.

To prepare for the Field Exam Review, the candidate should review documents and materials pertinent to the Field Exam and contact the instructor with any questions or clarifications they may have. The candidate is expected to provide the following items for the review session:

  • Personal Protective Equipment (Clean Bag)
  • A copy of the "Field Guide in Walk-Through Order" document for the certification being pursued (from student training manual or BPI website).
  • Notepad and pen/pencil
  • Tape Measure
  • Calculator

Training Topics:
Proper set up and use of home diagnostic equipment in order to prepare for the BPI Field Exam

Schedule: Two field practicum/review hours per designation

Training Location: Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Programs Training Lab, located on the corner of Morrison Avenue and Vandenburgh Avenue in Troy, NY

Tuition: $350
Note: These review sessions do not qualify for tuition reimbursement from NYSERDA.

BPI Testing Information:
Following completion of this review session, participants will be better prepared to take the BPI Field Exam. The cost of the Field Exam is not included in the review session fee. The Field Exam satisfies the second component of the BPI certification requirements. The first component is the Written/Online Exam. The cost of the Written/Online exam is not included in the review session fee. Candidates must pass both exams in order to become BPI Certified.

Visit www.bpi.org for more information or call BPI at (877) 274-1274.

BPI Certification/Recertification Field Test

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Hudson Valley Community College, as a BPI Test Center, will conduct BPI field certification testing on an individual basis. Candidates should contact the college's Workforce Development at the number(s) below to register and make arrangements for their Field Exam. Field testing is available for Building Analyst, Envelope Professional, Heating Professional and AC Heat Pump (Cooling).

Prerequisites:
This testing is for individuals who need to take their initial Field Exam for BPI certification.
OR
This testing is for individuals who have been previously certified by BPI and need to renew their certification requirements.

Time Allowed (Per Exam): In accordance with BPI standards (normally two hours)
(To be video and audio recorded)

Location: Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Programs Training Lab, located on the corner of Morrison Avenue and Vandenburgh Avenue in Troy, NY

Tuition: $575

NYSERDA Certification Reimbursement: A portion of the BPI certification/recertification cost may qualify for reimbursement by NYSERDA to candidates who successfully achieve BPI certification by passing both the written and field exams. Candidates are required to submit a BPI Certification Reimbursement Form directly to NYSERDA. Forms can be obtained from the training facility.

*Workforce Development offers Field Reviews at an additional cost.
Note: Field Reviews must be conducted at least 24 hours prior to any certification exam.

BPI Testing Information:
This Field Exam satisfies the second component of the BPI certification requirements. The first component is the Written/Online Exam. Candidates must pass both exams in order to become BPI Certified.

Visit www.bpi.org for more information or call BPI at(877) 274-1274.

Candidates interested in applying for the field portion of their certification may contact Workforce Development at (518) 629-4827, or email workforce@hvcc.edu.

BPI Certification/Recertification Written Test

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Hudson Valley Community College, as a BPI Test Center, will conduct Written/Online BPI Exams for Building Analyst, Envelope Professional, Heating Professional and AC Heat Pump (Cooling), for those candidates who are recertifying or require the Online Exam.

Prerequisites:
This testing is for individuals who need to take their initial written/online exam for BPI certification.
OR
This testing is for individuals who have been previously certified by BPI and need to renew their certification requirements.

Time Allowed (Per Exam): 50 Questions: 1.5 Hour Limit; 100 Questions: 2.0 Hour Limit
(To be video and audio recorded)

Location: TBA

Tuition: $350

NYSERDA Certification Reimbursement: A portion of the BPI certification cost may qualify for reimbursement by NYSERDA to candidates who successfully achieve BPI certification by passing both the written and field exams. Candidates are required to submit a BPI Certification Reimbursement Form directly to NYSERDA. Forms can be obtained from the training facility.

BPI Testing Information:
This Written/Online exam satisfies the first component of the BPI certification requirements. Candidates must also pass a field performance exam before receiving certification.

Visit www.bpi.org for more information or call BPI at (877) 274-1274.

Candidates should bring to the test room, writing material, calculators and the BPI National Standards.

Candidates should review any training material (for example, the Krigger/Dorsi Residential Energy book) before sitting for the test.

Natural Gas Technician Certificate Program

90 hours, 9.0 CEUs, Non-Credit
Classroom

Are you interested in a career in the expanding natural gas industry? Workforce Development has partnered with National Grid to offer a training program for those interested in becoming a Natural Gas Technician. This 12-week program serves as an introduction to the gas industry and will expose you to the job tasks, work methods and safety practices utilized in gas construction, maintenance and customer service.

The program runs two nights a week and one Saturday per month, totaling 90 hours of classroom instruction and hands-on practice. You will learn how to use tools of the trade in National Grid's state-of-the-art laboratories and outdoor gas training simulation areas.

Complete Program Details/More Information

Prerequisites: Applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a High School diploma or GED
  • Possess a valid driver's license

Application and Required Documentation

See complete application process.

Upon review of all required documentation, accepted applicants will be contacted to schedule a written field aptitude test and a pre-entry physical assessment. Note: Only applicants who pass the aptitude test will be scheduled for the pre-entry physical assessment.

Location: National Grid facility, 300 Seneca Street, Schenectady

Tuition: $1,400

Application and associated documentation may be personally delivered or mailed to Workforce Development at Hudson Valley Community College. See application process for specific details. Please call (518) 629-4111 for additional information or questions.

NOTE: The application process is currently closed for this program.

NABCEP PV-Associate Exam

2 hours, Non-Credit
Classroom or Online

Hudson Valley Community College is a registered provider of the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners’ (NABCEP) PV Associate Exam for those who successfully complete an approved PV-Associate course.

Passing the exam and earning the NABCEP Associate Certificate is a way for candidates to demonstrate that they have achieved a basic knowledge of the fundamental principles of the application, design, installation and operation of grid-tied and stand-alone PV Systems.

By passing this industry-sponsored Associate Exam, individuals may find that their employment opportunities in the solar energy field are enhanced, especially as the market for solar power grows, since they will be starting the job with an understanding of the basic terms and operational aspects of a PV system.

The NABCEP PV-Associate Exam should not be confused with the NABCEP PV Installers Exam. Passing the NABCEP PV-Associate Exam does not qualify individuals as NABCEP-Certified PV Installers, who are required to pass a much more rigorous examination and to demonstrate the capability to supervise complete PV system installations. For more information, please visit NABCEP.org.

This course can be used to complete the Photovoltaic Systems Certificate.

PLEASE NOTE: A government issued ID is required to be admitted into the exam.

Prerequisite: Proof of Completion of NABCEP-approved PV-Associate course.

Location for Written Exam: Hudson Valley Community College Main Campus

Exam Fee: Written Exam - $180; Online Exam - $150

Schedule: TBA

Photovoltaic Systems Certificate

A Photovoltaic Systems Certificate for those students who successfully complete the following courses is available:

This Certificate provides students a way to demonstrate to employers their success in courses based on NABCEP standards and their knowledge of photovoltaic systems, from basic electrical theory to solar panel design and installation!

The photovoltaics (solar electric) industry is booming!
In New York State, solar energy jobs grew 300% from 2011 to 2014, according to Governor Cuomo. Nationally, in 2013, the solar industry grew 34% with the residential and utility segments growing by 51% and 38%, respectively. Since 2006, the cost to install solar has dropped by more than 73%, reported by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

Prerequisite: Strong math skills recommended.

PV-Advanced Solar Power Systems with Installer Workshop

40 hours, 4 CEUs, Non-Credit
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PV-Advanced is designed for individuals who are preparing for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV Installer certification process. The course follows the NABCEP Study Guide for Photovoltaic System Installers, and includes both theory and hands-on experience.

The course curriculum covers the following major job/task areas:

  • Working Safely with Photovoltaic Systems
  • Conducting a Site Assessment
  • Selecting a System Design
  • Adapting the Mechanical Design
  • Adapting the Electrical Design
  • Installing Subsystems and Components at the Site
  • Performing a System Checkout and Inspection
  • Maintaining and Troubleshooting a System

The Installer Workshop provides hands-on experience in the basic processes, equipment, system checks and tools required for installing a roof-mounted solar panel array, and includes the following:

  • PV Systems Checks: Identify PV components and use measurement devices to determine system performance.
  • Sizing PV Arrays: Determine the size of the solar array required for the project.
  • PV Energy Calculation: Determine the energy generated and how it relates to the NYSERDA application process to secure rebate funds.
  • Roof Mount Systems: How to mount, wire and ground solar panels for a roof project.

This course can be used to complete the Photovoltaic Systems Certificate.

Prerequisites: Completion of PV-Associate Photovoltaics (Solar Power)

Textbooks: Photovoltaic Systems by James Dunlop, and National Electric Code, 2014 will be available for purchase at the Viking’s Cove Bookstore.

Location:

  • Classroom: 400 Jordan Rd., Rensselaer Technology Park, Troy
  • Workshops: Hudson Valley Community College Main Campus, TEC-SMART

Tuition: $775

Schedule: TBA

PV-Associate (Solar Power) Blended

40 hours, 4 CEUs, Non-Credit
Blended: Classroom / Online

The PV-Associate Photovoltaics (Solar Power) course covers the fundamentals of photovoltaic (PV) systems design and installation.

The objective of the course is to prepare students for taking the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV Associate Exam.

The course curriculum complies with NABCEP’s “Learning Objectives” for the Associate exam.

Some of the critical topics covered include:

  • Introduction to PV Systems
  • General and PV System Safety
  • Solar Radiation
  • System Components and Configurations
  • Cells, Modules and Arrays
  • Inverters
  • Batteries
  • Charge Controllers
  • Site Surveys and Preplanning
  • System Sizing
  • Mechanical Integration
  • Electrical Integration
  • Utility Interconnection
  • Permitting and Inspections
  • Commissioning and Maintenance
  • Economic Analysis, Firefighters' Concerns

There is also an optional workshop choice, which consists of four in-person hands-on labs. Students who opt into the workshop component, must attend all four Saturday sessions.

In addition to monitoring the discussion board, an instructor is available to provide feedback on assignments and to discuss technical questions.

This course can be used to complete the Photovoltaic Systems Certificate.

Prerequisites: Minimum 10th grade-level reading and math skills; previous electrical training/experience helpful.

Textbook: Photovoltaic Systems by James Dunlop, will be available for purchase at the Viking’s Cove Bookstore.

Location:

  • Classroom: 400 Jordan Rd., Rensselaer Technology Park, Troy
  • Workshops: Hudson Valley Community College Main Campus, TEC-SMART

Tuition: $775

NABCEP PV-Associate Exam (Optional): $150 for Hudson Valley Community College PV Students

Schedule: TBA

PV-Associate (Solar Power) Online

40 hours, 4 CEUs, Non-Credit
Online

This online version of the PV-Associate Photovoltaics (Solar Power) course covers the fundamentals of photovoltaic (PV) systems design and installation.

PV-Associate Photovoltaics - ONLINE utilizes LAB VIDEOS prepared by Workforce Development  instructors specifically for this course. Narrated slide show presentations, randomized chapter quizzes, and discussion forums provide additional course content. An instructor is available for feedback on assignments and to discuss technical questions.

The objective of the course is to prepare students for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV Associate Exam.

The course curriculum complies with NABCEP's "Learning Objectives" for the Associate exam.

Some of the critical topics covered include:

  • Introduction to PV Systems
  • General and PV System Safety
  • Solar Radiation
  • System Components and Configurations
  • Cells, Modules and Arrays
  • Inverters
  • Batteries
  • Charge Controllers
  • Site Surveys and Preplanning
  • System Sizing
  • Mechanical Integration
  • Electrical Integration
  • Utility Interconnection
  • Permitting and Inspections
  • Commissioning and Maintenance
  • Economic Analysis, Firefighters' Concerns

There is also an optional workshop choice, which consists of four in-person hands-on labs. Students who opt into the workshop component, must attend all four Saturday sessions.

In addition to monitoring the discussion board, an instructor is available to provide feedback on assignments and to discuss technical questions.

This course can be used to complete the Photovoltaic Systems Certificate.

Prerequisites: Minimum 10th grade-level reading and math skills; previous electrical training/experience helpful.

Textbook: Photovoltaic Systems by James Dunlop, will be available for purchase at the Viking’s Cove Bookstore.

Tuition: $775

NABCEP PV-Associate Exam (Optional): $150 for Hudson Valley Community College PV Students

Schedule: TBA

PV-Installation Basics

20 Hours, 2 CEUs, Non-Credit
Classroom

Prepare for employment in the growing sustainable energy industry!

As an introduction to Solar Energy, students will learn to safely and effectively perform installation tasks as a trained, entry-level worker does in the field. Course topics will include:

  • Basic electrical safety
  • Basic measuring
  • Construction safety
  • Electrical grounding and bonding
  • Hand-held power tools
  • PV racking systems
  • PV module handling and installation
  • Rooftop safety
  • Weather proofing

Students are required to bring to class:

  • Safety glasses with side panels
  • Work boots
  • Work gloves

Prerequisites: Minimum 10th grade-level reading and math skills. Students are required to provide proof of completion of OSHA 10-hour Construction Safety Training course.

Location: Multiple

Tuition: $375

Schedule:
March 20 - 30, 2019
Wednesday: 3 - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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Workforce Development
Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center, Room 131
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(excluding college holidays and vacations)