COTATI, CALIF. — Sun Pirate Inc. announced its online solar training spring session, which starts April 6, 2009. The courses give a student the foundation of knowledge needed for an entry-level position in the solar industry, focusing on the basics of installing code-compliant solar energy systems.
The online courses are recognized by Interstate Renewable Energy Council as an ISPQ accredited continuing education provider and by North American Board of Energy Practitioners for continuing education credits.
Fundamentals of Solar Hot Water is an 11-week, 10-lesson course worth 22 continuing education credits. Photovoltaic System Design & Installation is a 16-week, 15-lesson course worth 32 continuing education credits.
Online courses have message boards, which are used as the primary communication median for the courses, along with e-mail. Each lesson is posted weekly and consists of learning objectives, reading assignments, links to visit and message board discussions to participate in. Each lesson is self-paced, requiring about two hours.
Roger Coghlan is the instructor for the courses and the president of Sun Pirate Inc., a California solar
contracting business, operating in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1981. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in environmental studies and planning, with a certificate in energy management and design from Sonoma State University. Roger possesses a California vocational education teaching credential.
Additional information is available at: http://www.sunpirate.com/solar_training.html.