Program Overview

The Certificate of Achievement in Solar Technology and Business prepares students for a variety of jobs in the energy and construction sectors, especially related to solar. The program provides a breadth of knowledge in solar and related job functions, focusing on residential photovoltaics (PV) applications. Coursework also includes solar thermal and commercial applications. The program prepares students primarily for jobs as solar designers, estimators, and sales representatives. The technical and business training will also enable students with additional experience or training to work as compliance and quality assurance analysts, account representatives, marketing representatives, rebate specialists, program and project managers, crew leads, and to start and operate businesses as construction and energy contractors and consultants. The program includes preparatory material relevant to credentials from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). The program does not require a capstone project, and has more flexible requirements with fewer units than the associate's degree.

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Program Requirements

Required Core Courses: Units
BUS. 115 Business Mathematics 3 units
BUS. 120 Mathematical Analysis for Business 3 units
BUS. 401 Business Communications 3 units
ESTM 400 Clean Energy Concepts, Policies and Industries 3 units
ESTM 411 Introduction to Solar Photovoltaics (PV) Systems and Markets 2 units
ESTM 412 Solar Photovoltaics (PV) Design Fundamentals 2 units
ESTM 413 Solar Photovoltaics (PV) Finance and Sales 2 units
MGMT 100 Introduction to Business Management 3 units
Select a minimum of 10 units from the following: Units
BUS. 100 Introduction to Business 3 units
BUS. 296 New Economy Marketing 3 units
BUS. 297 Business Planning for Success 2 units
COOP 670 Vocational Cooperative Education 1 - 4 units
ELEC 110 Fundamentals of Electronics 4 units
ENVS 100 Introduction to Environmental Science 3 units
ESTM 402 Introduction to Residential Construction 3 units
ESTM 410 Introduction to Solar Installation and Integration 3.5 units
ESTM 425 Commercial and Residential Building Performance Concepts 4 units
ESTM 427 Introduction to Whole Home Heating, Ventilation, and Cooling (HVAC) 3 units
ESTM 441 Solar Thermal Technology and Design 3 units
ESTM 445 Commercial Solar Photovoltaics (PV) Finance and Sales 2 units
ESTM 490 Capstone Project in Energy Systems Technology Management 1.5 - 3 units
ESTM 665 Selected Topics in Energy Systems Technology Management 0.5 - 2 units
Total Required Units: 28