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Distributed Generation Installer Certification

In order to install renewable energy on a building other than your own, Illinois requires certification. The steps to certification are detailed below.

  1. Visit the Illinois Commerce Commission's page for Distributed Generation Installer Certification.
  2. Read the Illinois Distributed Generation Law and links found in step 1.
  3. Complete one of the following requirements for Distributed Generation Installer Certification.
    • At least five satisfactory installations in the appropriate DG technology.
    • Satisfactory completion of one of the following programs in the appropriate DG technology.
    • Apprenticeship as a journeyman electrician from a DOL registered electrical apprenticeship and training program.
    • A North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners distributed generation technology certification program.
    • An Underwriters Laboratories distributed generation technology certification program.
    • An Electronics Technicians Association distributed generation technology certification program.
    • An Associate in Applied Science degree from an Illinois Community College Board approved community college program.
  4. Apply for certification using the form, cover letter, and instructions from step 1's link.
Associate in Applied Science degree from an Illinois Community College Board approved community college program


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