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Educational Programs & Job training

Renewable Energy Education Programs

Solar Installer Training

DG Certification for installers is required in the state of Illinois. This page details a variety of paths to take to get certified.

Organizations that offer professional training courses and workshops:
  • Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA): MREA Solar Training Academies are a series of weekend classes providing students with industry-leading solar technical training. Topics include photovoltaic (PV) fundamentals, PV site assessment practices, and design principles and considerations. These can be completed online or in person at the following locations: Bloomington, IL and Kankakee, IL. Upon academy completion, students qualify to sit for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV Associate Exam, an increasingly sought-after solar credential valued by the industry.
    • Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, MREA has postponed all in-person training in an effort to keep students and teachers safe. Online courses are continuing as usual with new options being added! See more here
  • Everblue
  • Solar Energy International

Associate Degree

Many community colleges provide opportunities for renewable energy education. Check the Illinois Community College Board website to view current programs.

Bachelor Programs

Graduate Programs

Other Resources

  • Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) offers a variety of trainings, including a new one for code officials. IREC has also developed a series of interactive career maps, found here. IREC’s Career Maps are unique, interactive tools that educators, career advisors, job seekers, employers, policymakers, and workforce professionals can use to explore the many diverse careers offered across the growing clean energy industry. These maps—including the Solar Career Map, HVAC/R Map, and Green Buildings Career Map—describe dozens of careers as well as their various routes for advancement. 



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