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Continuing Education offers specialized courses in the growing fields of solar, wind, and geothermal technologies to help individuals and businesses learn more about alternative energy and renewable resources. Training is also offered to add or enhance green skills to existing energy careers or to create a career pathway. HCC has also partnered with the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners and is an authorized training/testing provider for the NABCEP Solar PV Entry Level exam.
Solar Thermal Hot Water Systems
Hot water heating is one of the major energy consumptions for residents and businesses.
Explore how you can reduce that expense and install a renewable energy source for years to come. Expert instruction will help you understand the available technology to capture thermal heat, create an efficient transfer, and store potential energy with an emphasis on customer requirements and site planning.
Solar PV Installer Certificate of Competency
More and more, solar photovoltaic (PV) systems are being used to produce electricity for homes and businesses. The industry is expected to grow dramatically over the coming years. This course covers all the basics needed to be a successful PV installer. Content includes sizing and designing a system, components of a PV system, the mathematics of PV system design, basic electrical concepts, and more. Two Saturdays included for field activities.
NABCEP Entry Level PV Exam
Review for the NABCEP Entry Level exam and demonstrate your knowledge of the fundamental principles of the application, design, installation, and operation of Solar PV and Solar Heating systems. Class includes a proctored NABCEP Entry Level Exam following review session. Note: candidates must have completed an approved NABCEP 40-hour course such as TRD 023, Solar PV Installer, to qualify for the exam.
Certified ICC Residential Energy Inspector/Plans Examiner
This course addresses provisions in the 2009 International Residential Code (IRC) and the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). This course provides a basis for the correct use of the code in the design, plan review, inspection, and analysis of projects. Provides a clear understanding and correct use of the requirements identified by these basic code provisions, tables and categorizations allow code users to apply the code in clear-cut situations, and helps to build their understanding of the intent of the code when asked to make code compliance decisions.
Introduction to Alternative Energy
Renewable and alternative energy are options available today for residential and commercial electrical consumers. Understanding which options are available and how they benefit can help you or your organization stay viable in today's global market. Learn the basics about different energy types such as solar, wind, bio-fuel, solar thermal, geothermal, magnetism, pressure and mechanical energy. Hands-on labs include miniature Wind Turbine Operation, Solar Energy Collection, and Hydro-fuel Vehicle operation. Prerequisites: strong math and reading skills. (Textbook required)
Energy System Management
Save energy and money in your organization by learning the concept and application of energy management for residential, commercial, and industrial applications. This course is an introduction to techniques to automatically measure data, collect data in systems, and apply data for energy saving techniques. Prerequisite: CNT 110, Fundamentals of Electricity (Textbook required).