A photovoltaics and solar heating curriculum developed at Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) in Albuquerque has been packaged for training of solar system designers, installers, salespeople and inspectors.
The curriculum was developed under a $523,751 grant from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions to expand the college's solar energy training efforts. Several of the courses were designed to prepare students to take the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) entry-level exam and the more advanced NABCEP installer exam.
The grant specified that the courses eventually be made public, and they are first being made available to trainers in community colleges in the Southwest and to members of the Solar Instructor Training Network. There are plans to expand access to the curriculum beyond the region.