Solar Training, Apprentice Programs & Licensing
There are rigorous requirements to become a solar PV and thermal installer in Oregon. Please refer to the resources below for more information.
Oregon Building Codes Division
Energy Trust of Oregon Solar Trade Ally
The Energy Trust of Oregon offers a set of incentives for the installation of solar electric systems for both residential and commercial customers through their Trade Ally program. Becoming an Energy Trust trade ally requires program training, a contractor's license and insurance. For more information check their website for how to join the solar trade ally network.
Solar Electric Specific Licensing and Training
Limited Renewable Energy Technician (LRT)
The Limited Renewable Energy Technician (LRT) license is a specialty electrician license. LRT's are specialty electricians trained to install renewable energy systems (solar electric, wind turbines, micro-hydro, and fuel cells) up to 25kW AC.
LRT's are regulated in the same way that all other electricians in the state of Oregon are, through the Building Codes Division (BCD) and the Electrical and Elevator Board. More information on the LRT can be found here.
For more information on the LRT program contact the program administrators at: www.nwapprenticeship.org, Lou Long, email@example.com, 541.279.1543 or NW Apprenticeship Services, 4727 San Francisco Dr. NE Salem, OR 97305.
North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP)
The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners® (NABCEP®) is the most respected, well-established and widely recognized national certification organization for professionals in the field of renewable energy. NABCEP offers certifications and credentials for skilled professionals, specialists and those new to working in the areas of photovoltaics, solar heating, and small wind technologies. The first NABCEP Solar PV Installer certification exam (now called PV Installation Professional) was administered in 2003. Since then, NABCEP has launched and maintained 8 Board Certification Programs and 3 Associate credentials. Visit NABCEP's website.
Renewable Energy Training
Clackamas Community College - Renewable Energy Program
Earn a degree or certificate in Renewable Energy Technology at Clackamas Community College and you'll learn to develop and install energy-efficient systems and products.
With a variety of new energy sources coming to light in recent years, technicians are needed to calculate, install and maintain the newest and most energy-efficient of those systems. By earning an Associates of Applied Science degree in Renewable Energy Technology at Clackamas Community College, you'll gain a variety of expertise in the field with possible careers as an energy audit and efficiency technician, a wind turbine technician and many others.
Clackamas CC can be reached at (503) 594-3318, or on the web at https://www.clackamas.edu/Programs/Renewable-Energy-Technology.aspx
Oregon Institute of Technology - B.S. & M.S. Renewable Energy Engineering
Over fifteen years ago, Oregon Tech introduced the first Bachelor of Science in Renewable Energy Engineering. This program represents OIT’s commitment to sustainable power and renewable energy by emphasizing engineering principles that graduates will need to develop, promote, and implement sustainable energy technologies. Oregon Tech’s B.S. in Renewable Energy Engineering is the only ABET-accredited renewable energy engineering program in North America.
The Master of Science in Renewable Energy Engineering (MSREE) program is offered at the Oregon Tech Portland-Metro Campus. This program accommodates full-time students as well as working professionals. The MSREE program prepares graduates to be energy engineering professionals with advanced knowledge and skills that enable them to assume a broad range of technical leadership roles.
Oregon Institute of Technology - Oregon Renewable Energy Center (OREC)
OREC promotes energy conservation and renewable energy use in Oregon and throughout the Northwest through applied research, educational programs, and practical information. Wise energy use is the foundation for a sustainable economy, good jobs, and economic prosperity, learn more here.
Solar Hot Water Specific Licensing and Training
The Solar Heating and Cooling Installer (STL)
The Solar Heating and Cooling Installer (STL) license is a specialty plumbing license available in the state of Oregon for individuals interested in installing solar hot water systems. (See ORS 447 and OAR 918-695.) STLs are specialty plumbers specifically trained to install solar thermal (solar hot water) systems.
A licensed STL is legally allowed to install, maintain, and repair all elements of a solar hot water system except the final connection to a potable water source (which must be performed by a licensed journeyman plumber).
STLs are regulated in the same way that all other plumbers in the state of Oregon are: through the Building Codes Division (BCD) plumbing division. More information on the SLT is available here.
For more information on the STL program contact the program administrator at: www.nwapprenticeship.org, Lou Long, firstname.lastname@example.org, 541.279.1543 or NW Apprenticeship Services, 4727 San Francisco Dr. NE Salem, OR 97305.