Local Code Officials Have New User Friendly Version for Solar PV Online Training

Recent modifications to the training platform make it easier to use.

August 20, 2013 - The PV Online Training, developed as part of IREC's role as the National Administrator of the Solar Instructor Training Network (SITN), instructs users in reliable field inspection practices and endorses efficient permit processes for residential PV installations. Recent modifications to the training platform make it easier to use.

"We listened to the comments and suggestions from the users of PV Online Training," said Joe Sarubbi, program manager for SITN. "We believe this latest version is more user friendly."

The PV Online Training is now on the Moodle platform, an open source learning management system, popular with educators as a tool for creating online, dynamic web-based content for students. To access the PV Online Training, users will login and create an account at www.pvonlinetraining.org. Returning users can get credit for lessons previously completed.

The PV Online Training course covers major topics of concern for field inspection and expedited permitting through seven online training modules. Six learning modules use traditional linear online training approaches presenting content with text, 2D media and video with narration. The seventh module uses a 3D immersive game-based framework. Topics include:

*Roof Mounted Arrays and Wire Management
*Electrical for Roof and Ground Mounted Arrays
*Specifics of Ground Mounted Arrays
*Appropriate Signage
*Equipment Ratings
*Expedited Permitting

Upon completion of the course, with passing scores on the lesson assessment quizzes, students can apply for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI).

"The more I go through it, the better I like it," said Dr. Jerry Ventre, engineering and education consultant. "I actually think it will be as valuable to installers as to code officials. Great information and nicely put together."

Though the PV online curriculum was originally developed for code officials and Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs), the training is available to anyone. Currently, the PV Online Training site accommodates both Chrome and Firefox browsers.

"Offering online PV training means a greater number of code officials and AHJs can get consistent, effective training in residential solar inspections," said Sarubbi. "And having the training on Moodle, a well-known open source site for educators, makes it even more available and easy to use."

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About IREC The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) is a non-profit organization that believes clean energy is critical to achieving a sustainable and economically strong future. To pave this clean energy path, IREC works to expand consumer access to clean energy; generates information and objective analysis grounded in best practices and standards; and leads programs to build a quality clean energy workforce, including a unique credentialing program for renewable energy and energy efficiency training providers and instructors. Since 1982, IREC's programs and policies have benefitted energy consumers, policymakers, utilities and the clean energy industry. As of July 2013, IREC is an accredited American National Standards Developer. Visit www.irecusa.org

About the SITN Established by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Solar Instructor Training Network (SITN) is filling a critical need for accessible, high quality, market-valued training in solar system design, installation, sales and inspection through train-the-trainer programs. The Network is composed of nine Regional Training Providers (RTPs), well-established solar training institutions with expert trainers and first-class training facilities. IREC is the National Administrator for the SITN. Visit www.sitnusa.org

About The Institute for Sustainable Performance of Buildings (SuPerB)

The Institute for Sustainable Performance of Buildings (SuPerB) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization with a special focus on developing and freely distributing open-source, computer-based educational resources to serve the buildings industry. SuPerB also conducts research and develops educational resources to improve the performance, resource efficiency, and sustainability of buildings. Visit www.su-per-b.org

About IAEI The International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI), as the keystone of the electrical industry, is a membership-driven, non-profit association promoting electrical safety throughout the industry by providing premier education, certification of inspectors, advocacy, partnerships and expert leadership in Electrical Codes and Standards development. Visit www.iaei.org

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