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Photovoltaic (PV) Panel Installation Training

Learn the techniques of installing and maintaining solar panels (photovoltaic systems).


As energy prices rise, more Nova Scotians are supplementing their traditional home systems with solar power. The Photovoltaic (PV) Panel Installation Training program, offered in partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Energy and Mines, was created in response to this growing trend.

This training is aimed at anyone wanting to learn the techniques of installing and maintaining photovoltaic systems (solar panels).

NOTE: You will not be licensed or trained on connection to, or connection of, electrical components, which are the roles of a certified electrician.

Program highlights

  • Introduction to the concepts of solar electricity generation and the operation of PV panels
  • Course modules include technical and safety training
  • Small class sizes provide you with an opportunity to ask questions, apply your learning and share knowledge

Program schedule

Course Location Start date End date Schedule Application due
Marconi Campus
1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS
July 14, 2019 July 18, 2019 9 am - 6 pm daily July 8, 2019
Cumberland Campus
1 Main Street
Springhill, NS
September 30, 2019 October 9, 2019

Oct. 1,2,3,7,8,9

3:30 pm - 9 pm 

September 25, 2019
Kingstec Campus
236 Belcher Street
Kentville, NS


Nov 9, 2019

Oct 22,24,29, 30 & Nov 5,7 - 4 hours each

Oct 26 & Nov 2 -    8 hours each

Nov 9 - 5 hours if necessary

Oct 18, 2019
Shelburne Campus
1575 Lake Road
Shelburne, NS

January 24, 2020
Feb 8, 2020

Jan 24,25,31 Feb 1,7,8 

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Jan 20, 2020
Ivany Campus
80 Mawiomi Place
Dartmouth, NS
March 14, 2020 March 18, 2020

March    14,15,16, 17,18                

8:30 am - 4:30pm 

March 6, 2020

Program requirements

You must have current safety training in the following:

  • Standard First Aid/CPR Level C
  • WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Management Information Systems) (within 3 years)
  • OH&S (Nova Scotia Occupational Health & Safety Act) (within 3 years)
  • Introduction to Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)
  • Introduction to Hazard Identification
  • Certified Fall Arrest and Protection

Proof of completion of these safety courses must be provided.


Course fee: Free


Complete the application form (PDF 160KB)

Additional information

As part of the practical components of this program, you are required to bring your own personal protective equipment.


Please contact Gerard d’Entremont, Community Innovation Lead
Cell: 902-670-9880