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2020-2021 Course Catalog 
2020-2021 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Advanced Photovoltaic Energy Systems Certificate

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Total Credits: 30

Major Number: 5835
CIP Code: 15.0505

Program Description

This certificate is designed to provide entrance into the field of photovoltaic energy systems. It is also designed to provide existing contractors and other industry professionals with skills necessary to work in photovoltaic installation and maintenance.

Program Prerequisites

Course placement into ENGL 0950  and RDNG 0950  or above OR completion of RDNG 0940  with a grade of C or higher OR course placement into ESOL 0051  and ESOL 0052  and ESOL 1033  OR completion of ESOL 0041  with a grade of C or higher and ESOL 0042  with a grade of C or higher and ESOL 0043  with a grade of C or higher.

Special Instructions


Program Requirements

Select one

Total Credits: 26

Career/Occupational Elective Requirements


MnTC/General Education Requirements

Goal 3 and/or 4: Sciences/Math/Logical Reasoning

Total Credits: 4

MnTC Elective Requirements


Additional Elective Requirements


Additional Requirements


Program Information

General Requirements for Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates

See Century College Policy

Program Note

For SOLR 1020  there is an additional expense for a smartphone app or pathfinder. See website for details.
If you complete SOLR 1780  for 1 or 2 credits, you must complete additional elective credits to reach the 30 credit total requirement.
Students may substitute MATH 1061  for MATH 1015  by academic petition. Required credit totals are still enforced.

Transfer, Articulation Agreements, and Partnerships

See the Century College website for information regarding transfer.
This program is intended primarily for employment preparation rather than transfer to a four-year institution. Some courses may not transfer to a number of four-year colleges. If you are considering the possibility of transfer, you may wish to talk with your advisor, counselor, or program instructor before registering to discuss your goals, look at programs designed for transfer, and develop a plan.

Program Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program students will be able to:

  • Describe the importance of and how to use safety equipment and procedures
  • Install solar photovoltaic systems on both residential and commercial applications
  • Manage all aspects of the installation part of a photovoltaic solar system
  • Service and maintain a photovoltaic solar system

Program Contact Information

Scott Randall 651.747.4042 Room 2302 East

Sample Plan

Please note that this is a sample course sequence. Individual schedules will vary depending upon student needs, goals, and availability. Students are recommended to meet with their advisor, counselor, or faculty program instructors to create an individualized plan that includes prerequisites and application requirements. For detailed program information see the Century College website. This information is subject to change.


This information is subject to change. Changes and updates are posted on century.edu

Century College is a member of the Minnesota State system. We are an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and educator. This document can be available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 651.779.3354 or 1.800.228.1978 x 3354.

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