Start Your Own Business in Solar and Wind Energy

Course Overview:

The purpose of this course is to give the student tools, information, and strategies to equip them  in a way that will give them the best chance of success when starting a business.  We will discuss topics such as risk, economics, the global market, ethics, legal considerations, organization, humans resources, and marketing. As a student reads, completes practices and assignments, discusses with others, and takes assessments, he or she will gain a practical understanding of the components of a small business and the steps that one takes to create and establish that business, from the idea, to the business plan, to the strategies for helping that business to succeed and grow.

The Photovoltaic Technician Career Prep course covers the principles of photovoltaics and how to effectively incorporate PV systems into stand- alone or interconnected electrical systems. The content includes system advantages and disadvantages, site evaluation, component operation, system design and sizing, and installation requirements and recommended practices. Common scenarios and procedures are discussed throughout.

As the world’s shift away from reliance on fossil fuels the Wind Energy Industry leads the way. In just a few short decades wind energy has evolved dramatically. Technological advances now make wind energy a cost-effective solution for the world’s ever-growing energy needs. The United States leads in the overall wind power capacity. As the wind energy industry continues to expand in the United States and around the globe, it will provide many opportunities for workers in search of new careers. These careers extend beyond the wind farm and include the efforts of employees who work in manufacturing plants, offices, and construction, as well as operation and maintenance.

This course provides learners with an overview of wind-energy history, basic concepts, costs, and uses. It is designed for the novice and emphasizes an overview of wind-energy conversion and applications of various wind-turbine systems. Some additional course features include: wind turbine blades, installing and troubleshooting wind turbines, motors, towers, and electrical coverage.

About ProTrain:

ProTrain is committed to offering world class interactive online courses that provide training and learning support for the student in a number of ways during their experience. The ProTrain course structure has been developed to provide activities to guide students throughout the entire process of learning. Learning activities include hands-on assignments that allow students to use what they are learning to allow better transferable skills within their work environments; and collaborative assignments, like wikis and discussion groups that allow them to share what they have learned with others in the same course.

While a student learns, they are not alone. Each student will receive guidance and support from his or her assigned Training Assessment Manager (TAM) and Student Services Specialist (SSS) representative. In addition, we will offer live monthly webinars and feedback sessions for various subject categories. Throughout the entire course, students are monitored by the SSS representative using progress reporting from the ProTrain Registration System (PRS).

ProTrain will provide Students who successfully complete their online certification programs and pass their industry level certification exams the access to the new ProTrain Education-2-Employment Career Tracker system. The Career Tracker will allow our students who pass exams to load their own resumes at no additional cost, and letting industry employers find their talent through the same database.

Curriculum Developer Biography:

Willow Nolland is an expert in education and eLearning, with more than ten years of experience in curriculum development and instructional design. She has worked in higher education for over twelve years, and has developed numerous courses and has been involved in curriculum development across disciplines. She has experience with academic program development and coordination, curriculum development, student learning outcomes, educational partnerships, and student development. In addition, she has developed and administered professional development programs for various groups, including teachers, counselors, healthcare workers and members of private industry. She is a certified Quality Matters Reviewer and has taken graduate courses in online course development. She designs and teaches online courses at the college level and is proficient in a variety of course management systems. She has helped educators redesign their courses to transition them from a face-to-face format to an online format, and has provided course editing assistance to others. As a freelance instructional designer and curriculum developer, her projects have included course editing and redesign of online continuing education courses for nurses, CEU curriculum development for healthcare workers and teachers, and course review and editing for various colleges and universities.

Sigrid Ferguson Green, MSEd in Instructional Design for Online Learning, MS Human Resource Management, with over 15 years of experience in training and development/education. Her experience has been to lead teams of Instructional Designers, and managed curricula for companies such as: American Express and Assurant. Her experience includes but is not limited to the following: technical writing, web design, training, instructional design, graphic design, and curriculum development.

Start Your Own Business in Solar and Wind Energy Course

Course Outline:

Become an Entrepreneur Curriculum:

Lesson 1: Entrepreneurial Pathways

Lesson 2: Who are Your Customers?

Lesson 3: Integrated Marketing

Lesson 4: Show Me the Money: Finding, Securing, and Managing It

Lesson 5: Operating a Small Business Effectively

Lesson 6: Leadership, Ethics, and Exits

Photovoltaic Technician Career Prep Curriculum:

Lesson 1: Introduction to Photovoltaic Systems

Lesson 2: Solar Radiation

Lesson 3: Site Surveys and Preplanning

Lesson 4: System Components and Configurations

Lesson 5: Cells, Modules and Arrays

Lesson 6: Batteries

Lesson 7: Charge Controllers

Lesson 8: Inverters

Lesson 9: System Sizing

Lesson 10: Mechanical Integration

Lesson 11: Electrical Integration

Lesson 12: Utility Interconnection

Lesson 13: Permitting and Inspection

Lesson 14: Commissioning, Maintenance, and Troubleshooting

Lesson 15: Economic Analysis

Wind Energy Technician Career Prep Curriculum:

Lesson 1: History

Lesson 2: Basic Concepts

Lesson 3: Wind Energy Converters

Lesson 4: Rotor Aerodynamics

Lesson 5: Wind Resource

Lesson 6: Power Output and Energy Yield

Lesson 7: Commercial Applications

Lesson 8: Offshore Wind Energy

Lesson 9: Wind Turbine Costs and Economic Analysis

Lesson 10: Impact on the Environment

All necessary materials included.

Start Your Own Business in Solar and Wind Energy Course info
Hours
 515 Hours / 12 Months
Format
Course, Self-Paced
Certificate of completion?
Yes
Part of a certification/qualification program?
Yes
Get recognized CPD points
No

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