Prospective Students: Build Your Solar Career

Program Overview

If you are looking for a job that serves a meaningful purpose, the solar industry can be a great fit.  Working in solar helps transition our country to cleaner fuel sources, while providing economic benefits to communities and residents along the way.  The SHINE Solar Ready 101 Program is IMMERSIVE, HANDS-ON, and SUPPORTIVE and provides a clear pathway to becoming a solar installer. 

Solar installers help install and maintain solar panels and equipment on ground-mount racking structures or rooftops.  The solar panels then help generate electricity from the sun which households and businesses can use to power their appliances.  Because the solar sector has been growing rapidly, solar installers have the opportunity to build sustainable careers with ample opportunities to move upwards and take on leadership positions.       

The cutting edge 2-week SHINE curriculum provides Virginians with the skills and knowledge required for success in entry-level solar installation positions.  Each course runs for 10 days and comprises 12 modules, providing both classroom work and hands-on installation training at our newly-built learning lab.  Graduates of SHINE will receive:

  • OSHA 10 Certification – The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) 10 training of the United States Department of Labor covers topics such as construction industry health hazards, hand and power tool hazards, fall protection, electrocution hazards, and more. 


  • First aid / CPR Certification – First aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training covers topics such as how to handle bleeding, burns, poisoning, shock, and respiratory emergencies.

  • NCCER Core Certification – The National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) Core curriculum covers topics such as basic safety, communication skills, and introduction to construction drawings.


  • NCCER Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems Installer Certification - The NCCER Solar PV Systems Installer Certification was created for those individuals wanting to attain a basic knowledge and application of solar photovoltaic system operations. This one-level curriculum covers topics such as Introduction to Solar Photovoltaics, System Design, and System Installation.

  • SHINE Certification – Graduates of the program will receive a SHINE certification to signal to prospective solar employers the time and effort they have put in to become solar job ready.  Solar training will consist of both classroom work as well as significant time in solar installation simulations.  Our learning lab was designed to give students ample practice in installing solar as well as an understanding of what day to day life as an installer is like.