To work as a solar panel installer, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent; and
- complete moderate-term, on-the-job training.
Education after high school
A college degree is not required to become a solar panel installer. However, some installers have an associate degree in an electrical or solar field, or a certificate from a training program. In these programs you learn about basic safety, photovoltaic knowledge, and system design.
It is helpful to have mechanical or electrical work experience. People with construction backgrounds are well suited for the work. Roofing experience is valuable.
Many installers learn on the job by working with experienced installers. On-the-job training usually lasts between one month and one year. During training you learn about safety, tool use, and photovoltaic system installation techniques.