SOURCE: Ontario Solar Academy

Ontario Solar Academy - PV Design & Installation Training

September 15, 2010 07:00 ET

Canada's Leading Solar School Receives International Recognition for Solar Panel Installation Training

Ontario Solar Academy Becomes Canada's First ISPQ-Accredited PV Training Program

TORONTO--(Marketwire - September 15, 2010) - On August 27, Ontario Solar Academy (OSA) became Canada's first photovoltaic training program to receive accreditation from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council. Built around an international framework of standards, Institute for Sustainable Power Quality (ISPQ) accreditation confers legitimacy in renewable energy education, certifying that a program has the requisite resources to prepare graduates for today's green workforce. ISPQ accreditation is currently the highest international recognition in solar training

OSA's Director, Jacob Travis, comments that, "ISPQ accreditation is the gold standard in renewable energy education. Without certified programs, Ontario's growth potential is severely limited." He adds, "We're very proud to be the first solar training school in Canada to receive accreditation."

According to CanSIA's President, Elizabeth McDonald, "Ontario needs a professional workforce for the Green Energy Act to be successful, and we applaud the Ontario Solar Academy for its contribution to this effort," adding, "Society and the solar industry will all gain from a well trained workforce."

OSA's enrollment has experienced an uptick in the weeks following the initial ISPQ announcement. An upcoming 5-day solar course for late September has sold out, with October's class filling up quickly. Communications Coordinator, Marta Michalek, offers, "From the very beginning, we designed our program with ISPQ certification in mind, from our NABCEP-certified instructors to our hardware to our curriculum." She adds, "The caliber of education we offer is unchanged, but with the ISPQ badge of approval, prospective students have a frame of reference when comparing solar training options."

Students who attend the Academy's courses will soon also be eligible to sit for the NABCEP Entry Level Exam. Although training alone does not qualify one to sit for the more intensive NABCEP Certified Solar Installer Exam, attendance at an ISPQ-accredited program counts towards the "Board Recognized Training" requirement for installer recognition.

OSA's next 5-Day Solar Design & Installation class is scheduled for October 25-29. Early bird discounts are available. A shorter 2-Day Advanced course is slated for September 25-26. Visit www.solaracademy.ca for more.

About Ontario Solar Academy:

As Canada's only ISPQ-accredited solar training institute, OSA uses NABCEP learning objectives to quickly advance expertise in solar design and installation. Its 5-Day Solar PV Training includes hands-on workshops that prepare participants for NABCEP's PV Entry Level Exam.