The CWE will offer training to those who would like to learn to install small wind turbines as a profession. We will offer the North American Board of Certified Energy Professionals (NABCEP) entry level exam as part of the Energy Concentration through ISAT as well as to those outside the university through the Office of Outreach and Engagement. Extended learning modules were created to build on the entry level exam and give participants the opportunity for hands-on learning in seven areas of small wind turbine installation. The courses offered enable current turbine installers, and those interested in joining the field, to learn more about how to safely install small wind turbines.
If you are an installer or would like to install small wind systems and are interested in participating in this training program, please contact us.
The North American Board of Certified Energy Professionals (NABCEP) has developed a Small Wind Entry Level Exam that may be offered to students who complete programs based on the Learning Objectives through a Registered Entry Level Exam Provider.
The CWE at JMU plans to be a registered exam provider when the exam becomes available at the end of 2013.
Achieving a passing score on the NABCEP Small Wind Entry Level Exam will indicate that the candidate has demonstrated basic knowledge of the fundamental principles of the application, installation, design and operation of small wind energy systems in North America.
A series of seven modules on topics related to small wind installations was created by the Center for Wind Energy at James Madison University and Sustainable Energy Developments, Inc. (SED). After completion of all seven modules of the curriculum, the installer will have all the necessary skills to properly and safely install a small wind turbine.
These modules can be taken individually for supplemental education or as a full series for a small wind installer certificate.
Instructors for the Small Wind Installer Training will include JMU faculty and staff from Sustainable Energy Developments, Inc. (SED), a reputable wind installer located in Rochester, NY. More information about specific instructors will be available as the curriculum is finalized.
In June 2010 the Commonwealth awarded $800,000 to JMU to develop a Small Wind Training and Testing Facility (SWTTF). This facility is now open and will provide a platform for training on siting, safety, installation, and operations in a live and realistic outdoor environment. The facility is equipped with the following:
The SWTTF is also equipped with a robust suite of measuring/monitoring equipment including:
No courses are being offered at this time as the curricula are still under development.
Costs for the entry level exam and the extended learning modules have not been determined.
NABCEP also offers entry level exams for Solar PV and Solar Heating. You can learn more about the Learning Objectives here. In addition, NABCEP offers many additional courses for becoming certified in PV Technical Sales, PV Installation, and Solar Heating.
The CWE at JMU is in the development phases of becoming a registered exam provider and registered certification provider for solar. As mentioned above, the Small Wind Training and Testing Facility (SWTTF) on the JMU campus is equipped with a small ground-mounted solar installation consisting of 15 50-Watt panels (total 750-Watts). JMU also has a larger solar installation (10-kW – 225 50-Watt panels). In addition, CWE would like to install a mock-rooftop for solar installation training in the future.
There are many community colleges around the Commonwealth that also offer wind and solar workforce training. View a list of these community colleges and the courses that they offer.