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SPARE—Solar Power as Renewable Energy

Maximum enrollment limits have been established for all SPARE courses, so make sure you get into the classes you want before they fill. Please note that minimum enrollment limits are also established for SPARE, so don't wait too long to register or the courses you want may be cancelled due to low enrollment. (Cancellation decisions are typically made 7-10 days prior to the start of each course.)

4-day Basic Photovoltaic Installer Course


Approved for 24 hours of instruction and 21 PDH's for engineers. Completion of this course coupled with a passing grade on the NABCEP Entry Level exam will constitute 18 education hours towards NABCEP certification.

Date: March 16-19, 2015

Cost: $725.00

Syllabus: Click Here

  • Classes will be held:
        • Days 1-3: SUNY-ESF, Room 240 of the Gateway Center, 1 Forestry Drive, Syracuse, NY 13210 (Directions HERE)
        • Day 4: ETM Solar, 300 North Street, Endicott, NY 13760 (Directions HERE)
          • Please note that transportation to and from ETM Solar is on your own. We encourage participants to carpool if at all possible.
  • Check-in on first day begins at 8:30 AM
  • Class begins promptly at 9:00 AM daily and ends at 5:00 PM daily

Commercial Photovoltaic Installer Course*


Approved for 7 for hours of instruction and 7 PDH's for engineers.

NABCEP requires 58 hours of training to become certified as stated in the PV Installer Certification Eligibility Requirements document.

Date: April 16, 2015

Cost: $290.00

Syllabus: Click Here

  • Classes will be held:
    • SUNY-ESF, Room 240 of the Gateway Center, 1 Forestry Drive, Syracuse, NY 13210 (Directions HERE)
  • Check-in begins at 8:00 AM
  • Class begins promptly at 8:30 AM daily and ends at 5:30 PM

* Before taking this course, it is highly recommended that you take one of the 4-day introductory installer courses or have previous installer experience.

NABCEP Entry Level Exam


Ongoing registration. You must have taken the ESF Basic SPARE class.

Cost: $120 per person

Test Location: Test is taken at a Prometrics test site of your choice using Computer Based Testing (CBT)

Please note: This is not the NABCEP exam for certification, but a Certificate of Knowledge exam that is NOT required to become certified. This exam is offered to help you determine your level of knowledge and to practice taking a NABCEP exam. A passing score on this exam coupled with completion of the Basic SPARE class will provide you a maximum of 18 hours of prescribed hours to apply towards certification.

For more information on the Certification Exam and How To Apply, please visit

SPARE Financial Policy

  • Payment is due 2 weeks prior to the start of class.

Acceptable forms of payment are:

  • Check, payable to the SUNY Research Foundation. Mail to:
    • SUNY-ESF Outreach
      ATTN: Terry Webb
      1 Forestry Drive, 235 Gateway Center
      Syracuse, NY 13210
  • Credit Card: VISA or MasterCard
  • Purchase Order or Voucher, along with a credit card number. If payment is not received within 30 days of the end of class, the registration fee will be charged to the credit card.

Registrations that are not paid at least 2 weeks prior to the class will be moved to a wait list and participants will be able to attend on a space available basis if they pay in full prior to the start of class.

Need to cancel your registration?
Cancellations must be made in writing to Terry Webb,, on or before Wednesday, October 1, 2014. Participants will be charged a $50.00 administrative fee. No refunds will be issued after that time. Cancellations will not be accepted by phone. Participant substitutions are allowed at any time.

What if ESF cancels the class?
SUNY-ESF Outreach reserves the right to cancel any classes that do not meet a minimum attendance number or for other events beyond our control. In that case, all participants will be fully refunded.

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