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Earn a Solar Energy Certificate at Colorado Mountain College

Renewable Energy courses give you the latest skills from national experts

Get the skills to tap into one of the nation’s fastest growing job markets. With our cutting-edge, hands-on solar energy training programs, you’ll increase your employability and earning power.

Colorado has one of the nation’s largest job markets for the renewable energy field. According to a recent USA Today story, technicians in green energy will be in demand for some time. Our courses will prepare you for North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) certification that will set you apart in the job market.

Program at a Glance

Degree: Basic Solar Photovoltaic (Cert), Photovoltaic Installer (Cert), Solar Thermal Installer (Cert)

Locations: Rifle, Online Learning

Cost: $57/credit-hour (in-district), $317/credit-hour (out-of-state)
See tuition information below

Download the CMC Solar Energy Brochure (pdf)



What will I learn?

Colorado Mountain College offers three solar energy certificate programs:

  • Basic Solar Photovoltaic
  • Photovoltaic Installer
  • Solar Thermal Installer

With our hands on solar energy training program, you’ll get what you need to take the next step:

  • You’ll be ready to sit for NABCEP solar certification exams
  • When you enter the renewable energy field, you’ll hit the ground running after our hands-on training
  • You’ll be comfortable with every aspect of solar technologies – from analysis and design to installation.
  • Accelerated courses help you earn your certificate faster.

What classes will I take?

How much is tuition?

Don’t go deep into debt. Find your affordable education here! Colorado Mountain College tuition is one of the lowest in Colorado, and is lower than in-state tuition in many other states. See more tuition information and net price calculators.

Tuition Rates for this program

Status 100-200 Courses
per Credit Hour
100-200 Courses
per Semester*
In-District $57 $855
In-State $100.50 $1,507.50
Out-of-State $317 $4,755

Special Tuition Rates at CMC

You may qualify for a significant tuition discount at Colorado Mountain College.

Status 100-200 Courses
per Credit Hour
100-200 Courses
per Semester*
Vets & Military Families $57 $855
CMC Service Area $97 $1,455
Western States (WUE) $150.75 $1,586.25

Where can I go from here

With CMC’s solar energy certificate programs, you will be prepared to enter the solar energy field in a variety of careers:

  • Solar technician
  • Renewable energy sales
  • Skill upgrades for electricians, plumbers, HVAC technicians and construction employees
  • Springboard to mechanical engineering and commercial construction

The renewable energy industry is growing, and it’s time for you to get on board – and make a difference – with training from Colorado Mountain College.