Boots on the Roof to Launch Three New Master Certificates in Renewable Energy at Intersolar

Jun 17, 2010, 12:00 ET from Boots on the Roof

FREMONT, Calif., June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Illustrating its responsiveness to increasing consumer demand for renewable energy systems, at the Intersolar 2010 Conference, Boots on the Roof will unveil its latest education and training innovation: three new Master Certificates in Renewable Energy programs. Training for each Master Certificate will be delivered via a first-of-its-kind accelerated program model, uniquely designed to provide instruction, hands-on experience, and post-certification assistance in putting graduates' new skills to work.

When Boots on the Roof started offering courses on the three major renewable energy technologies (solar PV, solar thermal, and wind) it was assumed that students would enroll only in the technologies that matched their experience. Plumbers & HVAC workers seemed like a natural fit for solar thermal training, while grid-connected systems like Solar PV and Wind made sense for people with electrical skills.  It rapidly became apparent, however, that many people wanted to gain skills in multiple technologies in order to broaden their areas of specialization. Doing so would allow them to offer practical expertise in several renewable energy system types, and to tailor their services to meet each individual customer's unique needs.

Boots on the Roof picked up on this desire immediately and, almost as quickly, three new Master Certificates were born:

  • Green Energy (covering the three major green energy systems: Solar Thermal, Solar Photovoltaic (PV), and Wind Energy),
  • Solar + Energy Retrofit (covering Energy Audits to determine energy efficiency of existing structure [frequently required prior to solar installations], Solar Thermal, and Solar PV)
  • Solar Expert (the most comprehensive Solar training available; a "deep dive" into Solar Thermal and Solar PV for residential and small commercial applications).

According to Chuck Rames, Program Director at Boots on the Roof, "All the courses within the Master Certificate programs are successful stand-alone classes at Boots on the Roof, and will continue to be offered as such. Combining them into three seamless certification tracks was challenging from an operations and logistics standpoint, but we succeeded, and we are confident that each program track will prepare our Master Certificate graduates to make an immediate contribution to the renewable energy industry and its customers."

Boots on the Roof began in 2008 by combining veterans from both education and the energy industry to create renewable energy training programs that meet the needs of tomorrow's energy systems professionals.  Now, only 2 years later, they offer courses and programs that are second to none.

Boots on the Roof is the one and only program in the US that delivers this kind of complete, comprehensive training in renewable energy technologies and applications. For more information about where and how you can earn a Master Certificate in one of the renewable energy programs, visit our site at  

Boots on the Roof will be exhibiting at Intersolar North America 2010 in San Francisco's Moscone Center West Hall from July 13-15, booth number 8940.

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