Renewable Energy Installation Assistant - Photovoltaic

This REIA Technician Certificate Program trains students for careers in the growing field of photovoltaic (solar) panel installation.

Program Details

This one-year, 12-course certificate program prepares and trains students for careers in the growing field of photovoltaic panel (also known as solar panel) installation. This program will provide students with a background in theory and practice, including laboratory work and field experiences. Learning from academic, industry, and community experts as well as Indigenous Elders, students will learn how renewable energy technology and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) are vital in balancing traditional values and the needs of industry and communities in the development of green energy. Graduates of the program will possess the skills necessary to meet the growing demand for experts in the renewable energy sector. They will gain knowledge in such areas as: 

  • photovoltaic systems and components
  • project analysis
  • energy storage
  • the economics of renewable energy and energy policies
  • regulations
  • audits 

Graduates will help to meet the labour needs of Alberta's (and Canada's) expanding green energy economy, particularly within First Nation communities.



Admission requirements

  • All applicants must complete a competency text in Math and English.
  • Applicants are required to have an Alberta High School Diploma or equivalent, including English 20-2 or higher, Mathematics 20-2 or higher, and Science 10 or higher, or equivalent courses, with grades of 65% or higher, for admission to the program. 
  • University and college course credits may be accepted as equivalent to a high school diploma.
  • Applicants may also enter through Mature Student Status if they are over age 21 and successfully complete a Skills Appraisal Test in Math and English.
  • Applicants may also enter with special permission from the Department Head, Science & Technology, but may be required to take up to an additional nine (9) credits or preparation courses in mathematics, communication, and/or the sciences. 


Courses offered in the Renewable Energy Installation Assistant - Photovoltaic Program

  1. REIA 100: Photovoltaic Cells: An Introduction
  2. NTST 103: Native Studies
  3. CREE 150 or STONEY 115: Introductory Cree or Stoney.
  4. REIA 110: Introduction to Photovoltaic Systems
  5. REIA 115: Occupational Health & Safety
  6. REIA 120: Project Analysis
  7. NTST 206: Native Studies
  8. CREE 250 OR STONEY 125: Intermediate Cree or Stoney
  9. REIA 125: Photovoltaic Microgeneration
  10. REIA 130: Economics of Renewable Energy
  11. REIA 135: Energy Storage
  12. REIA 140: Introduction to Energy Audits
  13. REIA 150: Renewable Energy Regulations
  14. REIA 199: Practicum: Environmental Management & Administration