With tremendous solar industry growth comes a tremendous opportunity to create skilled solar related jobs and careers. It is essential to ensure that solar installation technicians are properly trained and qualified to safely install solar systems and protect consumers, thus creating a level of quality assurance and professionalism in the industry as it reaches its growth potential. Proper training and certification helps to further lower overall solar installation costs, as best practises are defined and adopted making solar energy even more accessible to more Canadians. A national certification program would also enable solar installers to be mobile and work across Canada to supply the market where demand is greatest. Furthermore, provincial and municipal governments are increasingly exploring solar energy as a solution to their economic and climate change challenges and are seeking a recognized and qualified solar labour force to implement and deliver on solar energy programs.
This working-group session, facilitated by Kim MacLaren, Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) Project Manager, will bring together Solar PV Installers/Employers and key stakeholders from across the country to discuss the potential/feasibility of a Canadian Solar PV Installer Certification program. Guided discussions will centre around topics such as: perceived benefits of certification to the Canadian Solar industry; potential pitfalls or challenges associated with a national certification; suggested certification program requirements (e.g. training and assessment requirements); as well as best practices from other certification programs from various jurisdictions and industries.