The six-credit course is first of its kind in the country
With support from the MN Office of Energy Security, Windustry has created a standardized curriculum for Small Wind Installers, unique in that it covers what’s needed for certification. The six-credit course materials will provide much-needed workforce development for an expanding Small Wind industry.
Windustry and University of MN Morris will host 20 Minnesota community and technical college instructors this summer to rollout the curriculum in train-the-trainer sessions.
Small wind experts Mick Sagrillo and Roy Butler are the curriculum authors; they have formatted the material to be presented in both a traditional classroom environment and online. Sagrillo and Butler will introduce the materials to the trainers from Albert Lea, Cloquet, Brainerd, Bemidji, and other areas across the State.
Certification benefits the industry as a whole
This is the first curriculum of its kind in the country designed to prepare students to test for Small Wind Installer Certification by North American Board of Certified Energy Professionals (NABCEP).
The training will equip instructors to create their own courses based on the curriculum. Students will learn about the entire installation process, from marketing to follow-up maintenance. The training also includes assistance in establishing an “apprenticeship” within Minnesota dealer networks.
Small Wind turbines generate up to 100 kW and are optimum for residential scale use. They represent a growing US market; 78 percent in 2008 and 15 percent in 2009, and two-thirds of the manufacturers are American companies.