About this course

This comprehensive Solar Construction Safety course is designed to provide participants with a thorough understanding of safety protocols and best practices specific to solar construction projects. As the demand for renewable energy sources grows, ensuring the safety of those involved in solar installations becomes paramount. This course equips participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to create a secure work environment, mitigate potential hazards, and adhere to industry standards.

This course employs a combination of engaging lectures, case studies with industry data, reference documents, and interactive quizzes to assess understanding. Participants will have the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge in real-world scenarios, enhancing their ability to implement safety measures effectively.

This course is designed for professionals involved in solar construction, including project managers, engineers, technicians, installers, and safety officers. It is also suitable for anyone seeking a comprehensive understanding of safety practices in the solar industry and is aimed at supporting continuing education for construction professionals. 

No prior safety certifications are required; however, a basic understanding of construction activities and personal health can benefit greatly to successful safety engagement. 

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive a Solar Construction Safety Certificate of Completion, validating their proficiency in maintaining a secure and compliant work environment within solar construction projects.

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Course outline

10 modules • 52 assignments • 4:34 hours of video lectures

Welcome • 4 assignments
Orientation Materials

This course is self-paced, so you don’t need to be logged in at any specific time. You can get started immediately after you enroll and the course materials will remain in your account with minimum guaranteed access for 12 months (1 year) after enrollment.

  • Introduction to your instructor - Tripper Gawan (07:37 minutes)
  • Introduction about your instructor - Tripper Gawan (PDF) (.pdf)
  • Set up email notifications and your student profile
  • Introduce yourself on the discussion board
Module 1 • 4 assignments
Why Solar: An Introduction into the Solar Industry

This is a relatively quick introduction into solar and why it's a great time to double down on your education. Key items include demand, cost reduction, merging technologies, and general benefits of going solar.

  • Solar and why it's a great industry - Falling costs and technological advances (12:51 minutes)
  • Solar and why it's a great industry - Financial incentives, job creation, and environmental impacts (16:34 minutes)
  • Solar and why it's a great industry (PDF) (.pdf)
  • QUIZ: Introduction to solar and why it's a great industry
Module 2 • 8 assignments
Introduction to Solar Construction Safety

An overview of the solar construction industry highlighting the importance of safety during solar installations and the regulatory agencies and standards that support.

  • Why safety is important? An example (05:37 minutes)
  • What is solar construction and what are common hazards? (12:09 minutes)
  • Solar jobsite safety, warehouse safety, and medical emergencies (11:16 minutes)
  • Safety considerations for cranes, lifts, and weather-related emergencies (08:26 minutes)
  • Examining safety data (10:41 minutes)
  • Regulatory oversight of safety (07:08 minutes)
  • Introduction into solar construction safety (PDF) (.pdf)
  • QUIZ: Introduction into solar construction safety
Module 3 • 5 assignments
Hazard Identification

In this module you will begin to understand the necessity of hazard identification and awareness. Each project or job site will have it's own unique potentials for danger or potential harm to workers or to the public.

  • Hierarchy of controls and hazard identification (09:35 minutes)
  • Electrical hazards (10:25 minutes)
  • Other common hazards with solar construction (15:39 minutes)
  • Hazard identification (PDF) (.pdf)
  • QUIZ: Hazard identification
Module 4 • 4 assignments
Personal Protective Equipment

This section is created to outline the purpose and usage of PPE in the construction workplace. By the end of this module the student should be able to understand how PPE fits into the overall safety expectations of the boots on the ground employee. PPE is the FINAL focus of safety in a construction environment.

  • Personal protective equipment - Fall protection (17:08 minutes)
  • Personal protective equipment - Electrical PPE (06:15 minutes)
  • Personal protective equipment (PDF) (.pdf)
  • QUIZ: Personal protective equipment
Module 5 • 4 assignments
Fire Safety

This module is focused on Fire Safety and the employees role in mitigation and support.

  • Fire safety emergency response (08:24 minutes)
  • Fire safety logic (13:49 minutes)
  • Fire safety (PDF) (.pdf)
  • QUIZ: Fire safety
Module 6 • 4 assignments
Equipment and Tools Usage Safety

  • Equipment and tool safety - Primary considerations (10:43 minutes)
  • Equipment and tool safety - Proper usage (11:40 minutes)
  • Equipment and tool safety (PDF) (.pdf)
  • QUIZ: Equipment and tool safety
Module 7 • 4 assignments
Emergency Response and First Aid

Following a lesson on emergency response and first aid in solar construction, students should grasp the fundamentals of identifying hazards, performing basic first aid, and understanding site-specific emergency protocols. They'll be equipped with the knowledge to recognize common risks in solar construction, initiate appropriate responses during emergencies, and collaborate effectively with colleagues and emergency services. Overall, the lesson aims to instill a proactive mindset toward safety, preparing students to react swiftly and effectively to potential incidents in solar construction settings.

  • Types of emergencies & emergency response (10:51 minutes)
  • First aid (12:48 minutes)
  • Emergency response and first aid (PDF) (.pdf)
  • QUIZ: Emergency response and first aid
Module 8 • 3 assignments
Environmental Considerations

Understanding environmental considerations is crucial in safety policy guidance as it enables the identification and mitigation of potential hazards arising from ecological impacts. Environmental factors significantly influence workplace safety, from chemical exposures to habitat disruptions, necessitating policies that address these risks to safeguard both workers and ecosystems. Integrating environmental awareness into safety policies ensures a holistic approach to risk management, promoting sustainable practices that protect both human health and the environment.

  • Environmental considerations (15:13 minutes)
  • Environmental considerations (PDF) (.pdf)
  • QUIZ: Environmental considerations
Module 9 • 7 assignments
Solar-Specific Safety Guidance

In this module the student will complete the final understanding of safety in the solar construction field and be able to work healthfully and safely within the solar construction environment on any project.

  • Solar-specific safety guidance - Ergonomics & Heights (14:56 minutes)
  • Solar-specific safety guidance - Fall protection (05:25 minutes)
  • Solar-specific safety guidance - Electrical (08:12 minutes)
  • Solar-specific safety guidance - Driving (03:16 minutes)
  • Solar-specific safety guidance - Heat & cold (07:14 minutes)
  • Solar-specific safety guidance (PDF) (.pdf)
  • QUIZ: Solar-specific safety guidance
Module 10 • 1 assignments
Module 10: Final Exam

This Module is the Final Exam for Solar Construction Safety. It is a comprehensive exam covering all previous modules, note: If you did well on each module quiz you will do well on the final, many of the questions are very similar or directly transposed.

  • Solar Construction Safety Final Exam
Conclusion • 4 assignments
Feedback and Additional Resources

This is our last module but you still have access to the all of course materials for 12 months (1 year), so keep working and you'll be able to complete the course at your own pace. After your year of access expires you can optionally extend access with a HeatSpring Membership. Enjoy the course and keep in touch!

  • 1 Year of Access to Course Materials
  • Feedback: 2-minute Exit Survey
  • Consider Joining as a HeatSpring Member
  • Certificate of Completion: Request a Certificate

Continuing Education Units

Approved for the following CEUs

Approved NABCEP CEU Hours


  • Tripper Gawan

    Director Of Operations, G1 Solar
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    Throughout my professional journey, I've played a central role in steering transformative initiatives and fostering collaborative environments that drive organizational growth. Notably, I've demonstrated a strategic approach to evolving companies, optimizing project lifecycle management processes, and fostering valuable relationships with stakeholders from all... Learn more

Frequently asked questions

How does this course work?
This 1 module course is delivered entirely online. This course is self-paced and you can set your own schedule to complete the materials. During your year of access the instructor will be in the course answering questions on the discussion board. After successfully completing the course, you will be able to generate a certificate of completion.
How long do I have access to the materials?
Students can pre-order but will not be able to access the full course materials or earn a certificate of completion until the course is fully published. Once the course is published any students who have pre-ordered will then have access to the course materials for one year (365 days). After the one year of access expires, access can be extended by joining as a HeatSpring member. A single membership extends access to course materials for all past enrollments.
Is there a certificate of completion?
Yes, when you complete this course you are eligible for a certificate of completion from HeatSpring. You can download your certificate as soon as you have completed all of the course requirements. Students can easily share their verified certificates on their LinkedIn profiles using our LinkedIn integration.
Can I register multiple people?
Yes please visit our HeatSpring for Teams page to get a group discount.


Based on 4 reviews
students have taken this course

This course is one of the more effective courses when it comes to safety in the solar industry. Most safety courses are not specifically tailored to solar so this course is a breath of fresh air! Please do yourself a favor and take this course!

Blake Correia

I took this course to give myself a refresher on the industry I know and love, both the technical aspects and the operational highlights. I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone looking to review their understanding of solar construction or those needing an informative introduction for the first time! Expand and strengthen your knowledge base, sign up now!

Taylor Mitchel
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