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Solar Water Heating Systems

Code: SWHS
Price: $695.00
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A Training Program for Residential Solar Water and Pool Heating Design, Installation and Troubleshooting with Supplemental Sessions on Commercial Systems.

Course Description

Picture of a thermal presentation in a classroomThis three day course covers the essentials of residential solar system design, installation, troubleshooting and operation procedures for residential water and pool heating. The emphasis is on water heating. This workshop is targeted to contractors, building officials, decision makers, government organizations, practitioners who install solar water heating systems and interested parties. The material will be presented in such a manner that is understood by all.

The course format includes classroom instruction and in component demonstrations.

Topics covered will include

  • Solar water heating system applications
  • Basic solar fundamentals
  • Site determination and selection
  • System types
  • System components
  • System sizing options
  • System installation
  • Structural considerations
  • Commercial solar water heating systems
  • System troubleshooting steps
  • Solar pool heating
  • Safety in the workplace
  • Collector and system certification (FSEC and SRCC)
  • System monitoring

Hands-on demonstrations and laboratories will include:

  • Solar access assessment
  • Collector identification and disassembly
  • Collector mounting and pipe flashing
  • Controllers, sensors, and pumps
  • Indirect system filling and start up (pressurized glycol and drainback)

What Should You Bring

Attendees should bring a notepad, a simple calculator and pen or pencil. Presentation, reference manual and additional hand-out material will be provided. Dress is casual as there will be outdoor and unconditioned space activities.

General Information and Prerequisites

Prerequisites for this course include a fundamental understanding of plumbing materials and methods (i.e., piping, soldering, etc.). Familiarity with basic electrical concepts is also useful (i.e. use of multimeters, etc.).

Workshop Location

This workshop is offered at the Florida Solar Energy Center, 1679 Clearlake Road, Cocoa, FL, located approximately 45 miles east of Orlando International Airport and 3 miles east of I-95. A map, directions and listing of local hotels are available here.

FSEC Training and How It Relates to Installer Certification

Solar thermal class taking a look at a solar system demonostration.Any testing or learning assessment associated with this course should not be confused with national testing and certification offered by NABCEP, or with construction trade licensing offered by state and local jurisdictions. Although some states and municipalities may require that installers receive some form of a certification of completion from a training institution (such as FSEC), these certificates do not provide certification or license of any kind. They are merely intended to recognize successful completion of this training course.

The FSEC Solar Water and Pool Heating Manual is listed as an approved reference standard for the Construction Industries Licensing Board – Solar License. The CILB document reference sheet states that “the answers to the examination questions will be based on the editions listed below (FSEC manual being one of the references). Some of the questions will also be based on field experience and knowledge of trade practices.” For this reason, the FSEC presentation material will be based strictly on the FSEC manual with supplemental material provided as required. In addition, the workshop material also strives to cover the various tasks listed in the national NABCEP Solar Thermal Task Analysis. This course does not provide any type of installer certification. A certificate of completion of this course will be provided. Currently, this course does not offer any continuing education credits.


The registration fee for this workshop includes all course materials. Lunch is on your own. However, if you are unable to attend the course for which you originally signed up, we will move your registration to a future course offering once, after that, your registration fee is forfeited.

This course is non refundable. (no exceptions.)

Technical contact
John Harrison
Florida Solar Energy Center
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Registration contact
Dianne Rentz
Florida Solar Energy Center
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Please include “Thermal Workshop” in subject line for all email messages.

Course Location
Florida Solar Energy Center
2nd Floor Classroom
1679 Clearlake Road
Cocoa , FL , 32922, United States Of America

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