The Florida Solar Energy Apprenticeship Program aims to ensure that Florida continues to produce well-trained, highly-qualified solar energy technicians. This apprenticeship provides a pathway to state certification as a Florida solar contractor, which allows installation of both solar electric (photovoltaics) and thermal systems (water heating and pool heating).

Solar installer jobs are one of the fastest growing occupations in the clean energy sector, expected to increase more than 50% by 2030. 

The Florida Solar Energy Apprenticeship Program is the first and only solar apprenticeship in the country to be registered with the U.S. Department of Labor. It was approved by the Florida Department of Education, the state’s apprenticeship agency, in February 2022.

The Florida Solar Energy Apprenticeship Program is in the formative stages and will begin recruiting solar employers who are interested in being a part of the program in the coming months. Contact Colleen Kettles for to learn more.

“The solar apprenticeship program adds credibility to our apprentice’s future and gives contractors in the state a higher level of confidence that when hiring one of our apprentices that they are getting a well-rounded and competent individual, someone who will become an asset for their company.”

David Bessette, solar apprenticeship committee chair and president of Energy Technology Services