Ten years ago “solar plus drones” would have sounded like a made up thing from the future. But here we are. Today it’s an in-demand combo of skills that you can use to differentiate your career and your solar business.

As the solar industry grows, companies are facing pressure to hire more people. I wrote recently that every solar company needs to ask what it would take to double in size next year. One strategy is using technology, and one of those technologies is a drone.

Today we launched a program – “NABCEP Solar PV Associate + FAA Part 107 Drone Pilot Exam Prep” – that combines our most popular solar course with comprehensive drone pilot training. Now you can earn your NABCEP PV Associate (PVA) credential, which covers the fundamentals of solar pv design and installation, while earning your FAA Part 107 license and becoming a qualified commercial drone pilot.

Both courses go beyond exam prep and teach you the things you really need to know to operate in the field contribute to the success of your organization.

We’ve worked with Scanifly, DroneDeploy, Unmanned Experts, and Zephyr flight simulators to build a drone curriculum for the solar industry. The consensus is that it’s easier to teach a solar person to fly a drone than it is to teach a drone person how to do solar. But just to be safe we’re ready to teach both to anybody.