Solar Skills - Stand with oil sands workers calling for renewable energy

Solar Skills

Renewable Energy Training Program

Iron & Earth is partnering with Solar Installers Canada (SIC) to offer a series of comprehensive, 4-day Solar Installation Training courses, designed for electricians and other industry professionals who are interested in the exciting, growing field of renewable energy. The best part about this course? We are mobile, so you won’t have to travel far! Check our list of six course locations for the one nearest you!

With knowledgeable, approachable instructors, and small class sizes, you will get the most out of your course. You’ll receive the most up-to-date information on solar photovoltaic systems install and maintenance practices, for off-grid and grid-tie solar PV systems. Upon completion, all participants will receive SIC’s Bronze and Silver Certifications of solar installation. Electricians will be prepared to write the CSA PV exam (available at certified CSA testing centers), and be granted the only nationally recognized certification of solar installation practices in Canada.


  • 100 hands-on training programs.
  • 1000 workers trained in renewable energy installations and retrofitting.



Iron & Earth is an initiative led by oil sands workers looking to expand the skills and work scope of the energy trades to include more renewables.

Our training programs prepare trainees for the boom in solar energy jobs and allow oil, gas and coal workers to both transition to the solar energy sector and take their new skills and knowledge back to their job sites to do three important things: minimize the impact of carbon based energy industries, advocate for a more sustainable future, and speak knowledgeably about the applications and opportunities offered by solar technologies. Priority will be given to out of work or underemployed electricians in the oil, gas and coal industries.

The best part? They will do this while building clean tech infrastructure on schools in or near their community.

Alberta is on track to produce 2000 megawatts of solar by 2025, 385 of which is in the development pipeline right now.

What Makes Us Different?

Our unique approach will minimize costs for the trainees, many of whom are currently unemployed or underemployed. It will also distribute the knowledge needed to grow and maintain solar infrastructure over a greater geographical area.

Since we are a non-profit led by existing or former oil sands workers, we understand that not everybody can afford to take the time out of their lives to retrain. Our condensed program will prepare you in three renewable energy installation types and energy retrofitting. Best of all, it takes place in or close to trainees communities so trainees don't have to travel away from their families.

As the installations will be deployed on high schools, it will make the future of energy technology visible to the Albertan public in a major way and provide great opportunities for public engagement. Our Solar Skills campaign will also have a high school curriculum component, geared to getting high school students interested in the trades. This is vital at a time when many high school graduates may be questioning the opportunities available to them due to the downturn in oil and gas.

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