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Solar Training
Certified Solar Installation Courses - for professional and DIY
(Epogee Certification)

Price: £175 per person (discounts available for group bookings - eg 2 places £306, 3places £437

For further details, please email us using the contact form on this website. Or visit our training website
Course places are offered on a first-come first-serve basis. The courses are run through a separate training company. To book a place, please make cheque payable to Epogee Ltd, and forward to Epogee Ltd, The Drey, Old Dixton Rd, Monmouth, NP25 3SQ. Please remember to include your name and address, and the date you wish to book. As soon as we receive the payment, we will reserve the place for you, and we will send out a confirmation letter which includes directions, a map and a list of overnight accommodation in case it is required.

The courses are classroom-based, and normally run from Lower Brockhampton, an unique moated mediaeval manor house set in approximately 2000 acres of parkland and woodland, although we occasionally run courses from other locations. We can run a custom course if there are sufficient bookings. Courses run from 10am-5pm, once a month.

10 am Coffee/Registration/ Course Start
Company History
Solar facts and figures
Introduction to essential components
Fitting the components
Roof-fixing the panel
Specialist components
Bad practices to avoid
1pm Lunch (provided)
Common configurations
Swimming pools
Benefits of becoming an installer
Requirements for becoming an installer
Example Configurations
Specifying a System
Marketing solar services
Bad Marketing techniques to be avoided
5pm Conclusion of Course
(finishing time is approximate, as it will depend on the level of participation)

Installing Solar Panels can be a rewarding and successful business. Solar Installers have the potential to earn high salaries, whilst enjoying a rewarding and worthwhile job. The job requires minimum outlay, and the process is relatively straightforward. Navitron runs professional training courses equally suitable for individuals who wish to attend a course prior to installing their own system, or for tradespeople who wish to become professional installers. There will be plenty of time to ask questions, and for advice on specific installations. On completion of the course, you will receive a certificate of training, and you will have the opportunity to purchase equipment on the day, to take away with you.
  • Learn how to do the job properly, and avoid the common mistakes
  • Gain marketing experience which will help you to succeed
  • Obtain a professional qualification
The need for installers
A DTI-published report shows that the average price of a vacuum tube solar water heating system is over £6000. The DTi recognises that these high prices are due to a lack of professional solar installers, that cannot meet the rapidly rising demand for renewable solar energy systems. This lack of competition in the marketplace is partly responsible for these high prices. In addition, most suppliers in the UK are selling systems at inflated prices - panels generally cost £600-1200+vat. Navitron is changing this - with modest component prices, we intend to lower the overall cost of solar power, to allow much more widespread implementation. To do this we need to expand our network of installers who are able to carry out solar installations
DIY or Professional
This course is designed for both the professional installer and the individual who wishes to learn how to fit their solar water heating system to a high standard.
The training Course.
Before carrying out your first installation, you should attend a training course to learn how to make the most of your evacuated tube heater. This course covers everything from the basics and theory to practical aspects of installations.The course also demonstrates how very simple solar water heating systems can be, and how to make the most of the equipment. There is also plenty of time for questions and answers. The course covers the following:
  • Background
  • Solar Facts
  • Solar Heating Theory
  • Performance of Solar Collectors
  • System Components
  • Skills/Equipment requirements
  • Solar System Configurations
  • System Design
  • Swimming pools
  • Installation Planning and Surveying
  • Installation Techniques
  • Marketing Methods
On completion of the course, you will receive a training certificate, which is your solar installations qualification.
Location: We are based in Monmouth, but the training courses are held at facilities near Bromyard (Herefordshire)
Price and Profitability
Currently, typical quotes for installations range from £6000-£15000! Many of the larger companies charging £6000 are carrying out 40 installations per week. Navitron encourages its installers to charge a more realistic figure for installations. By offering lower prices, installers will bring in much more potential work, and the customer will appreciate the fact that they are not being 'ripped off' by pushy salesmen.
System Typical Component
Cost (trade)
Typical Job Price Estimated
installation time
Profits Earnings per day
20tube budget system £700 £1995 2 days £1295 £650
20 tube complete system £1000 £2500 3 days £1500 £500
twin panel (2x20t) system £1400 £3000 3½days £1600 £460
For illustration purposes only.These prices do not constitute a quotation - each job will need to be evaluated on its own merits

If you would like to join our team of installers, or if you simply wish to come on a training course to learn how to fit your own panel, please feel free to contact us.