Get paid on-the-job training with SOMAH!

SOMAH Can Help You Become an Expert

To be a SOMAH job trainee, you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Be currently enrolled in an eligible job training program
  • Have graduated from an eligible job training program within 12 months of the start date of your first SOMAH job training opportunity
  • Live at a property that is participating in SOMAH

Eligible job training programs

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HeatSpring SOMAH Academy

If you don't meet any of the above job training eligibility requirements, here’s some great news!

Enroll for this free HeatSpring SOMAH Academy: Comprehensive Solar Study and gain access to a full week’s worth of online courses. Through this program, you will:

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the solar industry.
  • Have flexible study time to finish the course on your own schedule.
  • Have the opportunity to apply and participate in the SOMAH paid job training program.

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Meet Oscar Flores, a SOMAH job trainee who landed his dream job as a solar systems engineer.


Excel Your Career While Helping the Environment

Get paid, hands-on experience and expand your professional opportunities in the solar energy industry. Explore all your options in the field as a photovoltaic (PV) installer, project designer or project manager.

The SOMAH Program is committed to ensuring that SOMAH job training opportunities pay wages comparable to industry salaries. SOMAH job trainees must be paid at either the contractor's entry level rate or 1.4x the city minimum wage, whichever is higher. If the city and the county have no mandated minimum wage, the California state minimum wage should be applied.

Eligible job trainees can sign up for SOMAH's job training opportunities.

Already signed up? Login to the SOMAH Job Training Portal.

Find Your Solar Career Path

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PV Installers


Install system components such as:

  • Raceways
  • Electrical equipment
  • DC PV system conductors
  • AC PV system conductors
  • Grounding and bonding
  • System monitoring, control and hardware
  • Battery equipment
  • Ground-mounted structure
  • Building-mounted system
  • PV modules

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System Designers

Perform tasks such as:

  • Assessing project sites
  • Configuring mechanical design
  • Configuring electrical design
  • Configuring system monitoring, control and communications design
  • Preparing project documentation
  • Securing permits and approvals
  • Adapting system design

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Project Management

Conduct activities such as:

  • Reviewing or developing commissioning protocol
  • Completing visual and mechanical inspection
  • Conducting mechanical tests
  • Conducting electrical tests
  • Verifying system operation
  • Confirming project completion
  • Orienting end user to system
  • Verifying system operation and performance
  • Performing preventive maintenance
  • Performing corrective maintenance

Become a Job Trainee


Complete Job Trainee Intake form


Update your resume and submit it to the resume bank on the portal


Start applying to positions that interest you


Use the Job Training Portal to find projects near you

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Solar Career Center

Visit our Solar Career Center to learn about solar career pathways, find resume and interview tips and view testimonials from SOMAH job trainees.

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Resource Library

Visit our Resource Library to explore various resources for job trainees.

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Tutorial Guide

Need support with the Job Training Portal? Check out our tutorial guide.