NABCEP Certification

PV Entry Level Program

download (1)The NABCEP PV Entry Level Program is designed for those individuals wanting to get into the solar field; achievement of the NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam is a way for candidates to demonstrate that they have achieved a basic knowledge of the fundamental principles of the application, design, installation and operation of grid-tied and stand-alone PV Systems.

The knowledge demonstrated by passing this test does not replace the knowledge, skills or abilities of the electrical or other construction trades, or those of other professions or degree programs that require considerably more academic and/or practical experience.

Individuals passing the NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam should not be confused with NABCEP Certified PV Installers. The latter can only be achieved by highly experienced individuals who have passed a much more rigorous examination and have demonstrated the capability to supervise complete PV system installations, and who have a detailed working knowledge of the electrical codes, standards and accepted industry practice associated with PV installations.

As the market grows for photovoltaics, students achieving this industry-sponsored Entry Level Exam may find that their employment opportunities are enhanced by starting the job with an understanding of the basic terms and operational aspects of a PV system. However, completing coursework and passing the exam does not qualify an individual to install PV systems.

PV Installation Professional Certification

downloadNABCEP offers a Certified PV Installation Professional Program based on a set of Job Task Analysis. “The Solar PV Job Task Analysis (JTA) contains a detailed listing of the skills and abilities that an installer of PV systems should have. The JTA guides the development of an exam by which candidates for certification can demonstrate that they truly posses the skills and knowledge that their peers and experts have deemed necessary to do the job well. It is the core document of the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification.

NABCEP Certifications demonstrate that an individual has proven their competence in the field and their commitment to upholding high standards of ethical and professional practice. Certification standards and eligibility requirements have been developed and designed carefully following professional credentialing guidelines. Requirements of experience and education are specific to each different certification that NABCEP provides, so it is paramount that you plan and verify your eligibility standing directly with NABCEP’s guidelines. The NABCEP Certification Handbook is a very helpful resource in understanding the Certification process.

PV Technical Sales Certification

download (2)NABCEP offers a PV Technical Sales Certification. “The NABCEP PV Technical Sales Job Task Analysis defines a general set of knowledge, skills and abilities typically required of Solar PV Salespersons who are responsible for site analysis, system design, ethical presentation, and accurate analyses and projections of electrical, environmental, and financial performance of PV systems.

Certifications: NABCEP Certifications demonstrate that an individual has proven their competence in the field and their commitment to upholding high standards of ethical and professional practice. Certification standards and eligibility requirements have been developed and designed carefully following professional credentialing guidelines. Requirements of experience and education are specific to each different certification that NABCEP provides, so it is paramount that you plan and verify your eligibility standing directly with NABCEP’s guidelines. TheNABCEP Certification Handbook  is a very helpful resource in understanding the Certification process.