How to Earn a Solar Certification (Visual)

Tue, 2015-09-15 10:13

Last Updated: 2017-04-20 02:12

We see a lot of job-changers entering the clean energy workforce who want to become solar panel installers but don't know where to begin. In a growing and thriving industry like this, there are a number of entry points that you can consider. One of those is NABCEP Certification.

Though a NABCEP solar certification is not required to work in this industry, having this designation helps you stand out from the multitude of other professionals vying for the same work. A NABCEP certification demonstrates your understanding of important solar topics as well as your technical ability. It is an easy way for employers to gauge your experience level and know whether you'd be a good fit for an open job.

The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, or NABCEP, has several solar certifications available. The NABCEP Entry Level Exam (now called NABCEP PV Associate) offers a certificate of knowledge in solar energy and is a great starting point for those who want to dip their feet in the water. In the context of solar photovoltaics (PV, or solar panels), the two most popular solar certifications are the NABCEP PV Installation Professional and NABCEP PV Technical Sales. Because these are full certifications with continuing education requirements, there are several requirements that a candidate must fulfill to even be qualified to sit for the exams.

Put simply, if you goal is to become a solar PV installer, you should work toward the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification. Take a moment to review the graphic below to get a sense of what you need to do to be eligible to sit for this exam.

NABCEP Solar Certification graphic

Now that we have an understanding of what the necessary steps are for solar certification eligibility, let's jump to your action item.

Everblue's Solar PV Mastery Combo features the 58 hours of education that a candidate needs, including OSHA 10 training and 40 hours of IREC-accredited concepts devoted to advanced solar panel installation.

Whether you then proceed to get solar PV installation experience (as deemed necessary for exam eligibility) or not, this comprehensive training package will help get your resume to the top of the pile. Evaluate what your goal is - knowledge and/or certification - and we'll help prepare you with what you need. If you decide that a solar certification is your goal, we recommend that you get your post-training solar installation experience by volunteering with GRID Alternatives or Habitat for Humanity.

For more information about qualifying for a NABCEP solar certification, give us a call at 800-460-2575 or open the chat window in the bottom right side of your screen to speak with a representative.