Steps to Earning a Solar Certification

Tue, 2014-09-02 11:03

Last Updated: 2017-04-19 09:40

The quickest way to join the solar workforce and establish yourself as a qualified professional is to earn a solar certification from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). Although NABCEP Certification is not required in the solar industry, those with a certification instantly propel themselves to the top of the list by demonstrating an enhanced theoretical and experiential understanding of solar PV concepts. Having these credentials under your belt is a clear sign that you can join a project team and immediately begin working.

NABCEP is the standard-bearer in the solar industry. If you’re looking to earn a solar certification, NABCEP is where you want to go.

Everblue's solar training will help you earn a solar certification from NABCEP

There are two main certifications from NABCEP that you’ll hear about: PV Entry Level and PV Installation Professional. The former is meant for beginners and provides you with a certificate of knowledge that you understand basic solar concepts. The latter is what most people work toward because it not only provides the foundational knowledge but allows you to get your hands on a solar panel and gain real hands-on experience. This is the part that everyone wants, and this is the certification that will demonstrate to future employers that you can be trusted to get the job done.

So how you earn the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification?

You’re probably wondering how to get started. We’ve put together a solar training package that makes this process very easy. What you need to qualify for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Exam is this:

There are some additional notes about the 58 hours of training: (1) 40 of those hours must cover the NABCEP PV Installer Job Task Analysis and (2) all advanced solar training must be provided by an approved education provider, such as one that has earned IREC accreditation.

Students assemble solar array to earn solar certificationWith our Solar PV Mastery Combo, you get all 58 hours of education you need. This training package includes entry-level solar classroom concepts, advanced solar PV installation training, solar sales and design training, and OSHA 10 construction training. What’s also great about this package is that the advanced solar PV installation training is, in fact, 40 hours and covers the NABCEP PV Installer Job Task Analysis. Both the advanced solar PV installation training and the solar sales and design training have earned IREC accreditation. So once again, the Solar PV Mastery Combo fulfills the necessary requirements to work toward the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Exam.

As for the experience installing solar PV systems, all candidates must provide documentation for three or five installations where they have acted in the role of contractor, lead installer, foreman, supervisor, or journeyman. After completing our Solar PV Mastery Combo, you’ll be able to start applying for solar PV jobs and gaining this experience. With this level of knowledge, you will be well equipped to enter a job site and start installing solar panels.

One other advantage to enrolling in Everblue's solar training combo is that you can save $100 when you register early! Learn more now: Solar PV Mastery Combo

By Lesley Cowie