NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification

Eligibility Requirements

All candidates for the NABCEP PV Technical Sales exam must have experience in the field selling PV systems, a specified level of training, and an OSHA 10 hour construction industry card (or equivalent).

The specific requirements for each candidate vary by category. Applications must satisfy at least one of the following categories in order to qualify for the certification.

Qualifying Category A

  • At least 60 cumulative hours of training related to the Technical Sales Job Task Analysis
  • Verifiable sales experience, including the completion of at least 4 system sales proposals within the 12-month period prior to applying for the Technical Sales Certification
  • Achieve a passing score on the NABCEP PV Associate exam

Qualifying Category B

  • At least 32 cumulative hours of training related to the Technical Sales Job Task Analysis
  • Verifiable sales experience, including the completion of at least 8 system sales proposals within the 24-month period prior to applying for the Technical Sales Certification
  • Achieve a passing score on the NABCEP PV Associate exam

Qualifying Category C

  • Associates Degree from an accredited educational institution in renewable energy technology or related field of study
  • Verifiable sales experience, including the completion of at least 4 system sales proposals within the 12-month period prior to applying for the Technical Sales Certification
  • Achieve a passing score on the NABCEP PV Associate exam

Qualifying Category D

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited educational institution
  • Verifiable sales experience, including the completion of at least 4 system sales proposals within the 12-month period prior to applying for the Technical Sales Certification

Qualifying Category E

  • Currently credentialed as a NABCEP PV Installation Professional in good standing, or
  • Currently recognized by NABCEP as a NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional Emeritus

NOTE: A minimum of 30 hours of additional training in non-installation aspects of the PV Technical Sales Job Task Analysis is strongly recommended.

Qualifying Category F

  • Currently licensed as an electrician in the state in which the applicant performs his/her occupational activities
  • Achieve a passing score on the NABCEP PV Associate exam

NOTE: A minimum of 30 hours of additional training in all aspects of the PV Technical Sales Job Task Analysis is strongly recommended.

Qualifying Category G

  • Verifiable sales experience, including the completion of at least 20 system sales proposals with the 60-month period prior to applying for the Technical Sales Certification
  • At least 5 years of cumulative, documented PV installation systems sales-related experience

NOTE: A minimum of 30 hours of additional training in all aspects of the PV Technical Sales Job Task Analysis is strongly recommended.

Training Requirements

Solar PV training must meet the following criteria to be accepted in a NABCEP candidate's application:

  • Institutions accredited by an agency recognized by the Department of Education
  • U.S. Department of Labor Registered Apprenceticeship Training Program
  • Training programs accredited by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)
  • Training institutions approved by State Contractor Licensing Boards
  • State Department of Education registered Vocational / Technical training programs

Although additional training is not required for Qualifying Categories C through G, NABCEP strongly encourages training in all aspects of the PV Technical Sales Professional Job Task Analysis. Such training may assist applicants in achieving a passing score on the PV Technical Sales Professional Certification exam.

Exam Details

Exams are delivered at Castle Worldwide’s network of test centers that are located across North America. A candidate may schedule an exam at any time after an Authorization-to-Test notification has been received from NABCEP.

  • $125 application fee, $375 exam fee
  • Offered twice a year - Fall and Spring. Note the deadlines for applications as well as exam scheduling
  • Candidates should bring 2011 National Electrical Code, NFPA 70, scratch paper, two #2 pencils, and a Casio fx260 calculator
  • Candidates have 2 years from the time of training to sit for the exam
  • Candidates may take the exam up to 4 times within that two-year period
  • 4 hours to complete 70 multiple-choice questions
  • Scores will be mailed within 4-6 weeks of taking the exam
  • A scaled score of 75 is required to pass

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