Earn a NABCEP Solar Certification

NABCEP = North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners

NABCEP is the leading certification organization for solar energy professionals across North America.

NABCEP's mission is to set national standards to help facilitate the growth of the renewable energy industry. The NABCEP certifications validate technicians' knowledge and offer credibility to prospective employers and clients about one's technical skills.

Below are the most popular industry designations.

NABCEP PV Associate Program

The NABCEP PV Associate program (formerly called NABCEP PV Entry Level) is designed for those individuals wanting to get into the solar field; it is a way for them to show they have achieved basic knowledge and application of key terms and concepts of photovoltaic (solar electric) system operations.

The exam demonstrates that the student has passed an industry-designed exam based on learning objectives developed by subject matter experts. As the market grows for photovoltaics, students achieving the NABCEP PV Associate designation 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.

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NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification

The NABCEP Solar PV Installer certification is a voluntary certification that provides a set of national standards by which PV installers with skills and experience can distinguish themselves from competitors. Certification provides a measure of protection to the public by giving them a credential for judging the competency of practitioners. It is not intended to prevent qualified individuals from installing PV systems nor to replace state licensure requirements. Those with the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification have demonstrated competency with grid-tied and off-grid solar panel installations as well as system commissioning and troubleshooting.

The target candidate for NABCEP certification is the person responsible for system installation (e.g., contractor, foreman, supervisor, or journeyman).

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NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification

The NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification is a voluntary certification that provides a set of national standards by which PV Technical Sales Professionals with skills and experience can distinguish themselves from competitors. Certification provides a measure of protection to the public by giving a credential for judging the competency of practitioners. Those with the NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification have demonstrated competency with solar site analysis and PV system sizing and design.

The target candidate for NABCEP certification is a person with job descriptions such as sales person, application engineer, financial or performance analyst, or site assessor.

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