How to Schedule the NABCEP Certification Exam

Last Updated:
Mon, 2019-09-23 12:58

Professionals who are looking to earn a solar certification will likely pursue a designation from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). NABCEP offers several types of solar exams. Those include:

  • NABCEP PV Entry Level - now called NABCEP PV Associate
  • NABCEP PV Installation Professional
  • NABCEP PV Technical Sales Professional
  • NABCEP Solar Heating Installer
  • NABCEP Small Wind Installer

NABCEP logoAt Everblue, we provide solar training courses to help you prepare for the first three exams in the list above. To clarify, the NABCEP PV Associate exam is not a “certification” program. Candidates who pass this exam instead earn a “certificate of knowledge” as opposed to a “certification.” See our previous blog post where we explain the difference between these two terms.

To gain the education and knowledge to sit for the NABCEP exams, candidates may choose to sit through the following Everblue courses:

NABCEP PV Associate Exam Prep    NABCEP PV Installer Exam Prep

In some cases, such as the NABCEP PV Installation Professional exam, there may be additional pre-requisites that a candidate needs to fulfill before they are eligible to sit for the exam. With the solar PV installation exam, a candidate must participate in at least 58 hours of training AND complete solar installations totaling at least 6 Project Credits. We recommend that all candidates read the NABCEP Candidate Handbook in full early on in their plans to earn a solar certification to make sure they can meet the qualifications within their desired timeframe.

NABCEP Certification Exam Deadlines

NABCEP has partnered exclusively with Scantron (formerly called Castle Worldwide), a third-party test-proctoring company, to administer all of the NABCEP exams. Scantron has test centers in nearly every major city in the world.

Interestingly, as noted above, NABCEP stands for North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, and since licensing and certification requirements for solar installers vary by geography, it’s hard to definitively say whether a NABCEP Certification would be an accepted designation in locations outside of North America. We recommend that candidates reach out to NABCEP directly for those types of inquiries.

The NABCEP Certification exams – that is, PV Installation Professional, Solar Heating Installer, and PV Technical Sales Professional – are administered twice per year. This is usually once in the Fall around October and once in the Spring around April. There are deadlines prior to the October and April exam dates that a candidate must consider.

  • Application Deadline – this first deadline submitted to NABCEP is meant to confirm that the candidate has met the educational and experiential pre-requisites to sit for the exam
  • Exam Scheduling Deadline – this second deadline is meant to confirm a candidate’s testing slot
  • Exam Deadline – this final deadline (if you will) is the agreed-upon exam date set by NABCEP

As you can see, each deadline serves its own purpose, so it is important that a candidate abide by and meet each deadline. NABCEP does a great job of walking candidates through the steps. They have automated email prompts set up with instructions for each step.

Sample prompt from NABCEP application, requesting information about experience (click the image to enlarge):

NABCEP Application

To get started with solar training, give us a call at 877-753-0853. To learn more about NABCEP Certification, please visit NABCEP’s website.

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