NABCEP PV Associate Program

The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) coordinates an entry level PV Associate Program that provides a basis for testing an individual’s knowledge of the basics of solar energy. Passing the NABCEP PV Associate Exam is a way for an individual to demonstrate that he or she has achieved a basic knowledge of the fundamental principles of the application, design, installation and operation of the technology covered on the specific exam.

The NABCEP PV Associate Exam is based on a set of Learning Objectives developed by a Committee of PV subject matter experts. The PV Associate Learning Objectives include ten (10) knowledge content domains.

NABCEP PV Associate Learning Objectives

  PV Markets and Applications   Safety Basics
  Electricity Basics   Solar Energy Fundamentals
  PV Module Fundamentals   System Components
  PV System Sizing Principles   PV System Electrical Design
  PV System Mechanical Design   Performance Analysis, Maintenance, and Troubleshooting

These learning objectives are all covered in Everblue's NABCEP PV Associate Exam Prep program.

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for the NABCEP PV Associate Exam, a candidate must satisfy at least one of the following pathways:

  • Complete coursework that covers the NABCEP PV Associate Learning Objectives with a Registered Exam Provider such as Everblue
  • Document at least 6 months of full time equivalent work experience in a job that is directly involved with photovoltaics

Individuals who wish to take the NABCEP PV Associate Exam will be asked to complete a Candidate Eligibility Form. The contact information entered on this form will be used for communication from NABCEP about scheduling their 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.

  • Candidates shall pay $150 to Everblue for the exam
  • 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
  • Candidates should bring a non-graphing calculator and #2 pencil to the exam
  • 2 hours to complete 70 multiple-choice questions
  • Scores will be mailed within 4-6 weeks of taking the exam
  • A scaled score of 65 or higher is required to pass

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NABCEP Associate credentials are valid for three (3) years following the date of issuance. During that time, an Associate may use the credential designation after their name to show that they are a NABCEP Associate.

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