NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification

Eligibility Requirements

All candidates for the Solar PV Installation Professional Certification must:

  • participate in a minimum of 58 hours of solar PV training
  • 40 of the 58 hours must cover advanced solar PV installation/design concepts
  • remaining 18 hours can come from entry-level Associate coursework IF candidate passes the NABCEP PV Associate Exam
  • have an OSHA 10 hour construction industry card or equivalent
  • complete solar installations equaling at least 6 Project Credits
  • pay for and complete an application by the exam deadline

Training Requirements

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

  • Training must have been completed within 5 years of application submittal
  • Training must be in a formal teacher-learner structure

All advanced PV training must be offered by one of the following education providers:

  • 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) such as Everblue's NABCEP PV Installation Prep
  • Training institutions approved by State Contractor Licensing Boards
  • State Department of Education registered Vocational / Technical training programs

Experience Requirements

To qualify to sit for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification exam, all applicants (regardless of background, education, or experience) will need to document completion of installations equaling at least 6 Project Credits.

Project Credits are awarded as follows:

  • System size of 1-999 kW = 2 Project Credits
  • System size of 1 mW and up = 3 Project Credits

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
  • Choose from computer-based testing or pencil-and-paper format
  • See the NABCEP Calendar for deadlines and exam dates
  • Candidates should bring 2017 National Electrical Code, NFPA 70, and a Casio fx260 calculator
  • Candidates may take the exam up to 4 times within a 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 70 is required to pass

The NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification is valid for three years. During that time, a credential holder must document relevant work experience and at least 18 hours of continuing education.

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