Solar PV Design Training

Prepare for Successful Solar PV Projects

solar design trainingBecome a designer of solar electric systems – on homes, buildings, or on the ground.

With this PV Design Specialist training, you’ll become intimately more familiar with the steps and considerations that must happen before you ever touch a solar panel. This includes addressing customer expectations, paperwork and approvals, location options, code compliance, and project site assessment.

* This course is also aligned with the knowledge areas for the NABCEP PV Design Specialist certification exam.


About the PV202 Solar Design Course

Prerequisites:  Completion of Everblue's PV101 course or 2 years of solar work experience

Course Description: This solar system design class provides the knowledge-based skills that are used in the pre-installation phase. It’s important to align a solar PV system’s design with the customer’s needs from the start. Depending on whether your client wants to lower his/her energy bills, help the planet, or simply have backup power, these considerations may impact how you arrange the system components. In addition, you’ll need to factor in budget and location surface area into your system sizing. Solar system design is largely about coordinating with a client, local code officials, and other stakeholders in the solar installation process. Learn the key behaviors that will ensure your success as a solar system designer!

Who Should Take This Course?: This course is ideal for architectural designers, electricians, journeymen, and anyone interested in pivoting their career in the direction of solar PV system design.

Course Format: PV202 is available 100% online and features video presentations, practice questions, PDFs, and useful links to additional online content. We recommend that students spend 34 hours completing this course.


Curriculum for the PV202 Solar PV Design Course

Students should complete modules in the order that they appear to get the most out of the program.

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Payment Options

We're pleased to accept multiple forms of payment for our courses. Please note that the 6-month user access begins only when course payment is made in full (with the exception of Affirm financing). This means that those who choose to pay by check or payment plan will have a deferred enrollment until their orders are paid in full.

The course fee is $999 with no hidden fees, taxes, or shipping/handling.

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Have Questions? Leave a Comment Below!

Nabcep Pv design

Submitted by Anonymous
Posted on Wed, 2019-07-10 03:18.

I have gone through the Comments and reply was very good and perfect manner, i have some queries as follows : 1. PVDS Project credentials , how we can document our project summary. can you clear this. 2. If i take PVDS , am i able to take the other pv certifications. 3. I want to join the course, but i want to know the timings , and now i am living in Middle east region,

re: Nabcep Pv design

Submitted by Lesley@Everblue3
Posted on Wed, 2019-07-10 09:03.

Hello, and thank you for your questions.

1. The best resource to review documenting solar project experience is the NABCEP Certification Handbook. You’ll see that section 4 is about the NABCEP PV Design Specialist Certification and section 4.4 is about Documenting Experience.

2. This PV202 Solar Design course was specifically designed to align with the NABCEP PV Design Specialist exam requirements. In other words, the training includes 10 hours of OSHA construction safety, 6 hours of National Electric Code training, and 18 hours of solar design training as outlined in the NABCEP PVDS job task analysis. Therefore, this course will qualify you for the PVDS exam. There are other qualifications for the other NABCEP PV exams. You may borrow some hours from this PV202 Solar Design course to qualify for the other NABCEP PV exams – for example, OSHA 10 is also a requirement for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Exam, BUT you’ll find that there are specific requirements for the NABCEP PVIP exam. You can use the NABCEP Certification Handbook link provided above to read more about the qualifications for the other NABCEP PV exams. The short answer is that the PV202 class is for the PVDS exam. After you read through the NABCEP Certification Handbook, you’ll have a better idea of how you can craftily borrow some hours from this class and use toward other NABCEP PV exams, but I think you’ll find that it won’t be as simple as using this one PV202 class to qualify for multiple NABCEP PV exams.

3. The PV202 Solar Design course is online and self-paced, which means that you will get instant access to all of the training as soon as you enroll. You will be able to log in any time at any hour of the day to participate. The content is self-guided. We provide course access for 6 months, so you’ll be able to access the training any time during that 6-month period. We welcome students from all over the world to take this class!

Thanks again for your questions. Hope these responses help provide some clarity!

The NABCEP website explicitly

Submitted by Anonymous
Posted on Tue, 2019-06-18 11:02.

The NABCEP website explicitly states "All training must have a formal training format, with a teacher-learner structure. This implies a connection between a learner and a learning source. This can include web-based training in which the student is separated from faculty and other students but where the learner receives feedback and the student’s progress is monitored. All hour requirements are based on “contact hours” between the teacher and the learner." If this course is completely online with only videos and modules, how does it satisfy this requirement?

re: The NABCEP website explicitly

Submitted by Lesley@Everblue3
Posted on Wed, 2019-06-19 08:22.

Hi Thomas,

Thanks for your question. Our PV202 Solar Design class is indeed approved by NABCEP to prepare candidates for the PV Design Specialist certification exam. The curriculum was specifically designed to align with the educational/training requirements.

Regarding the teacher-student interaction – NABCEP is looking for training providers to show that we give the student an opportunity to contact us (once enrolled) to ask any technical questions about the content. Although our PV202 course features self-paced online video modules, we include a contact form inside the course called “Ask Your Mentor” which is the primary outlet for students to contact us with their content-related questions. The form goes out to all of our in-house solar subject matter experts and is responded to with their feedback/answers. From there, the conversation may continue through email or phone – whichever is necessary to fully satisfy and accommodate the student and facilitate their understanding of the material. From that standpoint, NABCEP believes that the student is being cared for and therefore provided teacher-student interaction.

Hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks, Lesley@Everblue

NABCEP PV Design Specialist certification

Submitted by Anonymous
Posted on Tue, 2019-06-04 21:32.

Does this course fully prepare a student to sit for the NABCEP PV Design Specialist exam or are other courses required? What is the success rate for graduates of this course on the NABCEP exam?

re: NABCEP PV Design Specialist certification

Submitted by Lesley@Everblue3
Posted on Wed, 2019-06-05 08:17.

Hello, thanks for your questions. Yes, the PV202 Solar Design class aligns perfectly with the educational requirements to sit for the NABCEP PV Design Specialist exam. The course curriculum matches perfectly with the NABCEP PVDS job task analysis and includes the required OSHA and NEC code training. Regarding success rate, unfortunately NABCEP does not release pass rates to the public in order to ensure candidate privacy and the integrity of the credential. If you have any other questions about the PV202 course, please give us a call at 877-740-5741. Thank you!

I'm in South Africa do I

Submitted by Anonymous
Posted on Sat, 2018-06-02 06:17.

I'm in South Africa do I qualify? I've been doing solar for 23Yrs and comply to the IEC standards as well as local.

Anyone is most welcome to

Submitted by Lesley@Everblue3
Posted on Mon, 2018-06-04 08:54.

Anyone is most welcome to take our course, which is completely online, in recorded video presentations that you can watch at your own pace. However, the North American Board of Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is the organization that created this certification, and at this time, they are only administering the certification exam in North America (US/Canada). International students are able to take the exam if they have their own method for obtaining a VISA to travel to a location that administers it.