El programa de capacitación de SEI cumple con los requisitos de capacitación para tomar los exámenes de certificación NABCEP. La mayor parte de la capacitación de SEI puede tomarse en línea o en persona. La certificación NABCEP se basa tanto en capacitación como en experiencia de campo. Para obtener más información sobre el NABCEP y los requisitos y recomendaciones para presentarse a sus exámenes, visite www.nabcep.org.

El Manual de Certificación de NABCEP es un recurso muy útil para comprender el proceso de Certificación. NABCEP ofrece programas de evaluación de conocimientos, certificación profesional y acreditación de empresas para profesionales de las energías renovables en toda América del Norte y el mundo. Al elevar los estándares de la industria y promover la confianza de los consumidores, NABCEP se conoce como el “estándar de oro” para las certificaciones en energía fotovoltaica. NABCEP es la organización de certificación más respetada, establecida y ampliamente reconocida para los profesionales de la energía solar de América del Norte.

PREGUNTAS FRECUENTES

NABCEP es la Junta de Practicantes de Energía de Norteamérica. Las certificaciones de NABCEP son válidas oficialmente en EE.UU y Canadá, pero cualquier persona que cumpla con los requisitos estipulados puede aplicar para obtenerlas. NABCEP solo administra los exámenes en Inglés. Dichos exámenes pueden tomarse de forma presencial o virtual en Estados Unidos, y a distancia en los centros de exámenes internacionales en distintos países del mundo.

Las certificaciones de NABCEP demuestran que un individuo ha comprobado su competencia en el campo, así también como su compromiso con altos niveles de ética y profesionalismo. Los estándares de certificación y requerimientos de elegibilidad se han diseñado cuidadosamente, siguiendo guías de credenciales profesionales cuidadosamente. Los requerimientos de experiencia y educación son específicos para cada certificación que NABCEP ofrece, por lo que es primordial que verifiques tu elegibilidad de acuerdo a los estándares estipulados por NABCEP. Para ser elegible a participar y tomar el Examen de Nivel Básico de NABCEP llamado Associate Exam, el estudiante debe tener los conocimientos de los siguientes cursos para aprobar el examen con éxito:

Requisitos obligatorios:

  • FV101 (Presencial) o FVOL101 (En Línea) – Diseño e Instalación de Sistemas Fotovoltaicos Conectados a la Red (Estos cursos se pueden realizar en inglés con PV101 o PVOL101)
  • FV203 (Presencial) o FVOL203 (En Línea) – Fundamentos Sistemas Fotovoltaicos Basados en Baterías (Estos cursos se pueden realizar en inglés con PV203 o PVOL203)

Capacitaciones adicionales opcionales:

  • FV201L (Práctico) – Laboratorio Fotovoltaico de Sistemas Conectados a la Red (Este curso se puede realizar en inglés con PV201L)
  • FV301L (Práctico) – Laboratorio Fotovoltaico de Sistemas Basados en Baterías (Este curso se puede realizar en inglés con PV301L)
Existen dos niveles de certificación para NABCEP. El Examen de Asociado en sistemas fotovoltaicos (FV) o (PV Associate Exam en inglés) y el Examen de Certificación Profesional o (Professional Certification Exam en inglés). Puedes obtener una certificación completa como instalador profesional o vendedor técnico. Para tomar el primer nivel de FV con el Examen de Asociado, SEI requiere que hayas completado dos cursos, 101 y 203. Estos cursos se pueden realizar en línea o en persona (en español o inglés con FV101 o PV101, FVOL101 o PVOL101, FV203 o PV203).

El siguiente nivel con NABCEP es la Certificación completa. Es posible que necesites más horas de capacitación de nivel avanzado para tomar este examen, así como experiencia real en el campo. Los conocimientos mínimos necesarios para la Certificación Profesional de NABCEP recomendamos la información del curso en ingles curso PV202 o PVOL202.

Para la Certificación de Vendedor Técnico con NABCEP también recomendamos tomar el curso en ingles PVOL206.

A pesar de que las capacitaciones de SEI te darán el conocimiento más que suficiente, y las horas de entrenamiento necesarias para el examen de certificación completo, necesitarás experiencia en el campo y documentación de las instalaciones o diseños realizadas. Un curso de capacitación no puede darte esta experiencia. Para ver exactamente qué experiencia de campo se necesita para aplicar al la Certificación completa de NABCEP visita www.nabcep.org y haz clic en Certification y luego Candidate Eligibility Handbook. Existen varias categorías para aplicar, tu mejor que nadie sabe qué categoría es mejor para ti. El Manual de Elegibilidad de Candidatos de NABCEP es útil en la comprensión del proceso de certificación.

Los exámenes de lápiz y papel se llevan a cabo en nuestra sala de clases de Paonia, CO. Contactenos para la programación del Examen de Asociado en ingles y detalles de registro al examen en el campus de SEI Paonia, CO. El valor del examen a lápiz y papel es de $ 180 por persona, esto incluye los honorarios administrativos de SEI. Estos valores a los exámenes no son reembolsables.

Examen un computador en centros especializados dentro de EE.UU. Para este examen, NABCEP ha contratado a Castle World Wide para facilitar su examen. Si deseas ponerte en contacto con Castle World Wide directamente para averiguar primero si hay un centro de pruebas cercano a ti, haga clic agui o llama al 1-919-572-6880. El costo del examen en computadora es de $ 150 por persona, esto incluye la tarifa administrativa de SEI y no es reembolsable. Si usted está tomando el examen fuera de los Estados Unidos, se le pedirá que pague un adicional de $75 en el momento de la programación del examen con Castle Worldwide.  Si las pruebas en computadora son la opción para ti, sigue estos pasos:

1. Comprueba que has completado las capacitación necesarias llamando o enviando un correo electrónico a Servicios Estudiantiles a: [email protected] o 001-970-527-7657 opción 1 . Se te proporcionará el formulario: NABCEP ELE – FORMULÁRIO DE ELEGIBILIDAD AL CANDIDATO.

2. Completa el formulario y envíalo por correo electrónico como un archivo adjunto en pdf a [email protected] (o envíe un fax al 001-970-527-7659, si es necesario).

3. Llama a Solar Energy International al 001-970-527-7657 opción 1 para registrarte y pagar la tarifas de tu examen.

4. Tu información se envía a NABCEP, y Castle World Wide te contactará con un “correo electrónico” para programar el horario y la ubicación para las pruebas.

NABCEP FV Examen Asociado (Idioma del examen en Ingles)
Solar Energy International realiza el NABCEP PV Associate Exam (antes conocido como el NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam) en su formato Lápiz y papel. Las fechas de los exámenes serán el último viernes después de finalizar con los laboratorios FV301L.

Valor del examen $ 180 – Para estudiantes que han aprobado los cursos FVOL101 o FV101 y FVOL203 o FV203

Para más información o registros telefónicos llámanos al +1 970-527-7657. Regístrate online aquí!
Consulta www.nabcep.org para más información sobre sus recomendaciones.

NABCEP PV Associate Program (formerly the NABCEP PV Entry Level Program)

The NABCEP PV Associate Program is designed for those individuals wanting to get into the solar field; achievement of the NABCEP PV Associate Exam is a way for candidates to demonstrate that they have achieved a basic knowledge of the fundamental principles of the application, design, installation and operation of grid-tied and stand-alone PV Systems.

The knowledge demonstrated by passing this test does not replace the knowledge, skills or abilities of the electrical or other construction trades, or those of other professions or degree programs that require considerably more academic and/or practical experience.

Individuals passing the NABCEP PV Associate Exam should not be confused with NABCEP Certified PV Installers. The latter can only be achieved by highly experienced individuals who have passed a much more rigorous examination and have demonstrated the capability to supervise complete PV system installations, and who have a detailed working knowledge of the electrical codes, standards and accepted industry practice associated with PV installations.

As the market grows for photovoltaics, students achieving this industry-sponsored PV Associate Exam 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. Check out SEI’s NABCEP PV Associate Exam Prep Package Deal!

PV Associate Program – Where to Start

1. To be eligible to sit for the NABCEP PV Associate Exam (formerly known as the NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam), students must successfully complete:
• Required path:

o PV101: Solar Electric Design and Installation (Grid-Direct) – in-person or PVOL101: Solar Electric Design and Installation (Grid-Direct) – Online or FVOL101:Diseño e Instalación de Sistemas Fotovoltaicos Conectados a la Red – En Línea (En español)

o and PV203 or PVOL203 – PV System Fundamentals (Battery Based) (or PV203 PREP – past course) or FVOL203: Fundamentos de Sistemas Fotovoltaicos Basados En Baterías – En Línea (En español)

• Optional:
o PV201L: Solar Electric Lab Week (Grid-Direct) or FV201L: Laboratorio Fotovoltaico de Sistemas Conectados a la Red – Práctico (En español)
AND
o PV301L: Solar Electric Lab (Battery-Based) or FV301L: Laboratorio Fotovoltaico de Sistemas Basados en Baterías – Práctico (En español)

2. The NABCEP PV Associate Exam includes questions on grid-direct and battery-based PV systems.

3. To learn more about NABCEP, requirements and recommendations for sitting for exams, and study suggestions, visit www.nabcep.org, also refer to the NABCEP Certification Handbook.

Check out SEI’s NABCEP PV Associate Exam Prep Package Deal!

There are two options available:

Paper and Pencil Exams are conducted at our Paonia, CO classroom. For offerings of the NABCEP ELE, please see Paper and Pencil Exam for PV for the most current scheduling and details for registering to take the exam at SEI’s Paonia, CO campus. The fee for the Paper and Pencil Exam is $180/person, which includes SEI’s administrative fee. The fees for all test registrations are non-refundable.

Computer-Based Testing (CBT) is facilitated at testing sites around the country. For the CBT, NABCEP has contracted with Castle World Wide to facilitate your exam.  You can use their Test Site Locator or call 1-919-572-6880 to ensure there is a suitable location for you.   The fee for the Computer-Based Exam is $150/person, which includes SEI’s administrative fee and is non-refundable.   If you are taking the exam outside of the US, you will be asked to pay an additional $75 at time of scheduling the exam with Castle Worldwide testing.  If computer-based testing is the option for you, follow these steps:

1. Verify that you have completed the necessary training by calling or emailing Student Services at: [email protected] or (970) 527-7657 option 1. You will then be provided with the form: NABCEP ELE – CANDIDATE ELIGIBILITY FORM.

2. Complete the form and email it as a pdf attachment to [email protected] (or fax to 970-527-7659, if necessary).

3. Call Solar Energy International at (970) 527-7657 option 1 to register and pay for your testing fees by phone.

4. Your information is then submitted to NABCEP, and Castle World Wide will contact you with a “no-reply email” to schedule time and location for testing.

Check out SEI’s NABCEP PV Associate Exam Prep Package Deal!

NABCEP PV ASSOCIATE EXAM PREP PACKAGE $1395

Includes PVOL101, PVOL203 and the NABCEP PV Associate Exam (Computer Based Testing)! You may want to contact Castle World Wide directly to find out first if a test center is near you at 1.919.572.6880.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE PACKAGE TODAY, or call 970-527-7657 option 1!

PV Installation Professional Certification

NABCEP offers a Certified PV Installation Professional Program based on a set of Job Task Analysis. “The Solar PV Job Task Analysis (JTA) contains a detailed listing of the skills and abilities that an installer of PV systems should have. The JTA guides the development of an exam by which candidates for certification can demonstrate that they truly posses the skills and knowledge that their peers and experts have deemed necessary to do the job well. It is the core document of the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification.

NABCEP Certifications demonstrate that an individual has proven their competence in the field and their commitment to upholding high standards of ethical and professional practice. Certification standards and eligibility requirements have been developed and designed carefully following professional credentialing guidelines. Requirements of experience and education are specific to each different certification that NABCEP provides, so it is paramount that you plan and verify your eligibility standing directly with NABCEP’s guidelines. The NABCEP Certification Handbook is a very helpful resource in understanding the Certification process.

Recommended Path:
PVOL101 or PV101 or FVOL101 (en español), PVOL202, or PVOL203 or FVOL203 (en español).

Optional:

PV201L & 301L– Lab classes fulfill education hours, but do not count towards the NABCEP installation requirement. However, lab courses do fulfill requirements toward earning a Solar Professionals Certificate with Solar Energy International. Click here to learn more about this program. See www.nabcep.org and the NABCEP Certification Handbook for more information on additional eligibility requirements and study materials for the PV Installer Certification

How do I apply for the NABCEP Certification Exams?

1. Certification applicants should read the NABCEP Certification Handbook before starting an application.

2. All applicants for NABCEP certification must complete an application with all required documentation, pay an application fee of $125, and submit the application for review. NABCEP accepts applications on an ongoing basis, but in order to qualify to sit for any particular exam date, applications must be completed, paid for, and submitted prior to the Application Deadline for that exam. Applications may be saved and returned to at any time during the process of completing.

3. For all applications, one must choose a Qualifying Category (as defined in the NABCEP Certification Handbook) that best fits his or her personal background, experience, and training. Candidates must be able to satisfy ALL of the requirements for ONE of the categories.

4. Applications are reviewed by NABCEP in the order that they are received. Applications that are submitted just prior to the application deadline may take longer to receive a response due to the large number of applications that are typically submitted at this time. Applications that are submitted between an application deadline and an examination date may not be reviewed until after the results of the examination have been processed. Applicants are encouraged to submit their application as far in advance of the application deadline as possible.

5. Upon initial review of the application, the applicant will be contacted by NABCEP via email either informing them that the eligibility requirements have been met and they have been accepted as a candidate, or that the application is incomplete and that additional documentation must be submitted. Applicants who submit incomplete applications will be provided with one opportunity to complete the application and resubmit it for a second review. If an application is deemed to be incomplete after a second review by NABCEP, it will be rejected and the individual will need to reapply and pay another application fee to be reconsidered. Please note that if an application is not complete by the application deadline for a particular exam, the applicant may not be accepted for that exam and the second review of the application may be postponed until after the examination date.

6. Applicants who are accepted as candidates will be sent instructions via email for how to choose an exam location and pay for the next certification exam. Exam scheduling and payment must be received by the Scheduling Deadline Date for a particular examination.

For NABCEP Certified PV Installers
To maintain certification, the certified installer must document the completion of:

  • 1) At least 6 hours on the latest version of the National Electrical Code, including Article 690 and other sections relevant to the installation of PV systems
  • 2) At least 6 hours of technical PV related to the most recent version of the NABCEP PV Installer Task Analysis or complementary to photovoltaic technology
  • 3) “Other” – Up to an additional 6 hours of instruction related to PV or renewable energy that may be technical or non-technical. In addition to attendance at qualified educational and training events, NABCEP grants up to 12 continuing education contact hours to certificants who: instruct and teach qualifying courses; author qualifying articles or publications; and/or, present qualifying lectures, seminars or workshops.

Solar Energy International’s PV workshops and online courses and Continuing Education Courses can fulfill these requirements.

PV Technical Sales Certification

NABCEP offers a PV Technical Sales Certification. “The NABCEP PV Technical Sales Job Task Analysis defines a general set of knowledge, skills and abilities typically required of Solar PV Salespersons who are responsible for site analysis, system design, ethical presentation, and accurate analyses and projections of electrical, environmental, and financial performance of PV systems.

Certifications: NABCEP Certifications demonstrate that an individual has proven their competence in the field and their commitment to upholding high standards of ethical and professional practice. Certification standards and eligibility requirements have been developed and designed carefully following professional credentialing guidelines. Requirements of experience and education are specific to each different certification that NABCEP provides, so it is paramount that you plan and verify your eligibility standing directly with NABCEP’s guidelines. The NABCEP Certification Handbook is a very helpful resource in understanding the Certification process.

Solar Energy International’s training path for taking the PV Technical Sales Exam:

Recommended path: PVOL101 or PV101 or FVOL101 (En español), PVOL202, or PVOL203 or FVOL203 (En español), and PVOL206.

Optional: PV201L & 301L o los mismos cursos en español, FV201L & FV301L

See www.nabcep.org for more information on additional eligibility requirements and study materials for the PV Technical Sales Certification. To read more about SEI’s Solar Professionals Certificate in Solar Business and Technical Sales click here.

How do I apply for the NABCEP Certification Exams?

1. Certification applicants should read the NABCEP Certification Handbook before starting an application.

2. All applicants for NABCEP certification must complete an application with all required documentation, pay an application fee of $125, and submit the application for review. NABCEP accepts applications on an ongoing basis, but in order to qualify to sit for any particular exam date, applications must be completed, paid for, and submitted prior to the Application Deadline for that exam. Please see the links at the bottom of the page to start or log into an existing application. Applications may be saved and returned to at any time during the process of completing.

3. For all applications, one must choose a Qualifying Category (as defined in the Candidate Information Handbook) that best fits his or her personal background, experience, and training. Candidates must be able to satisfy ALL of the requirements for ONE of the categories.

4. Applications are reviewed by NABCEP in the order that they are received. Applications that are submitted just prior to the application deadline may take longer to receive a response due to the large number of applications that are typically submitted at this time. Applications that are submitted between an application deadline and an examination date may not be reviewed until after the results of the examination have been processed. Applicants are encouraged to submit their application as far in advance of the application deadline as possible.

5. Upon initial review of the application, the applicant will be contacted by NABCEP via email either informing them that the eligibility requirements have been met and they have been accepted as a candidate, or that the application is incomplete and that additional documentation must be submitted. Applicants who submit incomplete applications will be provided with one opportunity to complete the application and resubmit it for a second review. If an application is deemed to be incomplete after a second review by NABCEP, it will be rejected and the individual will need to reapply and pay another application fee to be reconsidered. Please note that if an application is not complete by the application deadline for a particular exam, the applicant may not be accepted for that exam and the second review of the application may be postponed until after the examination date.

6. Applicants who are accepted as candidates will be sent instructions via email for how to choose an exam location and pay for the next certification exam. Exam scheduling and payment must be received by the Scheduling Deadline Date for a particular examination.

For NABCEP Certified PV Technical Sales

To fulfill their continuing education requirements, NABCEP certificants must meet the following specific continuing education requirements:

At least 12 contact hours of technical training related to the most recent version of the NABCEP PV Technical Sales Professional Job Task Analysis;
An additional 6 contact hours of instruction related to PV or renewable energy that may be technical or non-technical.
Solar Energy International’s PV workshops and online courses and Continuing Education Courses can fulfill these requirements.

NABCEP Solar Heating Associate Exam and Installer Certification

The NABCEP Solar Heating Installer Certification is a voluntary certification that provides a set of national standards by which solar heating installers with skills and experience can distinguish themselves from their competition. 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 solar heating systems nor to replace state license requirements.

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

The NABCEP Solar Heating Installer Certification has been developed in accordance with the the certification field’s best practices. NABCEP is a member of the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA) and has endeavored to follow the requirements of ISO/IEC Standard 17024: General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification Systems of Persons.

SEI’s Training Path for Taking the Solar Heating Associate Exam
• Recommended path:
o SHOL101: Solar Heating Fundamentals (online)
NABCEP offers Solar Heating Installer Certification based on a set of Task Analysis. “The NABCEP Solar Heating Installer Job Task Analysis (JTA) defines a general set of knowledge, skills and abilities typically required of practitioners who install and maintain solar hot water or pool heating systems. The JTA guides the development of an exam by which candidates for certification can demonstrate that they truly posses the skills and knowledge that their peers and experts have deemed necessary to do the job well. Created by solar thermal industry experts, it is the core document for the development of the NABCEP Solar Heating Installer Certification. Subject Matter Experts (SME’s) are used to research and develop examination questions for each of the content areas on the exam. All of the questions undergo extensive review and editing.” www.nabcep.org

See www.nabcep.org for more information on additional eligibility requirements and study materials for the Solar Heating Installer Certification

Continuing Education Requirements for Solar Heating Installer Recertification

NABCEP certificants are required to satisfy the following specific continuing education requirements:

• At least 6 hours related to any of the primary Solar Heating Installer references listed on the NABCEP
website (www.nabcep.org) under “Resources”;
• At least 6 contact hours of technical Solar Heating related to the most recent version of the NABCEP
Solar Heating Installer Task Analysis or complementary standards relevant to Solar Heating system
installation and technology;
• An additional 6 contact hours of instruction related to Solar Heating or renewable energy that may be
technical or non-technical.

See SEI’s Solar Heating courses and Continuing Education webinars for CE training hours.