SEI’S training program counts towards the training requirements for taking the NABCEP certification examinations.  Most of SEI’s training can be taken either online or in-person.  NABCEP certification is based on both training and field experience. To learn more about NABCEP and the requirements and recommendations for sitting for their exams, visit www.nabcep.org.

The NABCEP Certification Handbook is a very helpful resource in understanding the Certification process.  NABCEP offers entry level knowledge assessment, professional certification, and company accreditation programs to renewable energy professionals throughout North America and the world. Raising industry standards and promoting consumer confidence, NABCEP is known as the “gold standard” for PV Certifications.  NABCEP is the most respected, well-established, and widely recognized certification organization for North American solar professionals.

PV ASSOCIATE CREDENTIAL

The NABCEP Associate Program is intended for many people who are currently working in, or seeking employment in, the renewable energy industry, including those who are: students in renewable energy programs, workers at an early stage in their renewable energy career, experienced professionals who have just begun offering renewable energy products or services, or those in renewable energy jobs for which there is no professional certification.

The NABCEP Associate Program recognizes individuals who have demonstrated knowledge of the fundamental principles of the application, design, installation, and operation of Photovoltaic, Solar Heating or Small Wind energy systems. A NABCEP Photovoltaic Associate™ credential is earned by passing an examination based on the related NABCEP PV Associate Job Task Analysis (JTA).

NABCEP also offers the NABCEP Solar Heating Associate™ and NABCEP Small Wind Associate™ credential as well.

NABCEP Associates are recognized by NABCEP on an online directory and are provided with rights to utilize NABCEP Associate word and trade-marks to recognize their accomplishment to others. Full program policies and procedures are found in the NABCEP Associate Handbook, which all applicants should read thoroughly before applying.

To be eligible to sit for the NABCEP PV Associate Exam with SEI, students must successfully complete:

Required path:

PV101: Solar Electric Design and Installation (Grid-Direct) – in-person OR PVOL101 Online
– and PV203 – PV System Fundamentals (Battery Based) – in person OR PVOL203 Online

Optional:

PV201L: Solar Electric Lab Week (Grid-Direct) and

PV301L: Solar Electric Lab (Battery-Based)

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

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

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There are two options available:

OPTION 1

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]

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.

OPTION 2

Paper and Pencil Exams are conducted at our Paonia, CO classroom. For offerings of the NABCEP PV Associate Exam, 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.

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NABCEP CERTIFICATIONS

Image result for nabcep certifiedCertification offers the public a high degree of protection because practitioners have to voluntarily meet standards and qualifications and pass an exam. Developing a certification is a complex and time-consuming process and requires a strong administrative organization in order to maintain its quality.

– NABCEP Training Hours Requirement: Depending on category under which you are applying to take the exam under, you will likely need 58 contact training hours, a minimum of which 40 must be advanced level hours. Click here for exact details from NABCEP regarding training hours and field experience requirements.

– Minimum SEI training to satisfy this requirement: PVOL202 (prerequisite course is PV101)

– SEI course recommendations: PV101, PV202 and PV203 (PV350 – optional)

Please note that most of this training can be taken either online or in-person.

– NABCEP Training Hours Requirement: 0-60 training hours depending on the category applied under with NABCEP Click here for details from NABCEP regarding training hours and field experience requirements.

– Minimum SEI training to satisfy this requirement: PVOL206 (prerequisite course is PV101)

– SEI course recommendations: PV101, PV202, PV203, PV206

Please note that most of this training can be taken either online or in-person.

– NABCEP Training Hours Requirement: 24 hours (18 ADV, 6 code). Click here for details from NABCEP regarding training hours and field experience requirements.

– SEI course recommendations: PV101, PV202, PV203

Please note that most of this training can be taken either online or in-person.

– NABCEP Training Hours Requirement: 24 hours (18 ADV, 6 code). Click here for details from NABCEP regarding training hours and field experience requirements.
– SEI course recommendations: PV101, PV202, PV203

Please note that most of this training can be taken either online or in-person.

– NABCEP Training Hours Requirement: 24 hours (18 ADV, 6 code). Click here for details from NABCEP regarding training hours and field experience requirements.
– SEI course recommendations: PV101, PV202, PV203, PV350

Please note that most of this training can be taken either online or in-person.

The NABCEP PV System Inspector Certification is a voluntary certification that provides a set of
national standards by which PV System Inspector Professionals with skills and experience can distinguish themselves from competitors. Certification provides a measure of protection to the public
by giving a credential for judging the competency of practitioners. It is not intended to replace state
license requirements.

There are no specific pre-requisites to taking a NABCEP PV System Inspector Exam. The Exams are
intended to test the knowledge of someone who is familiar with PV systems. Knowledge of applicable
codes and ordinances is presumed. Applicants should know how to assess the safety and operation of
a system, be able to verify code compliance via interpretation of design plans and building documents,
conduct on-site inspections, and report results. Please visit this NABCEP web page for more details!

RECERTIFICATION

Image result for nabcep continuing education logoFor information from NABCEP regarding Recertification for any of their credentials or certifications, please click here. Many of SEI’s trainings will count towards CE hours for Recertification. SEI also offers training bundles for Recertification hours, including both an 18 hour and 30 hour CE training package.  Please visit https://www.solarenergy.org/on-demand-training/ for details and to register now.