This month, The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) officially announced three new specialty certifications. According to the NABCEP website, the certifications were developed in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Sunshot Initiative, in an effort to reflect the demands of the solar industry. So how does Solar Energy International (SEI)’s solar installer training prepare students for these new certifications?

The three new certifications are: PV Design Specialist, PV Installer Specialist, and PV Commissioning & Maintenance Specialist. According to Breccia Cressman, SEI’s Director of Student Services,  “Many SEI students that have decided to pursue one of the three specialty certifications are asking what training path is recommended as they work towards taking these new NABCEP exams.”  

SEI Director of Curriculum & Instruction Sarah Wilder compiled recommended SEI coursework specifically for each NABCEP certification exams:

PV Design Specialist:

PV Installer Specialist:

PV Commission & Maintenance Specialist:

Sarah added, “solar professionals already working in the industry who focus on one of these specialty areas may be able to test out of the fundamentals courses (PV101 and PV203) and sign up for advanced-level courses (PV202 and PV350/351L) to satisfy the educational requirements of the new exams.”

For students seeking SEI comprehensive training, Breccia noted, “As you can see, SEI’s Solar Professionals Certificate Training paths will cover the majority of the topics being tested upon in these specialty certification exams.” The Solar Professional Certificate Training Program, offered by SEI, is the industry’s most rigorous training program to prepare professionals for the highly technical clean energy workforce. Students can apply for enrollment in the program, and upon acceptance, can receive a certificate after completing a specific track of classes. The Solar Professional Certificate Program has available tracks in Residential and Commercial Photovoltaic Systems Certificate, Battery-Based PV, Solar Business and Technical Sales, and more.

Sign up for SEI solar installer training today and kickstart your career in the solar industry.

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SEI Professional Services (SEIPS) and SEI Engineering (SEIE) are extensions of Solar Energy International (SEI). SEI has a long and well respected heritage within the industry that dates back to 1991 as the leading non-profit technical training provider for the solar industry. SEIPS and SEIE were created in 2015 and 2016 respectively as a solar engineering and consulting company in response to the growing demand and requests from SEI’s 60,000+ students, alumni, supporters, and the broader solar industry to offer formal solar engineering, design, consulting, and field services across the globe.  Visit: