Learn about certification and careers in solar.

The SEI Student Support Portal is your one stop online resource to find the answers to the most common questions about our training program and the overall SEI Student experience. Here you will find resources, including certification information, our training program structure, tuition and scholarship information, and other commonly asked questions. If you have questions that are not found here in the SEI Student Support Portal or would like to speak with a Student Services Counselor, don’t hesitate to reach out to us via email or phone.

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How do I get started in the solar industry?

Rather than getting too focused on the Certification process, consider starting with what you can achieve with training only, before gaining your field experience. Starting a career in the solar industry is one of the most rewarding choices in life one can make. Check out the Solar Foundation’s Solar Career Map that shows many of the jobs in our industry. SEI’s training program will prepare you for many of these jobs and prepare you for a career.  Also check out NABCEP’s Solar Career Pathways to show the various certification pathways that SEI’s training program will prepare you for. More Info…

What licensing and certifications do I need?

Entering the solar industry is exciting, but there is a lot of information to learn – not only about how solar PV systems operate and are installed, but also about how to legally perform the work in your local area. More Info…

What’s the difference between Licensing and Certification?

Certification and licensing have different advantages and disadvantages. From a financial point of view, voluntary national certification is preferable to mandatory state licensing because it results in a lower cost of installation and provides greater consumer choice than mandatory licensing. In states that do not require solar contractor licensing, certification can provide a baseline level of quality. State licensing may be restrictive, as state licenses do not typically transfer, so geographic mobility is limited. However, state licensing can protect consumers from potential safety hazards and will help ensure that systems are installed properly. While both licensing and certification have drawbacks, requiring solar contractors to be licensed or certified is preferable to no quality control of system installation and will result in baseline standards being met, which will in turn lead to higher consumer satisfaction.

What is NABCEP Certification?

NABCEP offers different levels of credentials, ranging from those appropriate for entry-level installers up to advanced professionals. The most well-known credentials with NABCEP are the PV Associate Exam and the full Certification Exams.More Info…

What is SEI’s Solar Professional Certificate Program?

For students who want a comprehensive program of study, the Solar Professionals Certificate Program (SPCP for short) is an ideal option. More Info…

How do I get CE credits towards recertification?

For those seeking Continuing Education hours as they apply for NABCEP ReCertification, we have several CE webinar training packages that will provide the Continuing Education hours that you need at a discounted package price.  The training consists of pre-recorded webinar presentations.  At the end of each webinar you can print out the Record of Completion showing the NABCEP CE hours to present to NABCEP.

What is the registration process for NABCEP exams?

For the PV Associate Exam, you may only register through your training provider (SEI if you take training with us), after successfully completing the two required courses. For the full Certification Exams with NABCEP you must satisfy the training requirements and field experience requirements, and then you can apply to take the exam directly through NABCEP. More Info…

When and where can I take NABCEP exams?

NABCEP exams can be taken throughout the year and applicants can choose from several exam formats. The NABCEP Associate Credential exams are available via, Paper and Pencil (P&P), Computer-Based Testing (CBT), and Live Online Proctoring (LOP). NABCEP Board Certification exams are available in Computer-Based Testing (CBT) format (with the exception of PV System Inspector and Solar Heating system Inspector), and all Board Certification exams, are offered as Live Online Proctored (LOP) exams.  Please visit NABCEP’s website for more information about the various exam formats and scheduling.