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NABCEP The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) offers voluntary personnel certification for professionals in the renewable energy industry. NABCEP certification is based on training and experience. To learn more about NABCEP and the requirements and recommendations for sitting for exams, visit www.nabcep.org. Green Solutions International SKN (GSI) offers training that qualifies people to sit for NABCEP exams. The NABCEP Certification Handbook is a very helpful resource for understanding the Certification process. NABCEP offers entry-level knowledge assessment, professional certification, and company accreditation programs to renewable energy professionals throughout North America. Raising industry standards and promoting consumer confidence, NABCEP is known as the “gold standard” for PV and Solar Heating Installation and PV Technical Sales Certifications. NABCEP is the most respected, well-established, and widely recognized certification organization for North American solar professionals.

Photovoltaic Associate Course

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.


PV System Inspector™ (PVSI) Certification

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.