Entry Level PV Exam” & “Solar PV Installer Certification”
Solar Academy’s 5-Day PV Design & Installation Course prepares participants to take the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) “Entry Level PV Exam.” We encourage our students to take this entry level test, when they are ready to do so, as a step towards (but not a requirement for) becoming a NABCEP Certified PV Installer™ – the highest certification available in the industry to date. On requirements for becoming a NABCEP Certified PV Installer™, see below.
- With our new low price, an additonal fee is required for those who want to register for the NABCEP exam: $120 US for US courses / $135.60 CDN for Canadian courses ($120 CDN + 15.60 HST).
- To register, this fee must be paid before the end of the course via CASH, BANK CHECK or INTERAC (send to firstname.lastname@example.org) or it can be paid by CREDIT CARD when paying for the course tuition.
NABCEP now administers the Entry Level PV Exam via computerized testing at a Prometric Test Centre, a network of 10,000 test centers in 160 countries. To find a text centre near you, click here. Solar Academy students are eligible to take the exam shortly after completing the 5 day training.
Individuals passing the NABCEP PV Entry Level 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
- demonstrated the ability to supervise complete PV system installations
- have a detailed working knowledge of the electrical codes, standards,
and accepted industry practice specific to solar PV installations
NABCEP encourages students who complete an intensive course like Solar Academy’s 5-Day Training, to spend 2-3 additional hours outside of class for each hour in class prior to taking the Entry Level Exam to “review the subject matter, solve problems, and study reference materials.”
We ask all students and potential students to review NABCEP’s policies at www.nabcep.org. In sum, NABCEP issues a suitable-for-framing “Passing Score Achievement” document to all successful test takers. This document is a way for recipients to “demonstraste 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.
NABCEP Certification Update
As of January 2010, NABCEP’s Passing Score Achievement Document is no longer referred to as NABCEP’s Entry Level “Certificate of Knowledge,” and NABCEP requires all candidates who take the PV Entry Level Exam to sign a Disclaimer that acknowledges that they understand that achieving a passing score on the Exam does not make them a NABCEP-Certified PV Installer™.
Passing this exam, however, testifies to a practitioner’s basic knowledge, comprehension, and application of key terms and concepts of photovoltaic (solar electric) system operations suitable for a supervised, entry level position with a dealer and/or installer or other PV industry company.
Check NABCEP’s website for the next deadline to apply for the NABCEP Certified PV Installer™ exam.
For more information, visit NABCEP’s Web site www.nabcep.org