TRAINING and CREDENTIALING

The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners is
a key partner in the Solar Ready Vets Network. As a well-established, highly respected and widely recognized certification organization for professionals in the field of renewable energy, NABCEP plays a key role in expanding training, credentialing opportunities for military talent.

SRV Partners NABCEP and The Solar Foundation hosted a webinar covering solar industry training, credentialing and career pathways. If you weren’t able to join us live, a recording is now available: View the webinar here.

Whether you’re just getting started in solar, or are an established solar professional looking to advance your career, NABCEP credentials are an important step toward a powerful career. A NABCEP credential helps employers to identify top talent — it indicates they are hiring or promoting someone who is committed to the profession, and who has a proven understanding of the basic terms and operational aspects of a PV system. Whether you’re interested in design, installation, maintenance, technical sales or a range of other solar career pathways, NABCEP certifications can boost your earning potential, and help you to be well qualified for jobs that match your career goals.

Why earn NABCEP Certification?

✓ Increased marketability
✓ Validation of knowledge
✓ Enhanced professional credibility
and employment opportunities

60% of EPCs consider NABCEP Board Certifications “essential” or “very important” when hiring.

A NABCEP installer salary is typically $11,000 more than the regular non-certified solar installer

The NABCEP Associate Program is the most common industry credential, designed to prepare individuals for a range of careers in solar. The PV Associate is a great way for veterans and transitioning military personnel to obtain the fundamental skills and knowledge about the PV sales, design, installation, operation, and maintenance to be successful in the solar industryThe PVA program, which offers distinction in all sectors of the industry, is often the first step toward one of six more specialized and more advanced Board Certifications.Beyond the PVA Certification, Board Certifications demonstrate mastery of a variety of PV-related skill sets, and are of great value for career advancement.

To get started:

  • Check out the Job Task Analyses (JTAs) to learn more about the fundamentals covered by each Board Certification.
  • Identify the pathway you’ll take to certification:

    Education Pathway — Complete a course with a NABCEP Associate Registered Training Provider, and pass the PVA exam.
    Experience Pathway — Document at least 6 months of full-time equivalent photovoltaic work experience, and pass the PVA exam.

  • SOLAR CREDENTIALING FOR VETERANS

    With leadership from NABCEP, the Solar Ready Vets team has established GI BIll eligibility for the PVA associate exam, and our team is in the process of securing several others: NABCEP is proud to announce that the NABCEP Photovoltaic Associate (PVA) Program was recently approved by the US Department of Veteran Affairs to receive benefits under the GI Bill. Due to this momentous federal approval, veterans and military personnel transitioning to the civilian workforce can now apply for reimbursement of exam fees for the NABCEP PVA exam. Additional Board Certifications are pending federal approval, and should become eligible for GI Bill reimbursement shortly.

    Already Approved:

    ✓ PV Associate (PVA )Exam

    Coming soon:

    ✓PV Installation Professional (PVIP)
    ✓PV Design Specialist (PVDS)
    ✓PV Installation Specialist (PVIS)
    ✓PV Commissioning & Maintenance (PVCMS)
    ✓PV Technical Sales (PVTS)
    ✓PV System Inspector (PVSI)

    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

    Free Webinars: https://www.nabcep.org/event_category/free-webinar/

    THE NABCEP CAREER CENTER offers career coaching, resume reviews, and other career development resources

    Course Catalog – List of courses available and where to find NABCEP-certified solar training.

    Career Center – Find Solar jobs here after you complete your NABCEP Board Certification

    Professional Directory – Search here for NABCEP Board Certified PV professionals·

    Associate Directory – Search here for NABCEP Board Certified PV associates.

    Live online proctoring – You may now schedule to take an exam from your own home!

    If you are affiliated with a Registered Training Provider, click here to see if your school is already registered with the U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs (i.e., WEAMS certified). Upon registering for WEAMS, you can become eligible to offer Veterans the opportunity to apply for reimbursement of exam fees for the PVA exam.

    2020 Continuing Education Conference: Virtual event, August – Starting on August 17th or 24th?
    The annual NABCEP CE Conference is geared toward PV industry professionals who have experience with PV installation, solar + storage, technical sales, design, O&M, or system inspection. Non-certified renewable energy professionals seeking to advance their career can earn up to 18 hours towards becoming NABCEP Board Certified by attending the CE Conference.

    See the 2020 line-up of Trainers and Speakers

    Register here