May 20, 2010

NABCEP Announces New Level in PV Installer Certification Program

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CLIFTON PARK, NY, May 20, 2010 – The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) announces new credentialing programs in response to growing renewable energy markets.

NABCEP’s newest credential will be for qualified electricians (journeyman/journeyperson) who work in non-supervisory roles on PV installation crews. This certification will focus on installing PV systems safely and will also cover the principals of the application, design and operation of grid-tie PV systems.

Ezra Auerbach, NABCEP’s Executive Director, says, “This new credential is being developed in recognition that the work of a PV installer has become multifaceted and more levels of certification have become necessary.” He says, “On many jobs, especially those with larger scope, the installer is a qualified electrician who is called upon to perform work that has already undergone engineering review and is on a job site that is readied for the electrical trades. This certification is aimed at those individuals.”

NABCEP Chairperson Don Warfield says, “Keeping pace with the evolution of job roles in the renewable sector is a priority for NABCEP. We are working closely with Certified PV Installers and electrical trades stakeholders on our Board, [the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers), IEC (Independent Electrical Contractors), NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association), NJATC (National Joint Apprenticeship Committee)], to ensure that the credential meets their stated needs.”

Auerbach says, “There is a ground swell of interest in PV practitioner training and strong demand for NABCEP’S credentialing programs. UL University’s (ULU) recent announcement that they are entering the business of offering PV training to qualified electricians is one more validation of the need for this level of certification. I encourage ULU to use the nationally recognized Task Analyses and practitioner credentialing programs developed by NABCEP for their training programs. We have no doubt that they will do an excellent job at ULU in their PV training and we would hope that their students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their educational successes by sitting for NABCEP’s professional credentialing exams.”

NABCEP’s flagship PV Installer Certification is open to individuals who have installation experience and advanced training. Passing the PV Installer Certification exam demonstrates the candidate’s knowledge of the design, installation, commissioning and troubleshooting of grid-tie and stand-alone PV systems. This certification is widely held by personnel who lead PV installation crews.

About NABCEP:

The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is a volunteer board of renewable energy stakeholder representatives that includes representatives of the solar industry, NABCEP certificants, renewable energy organizations, state policy makers, educational institutions, and the trades. Each member of the board was chosen because of his or her experience and involvement in the solar energy industry. NABCEP’s mission – to support, and work with, the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries, professionals, and stakeholders – is intended to develop and implement quality credentialing and certification programs for practitioners.

About IBEW:

The IBEW is an international labor organization that represents approximately 725,000 workers in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Republic of Panama. The IBEW has members in construction, utilities, manufacturing, telecommunications, broadcasting, railroads and government.

About IEC:

Established in 1957, IEC is a trade association representing almost 3,500 members with 67 chapters nationwide. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., IEC is the nation’s premier trade association representing America’s independent electrical and systems contractors. IEC is seen as a leader in apprenticeship and training, contractor management education, codes and standards and promoting the merit shop philosophy on Capitol Hill.  Amongst its goals is to proved the industry with IEC National aggressively works with the industry to establish a competitive environment for the merit shop – a philosophy that promotes the concept of free enterprise, open competition and economic opportunity for all. 

 

About NECA:

NECA is the voice of the $120 billion electrical construction industry responsible for bringing lighting, power, and communications to buildings and communities across the United States. NECA’s national office and local chapters advance the industry through advocacy, education, research, and standards development. For more information, visit www.necanet.org.

About NJATC:

The NJATC is a nonprofit organization founded in 1941 by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). The organization is committed to developing and standardizing education in the electrical industry to properly and effectively train members of NECA and the IBEW; providing the electrical construction industry with the most highly trained and skilled workforce possible. Since its inception, more than 325,000 apprentices have completed NJATC training programs and become competent Journeymen, making the organization one of the largest training and apprenticeship programs of its kind. For more information, go to www.njatc.org

May 18, 2010

NABCEP Releases the Small Wind Installer Certification Application Ahead of the September 2010 Exam

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Clifton Park, NY, May 19, 2010 – NABCEP

The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is pleased to announce that effective immediately it is accepting applications to sit for the first administration of the Small Wind Installer Certification exam. This is NABCEP’s first certification for installers of a non-solar technology. It will target practitioners who specify, install and maintain wind energy systems and equipment. In the scope of this new credential, a small wind energy system is defined as being a grid connected or off-grid system with or without batteries rated at 100 kW or less.

 Don Warfield, Chair of NABCEP’s Board, says, “The launch of this new Small Wind Installer Certification is another step in the right direction for NABCEP. The organization now offers a voluntary installer certification to Solar PV, Solar Thermal and Small Wind installers. This is a great achievement for NABCEP since these credentials support the increased adoption of three technologies essential to the renewable energy future of North America.”

 Mick Sagrillo, a small wind stakeholder representative on the NABCEP Board of Directors and owner of Sagrillo Power & Light in Wisconsin says, “Small wind has become a formidable industry in the United States, with over $82 million in sales in 2009.  The past three years has seen the installation of 50 MW of small wind turbines in the US.  This is explosive growth, and nearly all of these systems were installed by small company installers.  Clearly, the time is right for the NABCEP Small Wind Installer Certification.”

 Ezra Auerbach, Executive Director of NABCEP, agrees, saying; “As a credentialing organization for renewable energy practitioners, the small wind installer certification is a natural fit within our growing suite of professional certifications. Like all of our other programs this one was developed with active, industry stakeholder involvement. It is always gratifying to see competitors working side-by-side on NABCEP committees; it points to the depth of commitment our volunteers bring to the table.”

 The eligibility requirements to sit for this certification exam can be found in NABCEP’s new all-inclusive Candidate Information Handbook under Section 5. Applications are open and the online application is accessible from the NABCEP homepage: www.NABCEP.org.

 The first exam will be administered on September 11, 2010 with applications due on July 9, 2010. NABCEP staff can be contacted by phone and email with any questions or you can speak with us directly at the ASES National Conference (Booth #212) and at the Small Wind Conference and Midwest Renewable Energy Conference in June.

About NABCEP
The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is a volunteer board of renewable energy stakeholder representatives. Our mission is to support, and work with the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries, professionals, and stakeholders to develop and implement quality credentialing and certification programs for practitioners.

May 5, 2010

NABCEP Seeks Volunteers to Help Develop a Company Accreditation Program

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Clifton Park, NY, May 5, 2010 – NABCEP

Overview

NABCEP is pleased to announce that it will develop a Company Accreditation Program for renewable energy companies that meet specific and verifiable criteria based on business practices, hiring practices, and social and environmental policies and practices.

Working with the financial support of New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), NABCEP will work with stakeholders to define the criteria, eligibility, fees, and policies for the accreditation. Jane Weissman, Vice Chair of NABCEP, will chair the Company Accreditation Committee.

Call for Volunteers

NABCEP’s first step in developing criteria for company accreditation is to establish a committee of volunteers representative of stakeholders who will be affected by or who will seek to attain the credential. To that end, NABCEP is calling for volunteers from installation companies of various sizes, sales and distribution companies, RE manufacturers, certificants, trade organizations, government and consumer advocates.

The committee will:

  • Meet by phone and through webinars;
  • Meet in person to develop the framework for the credential;
  • Assist staff who will circulate the framework validation survey to company executives likely to seek the credential; and
  • Present to the NABCEP Board a draft of criteria, eligibility requirements, fees, policies and procedures for company accreditation.

Timeline and Volunteer Commitment

It is NABCEP’s intent to have the Accreditation Committee’s draft presented to the Board in October 2010. Described activities will take place from June-September. Committee members should expect to devote two days plus travel for in-person meetings, 15-20 hours of phone and web-based meetings, and any follow up committee assignments. Committee members may be asked to volunteer up to forty hours of time on this project.

Volunteer Criteria and Selection Process

NABCEP committees represent the full range of stakeholders who are affected by the mandate of the committee. Volunteers are sought from all the sectors of the renewable energy industry that would be affected by company accreditation.

To volunteer, please send an email with a brief explanation of the stakeholder group you feel you represent along with a copy of your CV (two page maximum). Send emails with the subject line “Company Accreditation Volunteer” to info@nabcep.org. NABCEP staff and the committee chair will review expressions of interest and select committee members that create the most balanced and representative group possible. The deadline to submit resumes for consideration is May 21, 2010.

About NABCEP:

The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is a volunteer board of renewable energy stakeholder representatives that includes representatives of the solar industry, NABCEP certificants, renewable energy organizations, state policy makers, educational institutions, and the trades. Each member of the board was chosen because of his or her experience and involvement in the solar energy industry. NABCEP’s mission – to support, and work with, the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries, professionals, and stakeholders – is intended to develop and implement quality credentialing and certification programs for practitioners.