November 19, 2010

NABCEP Releases PV Technical Sales Resource Guide

Filed under: News — nabcep @ 1:22 pm

(Clifton Park, NY) – November 15, 2010

The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is pleased to announce the release of the PV Technical Sales Certification Exam Resource Guide, a useful and practical resource for those planning to take NABCEP’s PV Technical Sales Certification Exam.

The first PV Technical Sales exam will be computer-based and available from January 14th until January 29th, 2010 at Pearson VUE Professional Testing Centers around the continental United States. The application deadline for this exam window is Friday December 10th, 2010.

The foundation for this Resource Guide is the PV Technical Sales Job Task Analysis (JTA). The JTA is a blueprint of the various skills required by a solar PV technical sales professional for the successful siting, design, analysis and performance of solar PV systems.  The task analysis was developed by NABCEP’s PV Technical Sales technical committee and vetted by a number of solar PV stakeholders including NABCEP Certified PV Installers, successful PV technical sales professionals, manufacturers, supply chain companies, public benefits program administrators, state energy offices, and solar PV advocates.

“We would like to thank the entire committee of volunteers who developed this guide. They literally went through the Job Task Analysis line by line and sought to provide relevant reference sources for the vast majority of the document” said Ezra Auerbach, NABCEP’s Executive Director.  “I’m confident that candidates for the PV Technical Sales Certification will find the Resource Guide a useful reference document as they study in preparation for the exam”

The format of this guide follows the Job Task Analysis (JTA) for the PV Technical Sales Certification and offers the Resource Guide Committee’s best recommendations for materials that may be useful to candidates in preparing for the examination.

“A PV Technical Salesperson is likely to be quite familiar with many of these resources,” said Auerbach.   Section specific resources that show up in the individual sections of the task analysis are supplemental to the general resources and pertinent to the section in which they are listed.

According to Auerbach, the resources have not been prioritized or weighted in any way.  “All of them are of significant value,” he said.  “It’s important to realize that these are resources, not study manuals or keys that will unlock the PV Technical Sales exam questions.” He continues, “Practitioners may also have a working knowledge of other resources that have served them well in their career and we would welcome their input and suggestions with respect to other sources that they feel would improve this document in future versions.”

We would like to thank the following volunteer members of the PV Technical Sales Resource Guide Committee for their hard work and dedication: Andy Black, David Brearley, Jeff Spies, Kent Halliburton, Sean Burr, Tommy Jacoby & Tyson Grul.

Click here to view or download NABCEP’s PV Technical Sales Resource Guide

Click here for more information about the upcoming application deadline

For more information about NABCEP, visit

November 4, 2010

Now Available: NABCEP PV Technical Sales Application

Filed under: News — nabcep @ 2:31 pm

Clifton Park, NY—NABCEP has announced that the application to sit for the PV Technical Sales Certification Exam is now available online at The PV Technical Sales Certification is NABCEP’s first exam to be computer-based, and will be administered at Pearson VUE Professional Testing Centers.

  • Application Deadline: December 10th, 2010
  • Exam Scheduling Deadline: January 7th, 2011
  • Exam Window: January 14th until January 29th, 2011

Please Click Here to Start an Application Now

Although NABCEP has announced that there are only 150 guaranteed spots for candidates of the computer-based PV Technical Sales Exam, more than 150 candidates may be scheduled for this exam window. Due to the high degree of interest NABCEP is encouraging applicants to schedule their exam date as soon as possible. Candidates who are scheduled earlier will be able to avoid any local scheduling conflicts that may occur at Pearson VUE Professional Testing Centers (PTCs) that experience high traffic during the exam window.

This new credential is being met with wide enthusiasm in the PV marketplace because it brings the credibility of NABCEP to the PV sales process. Already considered the “gold standard” in PV installer certification, NABCEP has responded to stakeholder requests to develop and launch a certification aimed at the non-installing sales and other professionals who are critical to achieving PV system customer satisfaction.

Ezra Auerbach, executive director of NABCEP, says, “No matter how well a PV system is installed, the end use customer will be dissatisfied if the sales experience results in overstated performance predictions, flawed site analysis or poor system design. The PV Technical Sales Certification is aimed at PV sales people and others who are responsible for the ethical presentation and accurate analyses and projections of electrical, environmental and financial performance of PV systems.”

For more information about this certification, please view the NABCEP Candidate Information Handbook for Computer-Based Exams. Contact NABCEP at 800-654-0021 or with any questions about the application process.


The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is the most respected, well established, and widely recognized national certification organization for professional installers in the field of renewable energy. NABCEP is governed by a volunteer board of directors who are chosen based on their experience and involvement in the solar energy industry. NABCEP’s mission is to develop and implement quality credentialing and certification programs for practitioners by supporting and working closely with professionals and stakeholders in the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries. To learn more visit