September 29, 2011

NABCEP Releases Job Task Analysis for Solar Heating Installer Certification

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September 29, 2011 (Clifton Park, NY)  – The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is pleased to announce the release of the revised and updated Job Task Analysis (JTA) for its Solar Heating Installer Certification. The JTA is the result of a collaborative process undertaken by a group of thirteen subject matter experts that volunteered their time and knowledge. It was then validated through an online survey process, to which more than 100 solar heating installation professionals responded.

Ezra Auerbach, Executive Director of NABCEP, says, “The JTA is a core element of any certification program and regular updates are necessary to ensure that the credential offered is based on most current best practices and technology in use. The JTA we are releasing today was developed in accordance with certification industry standards and, as such, continues to ensure the relevance of the NABCEP Solar Heating Installer Certification.”

Along with the release of this JTA comes a name change for the credential from Solar Thermal Installer to Solar Heating Installer. NABCEP Board Director and co-chair of the Solar Heating Technical Committee Les Nelson says, “This name change reflects the actual work done by NABCEP certificants in the field today, and helps clarify that these individuals have demonstrated knowledge of the various skills required to safely install solar heating systems. Over the last decade, solar thermal has come to mean large-scale solar heating projects designed to produce electricity. NABCEP Solar Heating Installer Certification reflects knowledge of the skills required to install smaller-scale distributed solar heating technologies. This name change will help avoid confusion between these different applications of solar heat technologies.”

The JTA is available on the NABCEP website at Solar Heating Installer JTA.

September 22, 2011

NABCEP Announces Continuing Education Conference

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September 22, 2011 (Clifton Park, NY)  –  The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is pleased to announce its first-ever Continuing Education (CE) Conference. This conference will be held from Friday, March 30th, 2012 until Sunday, April 1st, 2012 at Hudson Valley Community College’s TEC-SMART facility in Malta, NY. The objective of this conference is to offer NABCEP certified installers and technical sales professionals an opportunity that allows them to fulfill their CE requirements at a single event. In combination with manufacturer’s training sessions, conference registrants will be able to attend workshops on the NEC, financial analysis, safety, and emerging fire codes.

The TEC-SMART location is home to one of the nations most advanced renewable energy training facilities. Available training space includes a PV lab, a computer lab, and classrooms. A number of industry-leading manufacturers have already signed up to participate in this conference including: Direct Power and Water, Magnum Energy, Morningstar, Outback Power, Power One, Quick Mount PV, Solar World, SMA, Solectria, Schletter, Trina Solar, and UniRac. Other companies that offer technical education to PV, Wind, and Solar Heating professionals are invited to contact NABCEP if they wish to take part in this event.

Ezra Auerbach, NABCEP’s executive director says, “We appreciate the support of NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research Development Authority) that enables us to host this event. We are limiting the first round of registration for this event to N.Y. State-based NABCEP certificants to ensure that all New Yorkers who wish to attend this conference have the first opportunity. Conference attendance will be capped at 200 to ensure the highest quality of training experience.”

Registration for this conference will open on October 15, 2011. Anyone interested in registering is invited to visit the conference website NABCEP expects to fill this event quickly and encourages those who want to attend to register early to ensure a place at the conference.

September 8, 2011

NABCEP Announces Availability of Solar Heating Entry Level Exam

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September 8, 2011 (Clifton Park, NY) – The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is pleased to announce the official launch of its Solar Heating Entry Level Program. Building on the unprecedented success of the NABCEP Entry Level Photovoltaic Program, NABCEP has developed a similar program for the solar heating industry. Like other NABCEP Entry Level Programs this one is based on a set of industry developed and approved Learning Objectives. These Learning Objectives provide educators with guidance of what subject matter should be covered for a student to be successful in the knowledge assessment NABCEP offers in the form of an Entry Level Exam. Those who pass the exam are awarded Passing Score Achievement Documents.

Don Warfield, Chairperson of NABCEP states, “The PV Entry Level Exam Program has proven to be a great way for individuals to embark on careers in the solar electric industry; over 9,000 candidates have passed this exam, and many have gone on to work in PV industry related jobs. Over a quarter of those who have now become certified PV Installers started out in a PV Entry Level Program. We anticipate similar results from the Solar Heating Entry Level Program.”

Like the PV Entry Level Program, the exam will be offered in both paper and pencil and computer-based testing (CBT) format though NABCEP’s network of registered Exam Providers and Prometric testing centers. To qualify to take the exam, candidates will need to complete a training program at one of the NABCEP Registered Solar Heating Entry Level Exam Providers. A complete list of Registered PV and Solar Heating Entry Level Providers can be found at NABCEP’s website. Successful candidates for the Solar Heating Exam will receive a passing score achievement that states that they “…have demonstrated a basic knowledge of the fundamental principals of Solar Heating application, design, installation, operation and troubleshooting.”

Ezra Auerbach, NABCEP’s Executive Director states, “Thanks to the committed and hard work of a number of volunteers, we now can offer those wanting to enter the Solar Heating industry a knowledge assessment program that is meaningful and the first step towards installer certification. As always it is very important to note that a passing score achievement on an Entry Level Exam is NOT a certification, and successful candidates are in no way achieving NABCEP Certification.”

NABCEP invites all educators who are interested in training individuals for this exam to contact their office at 1-800-650-0021 for more information on becoming a registered provider. The first administrations of the exam in paper and pencil format will begin on October 1, 2011 with computer-based testing at Prometric Testing Centers to follow early in 2012.