October 18, 2011

NABCEP Releases New Resource Guide for PV Installers

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October 19, 2011 (Dallas, TX)  – The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) released today the preliminary version of the Resource Guide for PV Installer Certification at the Solar Power International Conference in Dallas, TX.  The document follows the PV Installer Job Task Analysis and provides study and material for candidates who are preparing for the NABCEP exam. It was prepared for NABCEP by two of the industry’s leading authors and trainers: Bill Brooks, PE and Jim Dunlop, PE.

Ezra Auerbach, executive director of NABCEP says, “We are very excited about the depth and quality of the new Resource Guide. While it is clearly not intended to be the definitive or only resource that candidates use to prepare for the exam, we feel that it will prove to be an excellent starting point. Bill and Jim have done an outstanding job.”

The document is marked “preliminary” because another section of secondary references and recommended reading is being added. Mr. Auerbach continues, “We released the Guide in its preliminary form because we felt that, even without the additional resources section, it is a very valuable tool for candidates. I thank the Resource Guide Committee for their huge contribution of compiling references and suggested readings and look forward to adding the results of their efforts to the Guide at the earliest opportunity.”

The NABCEP PV Installer Resource Guide is available as a free download from here.


October 4, 2011

NABCEP Revises PV Installer Job Task Analysis

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October 4, 2011 (Clifton Park, NY)  – The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) released today a revised version of the Job Task Analysis (JTA) for their PV Installer Certification. Ezra Auerbach, Executive Director of NABCEP, says; “The revisions that were released for publication today address many of the questions and concerns that have been voiced since the JTA was published in the summer of 2010.” He continues, “There are very few changes of major substance; the job of the installer largely remains the same. The revision addresses the focus of the document and clarifies that the installer’s duties include review and adaption of the design of the system and that the installer is expected to start with a set of plans, materials, and manuals.”

The revisions were developed through a collaborative process that involved over twenty leading subject matter experts that serve on the PV Technical Committee. Don Warfield, chairperson of NABCEP, says; “I want to thank the volunteer members of the PV Technical Committee for the huge amount of effort that they have invested in this JTA. These detailed documents are the foundation of our credentialing programs. Their work is central to our ability to deliver meaningful and market-appropriate certifications.”

The JTA is available here.