March 27, 2012

Number of NABCEP PV Technical Sales Professionals up 30% — Next Exam Schedule Announced

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March 27, 2012  (Clifton Park, NY)  – The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) announced a 30% increase in NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certificants after the last round of exams. This certification, launched in the fall of 2010 and the newest NABCEP certification, now has 193 certificants. The 2012 PV Technical Sales Exam deadlines have been released and potential applicants are strongly encouraged to begin the process early. The schedule is as follows:


April 11, 2012: Early application deadline to save 25% on the 2012 PV Technical Sales exam.

May 11, 2012: PV Technical Sales exam application deadline.

June 8, 2012: Computer-Based Exam Scheduling Form deadline for accepted candidates.

July 21–August 11, 2012: Exam date for the PV Technical Sales certification.


This NABCEP certification is aimed at solar PV salespeople who are responsible for site analysis, system design, ethical presentation and accurate analyses and projections of electrical, environmental and financial performance of PV systems. Individuals with job descriptions such as inside or outside sales person, application engineer, financial or performance analyst, or site assessor are encouraged to investigate their eligibility for the NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification.

“Since my PV Tech Sales certification came through, clients specifically ask for me to go out to their homes for design and installation advice, even though I am not in the direct sales department,”  says David Boynton, director of product development and training, Southern Energy Management, Inc.

Ezra Auerbach, executive director of NABCEP, noted that “Superior PV system performance starts with the sales process. A poorly designed system or one that over promises output will never meet the customer’s expectations.”

Potential applicants can review the candidate eligibility requirements, a comprehensive Job Task Analysis (JTA) and a resource guide on NABCEP’s website. The JTA was developed by a wide range of leading industry professionals. It covers all aspects of the residential and light commercial sales process.

Candidates who complete their applications (including uploading all supporting documentation) before April 11, 2012 will receive a $25 discount on their application fee.

March 14, 2012

NABCEP Continuing Education Conference Nears Sellout

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March 14, 2012  (Clifton Park, NY) – The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is pleased to announce that it’s first-ever NABCEP Continuing Education Conference is on track to sell out. Ezra Auerbach, NABCEP executive director says, “Space is now very limited and only a few registration opportunities remain. Anyone wanting to attend this event needs to move quickly to avoid disappointment.” For registration information, visit

Registration to this conference, which will be held March 30–April 1, 2012 in Malta, NY, has been limited to NABCEP certificants. It will be the largest single gathering of NABCEP certified installers and stakeholders that has occurred to date.  Over 200 professionals from twenty-seven states and Ontario, CA have registered to attend this inaugural conference.

Don Warfield, NABCEP chairperson says; “We are very excited to bring together this lineup of presenters and provide our certificants with this opportunity to network and engage in professional development. We anticipate a very successful event and are grateful for the support of NYSERDA and Hudson Valley Community College, along with our other sponsors and presenters.”

This NABCEP Continuing Education Conference is designed to provide NABCEP certified installers and technical sales professionals with an opportunity to attend high-quality courses that are recognized for continuing education credits. These credits can be applied toward installer recertification, and show that an installer has a commitment to ongoing training and education.

Conference sessions include NEC updates, rigging and crane signals, fall protection, roofing considerations, financial analysis, equipment overviews, and much more. A number of industry-leading manufacturers will also be presenting and exhibiting at the conference including Ameresco Solar, Enphase Energy, Magnum Energy, Morningstar Corporation, OnGrid Solar, OutBack Power, Power-One, Quick Mount PV, Schletter Inc., SolarEdge, SolarWorld, Solectria Renewables, LLC, SMA Solar Technology AG, Trina Solar, Trojan Battery Company, Unirac, and Zep Solar. The complete conference schedule is available here.

The NABCEP Continuing Education Conference will be held at the Hudson Valley Community College’s TEC-SMART facility. The TEC-SMART location is home to one of the nation’s most advanced renewable energy training facilities. Training space includes a PV lab, computer lab, and indoor and outdoor mock training roofs.

The major sponsor of the NABCEP Continuing Education conference is NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research Development Authority).  Additional sponsors include Hudson Valley Community College, Mike Holt Enterprises, Inc., Power-One, and Solar Energy International. SolarPro Magazine is the exclusive media sponsor of the conference.