July 13, 2015

NABCEP Announces Associate Program

Filed under: News — Kathryn Casey @ 10:50 am

Industry-Recognized Credential Promotes Standards for Renewable Energy Workforce

July 13, 2015 (Clifton Park, NY)-

On the tenth anniversary of the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners’ (NABCEP) Entry Level Program, NABCEP announces major changes at Intersolar North America. Since 2005, at hundreds of colleges and education facilities, tens of thousands of individuals have completed training based on one of NABCEP’s set of Entry Level Learning Objectives. The NABCEP Board of Directors has recently approved changes to the program that helped launch the careers of so many in the industry. The changes will facilitate greater access to the credentials and increased use by employers as a way to identify those who have demonstrated a basic knowledge of fundamental principles and concepts in the application, design, installation, and operation of photovoltaic, solar heating, or small wind systems. To best reflect the changes being made, and recognize the achievement of those passing these exams, the NABCEP Entry Level Program is being rebranded the “NABCEP Associate Program.”

The approved changes will include the addition of an experience-based pathway, where an individual who has at least 6 months of experience working in the PV, solar heating, or small wind industry will be eligible to sit for the relevant exam. Those without experience can still qualify to sit for an Associate Exam by completing training through one of the over 250 registered NABCEP Exam Providers. NABCEP Associates will be provided with a logo and wordmark that they can use to recognize their accomplishment, and NABCEP will maintain an online directory where employers or other interested parties can verify the credentials. NABCEP Associates will need to document at least 12 hours of Continuing Education every three years to maintain the credential. Individuals who have previously passed a NABCEP Entry Level Exam will be able to obtain this new designation through a simple registration process.

“NABCEP’s Associate Program will provide those achieving the credential a respected mark of distinction signifying their knowledge of the technology and commitment to safety and quality standards,” said Don Warfield, NABCEP Chair. “As demand for a skilled, clean energy workforce continues to grow, NABCEP Associate credentials will assure employers, consumers, and other stakeholders that these individuals have attained a threshold of knowledge enabling them to perform basic services.”

“As NABCEP continues its mission to offer quality credentialing programs for the renewable energy industry, we are pleased to announce the NABCEP Associate Program for those starting their careers in this rapidly growing industry,” said Richard Lawrence, Executive Director “A workforce trained to NABCEP’s competency-based, industry-verified standards enhances consumer confidence, improves quality, and expands the use of clean, renewable power.”

The NABCEP Associate Credentials, Professional Certifications, and Company Accreditation offer industry professionals increased credibility and marketing value, providing them with a competitive advantage and greater career mobility, while improving industry quality and standards of practice.

July 6, 2015

Earn NABCEP CEU’s at Intersolar North America

Filed under: News — Kathryn Casey @ 9:08 am

NABCEP and Intersolar have selected 11 exhibiting companies to offer in-depth technical training workshops and hands-on product workshops. Attendees will earn 2 NABCEP Continuing Education Units for each two-hour workshop for a maximum of 8 CEU’s. These workshops will keep you up to speed on the latest technologies and best practices for the design, installation, and maintenance of code-compliant PV systems in three dedicated tracks.

All attendees are eligible for a 10% discount off the $95 Installation Workshop Package by using the following discount code: ISNAGRP2501

The $95 price includes access to all installation workshops and an Expo Hall Pass.

Topics covered during these workshops include: IT/Software Solutions for Installers, Solar Racking & Mounting Best Practices,Inverter Selection and Installation PV System Design Strategies, Charge ControllerDesign, Achieving Compliance with NEC 2014

Click Here for more information and to register for these workshops.

NABCEP Executive Director, Richard Lawrence, will be giving two presentations on Thursday, July 16,2015 at the Inovation & Application Stage :

1:00 – 1:30 – Introducing the NABCEP Associate Program

1:30 – 2:00 – Credential for the Company: NABCEP Company Accreditation

Richard Lawrence will also be moderating an Executive Panel Discussion on July 15, 2015 from 4:10-5:00 PM at the the 14th PV Briefing & Networking Forum USA.

Don’t forget to stop by the booth and say ‘hi’ to NABCEP Staff and Volunteers at Booth #8639!

Click Here for more information on Intersolar North America.