October 25, 2017

NABCEP and U.S. Department of Energy Develop Three New Specialty Certifications

Filed under: News — Sue McKeen @ 10:54 am

NABCEP Press Release 10/19/2017

NABCEP and U.S. Department of Energy Develop Three New Specialty Certifications in Photovoltaic Design, Installer, and Commissioning & Maintenance

New Certifications Reflect Specialization in the PV Industry and will be offered via Computer-Based Testing at over 600 Test Sites within U.S. & Canada

Clifton Park, NY October 19, 2017— The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), the most widely respected certification organization in the renewable energy industry, announced three new specialty certifications for the  solar industry. Developed in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative, the new certifications are: PV Design Specialist, PV Installer Specialist, and PV Commissioning & Maintenance Specialist. Beginning January 3rd, 2018, the new specialty certification exams, along with NABCEP’s PV Installation Professional (PVIP) Certification exam, will be offered via computer-based testing (CBT) at over 600 test sites in the U.S. and Canada.

Achieving specialty certification demonstrates that PV professionals possess the advanced training, knowledge, and competencies required for their job while conveying that they have earned an externally validated and rigorously developed certification.

“We developed our PV Installation Professional Certification in 2002 as a way to certify PV installers who do it all; they can design, install, operate, commission, and maintain PV systems,” says Shawn O’Brien, Executive Director of NABCEP. “As the PV industry has matured, we noticed that job specialization within the PV industry was becoming the new norm. We developed these certifications with the Department of Energy to reflect the changes in the industry and provide a way for professionals to earn a certification that attests to their level of knowledge and proficiency in their specialty.”

NABCEP’s three new specialty certification exams will only be available via computer-based testing at any of Castle Worldwide, Inc.’s testing centers across the United States and Canada, while the PVIP exam will be available in both CBT and paper-and-pencil format.

“We made the decision to offer these four exams via CBT, and more in the near future, to provide test-takers with more convenience, decrease their cost of travel, and reduce our paper consumption,” said Don Warfield, Chair of NABCEP’s Board of Directors. “We believe that offering more specialty certifications and increasing the availability of our certification exams will have a major impact on consumer protection within the renewable energy industry. Since many PV consumers have difficulty evaluating and verifying what they need, NABCEP’s certification programs are an invaluable tool for consumers to choose skilled and knowledgeable professionals while improving the overall welfare of the PV market.”

NABCEP’s new certifications were developed with the financial assistance of the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. With the SunShot Initiative’s support, NABCEP will implement its new certification suite and offer testing services nationally.

About NABCEP

The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is the most respected, well-established and widely recognized national certification organization for professionals in the field of renewable energy. NABCEP offers entry-level knowledge assessment, professional certification, and company accreditation programs to renewable energy professionals throughout North America.  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.

 

About the SunShot Initiative

The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative is a national effort to drive down the cost of solar electricity and support solar adoption. SunShot aims to make solar energy a low cost electricity source for all Americans through research and development efforts in collaboration with public and private partners. Learn more at energy.gov/sunshot.

 

Media Contact:

Daniel Pickel

Program Manager

NABCEP

518-631-2751

dpickel@nabcep.org

 

7th Annual NABCEP Continuing Education Conference

Filed under: News — Sue McKeen @ 10:52 am

NABCEP Press Release 10/23/2017

7th Annual NABCEP Continuing Education Conference to be Held in Niagara Falls, NY March 19-22, 2018

Hundreds of PV Installation and Technical Sales Professionals from across the country will come for four days of advanced-level training and networking

Clifton Park, NY October 23, 2017— The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) will be hosting its 7th Annual Continuing Education Conference at the Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls.  The Conference Center is located on Old Falls Street in the heart of downtown Niagara Falls, NY.  All exhibitors, meals, receptions, technical training and panel sessions will be held at the Conference Center.

The 2018 NABCEP CE Conference is primarily intended for NABCEP Certified Professionals who need continuing education credits in order to maintain their certification. The content presented in this conference is geared toward seasoned PV industry professionals who have several years of installation and/or technical sales experience. This is the ideal opportunity for NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professionals and PV Technical Sales Professionals to obtain all of the continuing education credits needed for recertification (18 hours every three years). Non-certified professionals can earn up to 18 hours toward certification eligibility.

NABCEP is offering exclusive corporate sponsorship opportunities with a range of benefits, and recognition throughout the show. Conference sponsors not only help ensure a successful education event for the industry – they also help to support NABCEP in its mission of raising standards and promoting confidence in the renewable energy industry. Each sponsor is recognized on NABCEP’s website for a full year and provided a custom sponsor logo for use in marketing activities.

“As a manufacturer, our reputation and success has been built on the performance of our products and continued customer loyalty,” says Jeff Myles, Marketing Manager at Rolls Battery Engineering. “The NABCEP Continuing Education Conference provides an opportunity to meet face-to-face with Installers and other industry professionals who recommend and install our renewable energy products, offering support and valuable technical training to ensure each installation is a success for their customers.”

If interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the event please contact Sue McKeen for further information at smckeen@nabcep.org or 518-289-4859.

About NABCEP

The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is the most respected, well-established and widely recognized national certification organization for professionals in the field of renewable energy. NABCEP offers entry-level knowledge assessment, professional certification, and company accreditation programs to renewable energy professionals throughout North America.  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.

Media Contact:

Daniel Pickel

Program Manager

NABCEP

518-631-2751

dpickel@nabcep.org

October 18, 2017

NABCEP PV Associate Exam to Be Administered Outside of North America for the First Time

Filed under: News — Sue McKeen @ 9:34 am

NABCEP Press Release 10/17/17

NABCEP PV Associate Exam to Be Administered Outside of North America for the First Time

NABCEP’s PV Associate Exam will be available at over 370 test sites in 97 countries

CLIFTON PARK, NY (October 17, 2017) –  The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) announces that NABCEP’s Photovoltaic (PV) Associate exam will be administered outside of North America for the first time. The international exam will be the same as the one offered in the United States and Canada, using a computerized format. The exam will be administered in English only. As in North America, the purpose of taking the NABCEP PV Associate exam is to demonstrate an individual’s knowledge of PV systems and earn a credential from the most well-respected renewable energy certification company in the U.S. and Canada.

The major function of the NABCEP PV Associate Program is identifying individuals who have obtained the knowledge of the basic principles relating to the application, installation, operation, and economics of PV systems.  The NABCEP PV Associate Program is intended for anyone who is currently working in, or seeking employment in the PV industry. This includes those who are students in renewable energy programs, workers at an early stage in their PV career, experienced professionals who have just begun offering PV products and services, or those in PV jobs in countries for which there is no professional certification or credential.

“Candidates for NABCEP’s PV Associate exam live all over the globe, but until now they had to travel to either the U.S. or Canada to take the exam,” said Shawn O’Brien, NABCEP’s Executive Director. “International administrations of NABCEP’s PV Associate exam will be offered at any of the international test sites of our testing vendor, Castle Worldwide, Inc.”

NABCEP’s partnership with Castle Worldwide will enable solar professionals to take the PV Associate exam in over 370 cities in 97 countries across the globe, including China, India, Australia, Germany, Kenya, and many others. For a full list of test sites, please click here. International test-takers will be required to pay an additional $75 exam fee, which is standard for all of Castle Worldwide’s international exams.

“NABCEP, its Board Members, and staff are very pleased to offer this exam outside of North America, and to play a bigger role in establishing an international baseline of knowledge regarding the fundamental principles of photovoltaic systems,” said Don Warfield, Chair of NABCEP’s Board of Directors. “We are proud of our rigorous examinations, developed with the help of many subject matter experts in the field of renewable energy, and NABCEP’s well-earned reputation for quality certifications and credentials. We’re excited to work closely with Castle Worldwide and our Registered Associate Providers to offer a comprehensive examination, that is based on an industry-developed and validated Job Task Analysis, in countries that don’t currently have a way for PV professionals to demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and experience.”

Current Registered NABCEP Associate Training Providers will be able to offer their trainings internationally and allow individuals who complete PV Associate courses to take the exam via computer-based testing at one of Castle Worldwide, Inc.’s locations. For organizations interested in becoming a Registered NABCEP Associate Provider, please review the NABCEP Associate Provider Info Packet, which provides information about the program, requirements for participation, policies, and procedures, before filling out a Registered Provider Application.

About NABCEP

The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is the most respected, well-established and widely recognized national certification organization for professionals in the field of renewable energy. NABCEP offers entry-level knowledge assessment, professional certification, and company accreditation programs to renewable energy professionals throughout North America.  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.

Media Contact:

Daniel Pickel

Program Manager

NABCEP

518-631-2751

dpickel@nabcep.org