Learning Objectives

NABCEP Associate Learning Objectives

To earn a NABCEP Associate credential in photovoltaic, solar heating, or small wind, an individual must pass a comprehensive examination based on a set of industry developed and validated Job Task Analysis (JTA) or Learning Objectives. NABCEP Associate JTAs and Learning Objectives are created by a committee of volunteer subject matter experts, validated through an industry stakeholder review process, and approved by the NABCEP Board of Directors.  The NABCEP JTAs and the Learning Objectives provide the blueprints for the NABCEP Associate Examinations and are intended to enable educators to develop a curriculum that will prepare students for careers in the renewable energy industry. The Job Task Analysis and Learning Objectives also serve as guiding documents for individuals preparing for NABCEP Associate Examinations.

NABCEP Photovoltaic Associate Level Learning Objectives

The NABCEP PV Associate Learning Objectives include ten (10) knowledge content domains:

  1. PV Markets and Applications
  2. Safety Basics
  3. Electricity Basics
  4. Solar Energy Fundamentals
  5. PV Module Fundamentals
  6. System Components
  7. PV System Sizing Principles
  8. PV System Electrical Design
  9. PV System Mechanical Design
  10. Performance Analysis, Maintenance and Troubleshooting

Part of NABCEP’s mission is to ensure that its certifications and credentials remain relevant and current so that they accurately reflect the jobs within the renewable energy industry, and simultaneously maintain the highest industry standards for personnel in the field. NABCEP developed a new PV Associate Job Task Analysis (JTA) to better define the role of a PV Associate in the workplace. Although the number of learning objectives were collapsed into five domains, the majority of the knowledge contained in the previous Learning Objectives can be found in the new JTA.

The NABCEP PV Job Task Analysis (JTA), which will be used as the blueprint for all PV Associate examinations starting on January 1, 2018 includes five (5) knowledge content domains:

  1. Application
  2. Sales and Economics
  3. Design
  4. Installation
  5. Operation and Maintenance

PV Associate Primary References:

Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 29 Part 1926 – Safety and Health Regulations for Construction; United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration www.osha.gov

NABCEP PV Installation Professional Resource Guide, V.6; James Dunlop and William Brooks; North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners; 2016

NFPA 70, National Electrical Code 2014 Edition (2014 National Electrical Code Handbook); National Fire Protection Association; 2014 www.nfpa.org

Photovoltaic Systems, 3rd Ed.; James P. Dunlop; American Technical Publishers; 2012 www.jimdunlopsolar.com

Photovoltaics Design and Installation Manual, Revised and Updated Edition; Solar Energy International; New Society Publishers; 2007 www.solarenergy.org

Solar Electric Handbook: Photovoltaic Fundamentals and Applications, 2nd Edition; Solar Energy International; Pearson Learning Solutions; 2013 www.solarenergy.org

NABCEP Solar Heating Associate Learning Objectives

The NABCEP Solar Heating Associate Learning Objectives include six (6) knowledge content domains:

  1. Conducting a site analysis , including load analysis
  2. Identifying SH safety practices, standards, codes and certification
  3. Identifying systems for specific climates and applications
  4. Identifying proper orientation and installation methods
  5. Identifying proper use of balance of system components and materials
  6. Identifying common SH maintenance items

NABCEP Small Wind Associate Learning Objectives

The NABCEP Small Wind Associate Learning Objectives include ten (10) knowledge content domains:

  1. Fundamentals of Electricity
  2. Applications and End Uses
  3. Fundamentals of Small Wind Turbines
    3a. System components
    3b. Science and theory
  4. Towers, Foundations, and Installation Considerations
  5. Resource Assessment
  6. Site Assessment
  7. System Sizing Principles and Economics
  8. Operation, Maintenance, and Troubleshooting
  9. Safety and Best Practices
  10. Impacts and Challenges of Small Wind