May 4, 2015

NABCEP Confirms Platinum Sponsor

Filed under: News — Kathryn Casey @ 3:40 pm

May 4, 2015 (Clifton Park, NY)

The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is proud to announce Schneider Electric as our Platinum Champion Sponsor for 2015. As a part of this sponsorship, Schneider Electric was the lead sponsor of NABCEP’s 2015 Continuing Education Conference and will also support NABCEP’s mission to promote safety, certification, quality installations and consumer confidence.

Schneider’s Senior Vice President, Serge Goldenberg, says of the sponsorship, “I would like to thank NABCEP for giving us the opportunity to partner with them this year as the platinum sponsor. It is with great honor that we are able to help further their mission to support the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries, professionals, and stakeholders.”

As a global specialist in energy management and automation with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Non-residential & Residential Buildings, Industries & Machines Manufacturers, Utilities & Infrastructure and Data Centers & Networks. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the Group’s 170,000 employees achieved revenues of 25 billion euros in 2014, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.

For more information about Schneider Electric, please click here.

 

Career Center Now Available

Filed under: News — Kathryn Casey @ 8:55 am

April 14, 2015- Clifton Park, NY

The NABCEP Career Center is designed to help companies of all sizes find and hire the most qualified professionals in the solar industry and offers the best opportunity for job seekers to get hired.

 As a Job seeker, you can set up an account for free to search for jobs in the solar industry. You can also upload and maintain resume documents, or take advantage of the resume critiquing tool featured on the website. The NABCEP Career Center is the perfect place to highlight your NABCEP Certification to get noticed by companies that are hiring.

 As an Employer, you can easily set up an account and post job opportunities in the solar industry. Employers who are seeking NABCEP Certified Professionals or candidates with PV Entry Level Achievement to fill a position will receive a discounted rate. You will be able to manage and organize all submitted applications as well as search the resumes posted on the career center for applicants that meet your company’s qualifications.

Click Here to learn more and get started.

April 9, 2015

NABCEP Celebrates Another Successful Continuing Education Conference

Filed under: News — Kathryn Casey @ 8:34 am

Albany, NY (April 9, 2015): This year’s Continuing Education Conference, held from March 30-April 1, resulted in another completely sold out show. There were over 400 solar industry professionals in attendance at The Desmond Hotel in Albany, NY. The conference was well attended by 39 diverse exhibitors; some of which were able to offer training sessions to count towards recertification credits. We were also able to add 16 panel session discussions featuring top industry experts as guest speakers.

NABCEP would like to thank its generous sponsors and all of the exhibitors for their contributions that make this event a success year after year. A special thank you goes out to Schneider Electric, our Platinum Champion Sponsor of 2015. Their support is a tremendous vote of confidence for NABCEP’s mission and allows us to hold this special event.

NABCEP is looking forward to seeing everyone on the west coast for the 5th Annual Continuing Education Conference.

View the 2015 Conference Program here!

2015 Exhibitors / Manufacturer Training:  Schneider Electric, Rolls Battery Engineering, Mitsubishi Electric, SMA Solar Technology, Quick Mount PV, Solectria – A Yaskawa Company, ABB,  SolarEdge, BURNDY, Trojan Battery, eGuage Systems, Aquion Energy, RBI Solar, OutBack Power Technologies, DPW Solar, Morningstar Corporation, Magnum Energy, Stion, IronRidge, Renusol America, CertainTeed, MidNite Solar, SunModo Corporation, Taitem Engineering, ISA Corporation, Folsom Labs, Aurora Solar, Enphase Energy, Kaplan Clean Tech Education, DynoRaxx, Solar Census, InterplayLearning, Prism Solar Technologies, Tigo Energy, Unirac Inc, Cooper-Electric, S-5, Rexel Energy Solutions, KACO new energy.

Guest Speakers: Rebekah Hren (Solar Energy International), Brian Mehalic (Solar Energy International), Ryan Mayfield (Renewable Energy Associates), Ken Gardner (Solar Energy International), Tony Diaz (Century Roof and Solar), Andy Black and Michael Bishop (OnGrid Solar), Nicholas Carter (npc Solar)… and more.

About the NABCEP CE Conference: This 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.

 

April 6, 2015

NABCEP Announces Release of Practice Exams

Filed under: News — Kathryn Casey @ 10:37 am
Online Practice Exams are Now Available for the PV Installation Professional Certification and PV Entry Level Exams

Clifton Park, NY (April 6, 2015) – The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is pleased to announced the release of practice exams for the PV Installation Professional Certification and PV Entry Level Exams.

By offering practice exams, those preparing for the exam have the opportunity to become comfortable with the format of certification and entry level exams. It also allows test-takers to become more comfortable with the timing of the exam and knowing how long to spend on a given question. The practice exams were written using the same specifications as the full exam.

The practice exams are available for online purchase on NABCEP’s website. From the time of initial access, test-takers will have a 48-hour window to complete the exam. They consist of 35 sample questions similar in type to those found on the actual examination. Those who purchase the practice exams will have twice the amount of time as they would during the official examination. Once the exam is submitted, a full score report will be immediately available. This report will inform the test-taker of how many questions they answered correctly in each area of the practice exam.

The online format of the practice exam will be especially beneficial for the PV Entry Level candidates, as they will be able to experience an online-computerized testing environment. For many of the PV Entry Level Providers, this is how that exam is administered.

NABCEP is excited to be able to make this option available for the PV Installation Professional and PV Entry Level exam. Click Here for more information.

March 31, 2015

NABCEP Announces Partnership with ProSight Specialty Insurance at 4th Annual Continuing Education Conference

Filed under: News — Kathryn Casey @ 1:20 pm

Confirmed Partnership Delivers Premium Insurance Credit from ProSight Specialty Insurance to Qualified NABCEP Certified Professionals and Accredited Companies

Albany, NY (March 31, 2015) – The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is proud to announce its partnership with ProSight Specialty Insurance (ProSight). Through this partnership, NABCEP is able to add to their Benefits of Certification program, and launch an exclusive insurance offering for NABCEP Certified Professionals. The organizations have collaborated to promote NABCEP certification by offering insurance premium credits to qualified solar installation companies that have achieved NABCEP Company Accreditation or have Certified Professionals on staff.

“Our partnership with ProSight Specialty Insurance demonstrates how installation companies, and the solar industry as a whole, benefits from a trained and certified workforce,” said Richard Lawrence, Executive Director at NABCEP. “ProSight understands the risks associated with our industry and offers products that help meet the needs of solar installation professionals.”

As the solar industry’s most recognized and esteemed certification, there are many benefits that come with being a NABCEP Certified Professional. Certificants and Accredited Companies gain increased credibility and marketing value, giving them a competitive advantage over other solar professionals that do not hold the same certification or accreditation. This in turn provides greater career mobility and peer recognition.

NABCEP’s Benefits of Certification program demonstrates solar industry support through exclusive offers on products, services, and events. This new partnership with ProSight Specialty Insurance adds to the growing list of benefits available to NABCEP Certified Professionals and Accredited Companies.

“NABCEP certified contractors bring a ‘gold standard’ level of safety and skill to every project and we value NABCEP’s leadership and commitment to furthering educational excellence in the renewable energy industry,” said Mary Hughes, President of Energy at ProSight Specialty Insurance. “The premium credit was designed for qualified NABCEP certified practitioners because we know they have achieved a skill level in the field given the training and expertise associated with a NABCEP certification.”

For more information on the NABCEP/ProSight partnership and to get an insurance quote, please visit: http://nabcep.prosightspecialty.com

About ProSight Specialty Insurance

ProSight Specialty Insurance was founded by CEO Joseph Beneducci in 2009. The company focuses on niche markets where it has differentiated underwriting and claims expertise, and partners exclusively with specialist distributors who have a deep understanding of their customers. It underwrites on the paper of ProSight Specialty Insurance’s group of insurance companies, which hold financial strength ratings of “A” from AM Best and A+ from Standard & Poor’s. Based in Morristown, NJ, ProSight Specialty Insurance has regional offices in Los Angeles, New York and Santa Rosa and owns and manages Syndicate 1110 at Lloyd’s of London. More information about ProSight Specialty Insurance and its member insurers can be found at http://www.prosightspecialty.com.

 

March 5, 2015

NABCEP Announces Program for 2015 CE Conference

Filed under: News — Kathryn Casey @ 2:24 pm

March 5, 2015 (Albany, NY)

The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) will be holding it’s 4th Annual Continuing Education Conference in Albany, NY. The three-day conference will be taking place from March 30-April 1, 2015 at The Desmond Hotel and Conference Center.

NABCEP is proud to announce the program schedule for this year’s conference. Executive Director, Richard Lawrence, says of the conference lineup “We’re excited to bring this conference back to the Northeast. This year we managed to include even more technical training and 16 unique panel discussions including topics such as Rapid Shutdown, Arc Faults, AC Vs. DC Coupling, Fire Codes, and many more.”

This 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 18 of the continuing education credits needed for recertification. Non-certified professionals can earn up to 18 hours toward certification eligibility.

The NABCEP CE Conference has completely sold out for the past three years, and we expect the same result this year. Register now in order to be a part of this years conference. NABCEP Certified PV Installation and Technical Sales Professionals will receive a discount on registration pricing.

NABCEP has reserved a block of rooms at The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center at a group rate of $134.00 per night.  Room rate and availability are on a first come first serve basis.  To receive this rate reservations must to be complete by 3/16/2015 or until sold out.  For further information or to book your reservations please click here.

Please feel free to contact NABCEP at info@nabcep.org with any questions.

December 22, 2014

NABCEP Proposes Changes to Entry Level Exam Program

Filed under: News — Richard Lawrence @ 7:17 pm

December 22, 2014 (Clifton Park, NY)

The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is seeking stakeholder input on proposed changes to the NABCEP Entry Level Program, including the PV, Solar Heating, and Small Wind Entry Level Exams. Since 2005, more than 25,000 individuals have taken one of NABCEP’s Entry Level Examinations after completing training from one of over 300 Registered NABCEP Entry Level Exam Providers. The proposed changes will:

  1. change the name of the program to the “NABCEP Certified Associate Program,” and recognize those individuals who complete the eligibility requirements and pass the examination as being a “NABCEP Certified Associate” (I.E. “NABCEP Certified Solar Heating Associate”);
  2. expand the eligibility requirements to sit for the exam by adding an experience-based pathway whereby individuals can qualify for the certification after 6 months of related employment;
  3. implement recertification requirements such that individuals must obtain 12 hours of continuing education every three years to maintain the Associate Certification;
  4. and, initiate a process through which any individual who previously passed a NABCEP Entry Level Exam may obtain the appropriate NABCEP Certified Associate designation.
    Feedback on the proposed changes is being collected through an on-line survey, open to the public until January 22, 2015. The survey can be accessed via the following URL: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NABCEP_Associate_Survey.

“The changes proposed to the Entry Level Program are long overdue. For good reason, tiered certification programs with both associate and professional levels are common across all kinds of different industries. Once adopted, NABCEP will finally have a mechanism in place for those who have passed the challenging entry-level examinations to be able to publicize their achievement with an industry recognized credential,” says NABCEP’s Executive Director, Richard Lawrence.

Don Warfield, NABCEP’s Chairperson says, “The NABCEP Board of Directors has put careful thought into the proposed changes to the Entry Level Exam Program and is now seeking input from the public to help guide our decision on these important changes. At the heart of the changes is the ability for those who have obtained employment in a job that did not require prior training, to be able to distinguish themselves with an associate-level credential while working on gaining the experience and education required for professional-level certification. We believe these changes will have a tremendously positive impact on the careers of thousands of people working in the renewable energy industry, and we look forward to receiving feedback from the industry on the proposal.”

Comments on the proposed changes may also be submitted by email to info@nabcep.org; faxed to (518) 899-1092; or mailed to 56 Clifton Country Road, Suite 202, Clifton Park, NY 12065. All comments and survey responses must be received by January 22, 2015.

November 24, 2014

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Filed under: News — Sue McKeen @ 4:24 pm

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If you have comments or wish to submit an article for consideration, contact Richard Lawrence at rlawrence@nabcep.org.

August 28, 2014

NABCEP Volunteer Opportunities

Filed under: News — Kathryn Casey @ 9:10 am

New NABCEP Credentials in Need of Committee Members

NABCEP has been funded by NYSERDA to develop a  credential for photovoltaic system inspectors and solar heating system inspectors. We  are in search of subject matter experts to serve on a technical committee for each credential. We are particularly looking for municipal/AHJ system inspectors with knowledge of solar, and others from the solar industry who have experience related to system commissioning and inspection.
We must ensure that all stakeholders are represented in this committee. We need approximately 12-15 volunteers for each committee who represent different geographic regions and practice settings. The committees will first be tasked with developing a Job Task Analysis to define the tasks, knowledge and skills associated with inspecting customer-sited PV and Solar Heating systems. The initial time commitment is attending a two-day meeting to develop the JTA and participate in follow-up e-mail and conference calls to revise and finalize the document.

If you are interested in joining one of the Inspector Credential Technical Committees, please send a resume and letter of interest to Kathryn Casey at: kcasey@nabcep.org

NABCEP Board of Director Openings

The NABCEP Board of Directors Nominating Committee is seeking individuals interested in serving on the Board of Directors for their consideration for board seats.

The Board is responsible for ensuring that NABCEP offers credentials that are relevant, meaningful, and offer value to practitioners and consumers. Each Board of Director Member elected will serve 3 year terms, and there is no term limit. Board meetings take place every 6-8 weeks via conference call, and once annually in-person.

If you are interested in joining the NABCEP Board of Directors, please send a resume and letter of interest to Richard Lawrence at: rlawrence@nabcep.org

December 12, 2013

New Coalition Forms to Promote Quality in Clean Energy

Filed under: News — Richard Lawrence @ 12:38 pm

How Do You Protect Your Solar, Wind or Energy Efficiency Investment? New Coalition Says Start Asking for Quality Credentialed People, Products and Programs (Solar Power International, Chicago, IL, October 23, 2013) Groundbreaking growth in renewable energy and energy efficiency industries makes it more important than ever that consumers, energy incentive programs and industry can distinguish people, products and programs that meet the highest standards for quality, safety and efficiency. In response, a group of well-established, nationally accredited credentialing organizations announces the formation of a unique Clean Energy Credentialing Coalition (CECC). Read more…

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