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The Need for Certification

Certification offers the public a high degree of protection because practitioners have to voluntarily meet standards and qualifications and pass an exam. Developing a certification is a complex and time-consuming process and requires a strong administrative organization in order to maintain its quality. Over a thousand certification programs exist in the U.S., qualifying professionals from crane operators to energy efficiency experts, from financial planners to automobile technicians.

Voluntary certification programs accomplish three important goals:

  1. Provide a measure of protection to the public by giving them a credential for judging the competency of practitioners;
  2. Provide practitioners with a way to distinguish themselves from their competition; and
  3. Improve quality, public perception of the given occupation and increase the industry’s prominence.

The NABCEP process has been developed and designed carefully following professional credentialing guidelines. Standards, developed by subject matter experts, have been set and the eligibility requirements are reasonably achievable being based on extensive input from stakeholders and deliberation among installers. NABCEP has built a transparent, non-discriminatory program implemented with fair procedures and due process.

Practice Exams:

Online practice exams are now available for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification Exam (Click Here). As an exam candidate, you now have the opportunity to become comfortable with the format of the exam. 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.

Benefits of certification exist for both Solar Professional and consumers:

For Solar Professionals:

  • Promotes consumer confidence and differentiates the certificate holder from competitors.
  • Validates extra resources spent on training and gaining experience.
  • Allows for installer mobility as the market moves from state to state.

For consumers:

  • Provides a means to identify qualified installers, promoting confidence in the work performed.
  • Preserves consumer choice, maintaining access to both certified and uncertified installers.

To start an application to become NABCEP Board Certified, click the button below.

 

Beginning January 1, 2019, NABCEP will discontinue offering the Certification Exams in Paper-&-Pencil (P&P) format. Accepted Candidates for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional, PV Design Specialist, PV Installer Specialist and PV Commissioning & Maintenance Specialist Certification Exams may choose a time and location to take their Exam by computer through our Computer-Based Testing (CBT) network, Castle Worldwide, Inc. Accepted Candidates will receive a Notice-to-Schedule (NTS) email from Castle with instructions on how to select a location, date, and time for their exam. All Candidates must submit scheduling requests to Castle at least four (4) business days prior to the date the Candidate wishes to take or reschedule their exam.
PV Technical Sales and Solar Heating certification exams are in the process of being converted to the CBT format. The CBT option is NOT currently available for these two exams. The CBT option will become available in Spring 2019. Accepted PVTS or SHI Candidates will be notified by email when the option becomes available.

Computer-Based Testing (CBT) Certification Exams:
CBT Certification Exams are offered on a continuous basis. There are no application or registration deadlines. Once a Candidate’s application is accepted by NABCEP, they may schedule their exam with Castle Worldwide, Inc.