For Students

NABCEP’s Entry Level Program for Students

Passing of the NABCEP Entry Level Exam is a way for candidates to demonstrate that they have achieved a basic knowledge of the fundamental principles of the application, design, installation and operation of grid-tied and stand-alone PV Systems, or Solar Heating Systems in North America. The knowledge demonstrated by passing this test does not replace the knowledge, skills or abilities of the electrical, plumbing, HVAC or other construction trades, or those of other professions or degree programs that require considerably more academic and/or practical experience. This achievement demonstrates that the student has passed an industry-designed, NABCEP-issued exam.

Individuals passing the NABCEP Entry Level Exam should not be confused with NABCEP Certified Professionals. The latter can only be achieved by highly experienced individuals who have passed a much more rigorous examination and have demonstrated the capability to supervise complete system installations, and who have a detailed working knowledge of the codes, standards and accepted industry practice associated with PV or SH installations.

For more information about the Entry Level Program:

  1. Download a copy of the NABCEP Entry Level Candidate Info Sheet
  2. Search for a program in your area that fits your needs. Browse our List of NABCEP registered EL PV & SH Providers  (as of December, 2014).
  3. Contact the registered NABCEP Entry Level Exam provider directly to learn additional details about the course(s) or program of your choosing (i.e. the cost, registration procedures, and course/program structure).
  4. After successful completion of coursework with a registered provider, you will be eligible to take the Entry Level  Exam administered by the registered Entry Level Exam provider.

Please note: Computer Based Testing (CBT) candidates should not contact NABCEP about scheduling their exam, but wait for their registration email. Candidates who do not receive a registration email in a timely manner should contact their Provider.

 

PV Entry Level Primary References

Primary references are publications that are cited as references during examination development. There are a number of references used for the development of the NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam. They are listed below.

PRIMARY REFERENCES:

2011 National Electrical Code® (NEC®), NFPA 70 or 2011 National Electrical Code® Handbook, National Fire Protection Association®,  www.nfpa.org

Photovoltaic Systems, 3rd Edition, by Jim Dunlop, ISBN 978-0-8269-1287-9. ©July 2009,  National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee and American Technical Publishers, www.jimdunlopsolar.com

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

NABCEP Photovoltaic (PV) Installation Professional Resource Guide v.6.0, by William Brooks and James Dunlop, 2013, North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), www.nabcep.org,

Photovoltaics Design and Installation Manual,  ISBN 978-0-86571-520-2. ©2007 , Solar Energy International, www.solarenergy.org

 

Solar Heating Entry Level Primary References

Primary references are publications that are cited as references during examination development. There are a number of references used for the development of the NABCEP Solar Heating Entry Level Exam. They are listed below.

PRIMARY REFERENCES:

The Copper Tube Handbook, Copper Development Association, www.copper.org

NABCEP Solar Heating Installer Resource Guide, v. 1.0, 2012, by Chuck Marken and Vaughan Woodruff, North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), www.nabcep.org, see above

Solar Water and Pool Heating Manual: Design and Installation & Repair and Maintenance, January, 2009. Florida Solar Energy Center, www.fsec.ucf.edu, download here

SRCC™ Standard 300 Minimum Standards for Solar Water Heating Systems,Solar Rating and Certification Corporation,  www.solar-rating.org

Uniform Solar Energy Code, 2012. International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials, http://www.iapmo.org

OSEIA, Solar Safety Manual