NABCEP’s Entry Level Program
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:
- Download a copy of the Entry Level Candidate Information Sheet.
- Search for a program in your area that fits your needs. Please see, “Selecting a Renewable Energy Training Program” for more information on finding a program that fits your needs.
- View the List of Registered PV Entry Level Providers (as of May 14, 2013).
- View the List of Registered SH Entry Level Providers (as of March 12, 2013).
- 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).
- 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.