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:
- Download a copy of the NABCEP Entry Level Candidate Info Sheet.
- Search for a program in your area that fits your needs. Browse our LIST OF PV & SH REGISTERED COURSES (as of May 2015).
- 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.
PV Entry Level Practice Exams
Online practice exams are now available for the NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam. As an Entry Level 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.
The online format of the practice exam is 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.
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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.
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.
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
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