Learning Objectives

NABCEP PV Entry Level Learning Objectives

The NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam is based on a set of Learning Objectives developed by a Committee of PV subject matter experts. The knowledge identified in this analysis does not replace electrical trades, technician, technologist or engineering training.  NABCEP will periodically review the learning objectives and make any changes according to changes in the National Electrical Code or any technology changes. NABCEP will notify the Exam Provider of any modifications to the learning objectives.

The PV Entry Level Learning Objectives include ten (10) knowledge content domains:

  1. PV Markets and Applications
  2. Safety Basics
  3. Electricity Basics
  4. Solar Energy Fundamentals
  5. PV Module Fundamentals
  6. System Components
  7. PV System Sizing Principles
  8. PV System Electrical Design
  9. PV System Mechanical Design
  10. Performance Analysis, Maintenance and Troubleshooting

PV Entry Level Program Learning Objectives

NABCEP Solar Heating Entry Level Learning Objectives

Similarly to the PV program, the NABCEP Solar Heating (SH) Entry Level Exam is based on a set of Learning Objectives. These were developed by a committee of Solar Thermal subject matter experts and an industry wide validation identified them as appropriate and relevant for Solar Heating Entry Level education and knowledge assessment programs. The NABCEP Solar Heating Entry Level Exam covers the Solar Heating Learning Objectives and achieving a passing score on this exam will indicate that the candidate has demonstrated basic knowledge of the fundamental principles of the application, installation, design and operation of Solar Heating Systems in North America. NABCEP will periodically review the Learning Objectives  and will notify the Provider of any modifications to the Learning Objectives.

The Solar Heating Entry Level Learning Objectives include six (6) knowledge content domains:

  1. Conducting a site analysis , including load analysis
  2. Identifying SH safety practices, standards, codes and certification
  3. Identifying systems for specific climates and applications
  4. Identifying proper orientation and installation methods
  5. Identifying proper use of balance of system components and materials
  6. Identifying common SH maintenance items

Solar Heating Entry Level Learning Objectives

The NABCEP Board and staff wish to thank all the volunteers who aided in developing this document with special note to Bill Guiney, John Harrison and Dell Jones.

NABCEP Small Wind Entry Level Learning Objectives

The following document outlines the Learning Objectives that NABCEP’s subject matter experts (SME) have identified as appropriate and relevant for Small Wind Entry Level education and training programs. The Learning Objectives were developed and validated through broad consultation with the small wind community, including representatives from small wind manufacturers, distributors, installers, and educators. It is intended that this document will enable educators to develop curriculum that will prepare students for careers in the small wind industry. NABCEP has developed a Small Wind Entry Level Exam that may be offered to students who complete programs based on these Learning Objectives through a Registered Entry Level Exam Provider. Achieving a passing score on the NABCEP Small Wind Entry Level Exam will indicate that the candidate has demonstrated basic knowledge of the fundamental principals of the application, installation, design and operation of small wind energy systems in North America.

The Small Wind Entry Level Learning Objectives include ten (10) knowledge content domains:

  1. Fundamentals of Electricity
  2. Applications and End Uses
  3. Fundamentals of Small Wind Turbines
    3a. System components
    3b. Science and theory
  4. Towers, Foundations, and Installation Considerations
  5. Resource Assessment
  6. Site Assessment
  7. System Sizing Principles and Economics
  8. Operation, Maintenance, and Troubleshooting
  9. Safety and Best Practices
  10. Impacts and Challenges of Small Wind

NABCEP Small Wind Learning Objectives

NOTE: Small Wind Entry Level Exam and Exam Provider Registration COMING SOON.