NABCEP Awarded ISO 17024 Accreditation

The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), the single national organization that certifies Solar Electric/PV Installers, is very pleased to announce that it has earned the prestigious ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 Accreditation. This award validates NABCEP’s Solar PV Installer Certification Program by an independent, unbiased accreditation body.

ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 specifies requirements which ensure that organizations operating certification systems for persons operate in a consistent, comparable, and reliable manner. This accreditation includes rigorous requirements for examination development and maintenance and for quality management systems. ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 has been approved by 85 countries.

NABCEP’s Chair Ezra Auerbach says, “The ANSI award helps to increase solar energy’s acceptability in the marketplace by demonstrating the industry’s attention to quality, safety and standards.”

Jane Weissman, NABCEP Vice-Chair, adds that “With this designation, NABCEP shows that it is qualified to develop, deploy and manage the PV Installer Certification Program. With NABCEP certification and the ANSI accreditation, it can ease the need for government agencies to monitor installers.”

The NABCEP’s PV credential was launched in 2003. To date, there are 365 PV Certified Installers. There are a total of 40 states with PV Certified Installers including the District of Columbia. There are 3 certificants from Canada. The PV certificant pool will increase with the results of the September 29, 2007 exam.

NABCEP offers the PV Professional Certification exam twice a year. There are several ways that an applicant may qualify to sit for the certification examination. NABCEP recognizes that professionals in the field of renewable energy technologies receive their training and work experiences in a variety of ways. Therefore, each requirement to qualify for the exam stipulates specific training and/or experience. In 2008, the PV exam will be given on March 15 and September 13.

For more information on NABCEP requirements and the application and exam process, please contact Karen Christopher, Operations Manager at kchristopher@nabcep.org or 518-899-8186. Check www.nabcep.org for key documents and up-to-date news.

“The ANSI award ensures that we have a quality process…we know that we’re doing it right,” says Auerbach.