NABCEP Certification Grows 25% Following the March 2010 Exam

Clifton Park, NY, April 13, 2010 – NABCEP

NABCEP would like to congratulate the 287 newly NABCEP Certified Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal Installers who were notified last week that they had passed the March 13, 2010 Installer Certification exams.

The PV Installer Certification took another giant leap with a 32% increase in candidates which ultimately led to 259 new Certified PV Installers ™. NABCEP has now awarded the PV Installer Certification to 1,196 installers around the country, a 27% increase since September 2009. In just two years, the number of active NABCEP Certified PV Installers has more than doubled from 517 in March 2008.

The ST Installer Certification saw a 10% increase in the number of candidates, and 28 candidates were awarded the Solar Thermal Installer Certification, a 100% increase from September 2009. NABCEP has certified 132 Solar Thermal installers to date. These numbers are very encouraging and mirror the progress of the PV Certification from 2003 until 2007. NABCEP expects the Solar Thermal Installer Certification to experience high growth in the next 1-2 years especially after the launch of some solar thermal incentive programs.

NABCEP will be launching a number of programs in the next year. In May, NABCEP will start accepting applications for the first administration of the Small Wind Installer Exam in September 2010.  NABCEP has recently released the Job Task Analysis (JTA) for the much awaited PV Technical Sales Certification and will soon release the Eligibility Requirements for that Certification.

Ezra Auerbach, NABCEP’s Executive Director says, “The continued impressive growth of the number of individuals who have become NABCEP Certified speaks volumes about the acceptance of our program. The numbers speak for themselves – the growth of our certificant population  shows the strong support that we enjoy from the industries we serve”.

For more information on how to become NABCEP Certified or to search for a NABCEP Certified installer, please visit www.nabcep.org. The next scheduled Certification exam is September 11th, 2010 with the application deadline on July 9th, 2010.

About NABCEP:

The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is a volunteer board of renewable energy stakeholder representatives that includes representatives of the solar industry, NABCEP certificants, renewable energy organizations, state policy makers, educational institutions, and the trades. Each member of the board was chosen because of his or her experience and involvement in the solar energy industry. NABCEP’s mission – to support, and work with, the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries, professionals, and stakeholders – is intended to develop and implement quality credentialing and certification programs for practitioners.