NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification Next Exam Dates and Clarification of Eligibility Criteria

August 10, 2011 (Clifton Park, NY) – The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners is releasing today clarification of the eligibility criteria to sit for its PV Technical Sales Exam. The clarifications address: verifiable sales experience, what constitutes a proposal and training. The terms of the eligibility are effective immediately and all candidates wishing to apply for the next round of NABCEP PV Technical Sales Exam will be required to meet the criteria as published today.

The most significant clarifications in the criteria are:

Definition of proposal – Sales proposals must include the following information:  proposed PV system size in kW; evidence of a shade analysis; the amount of kWh the PV system is expected to produce annually; the revenue that the electricity generated will produce; the total cost of the system; any incentive or tax benefits that may be applied to the total cost.  Additional information may include the internal rate of return (IRR), payback period, cash flow over the life of the system, non-financial benefits, and any income that will be gained from renewable energy credits.

Definition of verifiable sales experience – Verifiable sales experience = Actively engaged in solar PV systems sales-related activities, including the completion of the number of solar PV system proposals required by the applicant’s Qualifying Category.  See, Section II.

For each of the four (4) solar PV system proposals to be completed in each twelve (12) month period prior to applying for NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification, the following requirements apply:

–  At least two (2) must have resulted in completed sales and installation;

–  At least 2 must relate to systems larger than 2kW DC (peak);

–  At least 1 of the installations must be a system that is grid connected; and,

–  No more than 1 proposal may be submitted to a relative or someone residing at the applicant’s address.  This proposal must have resulted in a completed sales and installation.

Ezra Auerbach, NABCEP’s executive director says, “These clarifications were adopted to make it easier for candidates to understand what is expected of them to qualify to sit for the PV Technical Sales Exam. They are the result of reviewing applications for the previous two rounds of testing and learning which terms required better definition.”

The next round of NABCEP PV Technical Sales exam will be held from January 21 to February 4, 2012. The deadline for submitting applications for this round of exams is November 14, 2011. NABCEP encourages those who wish to sit for the next round of exams to apply early. Application fees are discounted by 25% until October 14, 2011.

Please refer to the NABCEP website for complete details regarding eligibility criteria for the PV Technical Sales Certification.