NABCEP Releases Job Task Analysis for new Photovoltaic Technical Sales Certification

Clifton Park, NY, April 13, 2010 – NABCEP

The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners has released the newly developed Job Task Analysis (JTA) for the upcoming Photovoltaic (PV) Technical Sales Certification. The JTA is a comprehensive list of all the measurable tasks that a practitioner performs and guides the development of the exam. Ezra Auerbach, Executive Director of NABCEP, says, “NABCEP is, as always, extremely grateful for the knowledge and experience of many of the PV industry’s leading practitioners who took part in the development of this JTA”. The document may be viewed and downloaded from the NABCEP website.

The new credential will target those involved in the non-installation aspects of the sale and commissioning of a PV system. This includes analyzing customer needs and conducting a site analysis to develop a proposal which includes a conceptual design, financial analysis, and performance projections for the system. Ezra Auerbach adds, “The launching of this Certification broadens the career path opportunities for those who are successful PV Entry Level Exam candidates.”

Don Warfield, Chair of NABCEP’s Board, says, “Having a NABCEP credential for sales people is a key step in consumer protection. With the launch of this Certification consumers can have as much confidence in the sales process as they do in getting a NABCEP Certified crew leader to perform their installation.”

The first exam will most likely be in March 2011 but could be offered as early as September 2010. NABCEP is currently finalizing the eligibility requirements and developing the application to sit for the exam, which will be released on the website as soon as it is completed. For updates on the PV Technical Sales Certification and all other NABCEP news, please make sure to track the “In the News” section of the website at www.nabcep.org.

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