Recertification Information

NABCEP certification should be viewed as a dynamic and ongoing process. Those who achieve NABCEP certification should strive to update and refresh their knowledge about installing both PV and Solar Heating systems.

Recertification is defined as a process designed to facilitate continued competence through participation in a learning process that enhances the certificant’s knowledge, skills and abilities in the fields of renewable and sustainable energy systems. Recertification assures the public, employers, and practitioners that the nationally certified professional in the fields of renewable and sustainable energy systems remains committed to continued professional training and education and adherence to the NABCEP’s Code of Ethics.

In order to maintain certification, NABCEP certificants must obtain 18 contact hours of continuing education (CE) in certain solar and business-related areas within three years of initial certification; six hours related to applicable Code, six hours related to the NABCEP Job Task Analysis, and six hours of instruction related to PV, Solar Heating, or renewable energy that may be technical or non-technical.  Details can be found in section 13 of the Certification Handbook.  Educators and others who provide training and education in these areas should become familiar with these guidelines.

In addition, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) maintains a database of renewable energy training courses, including PV, solar heating, small wind and other clean energy technologies.

Recertification Requirements for NABCEP Certified Installers.

Please download the Certification Handbook for recertification requirements.

  • Section 13.2 and 13.8.1 for PV Installation Professional and Continuing Education Requirements
  • Section 13.3 and 13.8.1 for Solar Heating Installation and Continuing Education Requirements
  • Section 13.4 and 13.8.1 for PV Technical Sales Professional and Continuing Education Requirements
  • Section 13.5 and 13.8.1 for Small Wind Installations and Continuing Education Requirements


Applying for Recertification

Certificants are encouraged to recertify online.

Simply log on at:

Can I file a paper recertification application?

Recertification applications may be submitted in paper form; however, due to the added administrative costs involved, NABCEP charges an additional $50 to review a paper application. Paper applications for each recertification program may be requested by e-mailing NABCEP’s Program Assistant, Melissa Bell at

Electronic recertification fee is: $390

Paper recertification application fee is: $440

One year expiration period additional fee is: $50

Two – Three year expiration period additional fee is: $100