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 19 of the NABCEP Certification Handbook.  Educators and others who provide training and education in these areas should become familiar with these guidelines.

Recertification Requirements for NABCEP Certified Installers.

Please download the NABCEP Certification Handbook for recertification requirements.

  • Section 3.7 and Section 19 for PV Installation Professional (PVIP)
  • Section 4.7 and Section 19 for PV Design Specialist (PVDS)
  • Section 5.7 and Section 19 for PV Installer Specialist (PVIS)
  • Section 6.7 and Section 19 for PV Commissioning & Maintenance Specialist (PVCMS)
  • Section 7.7 and Section 19 for PV Technical Sales Professional (PVST)
  • Section 8.7 and Section 19 for PV System Inspector (PVSI)
  • Section 9.7 and Section 19 for SH System Inspector (SHSI)
  • Section 10.7 and Section 19 for SH Installer (SHI)
  • Section 11 and Section 19.10 for Small Wind Installer (SWI)

Applying for Recertification

Certificants may submit their Recertification Application during the third (3rd) year of their current certification. Certificants are required to log in to their account to complete and submit a recertification application electronically for review. Certificants will need to log in at and enter their user name and password. Once logged in, there will be a gray box on the right-hand side of the screen that says “Recertification / Renewals.” Certificants will need to click on the link in the gray box corresponding to their certification and begin the recertification application. (Please do not click under “Existing Application”).

Use the new NABCEP Course Catalog to find courses  to satisfy NABCEP’s requirements for Recertification.