About NABCEP

NABCEP is the most recognized and esteemed certification the solar industry has to offer.

Raising standards. Promoting confidence.

The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners® (NABCEP®) is the most respected, well-established and widely recognized national certification organization for professionals in the field of renewable energy. NABCEP offers certifications and credentials for skilled professionals, specialists and those new to working in the areas of photovoltaics, solar heating, and small wind technologies. The first NABCEP Solar PV Installer certification exam (now called PV Installation Professional) was administered in 2003. Since then, NABCEP has launched and maintained 8 Board Certification Programs and 3 Associate credentials.

By solar professionals, for solar professionals

NABCEP works with hundreds of subject matter experts (SMEs) in the renewable energy industry who volunteer to develop NABCEP’s Board Certifications and Associate credentials. NABCEP heavily relies on volunteer SMEs working in the field to create Board Certifications that are truly by renewable energy professionals, for renewable energy professionals.

NABCEP’s goal is to develop voluntary certification and credentialing programs that will:

  • Promote renewable energy
  • Provide value to practitioners
  • Promote worker safety and skill
  • Promote consumer confidence
About NABCEP
Why we exist

Why we exist

NABCEP was founded in 2002 as a non-profit 501 (c)(6) corporation with a mission “to support, and work with, the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries, professionals, and stakeholders to develop and implement quality credentialing and certification programs for practitioners.”

NABCEP is committed to providing credential programs of quality and integrity for the professionals and the consumers/public it is designed to serve.  NABCEP’s programs are administered to the highest standards for certifications and testing. The NABCEP PV Installation Professional and Solar Heating Installer Certifications are accredited to the ISO/IEC 17024 standard by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). NABCEP understands the importance of impartiality in carrying out its certification activities. NABCEP treats all applicants, candidates, and credential holders fairly and impartially by following the policies and procedures outlined in the NABCEP Certification Handbook and Associate Handbook. The organization maintains policies and procedures designed to manage conflict of interests and ensure objectivity throughout the credentialing process.

How we protect customers and the industry

NABCEP holds all NABCEP Board Certified Professionals and Associate credential holders to high standards of ethical and professional practice. NABCEP’s Code of Ethics & Standard of Conduct were established to safeguard the integrity of the industry while establishing fair and responsible practices. As the only certification organization in the industry with an enforceable code of ethics, NABCEP provides renewable energy customers with a way to hold unethical installers accountable for their actions in a way that no other association or membership organization can. Renewable energy customers who wisely hire a NABCEP Board Certified Professional can rest assured that any reported violation will be thoroughly investigated and if wrongdoing occurred, disciplinary action will be taken.

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NABCEP’s goal is to develop voluntary
certification & credentialing programs
in the renewable energy industry

Promote renewable energy

Provide value to practitioners

Promote worker safety and skill

Promote consumer confidence

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NABCEP is committed to providing credentialing programs of quality and integrity for the professionals and the consumers/public it is designed to serve.