NABCEP PV and Solar Heating System Inspector Certification Programs

The NABCEP System Inspector Program is intended for any individuals who are currently working or seeking employment in the renewable energy industry.  Individuals who are performing system inspections for Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ’s), utilities, incentive programs, investors and others performing quality assurance of photovoltaic (PV), solar heating system and code compliance should apply.

Inspectors are a key component in ensuring quality renewable energy installations for customers. The new credentials are meant to encourage those who are responsible for inspecting systems to increase their knowledge and learn what to look for when performing their job as it relates to solar technologies.

The NABCEP System Inspector Program recognizes individuals who have demonstrated the technical knowledge necessary for inspecting electrical components and systems; inspecting energy storage components and systems; inspecting mechanical/structural components and systems; and documentation for the System Inspection. NABCEP Credential holders are recognized by NABCEP on an online directory, and are provided with rights to utilize NABCEP System Inspector word and trade-marks to recognize their accomplishment to others. Full program policies and procedures are found in the NABCEP Certification Handbook which all applicants should read thoroughly before applying.

To earn a NABCEP Inspector credential, an individual must pass a standardize examination based on an industry validated Job Task Analysis (JTA) . The credential also recognizes a commitment to uphold a professional Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct, and obligation to continue professional development through continuing education.  Click HERE to view the PV System Inspector Job Task Analysis.

To become a NABCEP System Inspector and maintain the credential, the applicant must have knowledge of applicable codes and ordinances, be able to identify all system components, and understand how to assess the safety and operation of a system.  Interpretation of design plans and building documents, conducting on-site inspections, and reporting results will be part of all System Inspector examinations.

To take the NABCEP PV System Inspector exam or the NABCEP Solar Heating System Inspector exam individuals must create a personal account in and then register for the System Inspector exam of their choice. Those who already have a myNABCEP account, simply log on and choose System Inspector to access the application registration.  Click HERE to view the Solar Heating System Inspector Job Task Analysis.


Fees:  All fees are non-refundable and non-transferable

  • Application and Exam Fee – $150.00

NABCEP’s System Inspector exams are taken from candidate’s own computers using Live Online Proctoring (LOP) test administration. For computer requirements and other details, see the NABCEP Certification Handbook.

Only individuals with an active NABCEP Associate credential are authorized to utilize the Marks, any unauthorized use should be reported to