To qualify to sit for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional (PVIP) Certification Examination, every Applicant, regardless of background, education or experience, will need to document:
Projects Credits are as follows:
The NABCEP PV Installation Professional certification is a voluntary certification that provides a set of national standards by which PV Installation Professionals with skills and experience can distinguish themselves from their competition. Certification provides a measure of protection to the public by giving them a credential for judging the competency of practitioners. It is not intended to prevent qualified individuals from installing PV systems or to replace state license requirements.
The target candidate for this NABCEP certification is a range of installation personnel including but not limited to: installers; project managers; installation, foreman/supervisor, and designers.
The NABCEP PV Installation Professional certification has been developed in accordance with the best practices of the certification field. NABCEP is a member of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (I.C.E.) and has endeavored to follow the requirements of ISO/IEC Standard 17024: General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification Systems of Persons.
NABCEP Solar PV Installation Professional Certification is North America’s only renewable energy personnel certification that has been ANSI accredited to the internationally recognized ISO/IEC 17024 standard.
Online practice exams are now available for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification Exam. As an exam candidate, you now have the opportunity to become comfortable with the format of the exam. It also allows test-takers to become more comfortable with the timing of the exam and knowing how long to spend on a given question.
From the time of initial access, test-takers will have a 48-hour window to complete the exam. They consist of 35 sample questions similar in type to those found on the actual examination. Those who purchase the practice exams will have twice the amount of time as they would during the official examination. Once the exam is submitted, a full score report will be immediately available. This report will inform the test-taker of how many questions they answered correctly in each area of the practice exam.
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All candidates for the Solar PV Installation Professional Certification must have experience in the field acting as the person responsible for installing PV systems, a minimum of 58 hours of advanced PV training and an OSHA 10 hour construction industry card or equivalent.
All candidates must pay for and complete an application by the exam deadline. Specific requirements for each candidate vary by category according to your experience and background. It is important to review the NABCEP Certification Handbook for this exam thoroughly in order to choose a category under which you will apply. In order to qualify for this exam you must meet all of the requirements for your chosen category.
All Solar PV Installation Professional exam candidates must meet all training and installation requirements that are outlined in section three (3) of the NABCEP Certification Handbook.
In order to qualify for the Solar PV Installer Exam, a candidate must successfully complete a minimum of 58 hours of advanced PV training before the application deadline. A minimum of forty(40) of the fifty eight (58) prescribed hours must cover advanced solar PV installation and design principles and practices addressed in the NABCEP PV Installer Job Task Analysis. All advanced PV training must be offered by one of the following education providers:
NOTE: Courses offered by private training organizations or businesses that are not accredited or taught by instructors certified by a recognized third-party will not be accepted for the minimum of 40 hours of advanced solar PV installation and design training. CLICK HERE TO FIND A CLASS
A maximum of eighteen (18) of the fifty-eight (58) prescribed hours may be obtained from non-accredited, non-certified sources such as:
Completing a minimum of 10 Hours of OSHA Construction Industry training is also required.
Depending on the qualify category selected, all candidates for the Solar PV Installation Professional exam must provide documentation for three (3) or five (5) installations where they have acted in the role of contractor, lead installer, foreman, supervisor, or journeyman. Candidates must provide system information, permits and inspections for each project that he/she has installed. Additionally, if the name listed on the permit or inspection does not match that of the candidate, a letter to verify the role of the candidate is required. Please read sections 3.4 and 3.7 of the Certification Handbook for more details.
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The foundation document for all of the NABCEP Certification Exams is a detailed description of the job and subject matter involved. This is referred to as a “Task Analysis, “Job Task Analysis,” or “JTA.” The JTA is updated every 3 years to incorporate changes made to the National Electrical Code.
The NABCEP PV Installation Professional JTA (2017) defines a set of knowledge, skills, and abilities typically required of solar PV Installation Professional. The JTA guides the development of an exam by which candidates for certification can demonstrate that they possess the skills and knowledge that their peers and experts have deemed necessary to do the job well. It is the core document of the NABCEP Solar PV Installation Certification.
The new NABCEP PV Installation Professional JTA (2017) will form the blueprint for all PV Installation Professional Certification exams starting on January 3rd, 2018. At that point, the PVIP Certification exam will be available via computer-based testing (CBT) as well as in pencil-and-paper format. For test dates offered in pencil-and-paper format, please see NABCEP’s calendar.
The National Electrical Code (NEC) is the ONLY reference approved for use during the NABCEP PV Installation Professional, PV Design Specialist, PV Installer Specialist, and PV Commissioning & Maintenance Specialist Certification exams. All candidates’ Codebooks will be checked by the test proctor/administrator for adherence to the guidelines in this document before candidates are permitted access to the testing room.
Codebooks from any year may be used. However, candidates are advised that exams are updated regularly to align with the newest Codebook. Only softbound and spiral-bound versions of the Codebook are permitted. Highlighting within the Codebook is the ONLY permissible method of preparing or manipulating the Codebook prior to the exam.
Codebooks that fail to meet the following guidelines will not be allowed in the testing room. These guidelines are in place to ensure that every candidate is tested fairly and that no candidate has access to unapproved resources.
During the testing process, candidates are NOT permitted to do the following:
Castle Worldwide, Inc. asks that candidates leave all unauthorized materials outside of testing centers. If candidates are caught using unauthorized materials during testing or making marks in their Codebooks, their materials will be confiscated, their testing will be terminated with fees forfeited, and NABCEP will be notified of their actions.