Exam Formats & How To Schedule

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NABCEP Certifications Exam Formats & How To Schedule

Exam Formats

CBT and LRP Exam Formats for All NABCEP Board Certification and Associate Exams!

Computer-Based Testing (CBT) Format

Computer-based testing (CBT) is an internet-based form of assessment, which allows Candidates to choose a time and location to take their exam by computer at a Scantron testing facility. Upon acceptance of an application to sit for a Board Certification or Associate exam,  Candidates will receive a Notice-to-Schedule (NTS) email from Scantron with instructions on how to select a location, date, and time for their exam. Candidates have six (6) months from the date their application is approved to schedule their CBT Exam. CBT Candidates are subject to Scantron’s cancellation and rescheduling policies. All Candidates must submit scheduling requests to Scantron at least two (2) business days prior to the date the Candidate wishes to take or reschedule their exam. The reschedule request must be submitted through Scantron’s online scheduling system. A rescheduling fee will apply and must be paid online at the time of the request.

Live Remote Proctoring (LRP) Format

Live remote proctoring (LRP) is an internet-based form of assessment, which allows Candidates to take NABCEP exams from any location on their personal computer. Upon acceptance of an application to sit for a Board Certification or Associate exam, Candidates will receive a Notice-to-Schedule (NTS) email from Scantron with instructions on how to schedule their exam. Candidates have six (6) months from the date their application is approved to schedule their LRP exam. LRP Candidates are subject to Scantron’s cancellation and rescheduling policies. All Candidates must submit scheduling requests to Scantron at least two (2) business days prior to the date the Candidate wishes to take or reschedule their exam. The reschedule request must be submitted through Scantron’s online scheduling system. A rescheduling fee will apply and must be paid online at the time of the request.

LRP Technical Requirements

To take an LRP exam, it is important the computer you will be taking the test on meets the following system requirements:

  • A well-working computer with 1 GB of RAM or higher
  • A high-speed Internet connection of 2 Mbps upload and 2 Mbps download. Wireless is acceptable; however, a wired connection is preferred.
  • A webcam with 640×480 video pixel resolution (a laptop camera is acceptable)
  • Working speakers connected to the computer
  • A microphone connected to the computer (consider a webcam with a built-in microphone)
  • Browser compatibility: IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari
*Please note, LRP exams are not available on smartphones or tablets.

Board Certification Exams

NABCEP Board Certification exams (except PV System Inspector and Solar Heating system Inspector) are available in Computer-Based Testing (CBT) format, and all Board Certification exams are offered as Live Remote Proctoring (LRP) exams. CBT and LRP exams may be taken at any time during your two-year exam eligibility window, which begins on the day your exam application is approved by NABCEP. Once your application is approved and you pay your exam fee, you will receive a Notice to Schedule (NTS) email from our testing vendor, Scantron. Your NTS email will have all the information for scheduling yourself to take the exam. You must schedule your exam within six (6) months of the date you receive your NTS from Scantron and within two (2) years of your application approval. NABCEP Board Certification exams in CBT format are offered in testing facilities in the United States and 97 other countries, and almost anywhere in the world via LRP. For a list of all Scantron testing centers, click here.

Due to the growth of our CBT and LRP exams, NABCEP has discontinued all paper-and-pencil exam administration for all NABCEP Board Certifications.

*Please note: PV System Inspector and Solar Heating System Inspector are eligible to take the exam for a period of six (6) months from the date their application is approved to schedule their LRP Exam. If a Candidate does not take the exam before the 6 months expire, they must complete a new application and pay the exam fee to take the exam.

Associate Credential Exams

NABCEP Associate Credential exams are available in three formats:

  • Paper and Pencil (P&P)
  • Computer-Based Testing (CBT)
  • Live Remote Proctoring (LRP)

P&P format exams are only available through the Education Pathway.  To take the exam in a P&P format, you will use the Education Pathway by taking a class with a NABCEP Associate Registered Training Provider, who will schedule to give the exam after you have completed the course. If you do not wish to take the exam in P&P format, your NABCEP Associate Registered Training Provider may also schedule your exam in CBT or LRP format to be taken at the location, day and time you choose.

If you qualify to take the exam through our Experience Pathway or need to re-take the Associate exam, you will be required to take the exam in CBT or LRP format.

Scheduling to Take an Exam

All scheduling for NABCEP CBT and LRP exams is completed online. Once your application has been accepted by NABCEP and your exam payment processed, you will receive a Notice to Schedule (NTS) email from our testing vendor, Scantron. The email from Scantron will provide a link with a username and password and will include instructions on how to select a location, date, and time for you to take the exam. You will be able to schedule to take your exam at any Scantron testing facility, with over 500 located in the US and nearly 1,000 around the globe.

Exams in LRP format: If your NABCEP application has already been approved and you have registered for the exam, follow the instructions in the Notice to Schedule (NTS) email you received from Scantron to schedule your exam.  When you schedule with Scantron, you will have the option to complete the exam in CBT or LRP format.

CBT and LRP Candidates are subject to Scantron’s cancellation and rescheduling policies.

Admission to the Exam

Candidates for Paper and Pencil (P&P), Computer-Based Testing (CBT) and Live Remote Proctoring (LRP) exams must show a valid government-issued photo identification that exactly matches the first and last name on their application.

Acceptable Forms of Identification

The Candidate must provide one of the following valid government-issued documents bearing a picture, name, and signature to gain admission to the exam:

  • Driver’s license
  • Photo identification card
  • Passport
  • Military identification card

Unacceptable Forms of Identification

Identification that has expired is not valid. Candidates are encouraged to confirm their identification will not expire before scheduling an examination. Examples of unacceptable identification include, but are not limited to:

  • Student ID
  • Employer-issued ID
  • Library cards
  • Credit cards

Candidates who are unable to produce the required identification, or who produce an expired ID, will not be permitted entrance to the exam. Under these circumstances, Candidates will be considered absent and will forfeit the full exam fee.  They will be required to re-schedule the exam and pay all applicable re-examination fees.

It is recommended Candidates arrive at the examination site no later than thirty (30) minutes before the scheduled examination time. Additional time needed for procedures, payments, delays, traffic, parking, weather, etc., should be considered when arranging transportation to the examination site.