NABCEP Board Certifications

Over a decade, we have grown into the global certification leader in the renewable energy industry.

Whether you’re thinking about an exciting career in photovoltaics or are already an established PV professional,  NABCEP’s PV Career Pathways Brochure can help you find the right career path. If you’re interested in a career in design, installation, maintenance, or another aspect of working in photovoltaics, NABCEP Board Certifications can boost your earning potential and help you qualify for jobs that match your career interests.

NABCEP Board Certifications are earned by demonstrating your training, experience, and passing a rigorous exam. Board Certifications positively impact your career by giving you:

  • Increased marketability 
  • Validation of knowledge
  • Enhanced reputation, credibility, & consumer confidence

Click here to print or download a copy of the NABCEP PV Career Pathways Brochure.

NABCEP Board Certifications

The PV Installation Professional (PVIP) Board Certification

The PV Installation Professional (PVIP) Board Certification is considered the gold standard for PV professionals in the renewable energy industry. Recognized and demanded by organizations worldwide, the PVIP Board Certification validates your competence to perform in the role of PV Installation Professional, which encompasses PV design, installation, operations, commissioning and maintenance. To find out if you meet the eligibility requirements for this Board Certification, click here.

The PV Design Specialist (PVDS) Board Certification

Our PV Design Specialist (PVDS) Board Certification recognizes the advanced experience and skill of PV system designers. This Board Certification demonstrates your proven ability to configure the mechanical and electrical design components of PV systems. To find out if you meet the eligibility requirements for this Board Certification, click here.

The PV Installer Specialist (PVIS) Board Certification

The PV Installer Specialist (PVIS) Board Certification was designed for those who are highly competent with all aspects of PV installation processes, from installing DC and AC PV system conductors, raceways, system monitoring, control, and communication hardware to developing safety plans. To find out if you meet the eligibility requirements for this Board Certification, click here.

The PV Commissioning & Maintenance (PVCMS) Board Certification

The PV Commissioning & Maintenance Specialist (PVCMS) Board Certification highlights your expertise in the areas of operations, maintenance and commissioning. It spotlights your ability to apply verification protocols, critically analyze systems, and implement preventive and corrective maintenance procedures for PV systems. To find out if you meet the eligibility requirements for this Board Certification, click here.

The PV Technical Sales (PVTS) Board Certification

The PV Technical Sales (PVTS) Board Certification was created for those who have a demonstrated knowledge and expertise in qualifying prospects, site analysis, performance analysis and financial incentives of PV systems. PVTS Board Certified Professionals can collect technical requirements, analyze customer needs to determine energy usage to advise and provide customers with the most appropriate solution for their situation. To find out if you meet the eligibility requirements for this Board Certification, click here.

The PV System Inspector (PVSI) Board Certification

The PV System Inspector (PVSI) Board Certification recognizes the advanced experience and skill of inspecting residential and commercial photovoltaic systems. This Board Certification is for those who are highly knowledgeable of PV systems, applicable codes and ordinances, and assessing the safety and operation of PV systems. To find out if you meet the eligibility requirements for this Board Certification, click here.

The Solar Heating Installer (SHI) Board Certification

The Solar Heating Installer (SHI) Board Certification provides a set of uniform national standards for solar heating installers and allows professionals with the skills and knowledge to install solar water heating systems that meet the performance and reliability needs of their customers to distinguish themselves from their competition. To find out if you meet the eligibility requirements for this Board Certification, click here.

The Solar Heating System Inspector (SHSI) Board Certification

The Solar Heating  System Inspector (SHSI) Board Certification recognizes individuals who have demonstrated the technical knowledge and skills necessary for inspecting solar heating systems for Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ’s), utilities, incentive programs, investors, and others concerned with quality assurance. To find out if you meet the eligibility requirements for this Board Certification, click here.