Professional Recertification & Associate Renewal

Ongoing training and education are essential to maintaining your certification
NABCEP Recertification & Renewal

Professional Recertification Information

NABCEP Board Certification should be viewed as a dynamic and ongoing process. Those who become NABCEP Board Certified should strive to update and refresh their knowledge and skills related to renewable energy systems.

Recertification provides for continued competence through a learning process that enhances the Board Certified Professional’s knowledge, skills, and abilities in the fields of renewable and sustainable energy systems. Recertification assures the public, employers, and practitioners that NABCEP Board Certified Professionals remain committed to continued training and education, and adherence to the NABCEP Code of Ethics.

To maintain certification, NABCEP Board Certified Professionals must obtain continuing education credits or units (CEUs) in specific renewable energy and business-related areas within three years of initial certification:

  • CEUs related to applicable Code
  • CEUs related to the corresponding NABCEP Job Task Analysis
  • CEUs related to PV, Solar Heating, or renewable energy

Details can be found in section 19 of the NABCEP Certification Handbook.  Educators and others who provide training and education in these areas should become familiar with these guidelines.

NABCEP CEU Extension Request

NABCEP is offering an extension on Board Certified recertifications and Associate renewals due to the postponement of the 2021 NABCEP CE Conference which will be held on August 9-12, 2021. NABCEP Board Certified Professionals and Associates who are due for recertification or renewal on or before September 1, 2021 may request a NABCEP CEU Extension and have their expiration dates extended to October 1, 2021 to be able to meet their continuing education requirements.

If your Board Certification or Associate credential is expiring between March 1, 2021 and September 1, 2021, NABCEP will waive any late fees.  If you are charged, NABCEP will refund the late fee.

To complete a CEU Extension Request, click the appropriate button below.  The request form will automatically populate in your myNABCEP account.

Once the request is in your account, to receive an extension:

  1. Complete the CEU Extension Request step
  2. Complete the Fee step and pay your recertification/renewal fee(s)
  3. Submit to NABCEP for review

Only when both the CEU Extension Request and Fee steps are complete will the request be reviewed by NABCEP.

Once approved by NABCEP, your expiration date will be extended to October 1, 2021.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION – You must complete your recertification/renewal application and submit for approval by 10/01/2021 or you will forfeit your recertification/renewal payment.

To complete a CEU Extension Request for Board Certified Professionals:

To complete a CEU Extension Request for Associates:

Recertification Requirements for NABCEP Board Certified Installers

Please download the NABCEP Certification Handbook for recertification requirements.

*See new recertification requirements below

Applying for Recertification

Certificants may submit their Recertification Application during the third (3rd) year of their current certification. Certificants are required to log in to their account to complete and submit a recertification application electronically for review.

Follow these steps to recertify:

      1. Log in to your myNABCEP account.
      2. Under Credentialing in your account, click on the corresponding certification workflow.
      3. Complete the Recertification Code of Ethics and Fee phase. (The Code of Ethics and recertification fee is required before Certificants may enter recertification requirements.)
      4. Complete the Recertification Requirements phase and steps.
      5. Upload required documentation and submit for review.

Use the NABCEP Course Catalog to find courses to satisfy NABCEP’s requirements for Recertification.

Recertification Requirements for PVIP, PVCMS, PVDS, PVIS & SHI

NABCEP’s recertification requirements for the PV Installation Professional, PV Commissioning & Maintenance Specialist, PV Design Specialist, PV Installer Specialist, and Solar Heating Installer changed on January 1, 2020 to align with changes in the industry.  The “old” requirements option is no longer available.  The Certification Handbook is not currently up-to-date with these new requirements (a new version will be available soon).  For the previously mentioned board certifications, please use the requirements listed below.

The PV Technical Sales and System Inspectors recertification requirements, as well as Associate renewal requirements, are not changing at this time.  The recertification/renewal requirements listed in the Certification Handbook and Associate Handbook are correct.

30 Continuing Education Units

Continuing Education requirements for the Board Certifications listed above is 30 hours. For a breakdown of the new CEU requirements for each of NABCEP’s board certifications, click here.

Industry Involvement

NABCEP Board Certified Professionals are required to submit a letter on letterhead, signed by an employer stating the applicant is still actively involved in the renewable energy industry and describing the industry activity of the applicant.

  • Industry activity must meet one (1) of the minimum requirements as described below.
  • Alternative activities may be submitted for review and acceptance by NABCEP.
  • The letter must include specific details as described below.

Minimum Industry Involvement Requirements

  • The applicant had a decision-making role in the installation(s) of at least 3 completed installs within the applicant’s three (3) year certification period.
  • Teacher/trainer/instructor who teaches at least 120 hours of an advanced PV* course(s) or a registered NABCEP PV Associate course within the applicant’s three (3) year certification period.
  • Leadership role for at least one (1) year in a business or organization that trains students, customers, or clientele to design, install, commission, maintain, inspect or carry out other activities in the PV* market within the applicant’s three (3) year certification period.
  • Leadership role for at least one (1) year in a business that designs, installs, sells, commissions, maintains, inspects, or finances PV* systems or manufactures solar industry equipment within the applicant’s three (3) year certification period.
  • Leadership role relating to PV* within the renewable energy industry for at least 36 hours within the applicant’s three (3) year certification period (e.g. committee or board member in a renewable energy association or company).

PV* to be replaced by Solar Heating for SHI & SHSI recertifications.

Associate Renewal Information

To maintain the NABCEP Associate Credential, Associates must obtain 12 contact hours of continuing education (CE) relating to their credential completed during their 3-year credential period.  Details can be found in section 12 of the NABCEP Associate Handbook.

Associates may submit their Renewal Application during the third (3rd) year of their current credential period. Associates are required to log in to their account to complete and submit a renewal application electronically for review. Please follow these steps to renew:

    1. Log in to your myNABCEP account.
    2. Under Credentialing in your account, click on the corresponding credential workflow.
    3. Complete the Renewal Code of Ethics and Fee phase. (The Code of Ethics and renewal fee is required before Certificants may enter renewal requirements.)
    4. Complete the Renewal Requirements phase and steps.
    5. Upload required documentation and submit for review.

Use the NABCEP Course Catalog to find courses to satisfy NABCEP’s requirements for Renewal.