Recertification

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

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.

 

Recertification Requirements for NABCEP Board Certified Installers

Please download the NABCEP Certification Handbook for recertification requirements.

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 at my.nabcep.org.
      2. Click on the corresponding certification link in the gray box on the right-hand side of the screen that says “Recertification/Renewals.” (Do not click under “Existing Application”).
      3. Complete each tab in the application and upload required documentation.
      4. Once complete, click the green Submit button and pay the recertification fee.

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

New Recertification Requirements Began January 1, 2019

Our Board of Directors recently approved changes to NABCEP’s recertification requirements to align with changes in the industry. The new recertification requirements for NABCEP’s Board Certifications can be seen below.

30 Continuing Education Units

Continuing Education requirements for all Board Certifications will be 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 must 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.

Transition Period: January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019

Current and former NABCEP Board Certified Professionals will be able to choose to recertify under the current recertification requirements (18 CEUs and experience requirements) OR the new recertification requirements (30 CEUs and industry involvement) for one (1) year after January 1, 2019. Beginning on January 1, 2020, all current and former NABCEP Board Certified Professionals will need to meet the new recertification requirements to recertify.

Associate Renewal Information

To maintain the NABCEP Associate Credential, Associates must obtain 12 contact hours of continuing education (CE) relating to their credential within three years of earning the credential.  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 at my.nabcep.org.
    2. Click on the corresponding credential link in the gray box on the right-hand side of the screen that says “Recertification / Renewals.” (Do not click under “Existing Application”).
    3. Complete each tab in the application and upload required documentation.
    4. Once complete, click the green Submit button and pay the renewal fee.

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