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NABCEP Associate Program

There are three pathways for individuals interested in obtaining a NABCEP Associate Credential: Education, Experience, and Conversion.

NABCEP recommends that everyone, regardless of background, education or experience, carefully review the categories and tasks outlined in the Job Task Analysis (or Learning Objectives).

Education Pathway

To qualify through the Education Pathway, Candidates must successfully complete a course or program that covers the full NABCEP Associate Job Task Analysis (JTA) from a NABCEP Associate Registered Training Provider for one of the technologies of photovoltaic, solar heating, or small wind. Courses are offered online, in-person, and via hybrid models. Anyone interested should browse the course options to compare curriculum, length of the class, and pricing to choose the best fit for you.

Candidates who have completed a course with a NABCEP Associate Registered Training Provider do not need to complete a NABCEP application.  Your Provider will upload a roster, which will automatically create an account for you, and our system will email you with login information. Candidates must notify their Provider when they are ready to test. Providers will register qualifying candidates to schedule and take their NABCEP Associate Exam via our computer-based testing (CBT) vendor, Castle Worldwide, or in paper and pencil format (P&P) with the Provider. To view the list of testing sites, please click here.

Experience Pathway

Associate Candidates who have at least 6 months of full-time work experience in a job that is directly involved with photovoltaics, solar heating, or small wind technologies may qualify to take an exam by completing an online application.  Once it is approved, Candidates will receive an email from our testing vendor, Castle Worldwide, with instructions on how to schedule their CBT exam. To view a list of testing sites, please click here.

Conversion Pathway

If you have already received a NABCEP Entry Level Achievement Award for photovoltaics or solar heating, you may convert your Entry Level Award to an Associate Credential by paying a conversion fee. If the award was earned more than three years ago, documentation of at least 12 hours of continuing education within the last three years will also be required.

NABCEP Board Certifications

PV Installation Professional, PV Technical Sales, PV Design Specialist, PV Installer Specialist, PV Commissioning & Maintenance Specialist, PV System Inspector, Solar Heating System Inspector, and Solar Heating Installer Certifications require initial advanced-level training to take the exam. Continuing education training hours will be needed for recertification.

Qualifying to take a NABCEP exam may require proof of advanced-level training from an accredited institution.  For NABCEP purposes, “advanced” is defined as a course which provides instruction beyond “basic,” “fundamental,” or “introductory” installation principles and practices. Courses should be designed for the professional who is prepared to maintain a decision-making role in the design, project management, installation, and/or commissioning & maintenance of a system.

All Board Certification applicants (except PV Commissioning & Maintenance Specialist), must show proof of completion of a minimum of 10 hours of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Outreach Training Program for the Construction Industry. PV Commissioning & Maintenance Specialist applicants must show proof of completion of a minimum of 30 hours of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Outreach Training Program for the Construction Industry.

To find OSHA training, visit https://www.osha.gov/dte/.

Accredited Courses

Accredited courses may be used to satisfy the training required for NABCEP Exams and/or Recertification. NABCEP registers training providers who are accredited by a third-party accrediting organization. For a list of recognized accrediting bodies, click here.

Non-Accredited Courses

Non-Accredited courses can be used for Recertification and Renewal purposes, and may also satisfy 18 of the 58 hours required to qualify for NABCEP’s PVIP Exam. Non-accredited courses include manufacturer technical trainings, conference workshops, and other non-traditional educational settings.

Exam Applications

Each Board Certification has its own set of requirements and requires an application. All training must have been completed within the five (5) calendar years prior to the application submission date.

Recertification / Renewal

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from accredited and non-accredited registered classes may be used to apply for recertification and credential renewal.

Accredited Courses

Accredited courses can be used to satisfy the training required for NABCEP Exams and/or Recertification. NABCEP registers training providers who are accredited by a third-party accrediting organization such as a federal agency. For a list of recognized accrediting bodies, click here.

Non-Accredited Courses

Non-Accredited courses can be used for Recertification and Renewal purposes; non-accredited courses may also satisfy 18 of the 58 hours required to qualify for NABCEP’s PVIP Exam. Non-accredited courses come from manufacturer trainings, conference workshops, product demonstrations, and other non-traditional education venues.