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).
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.
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.
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.