Solar Training, Credentialing, and Career Pathways Presentation

Alongside our partners on the Solar Ready Vets team, we’re working hard to expand and accelerate veterans’ access to solar training, certification, and career pathways across the industry. We’ve recently obtained approvals for NABCEP’s Board Certifications and Associate credentials for GI Bill ® reimbursement, and we’re working to improve training opportunities, and establishing veteran “fast tracks” to certification.

You can watch the webinar or review the slides from the webinar between The Solar Foundation and NABCEP to learn about solar career development resources and initiatives for veterans. The presentation involved a thorough discussion of the most critical factors to NABCEP’s Board Certifications and how we are supporting veteran recruitment and advancement into the solar industry. The presentation also covers the real value that NABCEP Board Certification brings to the PV industry, and why employers in solar consider them to be the gold-standard when searching for prospective employees with the best working knowledge and training. Be sure to click the button below view the slides from the presentation!

NABCEP Approved by Veterans Administration for GI Bill Reimbursement

NABCEP is proud to announce that all of its solar PV Board Certifications and Associate Credentials were recently approved by the US Department of Veteran Affairs to receive benefits under the GI Bill. Due to this momentous federal approval, veterans and military personnel transitioning to the civilian workforce can now apply for reimbursement of exam fees for the NABCEP exam related to solar PV.

The NABCEP Board Certifications and Associate Credential exams that can be reimbursed by the GI Bill include:

  • PV Associate Credential
  • PV Installation Professional (PVIP) Board Certification
  • PV Installer Specialist (PVIS) Board Certification
  • PV Commissioning & Maintenance Specialist (PVCMS) Board Certification
  • PV Technical Sales (PVTS) Board Certification
  • PV System Inspector (PVSI) Board Certification
  • Solar Heating Installer (SHI) Board Certification
  • Solar Heating  System Inspector (SHSI) Board Certification

The NABCEP PV Associate Program is intended for individuals working or seeking employment in the renewable energy industry, including students in renewable energy programs, workers at an early stage in their renewable energy career, experienced professionals new to the renewable energy field, or those in renewable energy jobs for which there is no professional certification. Obtaining this credential is most often the first step toward a NABCEP Board Certification or added recognition in a field with many career paths to pursue.

Click the button below to apply for reimbursement of your NABCEP exam fees. You must apply separately for VA education benefits if you have not already done so. You can receive reimbursement of a licensing or certification test fee if you qualify for VA benefits under one of the following programs:

  • Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty Educational Assistance Program (MGIB) (Chapter 30)
  • Post-Vietnam Era Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) (Chapter 32)
  • Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)
  • Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA) (Chapter 35)
  • Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve Program (MGIB-SR) (Chapter 1606)
  • Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) (Chapter 1607)

Solar Certification Career Map

When you’re transitioning to civilian life, it can be hard to know where to start in the solar industry.
NABCEP helps ease the way.

NABCEP Credentials like the PV Associate (in the center of the Career Pathways) help prepare veterans and transitioning military personnel for a career in the renewable energy industry. For many people, this is the first step toward working in the PV Industry. 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

NABCEP Board Certifications also help employers fill job openings. Our Board Certifications are a reliable predictor of success, proving that candidates have the knowledge and skills to get the job done right.