Earn a Professional Solar Certification
PDH-Pro is excited to announce our new NABCEP PV Associate training package for professional engineers. The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is an international organization that develops standards for the solar industry. NABCEP established the PV Associate program as a way to identify professionals who have demonstrated mastery of the basic terms and operational aspects of photovoltaic systems. This certification is recognized by employers as an indicator of individuals who are committed to the profession, and who have a proven understanding of the key terms and operational aspects of a photovoltaic system.
We developed our NABCEP PV Associate Training package to provide you with a foundational understanding of solar energy principles and important solar design concepts. By completing our 12-hour online training package, you will be able to sit for the NABCEP PV Associate Certification exam. Our training package includes everything you need – the required training, exam fee, and instructor-led exam preparation. After you pass the exam, you will be a certified NABCEP PV Associate, ready to begin the next phase of your career.
Learn more about our NABCEP PV Associate Training Package.
About the NABCEP Program
The NABCEP PV Associate Program recognizes individuals who have demonstrated knowledge of the fundamental principles of the application, design, installation, and operation of photovoltaic energy systems. It is intended for professionals who have just begun offering solar services or those in renewal energy jobs for which there is not professional certification. The NABCEP PV Associate credential is earned by passing an examination based on the NABCEP PV Associate Job Task Analysis.
All of the training courses were developed by subject matter expert, John Cromer, PE, who is a certified PV installer and a licensed electrician. Our training package is provided through an alliance with Job Corps who holds a training license with NABCEP. Job Corps is a voluntary program administered by the United States Department of Labor that offers free-of-charge education and vocational training to young men and women ages 16 to 24.
Learn more about our NABCEP PV Associate training program.
How to Become Certified
There are two steps to obtaining NABCEP PV Associate certification.
Step 1: Complete a NABCEP approved training program. Our online training package meets this requirement. Once you complete our 12-hour online training package, you are eligible to sit for the exam.
Step 2: Pass the NABCEP PV Associate exam. The exam is administered by NABCEP, and can be taken online. The cost of the exam is included in our training package.
To be eligible to sit for the NABCEP PV Associate exam, individuals must compete an approved training program. Our NABCEP PV Associate Training package meets this requirement. Once you complete the courses included in the package, you can sit for the NABCEP PV Associate exam.
What is Included in the NABCEP PV Associate Training Package
Our NABCEP PV Associate training package includes:
- 12 hours of online courses
- Certificates of completion for each course (these also count towards PE continuing education)
- Payment for the NABCEP exam
- Interaction with instructor via optional live chat
- Instructor-led exam review
Students receive the following 12 hours of online courses. These courses meet NABCEP’s training requirement and allow you to sit for the exam.
EE-02-450 Design Your Solar Roof – 4 PDH
This recorded webinar is an introduction to solar design that places you behind the desk of a professional solar installer. Learn installation and design tips while learning how to design and specify rooftop solar projects of any size. This class covers fundamentals of solar project design, including array layout, performance estimating, shade analysis, interconnection strategy, battery sizing, and load control.
EE-02-452 – Residential Solar Batteries – 2 PDH
In this recorded webinar, you will be introduced to residential battery inverter systems with an emphasis on grid-connected systems like the ever famous Tesla Powerwall. You will learn how smart technology building fundamentals improve home and business within the context of code, health, safety, and welfare. We teach techniques to apply this knowledge to design a local electricity controller to understand how electrical control systems can shape a local electric grid.
EE-02-461 – NEC Fundamentals for Solar – 4 PDH
This recorded webinar is written to introduce building professionals and engineers to the early sections of National Electric Code. It covers common faults, workmanship best practices, clearance spaces, grounding, and basic electric components discussed in Articles 100-400 of NEC. Solar and battery projects are used throughout class as examples, but this course focuses on the introductory requirements of NEC for those projects.
EE-02-460 NEC for Onsite Energy – 2 PDH
This recorded webinar reviews sections of NEC specific to onsite solar and batteries, including NEC 2020 updates on rapid shutdown and batteries. This class is perfect for improving onsite electrical knowledge of solar or batteries to improve project planning, technical proficiency, or industry certification. The most popular items of National Electric Code as related to solar design and batteries are discussed, with similarities and differences between residential and commercial project requirements.