Our Certifications are backed by the highest standard of professionalism and competency in the solar electric (PV) industry through state-of-the-art, accredited training programs, with hands-on workshops and online classes.
Certificates are proof that a person has completed a solar PV training course, and has achieved a high level of knowledge about solar. Few people are hired into the industry without some formal training, and providing a certificate of that training to the prospective employer.
Certification means a person has taken at least 58 hours of training in accredited training classes, achieved a very high level of professional solar experience in the field as a PV professional by performing at least 3 PV installations, has at a minimum a ten-hour OSHA card, and has passed the NABCEP Certification Exam.
All schools can provide a certificate of completion. Only accredited schools can provide certificates of completion that count toward NABCEP Certification requirements. Certification is granted by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) after passing the NABCEP Certification Exam. NABCEP certification is recognized worldwide, and as the top certification in the U.S.
Passing this exam is the most widely recognized solar achievement credential in the U.S. Passing the exam provides great value toward marketing yourself for employment in the solar industry. It can mean the difference between getting hired with a solar company over someone who has not passed the exam, and in some cases having the credential is a requirement to being hired. However, it is not to be confused with being “Certified”.
Certification in the PV industry is a process that takes, on the average, about two years. Being Certified in the PV industry guarantees the public that you have gained experience and training in the industry. NABCEP’s minimum eligibility requirements to sit for the exam are:
Solairgen’s Accredited Training Program (PV201 Online with PV203 System Design and Installation) provide 60 hours of accredited training, satisfying the training hour requirement to sit for the exam. You must provide documentation to NABCEP proving your training, your OSHA card, and your field installation experience.
You must qualify in one of the seven different categories to sit for the PV Technical Sales Certification Exam. Those qualifying categories can be found at the NABCEP website, www.nabcep.org. In most categories, you must have achieved a passing score on the NABCEP Entry Level Achievement Exam.
Solairgen’s PV202 Online PV Technical Sales course provides you with 20 IREC Accredited training hours toward your career as a solar sales professional, and NABCEP PV Technical Sales Professional Certification.
For detailed information about the qualifying categories and requirements for PV Installation Professional and PV Technical Sales Professional Certifications, follow this link to the NABCEP Certification Handbook.
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