How to begin your solar career – NABCEP PV Associate Program
Earn your NABCEP PV Associate Credential ONLINE!
PVA Online Course Package
To earn your NABCEP PV Associate credential by using the MREA as your Education Provider, you must take three MREA courses, in sequential order:
- Basic Photovoltaics (PV 101)
- PV Site Assessment (PV 201)
- PV System Design (PV 202)
You can register for these courses individually ala carte, or register for them all at once which includes the required textbook by opting to register for the Core Course Online Package.
Upon completion of these three courses, you are eligible to sit for the NABCEP PV Associate Exam for one year. When you pass the exam, you are a solar professional!
Courses Included in this Package
You will be taking 3 online courses in sequential order. You will have 30 days to complete PV 101, 30 days to complete PV 201, and 60 days to complete PV 202. The time limit will initiate only once you begin working on the course, and your course end date will be updated in your student dashboard for you to monitor your progress.
Participants in this eight-hour course will study the fundamentals of electricity, learn how photovoltaic (PV) cells and systems work, explore the different sizes and types of PV systems, and identify the components and equipment needed for each type of system.Course Details
This eight-hour course demonstrates how to perform a residential or small commercial PV site assessment. Participants will learn how to perform a load analysis and make energy efficiency recommendations, determine the best location for a PV array given the site’s solar resource and available mounting options, and identify a proper location for the balance of system components.Course Details
This 16-hour course teaches the step-by-step process of designing a PV system. Participants will learn about system sizing strategies based on a number of variables, selecting appropriate equipment for each system type, analyzing data from a site assessment in the design process, planning the physical layout of the array, choosing a mounting method, applying relevant building and electrical code requirements, and calculating electrical values of system voltage, current, power, and energy productionCourse Details
Optional online courses to complement your PV Associate training and exam preparation:
This four-hour course provides participants with fundamental terms and concepts to better understand how electrical circuits work, and how to stay safe when working with or near electricity.Course Details
This four-hour course is for those who are ready to take the NABCEP PV Associate exam, or any entry-level exam in photovoltaics. We’ll discuss test-taking strategies, review the logistics of the NABCEP PV Associate exam, and use a practice exam to prepare you for test day.Course Details
What is the NABCEP PV Associate Credential?
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. Pursuing MREA’s entry-level solar training and obtaining your NABCEP PV Associate Credential opens doors to promising career opportunities in the rapidly growing solar industry while ensuring a recognized standard of expertise in renewable energy technologies. NABCEP’s Associate Program is beneficial for those new to the industry, installers, experienced workforce personnel, employers, and the public. Possessing a NABCEP Associate Credential signals your commitment to a career in renewables to potential employers.