A great place to start in the solar industry is the NABCEP PV Associate Program. For most NABCEP Board Certifications, the first required step is the PV Associate credential. It’s a globally recognized, no-experience-required, entry-level credential in solar that will show potential employers you’ve learned the basics of solar power, passed an exam, and are ready to work. To qualify for the NABCEP PV Associate Exam, you must complete the three required courses: Basic Photovoltaics (PV 101), PV Site Assessment (PV 201) and PV System Design (PV 202).
Getting Started in the Solar Industry: NABCEP PV Associate Credential
Required Courses For NABCEP PV Associate Exam Eligibility
We’ve made it easy for students to navigate and work through the course requirements by creating course packages available online or in-person. You also have the option to purchase each course individually. Please note that individual courses do not include the textbook ($100). You’ll receive a certificate of completion after each course is completed.
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. Learners will determine the solar resource for their area and review mounting options for optimal system performance and energy production. The course ends with a summary of the costs and incentive programs associated with PV, as well as the environmental and other non-financial benefits of renewable energy.Check it Out
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. Online tools and calculators will be used to calculate an appropriate PV system size and estimate its annual production, and emphasis will be placed on financing terms and concepts so students can assess total system costs, convey incentive opportunities, and perform a cash flow analysis.Check it Out
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 production.Check it Out
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.Check it Out
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.Check it Out
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.
NABCEP PV ASSOCIATE EXAM
Completing the three required courses in the given time frame qualifies you to sit for the NABCEP PV Associate Exam. Passing the Associate exam qualifies an individual to design, sell, install, or maintain systems in a supervised capacity. NABCEP PV Associate Exam (2 HRS) In-person or online test-taking available