What's Included • 40-hour online self-paced course • 100 practice questions for the PV Installation Professional Certification Exam in the course • 40 Advanced Credit Hours toward the PV Installation Professional Exam
Why Take This Course
Ecotech Training, ACICS accredited via Brightwood College - El Paso, is a registered NABCEP PV Associate Exam Provider.
Ecotech Training's Online Advanced Solar PV training provides 40 of the 58 required advanced solar training hours for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification Exam.
As the solar industry continues to mature, employers and customers are beginning to expect advanced training for installers.
Participants in this course will have the opportunity to gain the advanced knowledge needed to stand out as a trained and qualified solar installer, business owner, project manager or system designer.
This solar energy training course was designed to cover the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Job Task Analysis. Participants will gain solar installation skills that can immediately be applied in the field.
The solar energy industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in the nation-it pays to become a solar installer.
What You'll Learn Ecotech Training's 40-hour intensive Advanced Solar PV Training course covers a wide range of topics, including current industry standards for photovoltaic system design and installation best practices.
Agenda Section 1 Course Outline: Section A1: Verify System Design Section A2: Review Site Survey Section A3: Confirm System Sizing Section A4: Review Design of Energy Storage Systems Section A5: Confirm String Sizing Calculations Section A6: Review System Components Section A7: Review Wiring and Conduit Size Calculations
Section 4 Course Outline: Section C6: Install Utility Interconnections Section C7: Install Utility System Instrumentation Section C8: Install Battery Components Section D1: Install Equipment Foundations Section D2: Install Mounting System Section D3: Install PV Modules Section E1: Test the System
Section 5 Course Outline: Section E2: Commission the System Section E3: Complete System Documentation Section E4: Orient Customer to System Section F1: Conducting Maintenance and Troubleshooting Section F2: Perform Visual Inspection Section F3: Verify System Operation Section F4: Verify Effectiveness of Corrective Action
Ecotech Training’s Advanced Solar Design and Installation course prepares participants to earn the nationally recognized NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification. For full details on how to qualify for, obtain, and maintain the certification visit www.nabcep.org.
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Here are the steps to become eligible for, and successfully pass, the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Exam:
Step 1: Requirements All candidates for the Solar PV Installation Professional Certification must have experience in the field acting as the person responsible for installing PV systems, a minimum of 58 hours or advanced PV training, and an OSHA 10-hour construction industry card or equivalent.
Step 2: Training
In order to qualify for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification Exam, a candidate must successfully complete a minimum of 58 hours advanced PV training before the application deadline. A minimum 40 of the 58 prescribed hours must cover advanced solar PV installation and design principles and practices addressed in the NABCEP PV Installer Job Task Analysis.
A maximum of eighteen (18) of the fifty-eight (58) prescribed hours may be obtained from non-accredited, non-certified sources such as:
1. Courses covering building and electrical codes relevant to the installation of solar PV systems 2. PV Associate coursework through a NABCEP Registered PV Associate Exam Provider, provided that a passing score was obtained on the NABCEP PV Associate Exam. NOTE: Courses leading to the NABCEP Associate Exam do not qualify for the minimum 40 hours of advanced PV installation and design. 3. Additional OSHA or equivalent workplace safety courses above and beyond the required OSHA 10 hour course 4. Training programs and courses that are registered with NABCEP for Continuing Education Credits for the PV Installer Certification 5. Any other coursework that addresses topics included in the NABCEP PV Installer Job Task Analysis (NOTE: the applicant will need to submit a course outline and signed letter from the training provider detailing how many hours were spent covering the NABCEP Solar PV Installer Job Task Analysis in the course.)
Completing a minimum of 10 Hours of OSHA Construction Industry training is also required.
Step 3: Installations
All candidates for the Solar PV Installation Professional Exam must provide documentation for 3 to 5 installations, where they have acted in the role of contractor, lead installer, foreman, supervisor, or journeyman.
Candidates must provide system information, permits and inspection for each project that they have installed.
Step 4: Scheduling Examination Site & Time
Upon approval of an application for certification, the candidate will receive an approval letter and an examination schedule; the approval letter provides information for scheduling an examination.
The examination scheduling form must be submitted electronically, mailed or faxed at least 43 days before the desired examination date.
Step 5: Exam
Students will be asked to complete an application with required documentation here: my.nabcep.org
This form must be filled out completely by the candidate and signed by the instructor. The contact information entered on this form will be used for communications about the exam. An email address must be provided; email is used to send Authorization to Test notifications for computer-based exams and other exam related information. A mailing address must also be provided; score reports and passing score achievement paperwork are delivered via the postal service.
NABCEP accepts applications on an ongoing basis, but in order to qualify to sit for any particular exam date, applications must be completed, paid for, and submitted prior to the Application Deadline for that exam.
Each examination consists of 70 equally weighted multiple-choice questions.
60 of the questions are scored, and 10 of the questions are unscored pilot questions.
The pilot questions are randomly distributed throughout the examination and are not identified.
The time limit for the examination is 4 hours.
Step 6: What to Bring to the Exam
The NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification is designed to be completed with the aid of the National Electric Code book.
The text materials required to take the test will be provided for each candidate at the site.
2011 National Electrical Code, NFPA 70 (PV Installation Professional Exam only). Calculator - Casio fx260 or similar model.
Two #2 pencils.
Step 7: Determination of Passing Score
A scaled score of 70 is required to achieve a passing score on the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification Exam.
Step 8: Exam Scoring Time Frame
Exam score reports will be completed and mailed to the candidate prior to 6 weeks following the administration of the exam.
Grade results and pass/fail status will not be given out on the telephone or by email.
Step 9: Certification Status
Certification is valid for 3 years following the date of issue.
During that time, a certificant may use the certification designation after their name to show that they are certified.
Certificants will receive a frame for their certificate and information on maintaining the credential through the Recertification Program when they are notified of their successful certification.
Please see the NABCEP Certification Handbook pdf below for further information:
Ecotech Advanced Solar PV NABCEP Prep Course Includes: 40-hour online self-paced course 100 practice questions for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification Exam in the course 40 Advanced Contact Hours toward the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Exam Course Objectives: Ecotech's 40-hour intensive Advanced Solar PV Training course covers a wide range of topics, including current industry standards for photovoltaic system design and installation best practices.