1. Take a NABCEP (North America Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) approved solar class.
2.Take the NABCEP test, 60 questions, 2 hours. The exam fee is $75.00.
3.The technician installing solar equipment may encounter a variety of physical and environmental challenges. The following Technical Standards are provided to help students understand some of the physical requirements required to be successful in this industry.
- Ability in the following: use of formulas, problem solving, use of calculator, electricity concepts, solar resources principles, solar electric system components.
- Ability to lift 40 pounds
- ability to tolerate heights of 20 feet or more.
- Ability to tolerate adverse weather conditions (i.e. extremes in temperatures)
UPDATE: The Certificate of Knowledge is no longer offered, but you can pass the Entry Level Exam/Program
The NABCEP PV Entry Level Program is designed for those individuals wanting to get into the solar field; achievement of the NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam is a way for candidates to demonstrate that they have achieved a basic knowledge of the fundamental principles of the application, design, installation and operation of grid-tied and stand-alone PV Systems.
Upon successful completion of coursework offered by a registered NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam Provider, a student is eligible to sit for the PV Entry Level Exam. Prior to taking the NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam, students should have demonstrated a basic understanding of the principles outlined in the Learning Objectives.
The knowledge demonstrated by passing this test does not replace the knowledge, skills or abilities of the electrical or other construction trades, or those of other professions or degree programs that require considerably more academic and/or practical experience.
Individuals passing the NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam should not be confused with NABCEP Certified PV Installers. The latter can only be achieved by highly experienced individuals who have passed a much more rigorous examination and have demonstrated the capability to supervise complete PV system installations, and who have a detailed working knowledge of the electrical codes, standards and accepted
industry practice associated with PV installations.
As the market grows for photovoltaics, students achieving this industry-sponsored Entry Level Exam may find that their employment opportunities are enhanced by starting the job with an understanding of the basic terms and operational aspects of a PV system. However, completing coursework and passing the exam does not qualify an individual to install PV systems.