1 Certification HandbookUpdated January 2018 ICertification HandbookUpdated January 2018 PhotovoltaicCERTIFIEDSYSTEM INSPECTORS olar HeatingCERTIFIEDSYSTEM INSPECTORA pplications for all NABCEP Certifications are available American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, Inc. ( NABCEP )56 Clifton Country Road, Suite 202 Clifton Park, NY, Inquiries & Continuing Education: Recertification & Applications: (800) 654-0021 Fax: (518) 899-1092 Statement of Nondiscrimination PolicyThe North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners ( NABCEP ) is dedicated to the principles of equal opportunity and equal access to its programs and services.
2 NABCEP does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of religion, gender, ethnic background, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or other reason prohibited by law. NABCEP grants cer-tification without regard to an Applicant s membership or non-membership in any organization, association or other Statement: NABCEP is a non-profit Certification organization for professionals in the field of renewable energy. NABCEP issues voluntary Certification credentials to those qualified professionals who satisfy eligibility requirements established by the Board of Directors. NABCEP Certification is not a professional license issued by a government agency, and does not authorize a Certified Professional to practice.
3 NABCEP Certified Professionals must comply with all legal requirements related to practice, including licensing laws. Table of Contents1. Introduction 12. Overview 3 Purpose 3 myNABCEP Platform 4 Certification Timeline 4 Paper & Pencil Exam Administration 4 Computer-Based Testing Exam Administration 5 Live Online Proctoring Exam Administration 5 Certification Period 5 Fees 53. NABCEP PV Installation Professional (PVIP) Certification Requirements 6 Eligibility Requirements 6 Experience Requirements 7 Qualifying for the Examination 7 Documenting Experience 7 System Summary 8 Documenting System Installation 8 Documenting Decision-Making Role 8 Additional Information and Documentation 9 Training Requirements 9 OSHA 10 Training 9 PV Training 9 Documenting Training 10 PV Installation Professional Recertification Requirements 114.
4 NABCEP PV Design Specialist (PVDS) Certification Requirements 12 Eligibility Requirements 12 Experience Requirements 13 Qualifying for the Examination 13 Documenting Experience 13 System Summary 13 Design Documentation 14 Permits and Inspection Records 14 Contractor, Employer or Customer Letters 15 Additional Information and Documentation 15 Training Requirements 15 OSHA 10 Training 15 PV Design Training 15 Documenting Training 16 PV Design Specialist Recertification Requirements 165. NABCEP PV Installer Specialist (PVIS) Certification Requirements 18 Eligibility Requirements 18 Experience Requirements 19 Qualifying for the Examination 19 Documenting Experience 19 System Summary 19 Documenting System Installation 20 Documenting Decision-Making Role 20 Additional Information and Documentation 20 Training Requirements 20 OSHA 10 Training 20 PV Installation Training 20 Documenting Training 22 PV Installer Specialist Recertification Requirements 226.
5 NABCEP PV Commissioning & Maintenance Specialist (PVCMS) Certification Requirements 23 Eligibility Requirements 23 Experience Requirements 24 Qualifying for the Examination 24 Documenting Experience 24 System Summary 25 Documenting System Service 25 Documenting Decision-Making Role 25 Additional Information and Documentation 25 Training Requirements 25 OSHA 30 Training 25 PV Commissioning and Maintenance Training 25 Documenting Training 27 PV Commissioning and Maintenance Specialist Recertification Requirements 277. NABCEP PV Technical Sales Professional (PVTS) Certification Requirements 28 Eligibility Requirements 28 Experience Requirements 29 Definitions 29 Qualifying for the Examination 29 Documenting Experience 30 Proposal Documentation 30 PV System Completed 31 PV System Incomplete 31 Additional Information and Documentation 31 TABLE OF CONTENTS Training Requirements 32 OSHA 10 Training 32 PV Technical Sales Training 32 Documenting Training 33 NABCEP PV Associate Examination Requirement 33 PV Technical Sales Recertification Requirements 348.
6 NABCEP PV System Inspector (PVSI) Certification Requirements 35 Eligibility Requirements 35 Qualifying for the Examination 36 PV System Inspector Recertification Requirements 369. NABCEP Solar Heating System Inspector (SHSI) Certification Requirements 37 Eligibility Requirements 37 Qualifying for the Examination 38 SH System Inspector Recertification Requirements 3810. NABCEP Solar Heating Installer (SHI) Certification Requirements 39 Eligibility Requirements 39 Experience Requirements 40 Qualifying for the Examination 40 Qualifying Categories 40 Documenting Experience 41 Documenting Employment 41 Documenting Installations 41 Additional Information and Documentation 42 Training Requirements 42 Documenting Training 43 Solar Heating Installer Recertification Requirements 4411.
7 Small Wind Installer Certification Requirements 4512. Application for Certification 46 Application Submission 46 Verification of Employment and Education 47 Application Review 47 Notification of Eligibility or Ineligibility 47 Refund Policy 47 Eligibility Period 48 Property Rights 4813. Exam Content 49 English as a Second Language 5014. Examination Formats & Scheduling 51 Scheduling Examination Site & Time 52 Scheduling a Computer-Based Testing (CBT) Exam 52 Scheduling a Paper & Pencil (P&P) Exam 52 TABLE OF CONTENTS Scheduling a Live Online Proctor (LOP) Exam 53 Special Testing Accommodations 5415.
8 Taking the examinations 55 Admission to Examinations 55 What is Provided at the Exam 56 What Not to Bring to the Exam 56 Attire What to Wear for the Exam 57 Answer Sheets (P&P Exam only) 57 Test Taking Advice 5716. Examination Administrative Policies 58 Rules 58 Exam Security 59 Late Arrivals 59 Cancellation and Rescheduling Policy 60 Cancellation and Rescheduling for CBT and LOP exams 60 Cancellation and Rescheduling for Paper & Pencil exams 60 Exam Location Change for Paper & Pencil Format 60 Failure to Appear 61 Comment Prior to Scoring 6117. Scoring and Grade Notification 62 Pre-Test Exam Questions 62 Scoring Procedures 62 Determination of Passing Score 62 Exam Scoring Time Frame 63 Score Report 63 Score Information Made Public 64 How to Challenge Examination Results 64 Re-Examination Information 64 Cancellation of Scores 6518.
9 Certification Status 66 Duration of Certification Credential 66 Displaying a Certification Mark 66 Replacement Certificates 67 Misconduct 6719. Recertification 68 Introduction 68 Statement of Purposes 68 Basic Requirements for Recertification 69 Recertification Cycle 69 Application Time Line 69 Application Process 70 TABLE OF CONTENTS Notification of Recertification Acceptance 70 PV Installation Professional Recertification Requirements 71 PV Design Specialist Recertification Requirements 71 PV Installer Specialist Recertification Requirements 71 PV Commissioning & Maintenance Specialist Recertification Requirements 71 PV Technical Sales Professional Recertification Requirements 71 PV System Inspector
10 Recertification Requirements 71 Solar Heating System Inspector Recertification Requirements 71 Solar Heating Installer Recertification Requirements 71 Small Wind Installer Recertification Requirements 71 Installation Requirements 72 Definition of a Qualifying Small Wind System 72 Documenting Small Wind System Installations 72 Continuing Education Requirements for Small Wind Installer Recertification 73 Licensure Requirement 73 Verification of Information by NABCEP 73 Qualifying Activities for Contact Hours through Participation in Classes, Training Seminars and Related Offerings 73 Registered NABCEP Continuing Education Courses 73 College or University Courses 74 Registered Apprenticeship Training 74 State or Provincial Contractor Licensing Board Approved Training 74 Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) Institute for Sustainable Power Quality (ISPQ)