NABCEP Certification

NABCEP Exam Dates for Spring 2017 & How to Qualify

A look at the remaining 2017 NABCEP exam dates

NABCEP Exam Dates for Spring 2017 & How to Qualify

If you’re planning to sit for the NABCEP exam, your time is running out!

NABCEP, or the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, governs the certification process for solar energy professionals. The organization offers certification in the areas of solar photovoltaics (panels generating electricity) and solar thermal (heating). NABCEP is the leading organization for solar certification in the United States.

If you’re looking to learn more about solar energy, visit our Introduction to Solar series.


The Catch: the NABCEP certification exams are only offered twice per year – once in the Fall and once in the Spring.

Candidates must review the NABCEP Certification Handbook to see whether they are eligible and/or how they can become eligible to sit for the various exams. The certification process is not one-size-fits-all. The eligibility requirements vary depending on a candidate’s education and work experience. The best way to determine how you qualify is by reading the NABCEP Certification Handbook.

Once you’ve determined that you qualify, you must meet a series of deadlines. These deadlines allow for optimum communication between the candidate and NABCEP so that both parties on the same page about where the candidate is in the NABCEP certification process.

Upcoming NABCEP Exam Deadlines: Spring 2017

Application Deadline: February 3, 2017

Exam Scheduling Deadline: March 10, 2017

Exam Date: April 22, 2017

Once again, it’s difficult to prescribe “next steps” since candidates for the NABCEP exams come from different educational and experiential backgrounds. But, if you feel confident that you can complete all the pre-requisites listed in the NABCEP Certification Handbook before the Feb. 3 deadline, we’re happy to assist you!

Our Solar PV Mastery Combo was designed to help candidates meet the educational requirements to sit for the NABCEP certification exams.

How our training fulfills these requirements (Section 3.5.2 in the NABCEP Certification Handbook):

  • Course topics align with NABCEP Job Task Analyses
  • Package offers the 58 hours of training needed
             – Of which, 40 hours are approved for “advanced” PV installation/design
             – Also includes OSHA 10 training
  • Curriculum is accredited by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)

With this training, candidates gain eligibility to sit for the beginner-level NABCEP PV Associate Exam. The PV Associate exam is an important stepping stone to the other NABCEP Certification exams, such as the PV Installation Professional exam and the PV Technical Sales exam.

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If you’re ready to pursue a solar PV certification, get started now with our Solar PV Mastery Combo training in the locations listed below!

Please note: the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Exam Prep is a total of 84 hours and provides the most comprehensive overview of electricity, safety, solar design, and solar installation.

If you have any questions about the NABCEP eligibility requirements or the best path that you should take to qualify for the exams, please give us a call at (800) 460-2575 or open the live chat window on your screen.

About Lesley Baulding

Lesley has been passionately advocating for and working with green building and renewable energy since 2009. She has experience with LEED certification, home energy auditing, blower door testing, solar energy, and more. She holds many certifications, including LEED Green Associate and NABCEP Certification. Her work has won numerous awards over the past decade.