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Solar PV Associate

This 40 hour Solar PV Bootcamp training course will prepare you to take the NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam and will provide students with the knowledge necessary to get started in the solar industry.

Course Overview: 

This 40 hour solar training bootcamp course will give you what you need to start working in the solar industry. Available in both live and online classroom settings, the Solar PV Associate class covers the fundamentals of solar energy and photovoltaics, electricity, system sizing principles and PV array electrical & mechanical design. Prepare yourself for a career in renewable energy! No prior experience is required.


Everblue is teaming up with the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) to offer certificate programs to renewable energy professionals throughout North America. The NABCEP is a volunteer board of renewable energy stakeholder representatives that includes representatives of the solar industry, NABCEP certificants, renewable energy organizations, state policy makers, educational institutions, and the trades. NABCEP’s mission is to support, and work with, the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries, professionals, and stakeholders–is intended to develop and implement quality credentialing and certification programs for practitioners.


NABCEP's Entry Level Certificate of Knowledge

NABCEP offers an entry level Certificate of Knowledge aimed at students wanting to get into the solar photovoltaic field. After taking a course from an approved provider and passing a national exam, this Certificate shows that the recipient has achieved basic knowledge, comprehension and application of key terms and concepts of photovoltaic (solar electric) systems operations. The Certificate by itself does not qualify an individual to install PV systems but it does prepare them for employment in the field.


As the market grows for photovoltaics, the person holding this industry-sponsored Entry Level Certificate is likely to 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 and that their NABCEP Entry Level Certificate is noticed by potential employers.


Solar credentials: what are they?


Certified, certificate holder, accredited,and licensed—do you know what they mean? What’s the difference between them?


In the rapidly evolving world of renewable energy credentials for installers and training organizations, knowledge is power.


In the February/March 2010 edition of Home Power Magazine, NABCEP’s Ezra Auerbach explains and demystifies the terms to help the consumer know what to look for when selecting a solar installer. Typically, certification status is awarded to an individual, and NABCEP is the organization that certifies solar photovoltaic and solar thermal installers.


Accreditation, on the other hand, is a credential awarded to a program or an organization that has met rigorous standards. The non-profit, Institute for Sustainable Power Quality (ISPQ), develops and maintains international standards for renewable energy training providers.


Read the article in the February/March 2010 edition of Home Power Magazine.

Who Should Attend: 

This course is ideal for contractors, foremen, supervisors, journeymen, electricians, students and anyone interested in understanding renewable energy or looking for a new career path.

Course Outline: 

This course is designed to help individuals understand the fastest growing form of power generation in the world - solar power. Key concepts include the basics of electricity, solar design, and installation. Students will also have an opportunity to set up a small solar circuit in a lab setting to reinforce the concepts taught in the classroom. As a Solar PV Associate, you will qualify to take the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV Entry Level Exam.


  • Safety & Electricity Basics
  • Solar Energy Fundamentals
  • System Components
  • PV System Sizing Principles
  • PV System Electrical & Mechanical Design
  • Site Survey and Preplanning
  • Permitting and Inspection
  • Performance Analysis, Maintenance, & Troubleshooting
  • Business and Economics of Solar


All solar instructors have real world experience that they will impart on you during this class.  This Solar Training course is the first step in the process of earning your Solar Certifications.

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