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How do I fill out the NABCEP PV Certification Exam Application and document Accredited Advanced Training Hours?

HeatSpring is a NABCEP Registered Provider and many of our courses qualify for Accredited Advanced PV Training hours required to sit for NABCEP Certification exams and are also approved for continuing education hours (CEU hours) to maintain your credential and recertify. HeatSpring is also a NABCEP PV Associate Provider.

If you have completed your course and are ready to fill out an application for your exam with NABCEP then the following may be helpful.

NABCEP PV Associate Exam

If you are planning to sit for the NABCEP PV Associate exam then you do not need to follow the instructions below. Instead navigate to your classroom for the Solar PV Boot Camp + NABCEP PV Associate Exam Prep course and fill out the application provided in the course. You will then submit the application and exam fee directly to HeatSpring within the course. Then HeatSpring will submit the application and fee on your behalf to NABCEP to verify you have completed the required course.

NABCEP Board Certification Exams

  • PV Installation Professional (PVIP) Certification
  • PV Design Specialist (PVDS) Certification
  • PV Installer Specialist (PVIS) Certification
  • PV Commissioning & Maintenance Specialist (PVCMS) Certification
  • PV Technical Sales (PVTS) Certification
  • PV System Inspector (PVSI) Certification

Step 1: Complete the Required Advanced Training Hours for the credential you wish to obtain and earning your certificate(s) of completion from HeatSpring.

Step 2: Fill out an application on the special myNABCEP certification application website at and pay the exam fee directly to NABCEP. When filling out the application the following information may be helpful:

Accredited Training Hours

When you are filing out your application you may see a question like this (example from the PVDS application):  

A minimum of twenty-four (24) hours of training of accredited, advanced PV design principles and practices as outlined in the NABCEP PV Design Specialist Job Task Analysis. All advanced PV training must be offered by one of the following providers

Followed by a list of ways the institution or training course qualifies. For documenting hours from HeatSpring certificates of completion choose the option titled: "Training institutions approved by State Contractor Licensing Boards or Canadian Provincial equivalents".

Multiple Records for NEC hours and Advanced Hours

For some certification exam applications NABCEP requires that the JTA hours and NEC hours be reported separately under multiple records even if a single course fulfills all requirements. You may see a requirement on your application that looks like this:

You must have at least two (2) Records listed, one for each Course Type (JTA hours & NEC hours). If the course covers both Course Types, you may split course(s) into two records

If so you can split the hours approved for a single course certificate of completion between JTA hours and NEC hours. To do this just submit two copies of the same certificate, one for the JTA hours the course qualifies for and one for the NEC hours.

Approved NABCEP Hours by Course

If you need to review how many hours are approved for your course you can do so be either clicking the "verified certificate" link provided on your certificate of completion, or find your course using our NABCEP Credential Course Finder Tool.

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