About this course

The 2017 National Electric Code (NEC) is here and the adoption cycle has begun. This course is jam-packed with 2017 NEC insight and interpretation. Sean compares and contrasts the 2014 NEC to the 2017 NEC, with special emphasis on the rapid shutdown and interconnection requirements of the Code.


PV is on the cover of the NEC and there are new articles affecting the industry, such as 691 Large-Scale PV Electric Supply Stations, 706 Energy Storage Systems, 710 Stand-Alone Systems, 712 DC Micro-Grid Systems.


There are many changes in the 2017 NEC. Everything that you thought you knew about grounding has functionally changed. 1500V systems, voltage and current definitions, labeling, be prepared!


In order to complete this course, you'll need to purchase a copy of PV and the NEC by Sean White and Bill Brooks.


This course includes many references to the National Electrical Code (NEC). It may be helpful for you to get a copy of the 2017 NEC. 


NABCEP has also now adopted the code and NEC 2017 is now in use on the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification Exam. This course is now completely updated with videos and materials needed to prepare for the NABCEP exam covering the 2017 NEC.

NABCEP has kept pushing back the adoption of the 2020 or 2023 NEC. Maybe they will skip 2020. When there is an announcement, we will let you know.

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Course outline

2 modules • 64 assignments • 13:15 hours of video lectures

Welcome • 10 assignments
Orientation Materials

This course is self-paced, so you don’t need to be logged in at any specific time. You can get started immediately after you enroll and the course materials will remain in your account with minimum guaranteed access for 12 months (1 year) after enrollment.

  • 2017 NEC Free Download and reading assignment
  • NABCEP and US jurisdiction adoption of the 2017 NEC
  • Purchase PV and the NEC 1st Ed. (2017 NEC) or 2nd Ed. (2020 NEC)-Read Chapter 1
  • Optional: Purchase a copy of "Solar PV Engineering and Installation: Preparation for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification" 2nd Edition. (.pdf)
  • Set up email notifications and your student profile
  • Go-At-Your-Own-Pace
  • Live Online Proctoring (LOP) for All NABCEP Exams!
  • Introduce yourself on the discussion board
  • Books and resources
  • Connect with your instructor Sean on LinkedIn
Module 1 • 26 assignments
2017 National Electric Code (NEC)

  • Free Digital Version of the 2017 NEC and NEC Reading Assignment
  • 2017 NEC Video 1 - Introduction to 690.2 (18:42 minutes) Preview
  • Read Chapter 2 in "Photovoltaic Systems and the National Electric Code (PV and the NEC)" - Article 690 photovoltaic systems part II circuit requirements
  • 2017 NEC Video 2 - 690.7 Voltage (16:59 minutes)
  • 2017 NEC Video 3 - 690.8 Current (22:18 minutes)
  • 2017 NEC Video 4 - 690.9 Overcurrent Protection (14:13 minutes)
  • 2017 NEC Video 5 - 690.10 Stand-Alone Systems and 690.11 DC Arc-Fault Protection (06:00 minutes)
  • Read Chapter 3 in "Photovoltaic Systems and the National Electric Code (PV and the NEC)" - Section 690.12 rapid shutdown
  • 2017 NEC Video 6 - 690.12 Rapid Shutdown Showdown Part 1 (21:12 minutes)
  • 2017 NEC Video 6 - 690.12 Rapid Shutdown Showdown Part 2 (25:23 minutes)
  • Read Chapter 4 in "Photovoltaic Systems and the National Electric Code (PV and the NEC)" - Article 690 part III disconnecting means
  • 2017 NEC Video 7 - 690 Part III Disconnecting Means (19:32 minutes)
  • Read Chapter 5 in "Photovoltaic Systems and the National Electric Code (PV and the NEC)" - Article 690 part IV wiring methods
  • 2017 NEC Video 8 - 690 Part IV Wiring Methods (30:06 minutes)
  • Read Chapter 6 in "Photovoltaic Systems and the National Electric Code (PV and the NEC)" - Article 690 part V grounding and bonding
  • 2017 NEC Video 9 - 690 Part V Grounding and Bonding Part 1 (18:01 minutes)
  • 2017 NEC Video 9 - 690 Part V Grounding and Bonding Part 2 (17:04 minutes)
  • Read Chapter 7 in "Photovoltaic Systems and the National Electric Code (PV and the NEC)" - Article 690 part VI to the end of 690
  • 2017 NEC Video 10 - 690 Part VI to End of Article 690 (23:03 minutes)
  • Read Chapter 8 in "Photovoltaic Systems and the National Electric Code (PV and the NEC)" - Article 691 large-scale photovoltaic (PV) electric power production facility
  • 2017 NEC Video 11 - 691 Large-Scale Photovoltaic (19:10 minutes)
  • Read Chapter 9 in "Photovoltaic Systems and the National Electric Code (PV and the NEC)" - Article 705 interconnected electric power production sources
  • 2017 NEC Video 12 - 705 Interconnected Power Production Sources Part 1 (25:51 minutes)
  • 2017 NEC Video 12 - 705 Interconnected Power Production Sources Part 2 (20:46 minutes)
  • NABCEP Practice Exam 2 - 70 Questions
  • NABCEP Practice Exam 2 - 70 Questions Answer with Detailed Explanations (.pdf)
Module 2 • 26 assignments
PV related NEC material not in Article 690

  • NEC Article 100 Definitions Part 1 (29:57 minutes)
  • NEC Article 100 Definitions Part 2 (16:35 minutes)
  • NEC Article 100 Definitions Part 3 (17:55 minutes)
  • NEC Article 110 Requirements for Electrical Installations Part 1 (19:39 minutes)
  • NEC Article 110 Requirements for Electrical Installations Part 2 (19:49 minutes)
  • NEC Article 200 Grounded Conductors Part 1 (16:40 minutes)
  • NEC Article 200 Grounded Conductors Part 2 (16:44 minutes)
  • NEC Articles 210 Branch Circuits, 215 Feeders and 230 Services (20:47 minutes)
  • NEC Article 240 Overcurrent Protection Part 1 (22:47 minutes)
  • NEC Article 240 Overcurrent Protection Part 2 (19:51 minutes)
  • NEC Article 250 Grounding and Bonding Part 1 (26:36 minutes) Preview
  • NEC Article 250 Grounding and Bonding Part 2 (26:36 minutes)
  • NEC Article 300 General Requirements for Wiring Methods and Materials Part 1 (15:06 minutes)
  • NEC Article 300 General Requirements for Wiring Methods and Materials Part 2 (21:46 minutes)
  • NEC Article 310 Conductors for General Wiring Part 1 (14:57 minutes)
  • NEC Article 310 Conductors for General Wiring Part 2 (18:53 minutes)
  • NEC Article 310 Conductors for General Wiring Part 3 (21:11 minutes)
  • 320 to 358 Common Wiring Methods like EMT Part 1 (15:19 minutes)
  • 320 to 358 Common Wiring Methods like EMT Part 2 (17:27 minutes)
  • NEC Chapter 4 Featuring Article 480! Part 1 (15:38 minutes) Preview
  • NEC Chapter 4 Featuring Article 480! Part 2 (17:11 minutes)
  • NEC Chapters 5, 6, 7 & 8 (10:42 minutes)
  • NEC Chapter 9 Tables Part 1 (28:19 minutes)
  • NEC Chapter 9 Tables Part 2 (19:32 minutes)
  • NEC Chapter 9 Tables Part 3 (15:09 minutes)
  • Informational Annexes (11:16 minutes)
Conclusion • 2 assignments
Feedback and Additional Resources

This is our last module but you still have access to the all of course materials for 12 months (1 year), so keep working and you'll be able to complete the course at your own pace. After your year of access expires you can optionally extend access with a HeatSpring Membership. Enjoy the course and keep in touch!

  • Feedback: 2-minute Exit Survey
  • Certificate of Completion: Request a Certificate

Continuing Education Units

Approved for the following CEUs

  • NABCEP Advanced Credit Hours
  • NABCEP NEC
  • NABCEP JTA
  • NABCEP RE Elective
  • NABCEP Building or Fire Code
  • NABCEP PV Associate Renewal

Approved NABCEP CEU Hours

NABCEP Credential Advanced Hours for Exam Recertification CEU Hours NEC JTA RE Elective Building or Fire Code
20 20 20 20 20 1
0 12 0 0 0 0
20 20 20 20 20 1
20 20 20 20 20 1
20 20 20 20 20 1
20 20 0 20 20 1
20 20 20 20 20 1
0 20 20 0 0 0

NABCEP Registered Provider

This course counts towards the training requirements for taking NABCEP professional certification exams and CEUs for renewing all certifications.

Instructor

  • Sean White

    2014 IREC Trainer of the Year, HeatSpring / White House Energy Inc. / Sean White Solar / Norcal Solar
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    Sean White was the 2014 Interstate Renewable Energy Council Trainer of the Year. He is an IREC Certified Solar PV Master Trainer and has authored several books on solar. He contributed to the development of the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Job Task Analysis and has been a member of the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Technical Committee. Sean is a... Learn more

Frequently asked questions

How does this course work?
You can begin this online course instantly upon enrollment. This 2 module course is delivered entirely online. This course is self-paced and you can set your own schedule to complete the materials. You can begin the lecture videos and other course materials as soon as you enroll. During your year of access the instructor will be in the course answering questions on the discussion board. After successfully completing the course, you will be able to generate a certificate of completion.
How long do I have access to the materials?
Students get unlimited access to the course materials as soon as they enroll and for one year (365 days) after enrollment. Rewatch videos and review assignments as many times as you want. View updates the instructor makes to the course as the industry advances. Return to your course anytime with online access from anywhere in the world. After the one year of access expires, access can be extended by joining as a HeatSpring member. A single membership extends access to course materials for all past enrollments.
Is there a certificate of completion?
Yes, when you complete this course you are eligible for a certificate of completion from HeatSpring. You can download your certificate as soon as you have completed all of the course requirements. Students can easily share their verified certificates on their LinkedIn profiles using our LinkedIn integration.
Can I register multiple people?
Yes please visit our HeatSpring for Teams page to get a group discount.

Reviews

4.7
Based on 76 reviews
221
students have taken this course
08/30/2022

These videos help the Solar industry a lot. The more we learn, the more knowledge we can pass on to co-workers and customers. Glad I took this course.

Gabe Von Wellsheim
Owner, Aloha Solar Power
04/10/2022

10/10 would recommend this to anyone

Derek Russell
PV Installer, Aurora Power & Design
05/24/2023

If you're working in the solar industry and want to continue doing so, you'll need to change with the times just as the technology does. The best way is to update your internal software by taking Heatspring courses and reading Sean White's many excellent books on PV and the NEC. Highly recommend!

Jarrod Starr
Solar Business Development Manager, Third Sun Kokosing Solar

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