Updated for the latest NABCEP PV Certification Exams
This course is developed and taught by Sean White and includes includes lectures from solar legend Bill Brooks.
This course qualifies for 30 hours of advanced training required for NABCEP PV Certification Exams and all CEU hours for recertification. HeatSpring is an Accredited NABCEP Provider.
Taking a NABCEP PV certification exam? NABCEP's professional certification exams are notoriously difficult, and this course is a great way to prepare. You'll get access to a 70-question practice exam, many hours of lecture videos, and a world-class instructor Sean White. You may also wish to increase your chances of passing with our 40-hour Advanced PV course.
Dive deep into advanced solar PV installation and design principles and practices addressed in the NABCEP PV Installer Job Task Analysis.
The main instructor for this course, Sean White, is one of HeatSpring's most popular and highest rated instructors. He is available to answer questions on the discussion board while you work through the course materials during your one-year session. He is extremely responsive and answers questions in great detail. Sean answers every question on a daily basis 99% of the time.
He is an IREC Master Trainer, was named 2014 Clean Energy Trainer of the Year, has taught thousands of professionals on solar technology, contributed to the development of the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Job Task Analysis, has been a member of the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Technical Committee, and has published multiple books on solar PV design and installation.
Sean published his second edition of "Solar PV Engineering and Installation," in 2019. It's a perfect complement to this course and also a great study companion for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional certification exam. You can get it online for about $35, we provide a link in the course for some options. Another good book Sean wrote with Bill that goes great with this course is PV and the NEC.
This course covers topics in the NABCEP Job Task Analysis for all PV Certifications, see below for a table of all hours by specific NABCEP Credential.
Includes National Electrical Code (NEC) Content for NABCEP PV Certification Exams
This course tracks NABCEP's adoption of the code and NEC 2017 is now in use on all NABCEP PV Certification Exams. Sean also includes materials covering the 2020 NEC in this course. Optional material includes the 2014 NEC for those of you living in places still using the 2014 NEC and those studying for the UL PV Installer Certification Exam.
Complete the Course Material As Fast As You Want
Some students take the whole course in one week. That is an intensive amount of work, and most students have full time jobs which is why we split the modules out over 6 sections, intended to be taken one per week but its entirely up to you. You can print your certificate of completion as soon as you finish.
Includes 3 Practice Exams to Help You Study
This course includes two 70-question practice exams that emulate the actual exam as closely as possible. Plus a bonus 30-question practice exam is also included. Explanations are given for all practice exam questions.
Instructor Sean White Was the 2014 "IREC Clean Energy Trainer of the Year"
Sean White was the 2014 Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) Clean Energy Trainer of the Year. He is an IREC ISPQ Certified Independent Master Trainer and a NABCEP Certified PV Installer. He has taught hundreds of solar courses to students all over the world. He is the best instructor in the world at helping you pass the NABCEP PV Certification exams.
Flexible Online Training for Industry Professionals
This online course is self-paced. You can begin instantly upon enrollment.
Access Information and Build Your Training Library
After enrolling, the course materials will remain in your account and be accessible 12 months (1 year) after enrollment. Access can be extended beyond 1 year with a monthly membership. 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.
Earn A Certificate of Completion
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.
Earn Continuing Education Credits
Approved for: NABCEP Advanced Credit Hours, NABCEP NEC, NABCEP JTA, NABCEP RE Elective, NABCEP Building or Fire Code, NABCEP PV Associate Renewal.
Approved NABCEP CEU Hours by Credential and Category
Although I have been in the electrical field for over 25 years, I don't believe I would have done as well on the test without this course. I highly recommend taking this course.
- James Rodrigue, Green Street Solar
Sean has the unique ability to understand a student's gap in educational understanding and to fill in that gap in an extremely efficient manner. He is able to naturally work through technical information in an engaging path that builds toward proficiency rather than confuses the student. I have been fortunate to receive training from some of the top educators in the world and I would easily consider Sean as one of them.
- Anthony Shaw - Director, Progeneration Energy Corporation
Sean White is an awesome teacher! His teaching methods are interesting, engaging, fun, informative, and super helpful. I love his down to earth personality and approach, and how he goes step by step through the process. It's a great walk-through for learning how to navigate through the code book - which is a great real world simulation for the exam conditions. Also, I love the handy-dandy calculator short cuts as well as thinking about things such as the test room and state of mind, etc. Plus his sense of humor is an added benefit. I will keep drilling and reviewing the videos and materials, but I feel like I am really ready already. I would highly highly recommend this for anyone planning to sit for the NABCEP exam. In fact, I've been telling some of my coworkers about how great this course is already. Thanks!
- Josh Gray Project Manager, Solar Energy Systems
Want to pass the NABCEP? Go with HeatSpring and Sean White. You'll walk into the exam room feeling fully prepared!
- Ian Huddleston, Greene Tech Renewable Energy
Sean's course is a must before the NABCEP test!
- Mike Veeder, Kooltemp Heating & Cooling
I felt very well prepared for the NABCEP Installer Exam after taking this course. The test covers so much material that it is difficult to create a course that touches on everything you may be tested on. This course seems to do that about as well as is possible given the scope and difficulty of the test. Recommended.
- Joss Jaffe
This course helped to improve my confidence of passing the NABCEP exam. Sean White's book is a great book to study with for anyone preparing to take the NABCEP exam of working in the PV industry.
- Gleeson Roach, Williams everGreen Ltd.
Sean what else can I do to give you great reviews? You're definitely 5-star in my book! Thanks for helping me pass the NABCEP Professional Installer Level. I doubt I'd have succeed the first time without taking your HeatSpring training! I do really appreciate it!
- Ken Stewart, Easley Electric Inc.
The Heatspring NABCEP Installation Professional Exam prep course was very effective and instructional to me. It provides a vast amount of information and practical exercises in a comfortable and entertaining fashion. Highly recommended.
- Art Krebs CEO, Krebs Ventures LLC dba Construction Art
This course is certainly a milestone to passing the NABCEP, I feel like I've already passed the test after doing the practice test with Sean White. He does a great job of presenting you with the Material in a simplified way that takes the guessing work out of what you are going to face when taking the NABCEP. I look forward to continuing my education with the HeatSpring team. They are very professional and helpful throughout the whole process.
- Kenneth Wells Construction Supervisor, Sunrun Installation Inc.
Love how in depth the course is. And taught with people who have hands on Knowledge of the specifics of solar. NABCEP certification and training will put you far above the rest in the solar industry. Its improved the quality and effective production of my installs. As well as made me a better trainer/leader.
- Adrian Guzman, Kayo Energy
Sean White and Bill Brooks are two of the most talented and experienced people in the solar PV industry; their credentials and accomplishments speak for themselves. I wholeheartedly recommend taking this course, the investment is worth every dollar and second. Like anything in life - The more you put in, the more you get out - But, there is a lot to get here... Take a deep dive into the resources and training provided and you'll be rewarded with significant knowledge and valuable skills.
Sean White was the 2014 Interstate Renewable Energy Council Trainer of the Year. He is an ISPQ 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...[more]
Principal, Brooks Engineering
Bill Brooks PE, of Brooks Engineering LLC, has over 30 years of experience designing, installing, and evaluating grid-connected PV systems. More than 12,000 installers and inspectors have attended his courses throughout the U.S. and abroad. His field troubleshooting skills have been valuable in determining where problems occur to focus training on those issues of...[more]
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 (Resource)
Introduction to HeatSpring (Video - 01:25 minutes) preview
Important: Purchase a copy of "Solar PV Engineering and Installation 2nd Edition" (Download .pdf)
Navigating the Course (Text)
Set up email notifications and your student profile (Text)
Introduction Part 1 (Video - 03:48 minutes) preview
Introduction Part 2 (Video - 09:00 minutes)
Introduction Part 3 (Video - 03:38 minutes)
Introduce yourself on the discussion board (Text)
Introduction Part 4 (Video - 01:03 minutes)
Introduction Part 5 (Video - 48 seconds)
Connect with your instructor Sean on LinkedIn (Resource)
Reading: 2019 NABCEP PV Certification Study Guide (Download .pdf)
Optional: 2010 Field Inspection Guidelines for PV Systems (Download .pdf)
Optional: A Guide to Photovoltaic System Design and Installation (Download .pdf)
Optional: PV Math by John Wiles (Download .pdf)
Review: NABCEP Job Task Analysis (Download .pdf)
Announcement regarding NABCEP PVIP Exam (Text)
2017 NEC Book Available for purchase! (Text)
Feedback from an highly knowledgable student after taking and passing the NABCEP PVIP exam: (Text)
Introducing Bill Brooks! (Video - 14:40 minutes) preview
Corona Announcement: All NABCEP Exams can be taken at home (Text)
Discussion Board Request from Sean (Text)
NABCEP Adoption of 2020 NEC is Summer 2021 at the earliest (Text)
Live Online Proctoring (LOP) for All NABCEP Exams! (Text)
Calculator and NEC Codebook Rules from Scantron Testing Centers for NABCEP Certification Exams (Text)
This week will introduce many of the concepts that will be covered on the exam.
NEC Article 100 Definitions Part 1 of 2 (Video - 29:57 minutes)
NEC Article 100 Definitions Part 2 of 2 (Video - 34:02 minutes)
NEC Article 110 Requirements for Electrical Installations (Video - 38:59 minutes) preview
NEC Article 200 Grounded Conductors (Video - 32:56 minutes)
NEC Articles 210 Branch Circuits, 215 Feeders and 230 Services (Video - 20:47 minutes)
NEC Article 240 Overcurrent Protection (Video - 42:09 minutes)
NEC Article 250 Grounding and Bonding (Video - 47:25 minutes) preview
NEC Article 300 General Requirements for Wiring Methods and Materials (Video - 36:54 minutes)
NEC Article 310 Conductors for General Wiring Part 1 (Video - 33:32 minutes) preview
NEC Article 310 Conductors for General Wiring Part 2 (Video - 26:41 minutes)
320 to 358 Common Wiring Methods like EMT (Video - 32:18 minutes)
NEC Chapter 4 Featuring Article 480! (Video - 32:31 minutes)
NEC Chapters 5, 6, 7 & 8 (Video - 12:20 minutes)
NEC Chapter 9 Tables Part 1 (Video - 28:19 minutes)
NEC Chapter 9 Tables Part 2 (Video - 34:51 minutes)
Code Compliant Conductor Sizing: a 2021 take on a 2011 SolarPro Article Part 1 (Video - 16:41 minutes)
Code Compliant Conductor Sizing: a 2021 take on a 2011 SolarPro Article Part 2 (Video - 18:55 minutes)
Code-Compliant Conductor Sizing - Part 1 (Video - 22:23 minutes)
Code-Compliant Conductor Sizing - Part 2 (Video - 35:39 minutes)
Code-Compliant Conductor Sizing - Part 3 (Video - 46:25 minutes)
Note on Posting Discussion Board Questions (Text)
Building and Fire Codes with Bill Brooks Part 1- 2020 NFPA 855 Energy Storage Systems, IRC, IBC, IFC, NFPA 1, ICC (Video - 08:41 minutes)
Building and Fire Codes with Bill Brooks Part 2 Roof Setbacks (Video - 30:55 minutes)
Building and Fire Codes with Bill Brooks Part 3 The ICC i-codes (Video - 13:55 minutes)
Solar Building and Fire Codes Video 1 (optional) (Video - 35:05 minutes)
Solar Building and Fire Codes Video 2 (optional) (Video - 23:14 minutes)
Solar Building and Fire Codes Video 3 (optional) (Video - 21:06 minutes)
Solar Building and Fire Codes Video 4 (optional) (Video - 45:21 minutes)
Bill Brooks on Rapid Shutdown Part 1 Outside of the Array Boundary (Video - 14:57 minutes)
Bill Brooks on Rapid Shutdown Part 2 inside of the Array Boundary (Video - 20:17 minutes)
This week you will set aside 4 hours to take the 70-question practice exam and see how you do.
Where To Get Information - Part 1 (Video - 09:12 minutes)
Where To Get Information - Part 2 (Video - 13:24 minutes)
Trigonometry Review (Video - 35:34 minutes)
Introduction to Voltage Temperature Calculations (Video - 01:03 minutes)
Voltage Temperature Calculations - Part 1 (Video - 04:48 minutes)
Voltage Temperature Calculations - Part 2 (Video - 12:43 minutes)
Voltage Temperature Calculations - Part 3 (Video - 06:33 minutes)
Voltage Temperature Calculations - Part 4 (Video - 02:37 minutes)
Voltage Temperature Calculations - Part 5 (Video - 04:33 minutes)
Read: Chapter 4 in "Solar PV Engineering and Installation" - Article 705: Interconnections (Text)
Suggested Reading Assignment: Read Chapter 1 in "Photovoltaic Systems and the National Electric Code (2017 edition)" - Article 690 photovoltaic (PV) systems (Text)
2017 NEC Video 1 - Introduction to 690.2 (Video - 18:42 minutes)
Suggested Reading Assignment: Read Chapter 2 in "Photovoltaic Systems and the National Electric Code (2017 edition)" - Article 690 photovoltaic systems part II circuit requirements (Text)
2017 NEC Video 2 - 690.7 Voltage (Video - 16:59 minutes)
2017 NEC Video 3 - 690.8 Current (Video - 22:18 minutes)
2017 NEC Video 4 - 690.9 Overcurrent Protection (Video - 14:13 minutes)
2017 NEC Video 5 - 690.10 Stand-Alone Systems and 690.11 DC Arc-Fault Protection (Video - 06:00 minutes)
Suggested Reading Assignment: Read Chapter 3 in "Photovoltaic Systems and the National Electric Code (2017 edition)" - Section 690.12 rapid shutdown (Text)
2017 NEC Video 6 - 690.12 Rapid Shutdown Showdown Part 1 (Video - 21:12 minutes)
2017 NEC Video 6 - 690.12 Rapid Shutdown Showdown Part 2 (Video - 25:23 minutes)
Suggested Reading Assignment: Read Chapter 4 in "Photovoltaic Systems and the National Electric Code (2017 edition)" - Article 690 part III disconnecting means (Text)
2017 NEC Video 7 - 690 Part III Disconnecting Means (Video - 19:32 minutes)
Suggested Reading Assignment: Read Chapter 5 in "Photovoltaic Systems and the National Electric Code (2017 edition)" - Article 690 part IV wiring methods (Text)
2017 NEC Video 8 - 690 Part IV Wiring Methods (Video - 30:06 minutes)
Suggested Reading Assignment: Read Chapter 6 in "Photovoltaic Systems and the National Electric Code (2017 edition)" - Article 690 part V grounding and bonding (Text)
2017 NEC Video 9 - 690 Part V Grounding and Bonding (Video - 34:47 minutes)
Suggested Reading Assignment: Read Chapter 7 in "Photovoltaic Systems and the National Electric Code (2017 edition)" - Article 690 part VI to the end of 690 (Text)
2017 NEC Video 10 - 690 Part VI to End of Article 690 (Video - 23:03 minutes)
Suggested Reading Assignment: Read Chapter 8 in "Photovoltaic Systems and the National Electric Code (2017 edition)" - Article 691 large-scale photovoltaic (PV) electric power production facility (Text)
2017 NEC Video 11 - 691 Large-Scale Photovoltaic (Video - 19:10 minutes)
Suggested Reading Assignment: Read Chapter 9 in "Photovoltaic Systems and the National Electric Code (2017 edition)" - Article 705 interconnected electric power production sources (Text)
2017 NEC Video 12 - 705 Interconnected Power Production Sources Part 1 (Video - 25:51 minutes)
2017 NEC Video 12 - 705 Interconnected Power Production Sources Part 2 (Video - 20:46 minutes)
Bill Brooks talks Energy Storage Systems (Video - 22:29 minutes) preview
Bill Brooks talks Energy Storage Systems (Video - 10:56 minutes)
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!
NABCEP Practice Exam 1 (70 Questions) (Quiz)
NABCEP Practice Exam 1 answers with explanations (Download .pdf)
Take the Additional Practice Exam (30 Questions) (Quiz)
Additional Practice Exam (30 questions) answers with explanations (Download .pdf)
Lots of additional optional videos and audio recordings (Resource)
Corona Announcement: All NABCEP Exams can be taken at home (Text)
1 Year of Access to
Course Materials (Text)
Feedback: 2-minute Exit Survey (Survey)
Consider Joining as a HeatSpring Member (Resource)
Certificate of Completion: Request a Certificate (Certificate)