30-Hour NABCEP Advanced PV Certification Training and CEUs

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Instructor: Sean White

Subjects: Solar: Design and Installation, Solar: NABCEP, Solar: Certification Prep

Length: 6 modules

Student Rating

Rating: 8.9/10 (view ratings)
254 students have taken this course

Description

Updated to include the 2017 NEC for the new NABCEP Exam

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.

This course qualifies for 30 hours of advanced training required for NABCEP PV Certification Exams and CEU hours for recertification. HeatSpring is an Accredited NABCEP Provider.

Dive deep into advanced solar PV installation and design principles and practices addressed in the NABCEP PV Installer Job Task Analysis.

The 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. He is an IREC Master Trainer, was named 2014 Clean Energy Trainer of the Year, travels around the world to teach seminars on solar technology, served on the NABCEP exam committee, and recently published two books on solar 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.

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.

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Updated With 2017 National Electrical Code (Nec) For NABCEP PV Certification Exam

This course tracks NABCEP's adoption of 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 new NABCEP exam covering the 2017 NEC.

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.

Your Instructor Is the Reigning "Irec Trainer of the Year"

Dr. Sean White is a published author and the 2014 IREC Trainer of the year. He is the best instructor in the world at helping you pass this test.

Study With the Best and Brightest

The NABCEP PV Installation Professional certification exam changes every time. We do our best to respond with new material, but we've learned over the years that you're going to see new material on the exam. This course is a great way to study for the exam with your peers and get answers to your questions, but you need to be proactive and participate in the discussion to get the most out of the course. If you don't pass, you can take the course again at a discounted rate.

Self Paced Online Course

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. 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.

Approved NABCEP CEU Hours by Credential and Category

NABCEP Credential Advanced Hours for Exam Recertification CEU Hours NEC JTA RE Elective Building or Fire Code
PV Installation Professional Certification 30 30 8 30 12 2
PV Design Specialist Certification 24 30 8 30 12 2
PV Installer Specialist Certification 24 30 8 30 12 2
PV C&M Specialist Certification 24 30 8 30 12 2
PV Technical Sales Certification 30 30 0 30 12 0
PV Associate Credential 0 12 0 0 0 0

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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 Dr. 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.

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Instructor

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Sean White

2014 IREC Trainer of the Year

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]

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Course Outline

Welcome - 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 (Resource)
  • Introduction to HeatSpring (1 minute) (Video) preview
  • Important: Purchase a copy of "Solar PV Engineering and Installation 2nd Edition" (Download .pdf)
  • Introduction Part 1 (3:49 minutes) (Video) preview
  • Navigating the Course (Text)
  • Introduction Part 2 (9 minutes)-Exam is now a Computer Based Exam (Video)
  • Set up email notifications and your student profile (Text)
  • Introduction Part 3 (3:39 minutes) (Video)
  • Introduction Part 4 (1 minute) (Video)
  • Introduce yourself on the discussion board (Text)
  • Introduction Part 5 (1 minute) (Video)
  • Connect with your instructor Sean on LinkedIn (Resource)
  • Reading: 2016 NABCEP PV Installer Resource Guide (only available for free digitally due to NABCEP restrictions) (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)
Module 1

This week will introduce many of the concepts that will be covered on the exam.

  • NEC Article 100 Definitions Part 1 of 2 (new 30 min) (Video)
  • NEC Article 100 Definitions Part 2 of 2 (new 34 min) (Video)
  • NEC Article 110 Requirements for Electrical Installations (new 39 min) (Video) preview
  • NEC Article 200 Grounded Conductors (new 33 min) (Video)
  • NEC Articles 210 Branch Circuits, 215 Feeders and 230 Services (new 20 min) (Video)
  • NEC Article 240 Overcurrent Protection (new 42 min) (Video)
  • NEC Article 250 Grounding and Bonding (new 47 min) (Video) preview
  • NEC Article 300 General Requirements for Wiring Methods and Materials (new 37 min) (Video)
  • NEC Article 310 Conductors for General Wiring Part 1 (new 33 min) (Video) preview
  • NEC Article 310 Conductors for General Wiring Part 2 (new 26 min) (Video)
  • 320 to 358 Common Wiring Methods like EMT (new 32 min) (Video)
  • NEC Chapter 4 Featuring Article 480! (new 32 min) (Video)
  • NEC Chapters 5, 6, 7 & 8 (new 12 min) (Video)
  • NEC Chapter 9 Tables Part 1 (new 28 min) (Video)
  • NEC Chapter 9 Tables Part 2 (new 35 min) (Video)
  • Informational Annexes (new 11 min) (Video)
  • Lesson 1 (30 minutes) (Video) preview
  • Code-Compliant Conductor Sizing - SolarPro (PDF) (Download .pdf)
  • Code-Compliant Conductor Sizing - Part 1 (22 minutes) (Video)
  • Code-Compliant Conductor Sizing - Part 2 (35 minutes) (Video)
  • Code-Compliant Conductor Sizing - Part 3 (46 minutes) (Video)
  • Note on Posting Discussion Board Questions (Text)
  • Solar Building and Fire Codes Video 1 (Video)
  • Solar Building and Fire Codes Video 2 (Video)
  • Solar Building and Fire Codes Video 3 (Video)
  • Solar Building and Fire Codes Video 4 (Video)
Module 2

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 (9 minutes) (Video)
  • Where To Get Information - Part 2 (13 minutes) (Video)
  • Trigonometry Review (35 minutes) (Video)
  • Introduction to Voltage Temperature Calculations (1 minute) (Video)
  • Voltage Temperature Calculations - Part 1 (5 minutes) (Video)
  • Voltage Temperature Calculations - Part 2 (13 minutes) (Video)
  • Voltage Temperature Calculations - Part 3 (6 minutes) (Video)
  • Voltage Temperature Calculations - Part 4 (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Voltage Temperature Calculations - Part 5 (4 minutes) (Video)
  • Read: Chapter 4 in "Solar PV Engineering and Installation" - Article 705: Interconnections (Text)
  • 2017 NEC Video 1 - Introduction to 690.2 (22 minutes) (Video)
  • 2017 NEC Video 2 - 690.7 Voltage (21 minutes) (Video)
  • 2017 NEC Video 3 - 690.8 Current (26 minutes) (Video)
  • 2017 NEC Video 4 - 690.9 Overcurrent Protection (16 minutes) (Video)
  • 2017 NEC Video 5 - 690.10 Stand-Alone Systems and 690.11 DC Arc-Fault Protection (7 minutes) (Video)
  • 2017 NEC Video 6 - 690.12 Rapid Shutdown Showdown (53 minutes) (Video) preview
  • 2017 NEC Video 7 - 690 Part III Disconnecting Means (22 minutes) (Video)
  • 2017 NEC Video 8 - 690 Part IV Wiring Methods (35 minutes) (Video)
  • 2017 NEC Video 9 - 690 Part V Grounding and Bonding (40 minutes) (Video)
  • 2017 NEC Video 10 - 690 Part VI to End of Article 690 (26 minutes) (Video)
  • 2017 NEC Video 11 - 691 Large-Scale Photovoltaic (PV) Electric Power Production Facility (23 minutes) (Video)
  • 2017 NEC Video 12 - 705 Interconnected Power Production Sources (58 minutes) (Video)
Module 3 - Practice Exam + Questions 1-25 Explained

This week, you'll take the practice exam and then dig into the first 25 questions.

  • Assignment #1 (Text)
  • Important: Data for Questions 41-45 on Practice Exam (Download .pdf)
  • Take: 70-Question Practice Exam (Quiz)
  • Question 1 Explained (5 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 2 Explained (6 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 3 Explained (7 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 4 Explained (6 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 5 Explained (4 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 6 Explained (5 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 7 Explained (4 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 8 Explained (6 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 9 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 10 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 11 Explained (20 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 12 Explained (12 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 13 Explained (2 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 14 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 15 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 16 Explained (7 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 17 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 18 Explained (2 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 19 Explained (4 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 20 Explained (2 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 21 Explained (8 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 22 Explained (5 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 23 Explained (2 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 24 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 25 Explained (5 minutes) (Video)
  • Assignment (Text)
Module 4 - Practice Exam Questions 26-50 Explained

This week, we'll dive deep into the National Electric Code (NEC) and cover practice questions 26 through 50.

  • Question 26 Explained (5 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 27 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 28 Explained (1 minute) (Video)
  • Question 29 Explained (4 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 30 Explained (4 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 31 Explained (4 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 32 Explained (6 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 33 Explained (2 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 34 Explained (4 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 35 Explained (4 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 36 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 37 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 38 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 39 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 40 Explained (14 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 41 Explained (8 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 42 Explained (6 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 43 Explained (4 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 44 Explained (6 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 45 Explained (14 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 46 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 47 Explained (2 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 48 Explained (2 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 49 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 50 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • NABCEP Study Guide for Photovoltaic System Installers with 92 Practice Questions (2009) (Download .pdf)
  • Assignment (Text)
Module 5 - Practice Exam Questions 51-70 Explained

This week, we'll discuss Section 690 of the NEC and also cover practice questions 51 through 70.

  • Wiring, Grounding, and More (1 hour 4 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 51 Explained (8 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 52 Explained (15 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 53 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 54 Explained (2 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 55 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 56 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 57 Explained (2 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 58 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 59 Explained (2 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 60 Explained (2 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 61 Explained (4 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 62 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 63 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 64 Explained (7 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 65 Explained (5 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 66 Explained (2 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 67 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 68 Explained (2 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 69 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 70 Explained (5 minutes) (Video)
  • Assignment (Text)
Module 6 - 2014 NEC = Optional Module

The NABCEP Exam is on the 2017 NEC and this material is not, however NABCEP may only have 1 question that would have a different answer based on the 2014 vs. 2017 NEC from what I have heard. The 2017 NEC question asked about the Rapid Shutdown array boundary. In the 2017 NEC it is 1 foot and in the 2014 NEC it was not defined as the array boundary, however it was 10 feet. Another thing that could be different is the temperature adder that was in the 2014 NEC for conduit over a rooftop in sunlight has been removed in the 2017 (& 2020) NEC. If you have time, I would say to study this material, however some students get worried that they are studying the 2014 NEC when preparing for a 2017 NEC exam. I have even seen 2014 NEC questions on the NABCEP Inspector exam that was supposed to be 2017 based.

  • The Exam Room and Lots More National Electric Code (NEC) Review (1 hour 22 minutes) (Video)
  • National Electric Code (NEC) - Section 690 - PV System Parts (54 minutes) (Video)
  • The National Electrical Code - Part 1 (38 minutes) (Video)
  • The National Electrical Code - Part 2 (32 minutes) (Video)
  • The National Electrical Code - Part 3 (28 minutes) (Video)
  • The National Electrical Code - Part 4 (20 minutes) (Video)
  • The National Electrical Code - Part 5 (20 minutes) (Video)
  • Article 690 - Part 1 (1 hour 22 minutes) (Video)
  • The National Electrical Code - Part 6 (36 minutes) (Video)
  • Article 690 - Part 2 - 690.7 - Maximum Voltage (46 minutes) (Video)
  • The National Electrical Code - Part 7 (30 minutes) (Video)
  • Article 690 - Part 2 - 690.8 - Current Sizing and Current (38 minutes) (Video)
  • The National Electical Code - Part 8 (26 minutes) (Video)
  • Article 690 - Part 2 - 690.9 - Overcurrent Protection (1 hour 6 minutes) (Video)
  • The National Electrical Code - Part 9 (59 minutes) (Video)
  • Article 690 - Part 2 - 690.11 - Arc-Fault Circuit Protection (DC) (36 minutes) (Video)
  • The National Electrical Code - Part 10 (34 minutes) (Video)
  • Article 690 - Part 2 - 690.12 - Rapid Shutdown of PV Systems on Buildings (47 minutes) (Video)
  • The National Electrical Code - Part 11 (26 minutes) (Video)
  • Article 690 - Part 3 - Disconnecting Means (Video)
  • The National Electrical Code - Part 12 (9 minutes) (Video)
  • Article 690 - Part 4 - Wiring Methods (Video)
  • The National Electrical Code - Part 13 (1 hour 8 minutes) (Video)
  • Article 690 - Part 5 - Grounding (Video)
  • The National Electrical Code - Part 14 (11 minutes) (Video)
  • Article 690 - Part 6 - Marking (Video)
  • Article 690 - Part 7 - Connection to Other Sources (Video)
  • National Electrical Code (NEC) - Section 705.12 A, B, and C (12 minutes) (Video)
  • National Electrical Code (NEC) - Section 705.12 D(2)(1) and (2) (20 minutes) (Video)
  • National Electrical Code (NEC) - Section 705.12 D(2)(3)(a) - 705.31 (14 minutes) (Video)
  • Note on 2014 Versus 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC) (Text)
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 use this module to print your certificate of completion and submit survey feedback when you are done. After your year of access expires you can optionally extend access with a HeatSpring Membership. Enjoy the course and keep in touch!

  • 2017 NEC 690 Audio-Optional (Audio .m4a)
  • MP3: Optional - Driving with Sean - "Study Tips" (28 minutes) (Audio .mp3)
  • MP3: Optional-Driving with Sean - "Code-Compliant Conductor Sizing in 5 Steps" (5 minutes) (Audio .mp3)
  • MP3: Optional-Driving with Sean - "Code-Compliant Conductor Sizing in 10 Steps" (18 minutes) (Audio .mp3)
  • MP3: Optional-Driving with Sean - "Code-Compliant Conductor Sizing in 5 Steps II" (2 minutes) (Audio .mp3)
  • MP3: Optional-Driving with Sean - "Article 705" (35 minutes) (Audio .mp3)
  • MP3: Optional - Driving with Sean - "Grounded and Ungrounded Inverters" (28 minutes) (Audio .mp3)
  • MP3: Optional - Driving with Sean - "IV Curves" (33 minutes) (Audio .mp3)
  • MP3: Optional - Driving with Sean - "Sun Paths" (20 minutes) (Audio .mp3)
  • MP3: Optional-Driving with Sean - "Different Types of Systems" (32 minutes) (Audio .mp3)
  • MP3: Optional - Driving with Sean - "OCPD and the Mysterious Theoretical OCPD" (20 minutes) (Audio .mp3)
  • MP3: Optional - Driving with Sean - "String Sizing" (41 minutes) (Audio .mp3)
  • NABCEP Practice Exam 1 (70-Question) Questions with Explanations (Download .pdf)
  • Bonus Practice Exam (30-Question) Questions with Explanations (Download .pdf)
  • 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)
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