Solar
Design and Installation
NABCEP
Certification Prep

40-Hour NABCEP Advanced PV Certification Training and CEUs

by Sean White and 1 other • Last updated 08/2022

4.6/5 (view ratings)
1132 students
6 modules
CEUs
31:41 hours
226 assignments

Course description

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 40 hours of advanced training required for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification Exam as well as hours for all other NABCEP PV Certification Exams and CEU hours for recertification. HeatSpring is a NABCEP Registered Provider.

Dive deep into advanced solar PV installation and design principles and practices addressed in the NABCEP PV Installer Job Task Analysis. You'll get access to detailed information and test-taking strategies specifically focused on the latest NABCEP PV Certification exams.

The main instructor for this course, Sean White, is one of HeatSpring's most popular and highest rated instructors. Sean 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.

In order to complete this course, you'll need to purchase a copy of Sean White's PV Engineering and Installation, a Preparation for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional, Specialist and Inspector Certification Exams 2nd Edition. It is also recommended to get a copy of the book 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. It's important to note that NABCEP is on the 2017 NEC for all certification exams. It is expected that NABCEP will adopt the 2020 NEC in 2022, so if you plan on taking NABCEP exams in 2022, plan accordingly. This course has information for both the 2017 and 2020 NEC, which Bill Brooks was intimately involved with writing.

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Learning Objectives

Participants in this course will upon completion of this course, be able to:

  • • Solar PV and the 2017 & 2020 National Electrical Code (NEC)
  • • Advanced best practices for solar PV design, installation, commissioning, and sales
  • • Prepare for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification Exam
  • • NABCEP Approved Advanced Training Hours for every NABCEP PV Certification

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Continuing Education Units

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
NABCEP Credential Advanced Hours for Exam Recertification CEU Hours NEC JTA RE Elective Building or Fire Code
40 30 6 30 12 6
0 12 0 0 0 0
40 30 6 30 12 6
20 30 6 30 12 6
20 18 0 20 12 6
40 30 6 30 12 6
0 6 6 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.

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Full 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
  • 2020 NEC Information and Purchase Options
  • Important: Purchase a copy of "Solar PV Engineering and Installation: Preparation for the NABCEP PV Certification Exams" (.pdf)
  • PV and the NEC Book by Sean White and Bill Brooks!
  • Optional: "The Science Behind How We Learn New Skills"
  • Set up email notifications and your student profile
  • Connect with your instructor Sean on LinkedIn
  • Introduce yourself on the discussion board
  • Announcement regarding NABCEP Certification Exams and the NEC Adoption
  • Feedback from an highly knowledgable student after taking and passing the NABCEP PVIP exam
  • Introducing Bill Brooks! (14:40 minutes) Preview
  • Announcement: All NABCEP Exams can be taken at home
  • Go-At-Your-Own-Pace
  • Discussion Board Request from Sean
  • NABCEP Adoption of 2020 NEC is moved back again, now 2023
  • Live Online Proctoring (LOP) for All NABCEP Exams!
  • Calculator and NEC Codebook Rules from Scantron Testing Centers for NABCEP Certification Exams
  • Books and resources
Module 1 - Introduction and the National Electrical Code (NEC)

In this opening module you will get to know your instructor, explore various solar resources, do some foundational reading, learn about important terms and concepts that you'll need to memorize or at least familiarize yourself with, and do an in-depth review of the sections of the National Electrical Code (NEC) that relate to solar PV design and installation.

  • Introduction (11:48 minutes) Preview
  • Read: Chapter 1 in "Solar PV Engineering and Installation" - Memorize and Familiarize
  • Resources Part 1 PV Labs (07:59 minutes)
  • Resources Part 3 Design Software and solarabcs (18:40 minutes)
  • Resources Part 2 PV Watts (26:00 minutes)
  • Resources Part 4 NABCEP PVIP Information (26:49 minutes)
  • Resources Part 5 Other NABCEP Certifications and Prices for all Certifications (20:17 minutes)
  • Resources Part 6 Solar Websurfing (27:08 minutes)
  • Markets and Getting Up To Speed (13:08 minutes)
  • Memorize and Familiarize Video 1: Memory Techniques (05:45 minutes)
  • Memorize and Familiarize Video 2: NEC Articles 100 Definitions and 110 Requirements for Electrical Installations (10:12 minutes)
  • Memorize and Familiarize Video 3: NEC Articles 200-250 including 230 Services, 240 Overcurrent Protection and 250 Grounding and Bonding (10:11 minutes)
  • Memorize and Familiarize Video 4: NEC Chapter 3 Wiring Methods and Materials, including the 310 Tables and different Articles on installing Conduits, such as EMT or Cables (11:09 minutes)
  • Memorize and Familiarize Video 5: NEC Chapters 4, 5 & 6. 4 is Equipment for General Use and includes 480 Storage Batteries, 5 is Special Occupancies and 6 is Special Equipment and includes 690 PV! (20:50 minutes)
  • Memorize and Familiarize - Video 6: NEC Chapter 7 Video 1 of 2 including Articles 705 Interconnections, 706 Energy Storage Systems and 710 Stand-Alone Systems (23:32 minutes) Preview
  • Memorize and Familiarize - Video 7 NEC Chapter 7 Video 2 of 2, including Articles 710 Stand Alone Systems and 712 DC Microgrids (24:26 minutes) Preview
  • Memorize and Familiarize - Video 8: NEC Chapter 9 Tables and Annex C Conduit and Tubing Fill Tables for Conductors and Fixture Wires of the Same Size (08:26 minutes)
  • Memorize and Familiarize - Video 9 Useful Information (19:37 minutes)
  • Memorize and Familiarize Video 10: More Useful Information (25:15 minutes)
  • Required Discussion Board Post #1
  • Read: Chapter 2 in "Solar PV Engineering and Installation" - The National Electric Code
  • Presentation slides (PDF) (.pdf)
  • Free Access to the National Electrical Code (NEC) - NFPA (Registration required)
  • Audio 2020 NEC Article 690 Reading - Radio 690! (.m4a)
  • NEC Notes
  • 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) Preview
  • 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 (21:18 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) Preview
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Required Discussion Board Post #2
  • Reference: NABCEP PV Installation Professional Resource Guide (.pdf)
  • Reference: "Expedited Permit Process for PV Systems" (.pdf)
  • NABCEP Certification Exam Fees (new in 2020) (.png)
  • Updating Course Material - If you completed a module and later it says you did not, you can just click on if you want it to show as completed.
  • To view your test results
  • When asking questions about test questions
  • 40-Hour NABCEP Advanced Module 1 Adv. PV Quiz
Module 2 - National Electrical Code - Article 690 - Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems

This module, you will go through Article 690 of the National Electrical Code (NEC). Familiarity with this part of the NEC is critical for solar designers and installers.

  • Read: Chapter 3 in "Solar PV Engineering and Installation" - Article 690: Solar PV Systems
  • Required Discussion Board Post #1
  • 2017 Versus 2020 National Electrical Code (NEC)
  • 2017 NEC Video 1 - Introduction to 690.2 (18:42 minutes)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 2017 NEC Video 7 - 690 Part III Disconnecting Means (19:32 minutes)
  • 2017 NEC Video 8 - 690 Part IV Wiring Methods (30:06 minutes)
  • 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)
  • 2017 NEC Video 10 - 690 Part VI to End of Article 690 (23:03 minutes)
  • 2017 NEC Video 11 - 691 Large-Scale Photovoltaic (19:10 minutes)
  • Grounding electrode schemes and transformers with emphasis on utility-scale (double advanced topic). (21:30 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks on Rapid Shutdown Part 1 Outside of the Array Boundary (14:57 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks on Rapid Shutdown Part 2 inside of the Array Boundary (20:17 minutes)
  • News: 690.12(B)(2)(1) Rapid Shutdown UL Listing
Module 3 - National Electrical Code (NEC) - Other Solar and Storage Related Articles

There are many NEC Articles besides Article 690 that are important to know about. This includes: Article 705 Interconnected Power Production Sources Article 706 Energy Storage Systems Article 710 Stand-Alone Systems Article 712 DC Microgrids Article 625 EV Power Transfer Station And more!

  • Read: Chapter 4 in "Solar PV Engineering and Installation" - Article 705: Interconnections
  • 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)
  • 2020 National Electrical Code 706 With Bill Brooks Part 1 (20:04 minutes)
  • 2020 National Electrical Code 706 With Bill Brooks Part 2 (17:26 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks talks Energy Storage Systems Part 1 (22:29 minutes) Preview
  • Bill Brooks talks Energy Storage Systems Part 2 (10:56 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks talks Storage Batteries Article 480 (03:30 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks talks EV Power Transfer Station (EV charging and EV to Grid) (05:38 minutes)
  • Bill gets excited talking about 705.13 Power Control Systems (08:16 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks on 705 Video 1 Supply and Load Side Connections (07:44 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks on 705 Video 2 with ESS Implications and Markets (11:51 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks on 705 Video 3 More 705.13 PCS and MIDs (08:04 minutes)
  • More EV to Grid-Full Circle with Bill Brooks (07:14 minutes) Preview
  • Bill Brooks on 705 Video 4 Supply-Side Connections and Microgrids (10:16 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks on 705 Video 5 Wire Sizing and Supply-Side Connections (05:52 minutes) Preview
  • Bill Brooks on 705 Video 6 Load-Side Connections (26:10 minutes)
  • Required Discussion Board Post #1
Module 4 - Safety, Wire Sizing, Building Codes and Fire Codes

Always good to be safe, so safely size your wires and to understand some of the building and fire codes. For the NABCEP exam, do not worry so much about Bill's Building Codes and Fire Codes, however it is important information and for those of you looking for NABCEP Continuing Education (CE) this is a requirement.

  • Read: Chapter 5 in "Solar PV Engineering and Installation" - Safety, Strategy, and Investing Your Time Wisely
  • Required Discussion Board Post #1
  • Required Discussion Board Post #2
  • Video Responses to Detailed Questions
  • Answer to Question on System Sizing (19:46 minutes)
  • Answer to Question on Connecting PV System to a Split Bus Panel (10:14 minutes)
  • Read: Chapter 6 in "Solar PV Engineering and Installation" - Wire Sizing
  • Code-Compliant Conductor Sizing - SolarPro (PDF) (.pdf)
  • Code Compliant Conductor Sizing: a 2021 take on a 2011 SolarPro Article Part 1 (16:41 minutes)
  • Code Compliant Conductor Sizing: a 2021 take on a 2011 SolarPro Article Part 2 (18:55 minutes)
  • Wire Sizing (Chapter 12 PV and the NEC) (.pdf)
  • Building and Fire Codes with Bill Brooks Part 1- 2020 NFPA 855 Energy Storage Systems, IRC, IBC, IFC, NFPA 1, ICC (08:41 minutes) Preview
  • Building and Fire Codes with Bill Brooks Part 2 Roof Setbacks (30:55 minutes)
  • Building and Fire Codes with Bill Brooks Part 3 The ICC i-codes (13:55 minutes)
  • Solar Building and Fire Codes Video 1 Part 1 (optional) (14:29 minutes)
  • Solar Building and Fire Codes Video 1 Part 2 (optional) (20:53 minutes)
  • Solar Building and Fire Codes Video 2 (optional) (23:14 minutes)
  • Solar Building and Fire Codes Video 3 (optional) (21:06 minutes)
  • Solar Building and Fire Codes Video 4 Part 1 (optional) (21:48 minutes)
  • Solar Building and Fire Codes Video 4 Part 2 (optional) (23:51 minutes)
  • PV UL Listing 1703 transitioned to UL 61730 (.pdf)
  • Utility Scale Grounding Discussion (21:21 minutes) Preview
Module 5 - Practice Exam for NABCEP PV Certification and Trig

Here we have a full practice exam and 30-question practice exam that will prepare you for the NABCEP Certification exams. Also covered are trigonometry concepts you'll need for some solar calculations. The NABCEP PVIP exam usually has 1 or 2 questions that you can use trig to solve.

  • Read Chapter 7 in "Solar PV Engineering and Installation" - Solar Trigonometry
  • Trigonometry Review Part 1 (19:19 minutes)
  • Trigonometry Review Part 2 (14:34 minutes)
  • Required Discussion Board Post #1
  • Important: Data for Questions 41-45 on Practice Exam (.pdf)
  • NABCEP Practice Exam 2 - 70 Questions
  • NABCEP Practice Exam 2 - 70 Questions Answer with Detailed Explanations (.pdf)
Module 6 - Question-by-Question Practice Exam Review

Review each question from the practice exam to understand how to arrive at the correct answer.

  • Question 1 Explained (04:03 minutes)
  • Question 2 Explained (05:14 minutes)
  • Question 3 Explained (05:38 minutes)
  • Question 4 Explained (05:21 minutes)
  • Question 5 Explained (03:26 minutes)
  • Question 6 Explained (04:29 minutes)
  • Question 7 Explained (03:40 minutes)
  • Question 8 Explained (05:44 minutes)
  • Question 9 Explained (03:02 minutes)
  • Question 10 Explained (03:14 minutes)
  • Question 11 Explained (15:14 minutes)
  • Question 12 Explained (08:37 minutes)
  • Question 13 Explained (01:45 minutes)
  • Question 14 Explained (02:37 minutes)
  • Question 15 Explained (02:49 minutes)
  • Question 16 Explained (05:53 minutes)
  • Question 17 Explained (02:30 minutes)
  • Question 18 Explained (02:05 minutes)
  • Question 19 Explained (03:10 minutes)
  • Question 20 Explained (02:39 minutes)
  • Question 21 Explained (06:33 minutes)
  • Question 22 Explained (03:52 minutes)
  • Question 23 Explained (01:53 minutes)
  • Question 24 Explained (03:02 minutes)
  • Question 25 Explained (04:05 minutes)
  • Question 26 Explained (04:32 minutes)
  • Question 27 Explained
  • Question 28 Explained (37 seconds)
  • Question 29 Explained (03:03 minutes)
  • Question 30 Explained (03:25 minutes)
  • Question 31 Explained (02:59 minutes)
  • Question 32 Explained (04:44 minutes)
  • Question 33 Explained (01:52 minutes)
  • Question 34 Explained (03:13 minutes)
  • Question 35 Explained (03:43 minutes)
  • Question 36 Explained (02:28 minutes)
  • Question 37 Explained (02:31 minutes)
  • Question 38 Explained (02:47 minutes)
  • Question 39 Explained (02:22 minutes)
  • Question 40 Explained (11:24 minutes)
  • Question 41 Explained (07:11 minutes)
  • Question 42 Explained (06:10 minutes)
  • Question 43 Explained (03:37 minutes)
  • Question 44 Explained (05:01 minutes)
  • Question 45 Explained (10:28 minutes)
  • Question 46 Explained (02:30 minutes)
  • Question 47 Explained (02:05 minutes)
  • Question 48 Explained (02:05 minutes)
  • Question 49 Explained (02:23 minutes)
  • Question 50 Explained (03:03 minutes)
  • Question 51 Explained (06:25 minutes)
  • Question 52 Explained (07:08 minutes) Preview
  • Question 53 Explained (02:37 minutes)
  • Question 54 Explained (02:22 minutes)
  • Question 55 Explained (02:39 minutes)
  • Question 56 Explained (02:16 minutes)
  • Question 57 Explained (01:45 minutes)
  • Question 58 Explained (02:10 minutes)
  • Question 59 Explained (02:15 minutes)
  • Question 60 Explained (01:33 minutes)
  • Question 61 Explained (03:26 minutes)
  • Question 62 Explained (03:00 minutes)
  • Question 63 Explained (02:36 minutes)
  • Question 64 Explained
  • Question 65 Explained (04:34 minutes)
  • Question 66 Explained (01:58 minutes)
  • Question 67 Explained (02:19 minutes)
  • Question 68 Explained (01:38 minutes)
  • Question 69 Explained (02:37 minutes)
  • Question 70 Explained (04:17 minutes)
  • Announcement regarding NABCEP PVIP Exam
Conclusion - 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!

  • Lots of additional optional videos and audio recordings
  • NABCEP Application: Start your application for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification Exam
  • NABCEP Certification Exam Scheduling Email from NABCEP (.pdf)
  • NABCEP Practice Exam 1 (70-Question) Questions with Explanations (.pdf)
  • Bonus Practice Exam (30-Question) Questions with Explanations (.pdf)
  • $100 Discount for "Drone Pilot Boot Camp"
  • NABCEP Exam Pep Talk (48 seconds) Preview
  • 1 Year of Access to Course Materials
  • Feedback: 2-minute Exit Survey
  • Consider Joining as a HeatSpring Member
  • Certificate of Completion: Request a Certificate

Instructors

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... Learn more

Bill Brooks

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... Learn more

Ratings

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1,132 students have taken this course

by Ron Smith, Owner, Mesa Solar LLC 03/22/2022

The video course was made very well, with plenty of practice exam questions and good explanations of the material

by Michael Yaple, Site Supervisor, Onsite Solar LLC 06/21/2021

I've taken a lot of online classes, and this course is the best I've ever taken. Sean really takes the time to thoroughly explain course material and is very responsive on the discussion board. I have no doubts that I will pass the PVIP exam on my first attempt. Thanks Sean!

by Adam Pounds, Project Manager, King Solar Inc 02/21/2021

If you want to level up in the solar industry, there is no better way to do it than to become a NABCEP PVIP. If you want to study for the PVIP exam, there is no place better to do that than HeatSpring.

by Ronald Bayes, Cofounder and Director of Business Development, Sunblaze Energy 02/04/2021

Sean and Bill are excellent resources for PV professionals of all levels of expertise.

by Pastor M 04/26/2022

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You can begin this online course instantly upon enrollment. This 6 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.

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