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30-Hour NABCEP PV Design Specialist (PVDS) Certification Prep Bundle

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This a bundle of 2 courses taught by :

We built a 40-hour NABCEP PVDS Prep Course that will give you the best chance of passing the PVDS exam. It includes more lessons and more practice problems. But you aren't required to get 40 hours of advanced training to sit for the exam, so some people have requested this speedier option.

NABCEP's PV Design Specialist (PVDS) Board Certification recognizes the advanced experience and skill of PV system designers. This Board Certification demonstrates your proven ability to configure the mechanical and electrical design components of PV systems.

This NABCEP PV Design Specialist (PVDS) Certification Prep Course gives you the advanced hours and knowledge required to earn NABCEP PVDS Certification.

The PVDS Practice Exam is included with the prep course - it's a great way to prepare and get comfortable so you can pass the PVDS exam on your first try.

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Course Outline #1 - 30-Hour NABCEP Advanced PV Certification Training and CEUs

Module 1

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

  • NEC Article 100 Definitions Part 1 (29:57 minutes)
  • NEC Article 100 Definitions Part 2 (1 of 2) (16:35 minutes)
  • NEC Article 100 Definitions Part 2 (2 of 2) (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 (1 of 2) (14:57 minutes) Preview
  • NEC Article 310 Conductors for General Wiring Part 1 (2 of 2) (18:53 minutes)
  • NEC Article 310 Conductors for General Wiring Part 2 (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 (12:20 minutes)
  • NEC Chapter 9 Tables Part 1 (28:19 minutes)
  • NEC Chapter 9 Tables Part 2 (1 of 2) (19:32 minutes)
  • NEC Chapter 9 Tables Part 2 (2 of 2) (15:09 minutes)
  • Informational Annexes (11:16 minutes)
  • Lesson 1 (24:27 minutes) Preview
  • 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)
  • Note on Posting Discussion Board Questions
  • Building and Fire Codes with Bill Brooks Part 1- 2020 NFPA 855 Energy Storage Systems, IRC, IBC, IFC, NFPA 1, ICC (08:41 minutes)
  • 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)
  • 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)
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 (07:24 minutes)
  • Where To Get Information - Part 2 (11:26 minutes)
  • Trigonometry Review Part 1 (19:19 minutes)
  • Trigonometry Review Part 2 (14:34 minutes)
  • Introduction to Voltage Temperature Calculations (01:09 minutes)
  • Voltage Temperature Calculations - Part 1 (04:45 minutes)
  • Voltage Temperature Calculations - Part 2 (11:50 minutes)
  • Voltage Temperature Calculations - Part 3 (05:57 minutes)
  • Voltage Temperature Calculations - Part 4 (02:29 minutes)
  • Voltage Temperature Calculations - Part 5 (04:23 minutes)
  • Read: Chapter 4 in "Solar PV Engineering and Installation" - Article 705: Interconnections
  • Suggested Reading Assignment: Read Chapter 1 in "Photovoltaic Systems and the National Electric Code (2017 edition)" - Article 690 photovoltaic (PV) systems
  • 2017 NEC Video 1 - Introduction to 690.2 (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
  • 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)
  • Suggested Reading Assignment: Read Chapter 3 in "Photovoltaic Systems and the National Electric Code (2017 edition)" - 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)
  • Suggested Reading Assignment: Read Chapter 4 in "Photovoltaic Systems and the National Electric Code (2017 edition)" - Article 690 part III disconnecting means
  • 2017 NEC Video 7 - 690 Part III Disconnecting Means (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
  • 2017 NEC Video 8 - 690 Part IV Wiring Methods (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
  • 2017 NEC Video 9 - 690 Part V Grounding and Bonding (1 of 2) (18:01 minutes)
  • 2017 NEC Video 9 - 690 Part V Grounding and Bonding (2 of 2) (17:04 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
  • 2017 NEC Video 10 - 690 Part VI to End of Article 690 (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
  • 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)
  • Suggested Reading Assignment: Read Chapter 9 in "Photovoltaic Systems and the National Electric Code (2017 edition)" - 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)
  • 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 (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)
  • Bill Brooks on 705 Video 6 Load-Side Connections (26:10 minutes)
  • PV UL Listing 1703 transitioned to UL 61730 (.pdf)
  • Wire Sizing (Chapter 12 PV and the NEC) Reading Assignment-advanced topic (.pdf)
  • Calculating Fault Currents with Bill Brooks-double advanced topic (34:07 minutes) Preview
  • International Residential Code (IRC) and Energy Storage Systems (ESS) with Bill Brooks (advanced topic) (27:36 minutes)
  • 2021 International Residential Code (IRC), International Building Code (IBC) and International Fire Code (IFC) with Bill Brooks (advanced topic) (16:21 minutes)
  • International Fire Code (IFC) and Energy Storage Systems (ESS) with Bill Brooks (advanced topic) (07:42 minutes)
Module 3 - Practice Exam

  • When asking questions about test questions
  • Optional Materials, Including Practice Exams
  • NABCEP Practice Exam Answers with detailed explanations (.pdf)

Course Outline #2 - NABCEP PV Design Specialist Practice Exam

Module 1 - NABCEP PVDS Certification Practice Exams

  • 2021 NABCEP PVDS practice exam
  • 2021 NABCEP PVDS Practice Exam Answers with Detailed Explanations (.pdf)
  • 2021 NABCEP PVDS Bonus Practice Exam
  • 2021 NABCEP PVDS Bonus Practice Exam Answers with Detailed Explanations (.pdf)
  • NABCEP Practice Exam 1 - 70 Questions
  • NABCEP Practice Exam 1 - 70 Questions Answers with Detailed Explanations (.pdf)
  • When asking questions about test questions
  • Connect with your instructor Sean on LinkedIn

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Courses with student ratings: 2

by Simon Limon, Owner, Electric Integrations 05/11/2022

The instructor was actually very funny and kept me watching the whole time.

by Gary Rochlin, President, Blue Sky Energy 04/23/2022

It is always great to get refreshed on the technical aspect of this industry. The couse succeeds at that in a big way.

by Terry Parker, Director of Field Operations, Fusion Power / Vector Energy 04/17/2022

I've been learning from Sean White for about 6 years now. He's a really good teacher, and I would (and do) recommend his videos to anyone who wants to advance their knowledge in the solar field.

by Clayton Hanks, President, C.H. Electrical 04/13/2022

The HeatSprings course is one of the best! Sean White and Bill Brooks teach the correct information for passing the NABCEP exam!

by Ezra Jones, Project Manager, ESS LLC 03/25/2022

Sean's program is very informative and he makes learning allot of concepts and details fun.

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This 0 module course is delivered entirely online. This course is self-paced and you can set your own schedule to complete the materials. 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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