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NABCEP PV Commissioning & Maintenance Specialist (PVCMS) Certification Prep

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30 Hours of Advanced Training + PVCMS Practice Exam

Instructors: Sean White, Bill Brooks

Subjects: Solar: NABCEP, Solar: Certification Prep, Solar: Inspection, O&M

Length: 2 courses

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Description

This a bundle of 2 courses taught by Sean White and Bill Brooks:

NABCEP's PV Commissioning & Maintenance Specialist (PVCMS) Board Certification highlights your expertise in the areas of operations, maintenance and commissioning. It spotlights your ability to apply verification protocols, critically analyze systems, and implement preventive and corrective maintenance procedures for PV systems.

This NABCEP PV Commissioning & Maintenance Specialist (PVCMS) Certification Prep Course gives you the advanced hours and knowledge required to earn NABCEP PVCMS Certification.

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

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Approved for: 30 NABCEP Advanced Credit Hours, 6 NABCEP NEC.

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...[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...[more]

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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 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 - 36:34 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 - 21:11 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 - 34:24 minutes)
  • Informational Annexes (Video - 11:08 minutes)
  • Lesson 1 (Video - 30:14 minutes) Preview
  • Code-Compliant Conductor Sizing - SolarPro (PDF) (Download .pdf)
  • 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)
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 (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)
  • Bill Brooks talks Storage Batteries Article 480 (Video - 03:30 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks talks EV Power Transfer Station (Video - 05:38 minutes)
  • Bill gets excited talking about 705.13 Power Control Systems (Video - 08:16 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks on 705 Video 1 Supply and Load Side Connections (Video - 07:44 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks on 705 Video 2 with ESS Implications and Markets (Video - 11:51 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks on 705 Video 3 More 705.13 PCS and MIDs (Video - 08:04 minutes)
  • More EV to Grid-Full Circle with Bill Brooks (Video - 07:14 minutes) Preview
  • Bill Brooks on 705 Video 4 Supply-Side Connections and Microgrids (Video - 10:16 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks on 705 Video 5 Wire Sizing and Supply-Side Connections (Video - 05:52 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks on 705 Video 6 Load-Side Connections (Video - 26:10 minutes)
  • PV UL Listing 1703 transitioned to UL 61730 (Download .pdf)
  • Wire Sizing (Chapter 12 PV and the NEC) (Download .pdf)
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)
  • To view your test results (Text)
  • NABCEP Practice Exam 2 (70 Questions) (Quiz)
  • Question 1 Explained (Video - 04:45 minutes)
  • Question 2 Explained (Video - 06:32 minutes)
  • Question 3 Explained (Video - 06:46 minutes)
  • Question 4 Explained (Video - 06:05 minutes)
  • Question 5 Explained (Video - 03:43 minutes)
  • Question 6 Explained (Video - 05:00 minutes)
  • Question 7 Explained (Video - 04:04 minutes)
  • Question 8 Explained (Video - 06:24 minutes)
  • Question 9 Explained (Video - 03:33 minutes)
  • Question 10 Explained (Video - 03:39 minutes)
  • Question 11 Explained (Video - 19:51 minutes)
  • Question 12 Explained (Video - 11:55 minutes)
  • Question 13 Explained (Video - 02:01 minutes)
  • Question 14 Explained (Video - 03:05 minutes)
  • Question 15 Explained (Video - 03:21 minutes)
  • Question 16 Explained (Video - 07:17 minutes)
  • Question 17 Explained (Video - 02:55 minutes)
  • Question 18 Explained (Video - 02:22 minutes)
  • Question 19 Explained (Video - 03:45 minutes)
  • Question 20 Explained (Video - 02:38 minutes)
  • Question 21 Explained (Video - 07:42 minutes)
  • Question 22 Explained (Video - 04:45 minutes)
  • Question 23 Explained (Video - 02:05 minutes)
  • Question 24 Explained (Video - 03:23 minutes)
  • Question 25 Explained (Video - 04:47 minutes)
  • 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 (Video - 05:10 minutes)
  • Question 27 Explained (Video - 03:17 minutes)
  • Question 28 Explained (Video - 01:24 minutes)
  • Question 29 Explained (Video - 03:43 minutes)
  • Question 30 Explained (Video - 04:04 minutes)
  • Question 31 Explained (Video - 03:37 minutes)
  • Question 32 Explained (Video - 05:42 minutes)
  • Question 33 Explained (Video - 02:09 minutes)
  • Question 34 Explained (Video - 03:46 minutes)
  • Question 35 Explained (Video - 04:18 minutes)
  • Question 36 Explained (Video - 02:59 minutes)
  • Question 37 Explained (Video - 03:01 minutes)
  • Question 38 Explained (Video - 03:33 minutes)
  • Question 39 Explained (Video - 02:59 minutes)
  • Question 40 Explained (Video - 14:24 minutes)
  • Question 41 Explained (Video - 08:22 minutes)
  • Question 42 Explained (Video - 06:35 minutes)
  • Question 43 Explained (Video - 04:13 minutes)
  • Question 44 Explained (Video - 06:06 minutes)
  • Question 45 Explained (Video - 14:14 minutes)
  • Question 46 Explained (Video - 02:56 minutes)
  • Question 47 Explained (Video - 02:31 minutes)
  • Question 48 Explained (Video - 02:19 minutes)
  • Question 49 Explained (Video - 02:41 minutes)
  • Question 50 Explained (Video - 03:26 minutes)
  • 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.

  • Question 51 Explained (Video - 07:40 minutes)
  • Question 52 Explained (Video - 07:19 minutes) Preview
  • Question 53 Explained (Video - 03:05 minutes)
  • Question 54 Explained (Video - 02:34 minutes)
  • Question 55 Explained (Video - 03:01 minutes)
  • Question 56 Explained (Video - 02:42 minutes)
  • Question 57 Explained (Video - 01:57 minutes)
  • Question 58 Explained (Video - 02:40 minutes)
  • Question 59 Explained (Video - 02:31 minutes)
  • Question 60 Explained (Video - 01:54 minutes)
  • Question 61 Explained (Video - 03:53 minutes)
  • Question 62 Explained (Video - 03:18 minutes)
  • Question 63 Explained (Video - 03:05 minutes)
  • Question 64 Explained (Video - 07:20 minutes)
  • Question 65 Explained (Video - 05:11 minutes)
  • Question 66 Explained (Video - 02:14 minutes)
  • Question 67 Explained (Video - 02:35 minutes)
  • Question 68 Explained (Video - 01:45 minutes)
  • Question 69 Explained (Video - 02:56 minutes)
  • Question 70 Explained (Video - 04:55 minutes)
  • Assignment (Text)

Course Outline #2 - NABCEP PV Commissioning & Maintenance Practice Exam

NABCEP PVCMS Certification Practice Exams

  • NABCEP Practice Exam (70 Questions) (Quiz)
  • NABCEP Practice Exam answers with explanations (Download .pdf)
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