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NABCEP PV Commissioning & Maintenance Specialist (PVCMS) Certification Prep

by Sean White and 1 other

 

Course 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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Continuing Education Units

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

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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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 (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 (12:20 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)
  • 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 Part 1 (18:01 minutes)
  • 2017 NEC Video 9 - 690 Part V Grounding and Bonding Part 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 (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)
  • 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 Commissioning & Maintenance Practice Exam

Module 1 - NABCEP PVCMS Certification Practice Exams

  • Welcome! Here is the latest on this relatively new NABCEP exam
  • When asking questions about test questions
  • PVCMS Practice Exam 2022
  • PVCMS Practice Exam 7/2/22 with answers and explanations (.pdf)
  • Taking Your NABCEP Test - Thoughts & Advice from Sean (07:17 minutes)
  • Connect with your instructor Sean on LinkedIn
  • PVCMS easy test (real PVCMS exam has some more difficult questions)
  • PVCMS easy test - 39 Questions Answer with Detailed Explanations (.pdf)
Module 2 - PVIP exams

The PVCMS exam is a relatively new and rumored to be difficult to pass exam. Most questions on the PVIP exam can be written slightly differently in context to make them PVCMS exam questions, so if you know how to pass the PVIP exam, you will know how to pass the PVCMS exam. For example, when I recently took another one of the specialist exams, the PV Design Specialist exam, I could not tell the difference between the PVIP and the PVDS exams. I assume that this is much the same for the PVCMS exam. There are very few people who have taken the PVCMS exam and there has been no activity here until June 2022. I recommend studying the same as if you were going to take the PVIP exam and I have posted my PVIP exam question here. If you decide you would rather take the PVIP exam, let me know and we can switch you into that course. Thanks, Sean

  • 1-NABCEP Practice Exam 1 - 70 Questions
  • NABCEP Practice Exam 1 - 70 Questions Answer with Detailed Explanations (.pdf)
  • Important: Data for Questions 41-45 on Practice Exam 2 (.pdf)
  • 2-NABCEP Practice Exam 2 - 70 Questions
  • NABCEP Practice Exam 2 - 70 Questions Answer with Detailed Explanations (.pdf)
  • 3-2020 PVIP Practice Questions
  • 2020 PVIP Practice Questions Answer with Detailed Explanations (.pdf)
  • 4-Additional Practice Exam - 30 Questions
  • Additional Practice Exam - 30 Questions Answer with Detailed Explanations (.pdf)

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

4.7
205 reviews

Courses with student ratings: 2

by Michael Yaple, Site Supervisor, Onsite Solar LLC 07/05/2022

Excellent course for all things NABCEP related. Wouldn't have been able to get my PVIP without it. Now on to my PVCMS exam!

by Stanley Popek, Owner, Solar Star LLC DBA Vegas Solar 05/30/2022

The information was very valuable for the NABCEP criteria

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.

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