About this course

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.

The NABCEP PV Design Specialist (PVDS) Certification Prep Course gives you the advanced hours and knowledge required to earn NABCEP PVDS Certification.
This PVDS Practice Exam is included with the prep course (we recommend taking the full course), but you just need to review sample test questions, this practice exam is for you.

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Course outline

1 module • 16 assignments • 7 minutes of video lectures

Module 1 • 9 assignments
NABCEP PVDS Certification Practice Exams

  • Discussion Board Request from Sean and Notes on Posting Discussion Board Questions
  • 2023 NABCEP PVDS practice exam
  • 2023 NABCEP PVDS Practice Exam Answers with Detailed Explanations (.pdf)
  • 2023 NABCEP PVDS Bonus Practice Exam
  • 2023 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)
  • Taking Your NABCEP Test - Thoughts & Advice from Sean (07:17 minutes)
  • Connect with your instructor Sean on LinkedIn


  • Sean White

    2014 IREC Trainer of the Year, HeatSpring / White House Energy Inc. / Sean White Solar / Norcal Solar
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    Sean White was the 2014 Interstate Renewable Energy Council Trainer of the Year. He is an IREC 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

Frequently asked questions

How does this course work?
You can begin this online course instantly upon enrollment. This 1 module course is delivered entirely online. The lecture video and other materials are available any time. After successfully completing the course, you will be able to generate a certificate of completion.
How long do I have access to the materials?
Students get unlimited access to the course materials as soon as they enroll and for one year (365 days) after enrollment. Rewatch videos and review assignments as many times as you want. View updates the instructor makes to the course as the industry advances. Return to your course anytime with online access from anywhere in the world. After the one year of access expires, access can be extended by joining as a HeatSpring member. A single membership extends access to course materials for all past enrollments.
Is there a certificate of completion?
Yes, 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.
Can I register multiple people?
Yes please visit our HeatSpring for Teams page to get a group discount.


Based on 12 reviews
students have taken this course
Shaik R
Matthew H

After taking the NEC course I was feeling a bit overwhelmed but after taking the practice exams and getting my questions answered I feel confident going into the exam. Thanks, Sean!

Emily Sigmund
Solar Designer, StraightUp Solar

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