NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification Exam Prep

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Length: 5 modules

Instructor: Dr. Sean White

Subjects: Solar: NABCEP, Solar: Certification Prep, Solar: Design and Installation

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Description

Taking the NABCEP PV Installation Professional certification exam? It's notoriously difficult, and this course is a great way to prepare. You'll get access to a 70-question practice exam, many hours of lecture videos, and a world-class instructor. The course is taught by Dr. Sean White. He was the 2014 IREC Clean Energy Trainer of the Year, travels around the world to teach seminars on solar technology, and recently published two books on solar design and installation. You'll need to purchase a copy of "Solar PV Engineering and Installation" (2015) to use in this course.

You can enroll in this course all the way up to exam day. Feel free to jump in late and catch up!

Book NOT Included: Sean White's "Solar PV Engineering and Installation" (2015)

Dr. White published "Solar PV Engineering and Installation," in 2015. It's a perfect complement to this course and also a great study companion for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional certification exam. You'll need to buy a copy to use for the course. You can get it online for about $35.

Note: Before registering for this course, you should contact NABCEP to verify that you qualify to sit for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional certification exam.

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Complete the course material as fast as you want

Some students take the whole course in one week. That is an intensive amount of work, and most students have full time jobs which is why we split the modules out over 6 sections, intended to be taken one per week but its entirely up to you. You can print your certificate of completion as soon as you finish.

70-Question Practice Exam

This course includes a 70-question practice exam that emulates the actual exam as closely as possible.

Your Instructor is the Reigning "IREC Trainer of the Year"

Dr. Sean White is a published author and the 2014 IREC Trainer of the year. He is the best instructor in the world at helping you pass this test.

Uses 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC) for NABCEP Exam

This course is founded on NABCEP's adoption of the code and the NABCEP exam is still based on the 2014 code

Study with the best and brightest

The NABCEP PV Installation Professional certification exam changes every time. We do our best to respond with new material, but we've learned over the years that you're going to see new material on the exam. This course is a great way to study for the exam with your peers and get answers to your questions, but you need to be proactive and participate in the discussion to get the most out of the course. If you don't pass, you can take the course again at a discounted rate.

Self-Paced Online Course

This online course is self-paced. You can begin instantly upon enrollment.

Access Information and Build Your Training Library

After enrolling, the course materials will remain in your account and be accessible 12 months (1 year) after enrollment. Access can be extended beyond 1 year with a monthly membership. Return to your course anytime with online access from anywhere in the world.

Earn a Certificate of Completion

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 one-click LinkedIn integration.

Earn Continuing Education Credits

Self Report with Certificate: 16 NABCEP Advanced Credit Hours

Although I have been in the electrical field for over 25 years, I don't believe I would have done as well on the test without this course. I highly recommend taking this course.

- James Rodrigue, Green Street Solar

Sean has the unique ability to understand a student's gap in educational understanding and to fill in that gap in an extremely efficient manner. He is able to naturally work through technical information in an engaging path that builds toward proficiency rather than confuses the student. I have been fortunate to receive training from some of the top educators in the world and I would easily consider Sean as one of them.

- Anthony Shaw - Director, Progeneration Energy Corporation

Sean White is an awesome teacher! His teaching methods are interesting, engaging, fun, informative, and super helpful. I love his down to earth personality and approach, and how he goes step by step through the process. It's a great walk-through for learning how to navigate through the code book - which is a great real world simulation for the exam conditions. Also, I love the handy-dandy calculator short cuts as well as thinking about things such as the test room and state of mind, etc. Plus his sense of humor is an added benefit. I will keep drilling and reviewing the videos and materials, but I feel like I am really ready already. I would highly highly recommend this for anyone planning to sit for the NABCEP exam. In fact, I've been telling some of my coworkers about how great this course is already. Thanks!

- Josh Gray Project Manager, Solar Energy Systems

Want to pass the NABCEP? Go with HeatSpring and Dr. Sean White. You'll walk into the exam room feeling fully prepared!

- Ian Huddleston, Greene Tech Renewable Energy

Sean's course is a must before the NABCEP test!

- Mike Veeder, Kooltemp Heating & Cooling

I felt very well prepared for the NABCEP Installer Exam after taking this course. The test covers so much material that it is difficult to create a course that touches on everything you may be tested on. This course seems to do that about as well as is possible given the scope and difficulty of the test. Recommended.

- Joss Jaffe

This course helped to improve my confidence of passing the NABCEP exam. Sean White's book is a great book to study with for anyone preparing to take the NABCEP exam of working in the PV industry.

- Gleeson Roach, Williams everGreen Ltd.

Sean what else can I do to give you great reviews? You're definitely 5-star in my book! Thanks for helping me pass the NABCEP Professional Installer Level. I doubt I'd have succeed the first time without taking your HeatSpring training! I do really appreciate it!

- Ken Stewart, Easley Electric Inc.

The Heatspring NABCEP Installation Professional Exam prep course was very effective and instructional to me. It provides a vast amount of information and practical exercises in a comfortable and entertaining fashion. Highly recommended.

- Art Krebs CEO, Krebs Ventures LLC dba Construction Art

This course is certainly a milestone to passing the NABCEP, I feel like I've already passed the test after doing the practice test with Sean White. He does a great job of presenting you with the Material in a simplified way that takes the guessing work out of what you are going to face when taking the NABCEP. I look forward to continuing my education with the HeatSpring team. They are very professional and helpful throughout the whole process.

- Kenneth Wells Construction Supervisor, Sunrun Installation Inc.

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Instructor

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Dr. Sean White

2014 IREC Trainer of the Year

Dr. 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]

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Course Outline

Welcome - Orientation Materials

This is a self-study on demand course. 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.

  • Important: Purchase a copy of "Solar PV Engineering and Installation: Preparation for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification" (Resource)
  • Introduction to HeatSpring (1 minute) (Video) preview
  • Navigating the Weeks (Text)
  • Introduction Part 1 (3:49 minutes) (Video) preview
  • Introduction Part 2 (9 minutes) (Video)
  • Set up email notifications and your student profile (Text)
  • Introduction Part 3 (3:39 minutes) (Video)
  • Introduction Part 4 (1 minute) (Video)
  • Join the Alumni Network: Add education to your LinkedIn profile in one click (Resource)
  • Introduce yourself on the discussion board (Text)
  • Introduction Part 5 (1 minute) (Video)
  • Connect with your instructor Sean on LinkedIn (Resource)
  • Reading: 2013 NABCEP PV Installer Resource Guide (only available for free digitally due to NABCEP restrictions) (Download .pdf)
  • Reading: 2013 NABCEP PV Installer Resource Guide (print copy available through NABCEP for $35) (Resource)
  • Optional: 2010 Field Inspection Guidelines for PV Systems (Download .pdf)
  • Optional: A Guide to Photovoltaic System Design and Installation (Download .pdf)
  • Optional: PV Math by John Wiles (Download .pdf)
  • Review: NABCEP Job Task Analysis (Download .pdf)
Module 1

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

  • Lesson 1 (30 minutes) (Video) preview
  • Code-Compliant Conductor Sizing - SolarPro (PDF) (Download .pdf)
  • Code-Compliant Conductor Sizing - Part 1 (22 minutes) (Video)
  • Code-Compliant Conductor Sizing - Part 2 (35 minutes) (Video)
  • Code-Compliant Conductor Sizing - Part 3 (46 minutes) (Video)
  • MP3: Optional-Driving with Sean - "Article 705" (35 minutes) (Audio .mp3)
  • MP3: Optional-Driving with Sean - "Different Types of Systems" (32 minutes) (Audio .mp3)
  • MP3: Optional-Driving with Sean - "Code-Compliant Conductor Sizing in 10 Steps" (18 minutes) (Audio .mp3)
  • MP3: Optional-Driving with Sean - "Code-Compliant Conductor Sizing in 5 Steps" (5 minutes) (Audio .mp3)
  • MP3: Optional-Driving with Sean - "Code-Compliant Conductor Sizing in 5 Steps II" (2 minutes) (Audio .mp3)
  • Note on Posting Discussion Board Questions (Text)
  • The National Electrical Code - Part 1 (38 minutes) (Video)
  • The National Electrical Code - Part 2 (32 minutes) (Video)
  • The National Electrical Code - Part 3 (28 minutes) (Video)
  • The National Electrical Code - Part 4 (20 minutes) (Video)
  • The National Electrical Code - Part 5 (20 minutes) (Video)
  • The National Electrical Code - Part 6 (36 minutes) (Video)
  • The National Electrical Code - Part 7 (30 minutes) (Video)
  • The National Electical Code - Part 8 (26 minutes) (Video)
  • The National Electrical Code - Part 9 (59 minutes) (Video)
  • The National Electrical Code - Part 10 (34 minutes) (Video)
  • The National Electrical Code - Part 11 (26 minutes) (Video)
  • The National Electrical Code - Part 12 (9 minutes) (Video)
  • The National Electrical Code - Part 13 (1 hour 8 minutes) (Video)
  • The National Electrical Code - Part 14 (11 minutes) (Video)
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 (9 minutes) (Video)
  • Where To Get Information - Part 2 (13 minutes) (Video)
  • Trigonometry Review (35 minutes) (Video)
  • Introduction to Voltage Temperature Calculations (1 minute) (Video)
  • Voltage Temperature Calculations - Part 1 (5 minutes) (Video)
  • Voltage Temperature Calculations - Part 2 (13 minutes) (Video)
  • Voltage Temperature Calculations - Part 3 (6 minutes) (Video)
  • Voltage Temperature Calculations - Part 4 (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Voltage Temperature Calculations - Part 5 (4 minutes) (Video)
  • MP3: Optional - Driving with Sean - "Grounded and Ungrounded Inverters" (28 minutes) (Audio .mp3)
  • Article 690 - Part 1 (1 hour 22 minutes) (Video)
  • Article 690 - Part 2 - 690.7 - Maximum Voltage (46 minutes) (Video)
  • Article 690 - Part 2 - 690.8 - Current Sizing and Current (38 minutes) (Video)
  • Article 690 - Part 2 - 690.9 - Overcurrent Protection (1 hour 6 minutes) (Video)
  • Article 690 - Part 2 - 690.11 - Arc-Fault Circuit Protection (DC) (36 minutes) (Video)
  • Article 690 - Part 2 - 690.12 - Rapid Shutdown of PV Systems on Buildings (47 minutes) (Video)
  • Article 690 - Part 3 - Disconnecting Means (Video)
  • Article 690 - Part 4 - Wiring Methods (Video)
  • Article 690 - Part 5 - Grounding (Video)
  • Article 690 - Part 6 - Marking (Video)
  • Article 690 - Part 7 - Connection to Other Sources (Video)
  • Read: Chapter 4 in "Solar PV Engineering and Installation" - Article 705: Interconnections (Text)
  • National Electrical Code (NEC) - Section 705.12 A, B, and C (12 minutes) (Video)
  • National Electrical Code (NEC) - Section 705.12 D(2)(1) and (2) (20 minutes) (Video)
  • National Electrical Code (NEC) - Section 705.12 D(2)(3)(a) - 705.31 (14 minutes) (Video)
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)
  • Take: 70-Question Practice Exam (Quiz)
  • Question 1 Explained (5 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 2 Explained (6 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 3 Explained (7 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 4 Explained (6 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 5 Explained (4 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 6 Explained (5 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 7 Explained (4 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 8 Explained (6 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 9 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 10 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 11 Explained (20 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 12 Explained (12 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 13 Explained (2 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 14 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 15 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 16 Explained (7 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 17 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 18 Explained (2 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 19 Explained (4 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 20 Explained (2 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 21 Explained (8 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 22 Explained (5 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 23 Explained (2 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 24 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 25 Explained (5 minutes) (Video)
  • Assignment (Text)
  • MP3: Optional - Driving with Sean - "IV Curves" (33 minutes) (Audio .mp3)
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.

  • The Exam Room and Lots More National Electric Code (NEC) Review (1 hour 22 minutes) (Video)
  • National Electric Code (NEC) - Section 690 - PV System Parts (54 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 26 Explained (5 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 27 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 28 Explained (1 minute) (Video)
  • Question 29 Explained (4 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 30 Explained (4 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 31 Explained (4 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 32 Explained (6 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 33 Explained (2 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 34 Explained (4 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 35 Explained (4 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 36 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 37 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 38 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 39 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 40 Explained (14 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 41 Explained (8 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 42 Explained (6 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 43 Explained (4 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 44 Explained (6 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 45 Explained (14 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 46 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 47 Explained (2 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 48 Explained (2 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 49 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 50 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • NABCEP Study Guide for Photovoltaic System Installers with 92 Practice Questions (2009) (Download .pdf)
  • Assignment (Text)
  • MP3: Optional - Driving with Sean - "Sun Paths" (20 minutes) (Audio .mp3)
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.

  • Wiring, Grounding, and More (1 hour 4 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 51 Explained (8 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 52 Explained (15 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 53 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 54 Explained (2 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 55 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 56 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 57 Explained (2 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 58 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 59 Explained (2 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 60 Explained (2 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 61 Explained (4 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 62 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 63 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 64 Explained (7 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 65 Explained (5 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 66 Explained (2 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 67 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 68 Explained (2 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 69 Explained (3 minutes) (Video)
  • Question 70 Explained (5 minutes) (Video)
  • Assignment (Text)
  • MP3: Optional - Driving with Sean - "OCPD and the Mysterious Theoretical OCPD" (20 minutes) (Audio .mp3)
  • MP3: Optional - Driving with Sean - "String Sizing" (41 minutes) (Audio .mp3)
After The Course - Feedback and Additional Resources

No matter how great this course is, we know it's just one part of a bigger journey. In this module we'll start thinking about what comes next. You'll provide feedback on the course, request a certificate of completion, and learn about additional resources. Don't forget that you'll have access to the course materials will remain in your account with minimum guaranteed access for 12 months (1 year). Feel free to come back as much as you like to continue learning, and please stay in touch. Let us know what you do next and how we can help.

  • MP3: Optional - Driving with Sean - "Study Tips" (28 minutes) (Audio .mp3)
  • 1 Year of Access to Course Materials (Text)
  • Feedback: 2-minute Exit Survey (Survey)
  • Consider Joining as a Founding Member (Resource)
  • Certificate of Completion: Request a Certificate (Certificate)
  • 2017 NEC 690 Audio-Optional (Audio .m4a)
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