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NABCEP PV Installation Professional (PVIP) Certification Prep

by Sean White and 1 other

Course description

This a bundle of 3 courses taught by Sean White and Bill Brooks:

If you need 58-hours of Advanced PV Training in order to sit for a NABCEP PV Installation Professional (PVIP) Certification exam there are several different pathways which you should review to pick the correct course.

After completing the first course, you receive 18 advanced NABCEP credits. Completing the second course gets you 40 advanced NABCEP credits, for a total of 58. HeatSpring is a NABCEP Registered Provider

Not Included: "Solar Photovoltaic Basics" and "Solar PV Engineering and Installation" Books

The 18-Hour Solar PV Boot Camp course is based on Dr. Sean White's NABCEP PV Associate Exam preparation book: "Solar Photovoltaic Basics." The 40-Hour Advanced PV Installer course is based on Dr. White's NABCEP PV Installation Professional certification exam prep book: "Solar PV Engineering and Installation." These books are not included in the course price. They can be purchased for about $35 through Amazon or other online booksellers.

Alternate Pathways for NABCEP PV Associate Exam or Energy Storage Content

If you are interested in also earning the NABCEP PV Associate credential by taking and passing the PV Associate exam OR if you are interested in Energy Storage please review our 58-hour Advanced PV Training pathways.

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Continuing Education Units

Approved for: NABCEP Advanced Credit Hours, NABCEP NEC, NABCEP JTA, NABCEP RE Elective, NABCEP Building or Fire Code, NABCEP PV Associate Renewal.

Approved NABCEP CEU Hours
NABCEP Credential Advanced Hours for Exam Recertification CEU Hours NEC JTA RE Elective Building or Fire Code
58 48 11 48 30 8
0 24 0 0 0 0
58 48 11 48 30 8
38 48 11 48 30 8
38 36 0 38 30 8
58 48 11 48 30 8
0 24 11 0 0 0
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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 - 18-hour Solar PV Boot Camp

Welcome - Orientation Materials

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.

  • Textbook: "Solar Photovoltaic Basics: A Study Guide for the NABCEP Associate Exam 2nd Edition"
  • About this course vs. the other PV Associate Boot Camp
  • Set up email notifications and your student profile
  • Books and resources
  • Live Online Proctoring (LOP) for All NABCEP Exams!
  • Introduce yourself on the discussion board
  • Connect with your instructor Sean on LinkedIn
  • Audio versions of lectures are located in: Optional Materials
Module 1 - History of Solar, Markets and Applications for Solar PV, and Safety Basics

You'll learn about the beginnings of solar PV technology, current markets and applications for the technology, and the basic safety considerations and requirements for solar PV installers. Topics include: different types of PV systems, OSHA, National Electrical Code (NEC), arc flashes, overcurrent protection devices, fall protection, and lockout-tagout (LOTO).

  • Read Chapter 1 in "Solar Photovoltaic Basics" - PV Markets and Applications
  • History of Solar PV (13:56 minutes)
  • PV Markets and Applications Part 1 (14:46 minutes) Preview
  • PV Markets and Applications Part 2 (19:03 minutes)
  • PV Markets and Applications Part 3 (20:00 minutes) Preview
  • AC-Coupling, DC-Coupling and Inverter Types, including Multimode Inverter, Stand-Alone Inverter and Interactive Inverter
  • Optional Discussion Board Post #1
  • PV Price Per Watt
  • Read Chapter 2 in "Solar Photovoltaic Basics" - Safety Basics
  • Safety Part 1 (22:22 minutes)
  • Safety Part 2 (24:37 minutes)
  • Optional Discussion Board Post #2
  • To view your test results
  • When asking questions about test questions
  • Module 1 Quiz
Module 2 - Electricity Basics + Solar Energy Fundamentals

This module covers concepts, definitions, terminology, and formulas related to electricity. It also lays out the science, data, and principles you must understand to grasp how solar energy is collected. Topics include: Ohm's Law, power, energy, voltage, current, batteries, multimeters, measurement, types of DC connections, transmission, insolation data, solar time, sun paths, shading, and solar radiation.

  • Read Chapter 3 in "Solar Photovoltaic Basics" - Electricity Basics
  • Electricity Basics Video 1 (29:46 minutes)
  • Electricity Basics Video 2 (21:20 minutes) Preview
  • PV Math Quiz (20 questions)
  • PV Math Quiz (20 question) With answer and explanations (.pdf)
  • Optional Discussion Board Post #1
  • Read Chapter 4 in "Solar Photovoltaic Basics" - Solar Energy Fundamentals
  • Solar Energy Fundamentals Video 1 (27:29 minutes) Preview
  • Solar Energy Fundamentals Video 2 (29:43 minutes)
  • Solar Energy Fundamentals Video 3 (21:42 minutes) Preview
  • Solar Energy Fundamentals Video 4 (28:45 minutes)
  • Solar Energy Fundamentals Video 5 (30:49 minutes)
  • Optional Discussion Board Post #2
  • Solar Energy Fundamentals Quiz
Module 3 - PV Module Fundamentals and System Components

This module covers how solar photovoltaic (PV) technology works, the materials used to make PV modules, module efficiency, important formulas, temperature and voltage considerations, and how to test a PV system. It also provides definitions for the primary components that comprise a solar PV system.

  • Read Chapter 5 in "Solar Photovoltaic Basics" - PV Module Fundamentals
  • PV Module Fundamentals - Part 1 (30:08 minutes)
  • PV Module Fundamentals - Part 2 (23:57 minutes)
  • PV Module Fundamentals - Part 3 (23:48 minutes)
  • PV Module Fundamentals - Part 4 (29:18 minutes)
  • Optional Discussion Board Post #1
  • Read Chapter 6 in "Solar Photovoltaic Basics" - System Components
  • System Components - Part 1 (18:55 minutes)
  • System Components - Part 2 (18:30 minutes)
  • System Components - Part 3 (15:11 minutes)
  • System Components - Part 4 (27:36 minutes)
  • System Components - Part 5 (18:09 minutes)
  • System Components - Part 6 (24:53 minutes)
  • Thin Film PV Manufacturing YouTube Video
  • Optional Discussion Board Post #2
  • Module 3 Quiz PV Module Fundamentals and System Components
Module 4 - PV System Sizing and Electrical Design

This module covers the factors to consider when sizing a grid-tied or off-grid system, system losses, tilt, factors that increase or decrease PV system output, single-line diagrams, ampacity, Ohm's Law, voltage drop, charge controllers, AC- and DC-coupled battery systems, battery charging stages, overcurrent protection devices, and determining voltage ranges.

  • Read Chapter 7 in "Solar Photovoltaic Basics" - PV System Sizing Principles
  • PV System Sizing - Part 1 (30:50 minutes)
  • PV System Sizing - Part 2 (15:58 minutes)
  • PV System Sizing - Part 3 (21:44 minutes)
  • PV System Sizing - Part 4 (16:39 minutes)
  • PV System Sizing - Part 5 (19:01 minutes)
  • PV System Sizing - PVWatts Part 1 (14:54 minutes)
  • PV System Sizing - PVWatts Part 2 (21:28 minutes)
  • PV System Sizing - PV Watts Part 3 (25:49 minutes)
  • System Sizing (Student Request) (23:34 minutes)
  • Optional Discussion Board Post #1
  • Read Chapter 8 in "Solar Photovoltaic Basics" - PV System Electrical Design
  • PV System Electrical Design Part 1 (17:25 minutes)
  • PV System Electrical Design Part 2 (20:27 minutes)
  • PV System Electrical Design Part 3 (13:03 minutes)
  • PV System Electrical Design Part 4 (20:24 minutes)
  • PV System Electrical Design Part 5 (17:31 minutes)
  • IV Curves with Bill Brooks (11:02 minutes)
  • Optional Discussion Board Post #2
  • Module 4 Quiz-System Sizing
Module 5 - PV System Mechanical Design, Performance Analysis, Maintenance and Troubleshooting

In this module, you will study PV System Mechanical Design, which goes along with Chapter 9 in Solar Photovoltaic Basics. Also included in this module is Performance Analysis, Maintenance and Troubleshooting which goes along with Chapter 10 in Solar Photovoltaic Basics, which means you are getting close to the end!

  • Read Chapter 9 in "Solar Photovoltaic Basics" - PV System Mechanical Design
  • PV System Mechanical Design - Part 1 (17:04 minutes)
  • PV System Mechanical Design - Part 2 (19:34 minutes)
  • PV System Mechanical Design - Part 3 (20:43 minutes)
  • PV System Mechanical Design - Part 4 (20:45 minutes)
  • PV System Mechanical Design - Part 5 (20:44 minutes)
  • PV System Mechanical Design - Part 6 (19:01 minutes)
  • PV System Mechanical Design - Part 7 (19:20 minutes)
  • PV System Mechanical Design - Part 8 (18:09 minutes)
  • PV System Mechanical Design - Part 9 (19:30 minutes)
  • Optional Discussion Board Post #1
  • Read Chapter 10 in "Solar Photovoltaic Basics" - Performance Analysis, Maintenance, and Troubleshooting
  • Performance Analysis, Maintenance and Troubleshooting Part 1 (24:32 minutes)
  • Performance Analysis, Maintenance and Troubleshooting Part 2 (30:00 minutes)
  • Optional Discussion Board Post #2
  • Module 5 Quiz
Module 6 - Voltage Temperature Calculations + Practice Exams

In this module, you'll learn about voltage temperature calculations, review some useful resources and take exams to see how well you've mastered the material presented during the course. These exams can be repeated here as many times as you want and are highly recommended to be used to prepare for the NABCEP PVA exam! Note: Since 2019, NABCEP has not had any voltage temperature calculations on their PVA exams.

  • Read Special Section - Voltage Temperature Calculations in "Solar Photovoltaic Basics"
  • String Sizing - Voltage Temperature Calculations Part 1 (17:46 minutes)
  • String Sizing - Voltage Temperature Calculations Part 2 (18:12 minutes)
  • String Sizing - Voltage Temperature Calculations Part 3 (26:29 minutes)
  • String Sizing - Voltage Temperature Calculations Part 4 (16:28 minutes)
  • String Sizing - Voltage Temperature Calculations Part 5 (23:24 minutes)
  • String Sizing Quiz
  • Resource: SolSmart Permitting
  • Backfeeding the grid with a Tesla Model S (02:01 minutes)
  • Building Integrated Photovoltaics and Tesla Solarglass (aka Tesla Solar Roof) with Bill Brooks (05:37 minutes)
  • NABCEP Associate Practice Exam 1 - 70 Questions
  • NABCEP Associate Practice Exam 1 - 70 Questions With Answer and Detailed Explanations (.pdf)
  • NABCEP Associate Practice Exam 2 - 70 Questions
  • NABCEP Associate Practice Exam 2 - 70 Questions Answer with Detailed Explanations (.pdf)
  • NABCEP Associate Practice Exam 3 - 70 Questions
  • NABCEP Associate Practice Exam 3 - 70 Questions With Answer and Detailed Explanations (.pdf)
  • NABCEP Associate Practice Exam 4 - 37 Questions
  • NABCEP Associate Practice Exam 4 - 37 Questions With Answer and Detailed Explanations (.pdf)
Conclusion - Feedback and Additional Resources

This is our last module but you still have access to the all of course materials for 12 months (1 year), so keep working and you'll be able to complete the course at your own pace. After your year of access expires you can optionally extend access with a HeatSpring Membership. Enjoy the course and keep in touch!

  • PVA exam will be updated someday
  • Introducing Bill Brooks! (14:40 minutes)
  • 1 Year of Access to Course Materials
  • Lots of additional optional videos and audio recordings
  • Feedback: 2-minute Exit Survey
  • Consider Joining as a HeatSpring Member
  • Certificate of Completion: Request a Certificate

Course Outline #2 - 40-Hour NABCEP Advanced PV Certification Training and CEUs

Welcome - Orientation Materials

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.

  • 2017 NEC Free Download
  • 2020 NEC Information and Purchase Options
  • Important: Purchase a copy of "Solar PV Engineering and Installation: Preparation for the NABCEP PV Certification Exams" (.pdf)
  • PV and the NEC Book by Sean White and Bill Brooks!
  • Optional: "The Science Behind How We Learn New Skills"
  • Set up email notifications and your student profile
  • Connect with your instructor Sean on LinkedIn
  • Announcement regarding NABCEP Certification Exams and the NEC Adoption
  • Introduce yourself on the discussion board
  • Feedback from an highly knowledgable student after taking and passing the NABCEP PVIP exam
  • Introducing Bill Brooks! (14:40 minutes) Preview
  • Announcement: All NABCEP Exams can be taken at home
  • Go-At-Your-Own-Pace
  • Discussion Board Request from Sean
  • NABCEP Adoption of 2020 NEC is moved back again, now 2023
  • Live Online Proctoring (LOP) for All NABCEP Exams!
  • Calculator and NEC Codebook Rules from Scantron Testing Centers for NABCEP Certification Exams
  • Books and resources
  • Free Additional Practice Exam
Module 1 - Introduction and the National Electrical Code (NEC)

In this opening module you will get to know your instructor, explore various solar resources, do some foundational reading, learn about important terms and concepts that you'll need to memorize or at least familiarize yourself with, and do an in-depth review of the sections of the National Electrical Code (NEC) that relate to solar PV design and installation.

  • Introduction (11:48 minutes) Preview
  • Read: Chapter 1 in "Solar PV Engineering and Installation" - Memorize and Familiarize
  • Resources Part 1 PV Labs (07:59 minutes)
  • Resources Part 3 Design Software and solarabcs (18:40 minutes)
  • Resources Part 2 PV Watts (26:00 minutes)
  • Resources Part 4 NABCEP PVIP Information (26:49 minutes)
  • Resources Part 5 Other NABCEP Certifications and Prices for all Certifications (20:17 minutes)
  • Resources Part 6 Solar Websurfing (27:08 minutes)
  • Markets and Getting Up To Speed (13:08 minutes)
  • Memorize and Familiarize Video 1: Memory Techniques (05:45 minutes)
  • Memorize and Familiarize Video 2: NEC Articles 100 Definitions and 110 Requirements for Electrical Installations (10:12 minutes)
  • Memorize and Familiarize Video 3: NEC Articles 200-250 including 230 Services, 240 Overcurrent Protection and 250 Grounding and Bonding (10:11 minutes)
  • Memorize and Familiarize Video 4: NEC Chapter 3 Wiring Methods and Materials, including the 310 Tables and different Articles on installing Conduits, such as EMT or Cables (11:09 minutes)
  • Memorize and Familiarize Video 5: NEC Chapters 4, 5 & 6. 4 is Equipment for General Use and includes 480 Storage Batteries, 5 is Special Occupancies and 6 is Special Equipment and includes 690 PV! (20:50 minutes)
  • Memorize and Familiarize - Video 6: NEC Chapter 7 Video 1 of 2 including Articles 705 Interconnections, 706 Energy Storage Systems and 710 Stand-Alone Systems (23:32 minutes) Preview
  • Memorize and Familiarize - Video 7 NEC Chapter 7 Video 2 of 2, including Articles 710 Stand Alone Systems and 712 DC Microgrids (24:26 minutes) Preview
  • Memorize and Familiarize - Video 8: NEC Chapter 9 Tables and Annex C Conduit and Tubing Fill Tables for Conductors and Fixture Wires of the Same Size (08:26 minutes)
  • Memorize and Familiarize - Video 9 Useful Information (19:37 minutes)
  • Memorize and Familiarize Video 10: More Useful Information (25:15 minutes)
  • Optional Discussion Board Post #1
  • Read: Chapter 2 in "Solar PV Engineering and Installation" - The National Electric Code
  • Presentation slides (PDF) (.pdf)
  • Free Access to the National Electrical Code (NEC) - NFPA (Registration required)
  • Audio 2020 NEC Article 690 Reading - Radio 690! (.m4a)
  • NEC Notes
  • 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 (10:42 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)
  • Optional Discussion Board Post #2
  • Reference: NABCEP PV Installation Professional Resource Guide (.pdf)
  • Reference: "Expedited Permit Process for PV Systems" (.pdf)
  • NABCEP Certification Exam Fees (new in 2020) (.png)
  • Updating Course Material - If you completed a module and later it says you did not, you can just click on if you want it to show as completed.
  • To view your test results
  • When asking questions about test questions
  • 40-Hour NABCEP Advanced Module 1 Adv. PV Quiz
Module 2 - National Electrical Code - Article 690 - Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems

This module, you will go through Article 690 of the National Electrical Code (NEC). Familiarity with this part of the NEC is critical for solar designers and installers.

  • Read: Chapter 3 in "Solar PV Engineering and Installation" - Article 690: Solar PV Systems
  • Optional Discussion Board Post #1
  • 2017 Versus 2020 National Electrical Code (NEC)
  • 2017 NEC Video 1 - Introduction to 690.2 (18:42 minutes)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 2017 NEC Video 7 - 690 Part III Disconnecting Means (19:32 minutes)
  • 2017 NEC Video 8 - 690 Part IV Wiring Methods (30:06 minutes)
  • 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)
  • 2017 NEC Video 10 - 690 Part VI to End of Article 690 (23:03 minutes)
  • 2017 NEC Video 11 - 691 Large-Scale Photovoltaic (19:10 minutes)
  • Grounding electrode schemes and transformers with emphasis on utility-scale (double advanced topic) (21:27 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)
  • News: 690.12(B)(2)(1) Rapid Shutdown UL Listing
Module 3 - National Electrical Code (NEC) - Other Solar and Storage Related Articles

There are many NEC Articles besides Article 690 that are important to know about. This includes: Article 705 Interconnected Power Production Sources Article 706 Energy Storage Systems Article 710 Stand-Alone Systems Article 712 DC Microgrids Article 625 EV Power Transfer Station And more!

  • Read: Chapter 4 in "Solar PV Engineering and Installation" - Article 705: Interconnections
  • 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)
  • 2020 National Electrical Code 706 With Bill Brooks Part 1 (20:04 minutes)
  • 2020 National Electrical Code 706 With Bill Brooks Part 2 (17:26 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) Preview
  • Bill Brooks on 705 Video 6 Load-Side Connections (26:10 minutes)
  • Optional Discussion Board Post #1
Module 4 - Safety, Wire Sizing, Building Codes and Fire Codes

Always good to be safe, so safely size your wires and to understand some of the building and fire codes. For the NABCEP exam, do not worry so much about Bill's Building Codes and Fire Codes, however it is important information and for those of you looking for NABCEP Continuing Education (CE) this is a requirement.

  • Read: Chapter 5 in "Solar PV Engineering and Installation" - Safety, Strategy, and Investing Your Time Wisely
  • Optional Discussion Board Post #1
  • Video Responses to Detailed Questions
  • Answer to Question on System Sizing (19:46 minutes)
  • Answer to Question on Connecting PV System to a Split Bus Panel (10:14 minutes)
  • Read: Chapter 6 in "Solar PV Engineering and Installation" - Wire Sizing
  • 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)
  • Wire Sizing (Chapter 12 PV and the NEC) (.pdf)
  • Building and Fire Codes with Bill Brooks Part 1- 2020 NFPA 855 Energy Storage Systems, IRC, IBC, IFC, NFPA 1, ICC (08:41 minutes) Preview
  • 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)
  • PV UL Listing 1703 transitioned to UL 61730 (.pdf)
  • UL PV Listing 61730 replacing UL 1703 for making the test work around the world and UL 3741 listing for Rapid Shutdown (Hazard Control Systems) with Bill Brooks PE (12:08 minutes)
  • UL 3741 Rapid Shutdown solution where the PV array can stay up to 1000V using SMA inverters with Sollega or Ironridge racks! (16:53 minutes)
  • Optional Discussion Board Post #2
Module 5 - Practice Exam for NABCEP PV Certification and Trig

Here we have a full practice exam and 30-question practice exam that will prepare you for the NABCEP Certification exams. Also covered are trigonometry concepts you'll need for some solar calculations. The NABCEP PVIP exam usually has 1 or 2 questions that you can use trig to solve.

  • Read Chapter 7 in "Solar PV Engineering and Installation" - Solar Trigonometry
  • Trigonometry Review Part 1 (19:19 minutes)
  • Trigonometry Review Part 2 (14:34 minutes)
  • Optional Discussion Board Post #1
  • Important: Data for Questions 41-45 on Practice Exam (.pdf)
  • NABCEP Practice Exam 2 - 70 Questions
  • NABCEP Practice Exam 2 - 70 Questions Answer with Detailed Explanations (.pdf)
Module 6 - Question-by-Question Practice Exam Review

Review each question from the practice exam to understand how to arrive at the correct answer.

  • Question 1 Explained (04:03 minutes)
  • Question 2 Explained (05:14 minutes)
  • Question 3 Explained (05:38 minutes)
  • Question 4 Explained (05:21 minutes)
  • Question 5 Explained (03:26 minutes)
  • Question 6 Explained (04:29 minutes)
  • Question 7 Explained (03:40 minutes)
  • Question 8 Explained (05:44 minutes)
  • Question 9 Explained (03:02 minutes)
  • Question 10 Explained (03:14 minutes)
  • Question 11 Explained (15:14 minutes)
  • Question 12 Explained (08:37 minutes)
  • Question 13 Explained (01:45 minutes)
  • Question 14 Explained (02:37 minutes)
  • Question 15 Explained (02:49 minutes)
  • Question 16 Explained (05:53 minutes)
  • Question 17 Explained (02:30 minutes)
  • Question 18 Explained (02:05 minutes)
  • Question 19 Explained (03:10 minutes)
  • Question 20 Explained (02:39 minutes)
  • Question 21 Explained (06:33 minutes)
  • Question 22 Explained (03:52 minutes)
  • Question 23 Explained (01:53 minutes)
  • Question 24 Explained (03:02 minutes)
  • Question 25 Explained (04:05 minutes)
  • Question 26 Explained (04:32 minutes)
  • Question 27 Explained
  • Question 28 Explained (37 seconds)
  • Question 29 Explained (03:03 minutes)
  • Question 30 Explained (03:25 minutes)
  • Question 31 Explained (02:59 minutes)
  • Question 32 Explained (04:44 minutes)
  • Question 33 Explained (01:52 minutes)
  • Question 34 Explained (03:13 minutes)
  • Question 35 Explained (03:43 minutes)
  • Question 36 Explained (02:28 minutes)
  • Question 37 Explained (02:31 minutes)
  • Question 38 Explained (02:47 minutes)
  • Question 39 Explained (02:22 minutes)
  • Question 40 Explained (11:24 minutes)
  • Question 41 Explained (07:11 minutes)
  • Question 42 Explained (06:10 minutes)
  • Question 43 Explained (03:37 minutes)
  • Question 44 Explained (05:01 minutes)
  • Question 45 Explained (10:28 minutes)
  • Question 46 Explained (02:30 minutes)
  • Question 47 Explained (02:05 minutes)
  • Question 48 Explained (02:05 minutes)
  • Question 49 Explained (02:23 minutes)
  • Question 50 Explained (03:03 minutes)
  • Question 51 Explained (06:25 minutes)
  • Question 52 Explained (07:08 minutes) Preview
  • Question 53 Explained (02:37 minutes)
  • Question 54 Explained (02:22 minutes)
  • Question 55 Explained (02:39 minutes)
  • Question 56 Explained (02:16 minutes)
  • Question 57 Explained (01:45 minutes)
  • Question 58 Explained (02:10 minutes)
  • Question 59 Explained (02:15 minutes)
  • Question 60 Explained (01:33 minutes)
  • Question 61 Explained (03:26 minutes)
  • Question 62 Explained (03:00 minutes)
  • Question 63 Explained (02:36 minutes)
  • Question 64 Explained
  • Question 65 Explained (04:34 minutes)
  • Question 66 Explained (01:58 minutes)
  • Question 67 Explained (02:19 minutes)
  • Question 68 Explained (01:38 minutes)
  • Question 69 Explained (02:37 minutes)
  • Question 70 Explained (04:17 minutes)
  • Announcement regarding NABCEP PVIP Exam
Conclusion - Feedback and Additional Resources

This is our last module but you still have access to the all of course materials for 12 months (1 year), so keep working and you'll be able to complete the course at your own pace. After your year of access expires you can optionally extend access with a HeatSpring Membership. Enjoy the course and keep in touch!

  • Lots of additional optional videos and audio recordings
  • NABCEP Application: Start your application for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification Exam
  • NABCEP Certification Exam Scheduling Email from NABCEP (.pdf)
  • NABCEP Practice Exam 1 (70-Question) Questions with Explanations (.pdf)
  • Bonus Practice Exam (30-Question) Questions with Explanations (.pdf)
  • $100 Discount for "Drone Pilot Boot Camp"
  • NABCEP Exam Pep Talk (48 seconds) Preview
  • 1 Year of Access to Course Materials
  • Feedback: 2-minute Exit Survey
  • Consider Joining as a HeatSpring Member
  • Certificate of Completion: Request a Certificate

Course Outline #3 - NABCEP PV Installation Professional Practice Exam

Module 1 - NABCEP PVIP Certification Practice Exams

  • When asking questions about test questions
  • Taking Your NABCEP Test - Thoughts & Advice from Sean (07:17 minutes)
  • Connect with your instructor Sean on LinkedIn
  • The exam numbers go from 1 being the most recent exam to the higher number being the older exam questions
  • 1-Additional Practice Exam - 30 Questions
  • Additional Practice Exam - 30 Questions Answer with Detailed Explanations (.pdf)
  • 2-2020 PVIP Practice Questions
  • 2020 PVIP Practice Questions Answer with Detailed Explanations (.pdf)
  • Important: Data for Questions 41-45 on Practice Exam 2 (.pdf)
  • 3-NABCEP Practice Exam 2 - 70 Questions
  • NABCEP Practice Exam 2 - 70 Questions Answer with Detailed Explanations (.pdf)
  • 4-NABCEP Practice Exam 1 - 70 Questions
  • NABCEP Practice Exam 1 - 70 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

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Courses with student ratings: 3

by Ted Monhollon 01/20/2023

Sean White and Bill Brooks explain things well and are very reponsive to to questions during the course. Very recommended course to take.

by Chris Young, Solar Installer, Peninsula Solar 11/04/2022

This is the best course for solar that you can get. I started last year as a laborer, worked my way as a technician and now I am a field manager due to this course. I use the information every day on our job sites, I feel confident with what I know and the results show in our arrays.

by Carey Walter, CEO, Earthbound Electric LLC 09/21/2022

This course is full of useful information, sure to increase your working knowledge of PV systems and their installation. Sean's approach helps to retain dense material with humor and in depth explanations. I'm thankful that this is the path I took towards my NABCEP PVIP certification.

by Jonathan Golebiewski 08/17/2022

This course really helped guide me in my studies and provided a lot of new information. I am very eager to take the exam now.

by Moses Zhou 06/16/2022

It was an honor to take a course with the greatest snowboarder of all time

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You can begin this online course instantly upon enrollment. This 0 module course is delivered entirely online. This course is self-paced and you can set your own schedule to complete the materials. You can begin the lecture videos and other course materials as soon as you enroll. 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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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.

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