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NABCEP PV Technical Sales Exam Prep Discussion Group

Sean White • Last updated 05/2023

4.5/5 (view ratings)
96 students
5 modules
57 minutes
35 assignments

Course description

Do you plan to take the NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification Exam? It's notoriously difficult, and this exam prep discussion group is a great way to prepare. We're running this session a little differently than our other courses. Participants will buy a copy of Sean White's 2016 book, "PV Technical Sales: Preparation for the NABCEP Technical Sales Certification," read 1-2 chapters per week, and discuss the material with Sean and the rest of the group on the course discussion board. The discussion group format means that you'll get out what you put in. Participants who do the required reading, ask questions, and discuss the materials will greatly improve their chances of passing the NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification Exam. We encourage self-motivated solar professionals who aren't afraid to ask questions to join us!

This also includes a 70 question PV Technical Sales Practice Exam and another 30 question PV Technical Sales Practice exam.

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Full course outline

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
  • Connect with your instructor Sean on LinkedIn
  • Important: Purchase a copy of " PV Technical Sales: Preparation for the NABCEP Technical Sales Certification"
  • Set up email notifications and your student profile
  • Photovoltaic Systems and the National Electric Code Book by Sean White and Bill Brooks
  • Introduce yourself on the discussion board
  • Discussion Board Request from Sean and Notes on Posting Discussion Board Questions
  • Live Online Proctoring (LOP) for All NABCEP Exams!
  • Books and resources
Module 1 - PV Technical Sales Facts and Figures & Compounding Interest

  • Read Chapter 1: "PV Technical Sales: Facts and Figures"
  • Optional Discussion Board Post #1
  • Read Chapter 2: "Compounding Interest"
  • Optional Discussion Board Post #2
  • Read Solar Pro Article "The Importance of Discounting Future Solar Savings"
Module 2 - Electricity and Solar PV Systems

  • Read Chapter 3: "Electricity"
  • Optional Discussion Board Post #1
  • Read Chapter 4: "Photovoltaics"
  • Optional Discussion Board Post #2
  • IV Curves (23:39 minutes)
Module 3 - PV System Components & Utility Interconnections

  • Read Chapter 5: "PV System Components"
  • Optional Discussion Board Post #1
  • Read Chapter 6: "Utility Interconnections"
  • Optional Discussion Board Post #2
Module 4 - Trigonometry Review

Here 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)
Module 5 - Additional Review and Exam Strategy

  • Quiz
  • New PVTS Practice Exam 1 with Answers and Detailed Explanations 70 questions (.pdf)
  • New PVTS Practice Exam 2 with Answers and Detailed Explanations 70 questions (.pdf)
  • New PVTS Practice Exam 3 with Answers and Detailed Explanations 29 questions (.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!

  • PVTS exam will be updated someday
  • 1 Year of Access to Course Materials
  • Feedback: 2-minute Exit Survey
  • Consider Joining as a HeatSpring Member
  • Certificate of Completion: Request a Certificate


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


17 reviews

96 students have taken this course

by Ernesto G 03/02/2022

by Syed Mujtaba, President, Solora Solar 06/04/2018

As an owner/employee in the field I can say that the course is very thorough. Sean is very clear and the concepts that were covered ranged from basic sales related information to complicated technical analysis. I warmly recommend it to anyone interested in this exciting field!

by Jeff S 04/06/2018

by William Wright, Senior Engineer, PowerQuest WorldWide, Ltd 01/16/2018

The course material and interaction with Sean was very helpful in preparing for the exam. Reviewing the NEC code for connections on load side and supply side was helpful especially working through pratice questions. The two exams at the end gave me a chance to go back and review areas that needed further study.

by Danielle Laberge, Sales Rep and System Designer, Grassroots Solar 11/07/2017

The best way to prepare for the exam.

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How does this course work?

You can begin this online course instantly upon enrollment. This 5 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.

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.

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