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NABCEP PV Technical Sales (PVTS) Certification Prep

by Sean White

 

Course description

This a bundle of 4 courses taught by Sean White:

This is the best way to prepare to for the NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification exam.

You'll earn 20 advanced NABCEP credits when you complete the 20-Hour NABCEP Advanced PV Systems and the 2017 NEC portion and additional 18 advanced NABCEP credits when you complete the Solar PV Boot Camp for a total of 38 Hours. HeatSpring is a registered NABCEP Provider.

Not Included: "Solar Photovoltaic Basics" and "PV Technical Sales" textbooks

The Solar PV Boot Camp course is based on Dr. Sean White's NABCEP PV Associate Exam preparation book: "Solar Photovoltaic Basics." In order to participate in the exam prep discussion group, you'll also need to purchase a copy of Sean White's 2016 book: "PV Technical Sales: Preparation for the NABCEP Technical Sales Certification." Once you register, you'll see a link in the courses to purchase a copy. These books are not included in the course price. They can be purchased for about $35 through Amazon or other online booksellers.

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Continuing Education Units

Approved for: NABCEP JTA, NABCEP RE Elective, NABCEP Advanced Credit Hours, 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
38 38 0 38 38 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

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
  • Required 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)
  • Required 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)
  • Required 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)
  • Required 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)
  • Required Discussion Board Post #1
  • Read Chapter 6 in "Solar Photovoltaic Basics" - System Components
  • System Components - Part 1 (1 0f 3) (18:55 minutes)
  • System Components - Part 1 (2 of 3) (18:30 minutes)
  • System Components - Part 1 (3 of 3) (15:11 minutes)
  • System Components - Part 3 (1 of 2) (18:09 minutes)
  • System Components - Part 3 (2 of 2) (24:53 minutes)
  • Thin Film PV Manufacturing YouTube Video
  • Required 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)
  • Required 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)
  • Required Discussion Board Post #2
  • Module 4 Quiz
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 (1 of 5) (17:04 minutes)
  • PV System Mechanical Design - Part 1 (2 of 5) (19:34 minutes)
  • PV System Mechanical Design - Part 1 (3 of 5) (20:43 minutes)
  • PV System Mechanical Design - Part 1 (4 of 5) (20:45 minutes)
  • PV System Mechanical Design - Part 1 (5 of 5) (20:44 minutes)
  • PV System Mechanical Design - Part 2 (1 of 4) (19:03 minutes)
  • PV System Mechanical Design - Part 2 (2 of 4) (19:20 minutes)
  • PV System Mechanical Design - Part 2 (3 of 4) (18:09 minutes)
  • PV System Mechanical Design - Part 2 (4 of 4) (19:30 minutes)
  • Required 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)
  • Required 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 (1 of 2) (17:46 minutes)
  • String Sizing - Voltage Temperature Calculations Part 1 (2 of 2) (18:12 minutes)
  • String Sizing - Voltage Temperature Calculations Part 2 (26:29 minutes)
  • String Sizing - Voltage Temperature Calculations Part 3 (1 of 2) (16:28 minutes)
  • String Sizing - Voltage Temperature Calculations Part 3 (2 of 2) (23:24 minutes)
  • String Sizing Quiz
  • Resource: SolSmart Permitting
  • Backfeeding the grid with a Tesla Model S (02:01 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 - 75 Questions
  • NABCEP Associate Practice Exam 2 - 75 Questions Answer with Detailed Explanations (.pdf)
  • NABCEP Associate Practice Exam 3 - 99 Questions
  • NABCEP Associate Practice Exam 3 - 99 Questions With Answer and Detailed Explanations (.pdf)

Course Outline #2 - 20-Hour NABCEP Advanced PV Systems and the 2017 NEC

Module 1 - 2017 National Electric Code (NEC)

  • Free Digital Version of the 2017 NEC and NEC Reading Assignment
  • 2017 NEC Video 1 - Intro to 690.2 (18:42 minutes) Preview
  • Read Chapter 2 in "Photovoltaic Systems and the National Electric Code (PV and the NEC)" - 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)
  • Read Chapter 3 in "Photovoltaic Systems and the National Electric Code (PV and the NEC)" - 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)
  • Read Chapter 4 in "Photovoltaic Systems and the National Electric Code (PV and the NEC)" - Article 690 part III disconnecting means
  • 2017 NEC Video 7 - 690 Part III Disconnecting Means (19:32 minutes)
  • Read Chapter 5 in "Photovoltaic Systems and the National Electric Code (PV and the NEC)" - Article 690 part IV wiring methods
  • 2017 NEC Video 8 - 690 Part IV Wiring Methods (30:06 minutes)
  • Read Chapter 6 in "Photovoltaic Systems and the National Electric Code (PV and the NEC)" - Article 690 part V grounding and bonding
  • 2017 NEC Video 9 - 690 Part V Grounding and Bonding (1 of 2) (18:01 minutes)
  • 2017 NEC Video 9 - 690 Part V Grounding and Bonding (2 of 2) (17:04 minutes)
  • Read Chapter 7 in "Photovoltaic Systems and the National Electric Code (PV and the NEC)" - Article 690 part VI to the end of 690
  • 2017 NEC Video 10 - 690 Part VI to End of Article 690 (23:03 minutes)
  • Read Chapter 8 in "Photovoltaic Systems and the National Electric Code (PV and the NEC)" - Article 691 large-scale photovoltaic (PV) electric power production facility
  • 2017 NEC Video 11 - 691 Large-Scale Photovoltaic (19:10 minutes)
  • Read Chapter 9 in "Photovoltaic Systems and the National Electric Code (PV and the NEC)" - 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)
  • To view your test results
  • When asking questions about test questions
  • Important: Data for Questions 41-45 on Practice Exam (.pdf)
  • NABCEP Practice Exam (70 Questions)
  • NABCEP Practice Exam Answers with detailed explanations (.pdf)
Module 2 - PV related NEC material not in Article 690

  • NEC Article 100 Definitions Part 1 (29:57 minutes)
  • NEC Article 100 Definitions Part 2 (1 of 2) (16:35 minutes)
  • NEC Article 100 Definitions Part 2 (2 of 2) (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 (1 of 2) (14:57 minutes) Preview
  • NEC Article 310 Conductors for General Wiring Part 1 (2 of 2) (18:53 minutes)
  • NEC Article 310 Conductors for General Wiring Part 2 (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 (1 of 2) (19:32 minutes)
  • NEC Chapter 9 Tables Part 2 (2 of 2) (15:09 minutes)
  • Informational Annexes (11:16 minutes)

Course Outline #3 - NABCEP PV Technical Sales Exam Prep Discussion Group

Module 1 - PV Technical Sales Facts and Figures & Compounding Interest

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

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

  • Read Chapter 5: "PV System Components"
  • Required Discussion Board Post #1
  • Read Chapter 6: "Utility Interconnections"
  • Required Discussion Board Post #2
Module 4 - Additional Review and Exam Strategy

  • Required Discussion Board Post #1
  • Quiz
  • NABCEP PVTS Practice Exam - 70 Questions Answer with Detailed Explanations (.pdf)
  • BONUS PVTS Exam Questions - 32 Questions Answer with Detailed Explanations (.pdf)

Course Outline #4 - NABCEP PV Technical Sales Practice Exam

Module 1 - NABCEP PVTS Certification Practice Exam

  • NABCEP PVTS Practice Exam - 70 Questions
  • NABCEP PVTS Practice Exam - 70 Questions Answer with Detailed Explanations (.pdf)
  • BONUS PVTS Exam Questions - 32 Questions
  • BONUS PVTS Exam Questions - 32 Questions Answer with Detailed Explanations (.pdf)
  • Taking Your NABCEP Test - Thoughts & Advice from Sean (07:17 minutes)
  • Connect with your instructor Sean on LinkedIn

Instructor

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

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by Jonathan Golebiewski 04/23/2022

Sean did a great job and I was able to gain a ton of new information.

by Talon Montoya, Account Manager, Longhorn Solar 04/20/2022

I work around other solar professionals and whenever they would see or hear the content I was learning or I would share my thoughts experience, they would literally verbalize their admiration and jealousy that they did not get to take this course as their NABCEP prep

by Derek Russell, PV Installer, Aurora Power & Design 04/10/2022

10/10 would recommend this to anyone

by Timothy J Zinniel, President/CEO, Zinniel Electric Co. 03/31/2022

I would recommend this course to snyone who wants a jump-start in their PV career!

by Rex G 04/06/2022

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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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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.

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