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Photovoltaics and the 2020 NEC for NABCEP Credit

Sean White and 1 other • Last updated 04/2023

4.6/5 (view ratings)
2126 students
1 module
2:09 hours
24 assignments

Course description

The 2020 NEC has just been released and you should know all about it! This course will count for 2 hours of NABCEP CE and prerequisite credit. You will receive a digital certificate of completion.

Bill Brooks and Sean White published the book Photovoltaics and the National Electric Code, which was based on the 2017 NEC and are currently writing a 2020 NEC version.

Sean and Bill will cover the new 2020 NEC, 2017 NEC as well as Energy Storage. Bill and Sean have been teaching NEC Workshops together for 8 years and together have over 40 years of PV training experience. Sean was the 2014 IREC Trainer of the year and was awarded the 2019 APVIA award for Academic Contribution in Shanghai.

Note: Much of the material in this course was recorded live and although it has a very high rating (over 9/10), some participants have complained about the audio quality. We will happily refund you for the course if the audio quality is an issue.

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Continuing Education Units

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

Approved NABCEP CEU Hours
NABCEP Registered Provider

This course counts towards the training requirements for taking NABCEP professional certification exams and CEUs for renewing all certifications.

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Full course outline

Module 1 - 2020 NEC Workshop

  • Welcome!
  • Connect with your instructor Sean on LinkedIn
  • 2020 NEC Free Access
  • Go-At-Your-Own-Pace
  • 2020 NEC Video 1 Intro and what defines a PV system (15:04 minutes)
  • 2020 NEC Video 2, AC and DC Coupling, 690.2 definitions (15:52 minutes)
  • 2020 NEC Video 3 Voltage (16:05 minutes)
  • 2020 NEC Video 4 Bifacial, Solsmart Permit Process, Voltage Irradiance and Temp. (13:18 minutes)
  • 2020 NEC Video 5 690.8 Current! (16:41 minutes)
  • 2020 NEC Video 6 690.8 and 690.8(A)(2) Circuits Connected to Electronic Power Converters (15:30 minutes)
  • 2020 NEC Video 7 of 8 (18:15 minutes)
  • 2020 NEC Video 8 of 8 (19:06 minutes)
  • Quiz hints from the NEC (.pdf)
  • To view your test results
  • Discussion Board Request from Sean and Notes on Posting Discussion Board Questions
  • 2020 NEC Quiz
  • Code-Compliant Conductor Sizing - SolarPro Article (.pdf)
  • Sandia Report (.pdf)
  • Live Online Proctoring (LOP) for All NABCEP Exams!


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


132 reviews

2,126 students have taken this course

by Art Krebs, CEO, Krebs Ventures LLC dba Construction Art 05/10/2022

The most informative and user friendly course available on NEC 2020. Thank you Sean and Bill!

by Keithlyn Bergan 05/09/2022

The did teach me a little something NEC witch in i didn't know of it until now thanks for the support along this assignment.

by Ken Stewart, President, Easley Electric Inc. 04/30/2022

I have studied under Sean White several times since I first began to work toward NABCEP PVIP certification in 2016. You won't go wrong trusting him to get you where you want to go in solar!

by Richard Fry, Owner, RKFRY,Inc 03/08/2023

If looking to get your NABCEP certificates, or renewals look no further.

by Curlanda Stewart 10/25/2022

Great instructors

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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?

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