NABCEP PV Associate (PVA) Credential

The NABCEP PV Associate (PVA) program recognizes individuals who have demonstrated knowledge of the fundamental principles of the application, design, installation, and operation of Photovoltaic energy systems. The PV Associate Credential is earned by passing an examination based on the related NABCEP Associate Job Task Analysis (JTA) or Learning Objectives.

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PV Education Requirements for the PVA Credential Exam

HeatSpring is a NABCEP Registered PV Associate Provider and applicants for the PV Associate Exam may complete our Solar PV Boot Camp + NABCEP PV Associate Exam Prep course to fulfill the training requirements to sit for the NABCEP PV Associate exam. Upon successful completion of this course, students may submit a PV Associate Exam application along with the $150 exam fee to HeatSpring. We will then submit your application and fee to NABCEP to verify you have completed the coursework.

Qualifying for the Examination

There are three pathways to obtaining a NABCEP Associate credential:

How do I schedule a NABCEP Associate Exam?

If you are completing the Education Pathway, HeatSpring will register you to take the exam – you do not submit an application to NABCEP.

Practice Exam

We offer NABCEP PV Associate Practice Exam. By taking the practice exam, you will have the opportunity to become comfortable with the format of the exam.

Keep your PVA Credential - Continuing Education (CEU) Requirements

A total of 12 Advanced PV Training Hours are required to maintain your PVA credential and documentation must be submitted to NABCEP every 3 years for your credential renewal. HeatSpring certificates of completion can be used as documentation with NABCEP.

These NABCEP Advanced Credit Hours are approved for NABCEP PV Associate (PVA) Credential CEU renewal:

NABCEP Approved Course Advanced Hours for Exam Recertification CEU Hours NEC JTA RE Elective Building or Fire Code
NABCEP PV Installation Professional (PVIP) Certification Prep 0 24 0 0 0 0
Solar PV Boot Camp + NABCEP PV Associate Exam Prep 18 0 0 0 0 0
30-Hour NABCEP Advanced PV Certification Training and CEUs 0 12 0 0 0 0
58-Hour NABCEP Advanced PV Certification Training + PV Associate Exam Prep 18 12 0 0 0 0
Utility Scale Solar Construction & Project Management 0 3 0 0 0 0
Megawatt Design 0 12 0 0 0 0
40-Hour NABCEP Advanced PV Certification Training and CEUs 0 12 0 0 0 0
Energy Storage Associate Boot Camp 0 12 0 0 0 0
Solar Executive MBA Training 0 12 0 0 0 0
18-hour Solar PV Boot Camp 0 12 0 0 0 0
58-Hour NABCEP Advanced PV Certification Training + Energy Storage Associate 0 24 0 0 0 0
Designing Small Scale PV Systems with Energy Storage 0 12 0 0 0 0
Comprehensive Solar Plus Storage 0 12 0 0 0 0
Utility Scale Commercial & Industrial Solar and Storage 101 0 12 0 0 0 0
NEC 2017 & 2020 Solar + Storage Requirements 0 2 0 0 0 0
NFPA 855 and Fire Code Requirements for ESS 0 2 0 0 0 0
2020 NEC PV, Energy Storage, Building and Fire Codes for PV System Inspectors 0 12 0 0 0 0
Electrical & Fire Codes for Energy Storage Systems 0 4 0 0 0 0
20-Hour NABCEP Advanced PV Systems and the 2017 NEC 0 12 0 0 0 0
Photovoltaics and the 2020 NEC for NABCEP Credit 0 2 0 0 0 0
Utility Scale Commercial & Industrial Solar and Storage 201 0 12 0 0 0 0
Infrared Imaging as a PV Characterization Tool 0 1 0 0 0 0
NABCEP Solar PV Associate + FAA Part 107 Drone Pilot Exam Prep 18 2 0 0 0 0
Drone Pilot Boot Camp 0 2 0 0 0 0
Solar Building Codes, Fire Codes, Electric Vehicles, Rapid Shutdown and Energy Storage Systems 0 2 0 0 0 0

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