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.

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:

Approved NABCEP CEU Hours

NABCEP Approved Course Advanced Hours for Exam Recertification CEU Hours NEC JTA RE Elective Building or Fire Code
Solar PV Boot Camp + NABCEP PV Associate Exam Prep 18 0 0 0 0 0
NABCEP PV Installation Professional (PVIP) Certification Prep 0 24 0 0 0 0
30-Hour NABCEP Advanced PV Certification Training and CEUs 0 12 0 0 0 0
40-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
Solar Executive MBA Training 0 12 0 0 0 0
58-Hour NABCEP Advanced PV Certification Training + Energy Storage Associate 0 24 0 0 0 0
Interconnection of Utility-Scale Solar PV to Distribution 0 12 0 0 0 0
Energy Storage Associate Boot Camp 0 12 0 0 0 0
2020 NEC PV, Energy Storage, Building and Fire Codes for PV System Inspectors 0 12 0 0 0 0
10-Hour Energy Storage 2020 NEC Class 0 10 0 0 0 0
30-Hour Advanced Energy Storage and Code Training + CEUs 0 24 0 0 0 0
Utility Scale Solar Construction & Project Management 0 3 0 0 0 0
Megawatt Design 0 12 0 0 0 0
NABCEP Solar PV Associate + FAA Part 107 Drone Pilot Exam Prep 18 2 0 0 0 0
Utility Scale Commercial & Industrial Solar and Storage 201 0 12 0 0 0 0
Comprehensive Solar Plus Storage 0 12 0 0 0 0
Drone Pilot Boot Camp 0 2 0 0 0 0
Designing Small Scale PV Systems with Energy Storage 0 12 0 0 0 0
2-Hour Advanced Solar Building & Fire Codes 0 2 0 0 0 0
20-Hour NABCEP Advanced PV Systems and the 2017 NEC 0 12 0 0 0 0
Solar Building Codes, Fire Codes, Electric Vehicles and Energy Storage Systems 0 2 0 0 0 0
Mapping the Dynamic Solar Development Process 0 1 0 0 0 0
Photovoltaics and the 2020 NEC for NABCEP Credit 0 2 0 0 0 0
Infrared Imaging as a PV Characterization Tool 0 1 0 0 0 0
Utility Scale Commercial & Industrial Solar and Storage 101 0 12 0 0 0 0
18-hour Solar PV Boot Camp 0 12 0 0 0 0
Introduction to Solar PV Design, Installation and Code 0 3.5 0 0 0 0
Utility-Scale Solar PV and Distribution Voltage Challenges 0 1 0 0 0 0
IronRidge’s Installing on Pitched Roof – Comp Shingle – Course 0 2 0 0 0 0
Qualifying Commercial Solar Leads & Projects 0 1 0 0 0 0
Simplify your System Design with Modern String Inverters by Fronius 0 1 0 0 0 0

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