The PV Commissioning & Maintenance Specialist (PVCMS) Board Certification highlights your expertise in the areas of operations, maintenance and commissioning. It spotlights your ability to apply verification protocols, critically analyze systems, and implement preventive and corrective maintenance procedures for PV systems.
A minimum of twenty-four (24) prescribed hours of advanced training is required. Each candidate must have:
- 18 hours of advanced PV commissioning and maintenance principles and practices as outlined in the NABCEP PV Commissioning and Maintenance Specialist Job Task Analysis (PVCMS JTA).
- 6 hours of the National Electric Code (NEC)
Our NABCEP PV Commissioning & Maintenance Specialist (PVCMS) Certification Prep bundle saves you money and time in getting all of the hours and knowledge you need to pass the exam.
NABCEP recognizes that professionals in the field of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies receive their training and work experiences in a variety of ways. NABCEP Staff will review each application to determine compliance with eligibility criteria.
To qualify to sit for the NABCEP PV Commissioning & Maintenance Specialist (PVCMS) Certification Examination, every Applicant, regardless of background, education or experience, will need to document:
See the NABCEP Handbook to confirm all of these details and for more details about:
We offer NABCEP PV Commissioning & Maintenance Practice Exam. By taking the practice exam, you will have the opportunity to become comfortable with the format of the exam.
HeatSpring will provide you with all of the documentation you need for your courses. To document training, the Applicant must submit a certificate of completion or a transcript for each completed training program or course used to meet the minimum training requirements. All certificates of completion and transcripts must clearly state that the course covered subject matter directly relates to advanced PV Commissioning and Maintenance or the National Electric Code (NEC). If the subject matter of the course is not clearly stated in the title, then the Applicant must provide a course outline or syllabus and a signed letter on letterhead from the training provider or instructor which details how many hours were spent covering the PVCMS JTA or relevant codes.
A total of 30 Advanced PV Training Hours are required to maintain your PVCMS certification and documentation must be submitted to NABCEP every 3 years for your certification renewal. These hours must fulfill specific sub-categories including:
These NABCEP Advanced Credit Hours are approved for NABCEP PV Commissioning & Maintenance Specialist (PVCMS) Certification 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||58||48||11||48||30||8|
|30-Hour NABCEP Advanced PV Certification Training and CEUs||24||30||6||30||12||2|
|58-Hour NABCEP Advanced PV Certification Training + Energy Storage Associate||58||48||12||48||24||8|
|40-Hour NABCEP Advanced PV Certification Training and CEUs||40||30||6||30||12||6|
|Energy Storage Associate Boot Camp||18||18||6||18||12||2|
|18-hour Solar PV Boot Camp||18||18||5||18||18||2|
|Interconnection of Utility-Scale Solar to Distribution||17||24||0||17||12||0|
|2020 NEC PV, Energy Storage, Building and Fire Codes for PV System Inspectors||24||30||28||30||12||2|
|Utility Scale Solar Construction & Project Management||3||3||0||3||3||0|
|58-Hour NABCEP Advanced PV Certification Training + PV Associate Exam Prep||40||30||6||30||12||6|
|Utility Scale Commercial & Industrial Solar and Storage 101||24||35||6||18||35||2|
|2-Hour Advanced Solar Building & Fire Codes||2||2||0||2||2||2|
|10-Hour Energy Storage 2020 NEC Class||0||10||10||10||0||0|
|Solar Building Codes, Fire Codes, Electric Vehicles and Energy Storage Systems||2||2||1||2||1||1|
|30-Hour Advanced Energy Storage and Code Training + CEUs||20||30||16||30||14||4|
|Designing Small Scale PV Systems with Energy Storage||24||30||6||18||12||2|
|20-Hour NABCEP Advanced PV Systems and the 2017 NEC||20||20||20||20||20||1|
|Photovoltaics and the 2020 NEC for NABCEP Credit||2||2||2||2||2||0|
|Mapping the Dynamic Solar Development Process - Live Workshop||0||1||0||1||1||0|
|Infrared Imaging as a PV Characterization Tool||1||1||0||1||1||0|
|NABCEP Solar PV Associate + FAA Part 107 Drone Pilot Exam Prep||2||2||0||2||2||0|
|Comprehensive Solar Plus Storage||24||30||3||12||6||0|
|Utility Scale Commercial & Industrial Solar and Storage 201||0||36||6||10||32||2|
|Solar Executive MBA Training||0||20||0||0||12||0|
|Drone Pilot Boot Camp||2||2||0||2||2||0|
|Introduction to Solar PV Design, Installation and Code||0||3.5||1||0||2||0|
|Utility-Scale Solar PV and Distribution Voltage Challenges||1||1||0||1||1||0|
|IronRidge’s Installing on Pitched Roof – Comp Shingle – Course||0||2||0||0||2||0|
|Simplify your System Design with Modern String Inverters by Fronius||1||1||0||1||1||0|