NABCEP PV Commissioning & Maintenance Specialist (PVCMS) Certification

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.

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PV Education Requirements for the PVCMS Certification Exam

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.

Qualifying for the Examination

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:

Practice Exam

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.

Documenting Training

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.

Keep your PVCMS Certification - Continuing Education (CEU) Requirements

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 + PV Associate Exam Prep 40 30 6 30 12 6
Utility Scale Solar Construction & Project Management 3 3 0 3 3 0
Megawatt Design 24 30 6 18 6 0
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
Solar Executive MBA Training 0 20 0 0 12 0
18-hour Solar PV Boot Camp 18 18 5 18 18 2
58-Hour NABCEP Advanced PV Certification Training + Energy Storage Associate 58 48 12 48 24 8
Designing Small Scale PV Systems with Energy Storage 24 30 6 18 12 2
Comprehensive Solar Plus Storage 24 30 3 12 6 0
Utility Scale Commercial & Industrial Solar and Storage 101 24 35 6 18 35 2
NEC 2017 & 2020 Solar + Storage Requirements 2 2 2 2 2 0
NFPA 855 and Fire Code Requirements for ESS 2 2 0 2 2 2
2020 NEC PV, Energy Storage, Building and Fire Codes for PV System Inspectors 24 30 28 30 12 2
Electrical & Fire Codes for Energy Storage Systems 4 4 2 4 4 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
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
Utility Scale Commercial & Industrial Solar and Storage 201 0 36 6 10 32 2
Drone Pilot Boot Camp 2 2 0 2 2 0
Solar Building Codes, Fire Codes, Electric Vehicles, Rapid Shutdown and Energy Storage Systems 2 2 1 2 1 1

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