The NABCEP PV Design Specialist (PVDS) Board Certification recognizes the advanced experience and skill of PV system designers. This Board Certification demonstrates your proven ability to configure the mechanical and electrical design components of PV systems.
A minimum of twenty-four (24) prescribed hours of advanced training is required. Each candidate must have:
"Advanced" is defined as a course which provides instruction beyond the "basic," "fundamental," or "introductory" PV Installation design principles and practices. Courses should be designed for the Professional who is prepared to maintain a decision-making role in the installation, design or service of a PV system.
Our NABCEP PV Design Specialist (PVDS) 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 Design Specialist (PVDS) 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 Design Specialist 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 Design 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 PVDS JTA or relevant codes.
A total of 30 Advanced PV Training Hours are required to maintain your PVIP certification and documentation must be submitted to NABCEP every 3 years for your certification renewal. HeatSpring certificates of completion can be used as documentation with NABCEP. Training hours must fulfill specific sub-categories including:
These NABCEP Advanced Credit Hours are approved for NABCEP PV Design Specialist (PVDS) 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|
|40-Hour NABCEP Advanced PV Certification Training and CEUs||40||30||6||30||12||6|
|58-Hour NABCEP Advanced PV Certification Training + PV Associate Exam Prep||40||30||6||30||12||6|
|Solar Executive MBA Training||0||20||5||12||0|
|58-Hour NABCEP Advanced PV Certification Training + Energy Storage Associate||58||48||12||48||24||8|
|Interconnection of Utility-Scale Solar PV to Distribution||17||24||0||17||12||0|
|Energy Storage Associate Boot Camp||18||18||6||18||12||2|
|2020 NEC PV, Energy Storage, Building and Fire Codes for PV System Inspectors||24||30||28||30||12||2|
|30-Hour Advanced Energy Storage and Code Training + CEUs||20||30||16||30||14||4|
|10-Hour Energy Storage 2020 NEC Class||0||10||10||10||0||0|
|Utility Scale Solar Construction & Project Management||3||3||3||3||0|
|NABCEP Solar PV Associate + FAA Part 107 Drone Pilot Exam Prep||2||2||2||2||0|
|Utility Scale Commercial & Industrial Solar and Storage 201||24||36||6||18||32||2|
|Comprehensive Solar Plus Storage||24||30||3||12||6||0|
|Drone Pilot Boot Camp||2||2||2||2||0|
|Designing Small Scale PV Systems with Energy Storage||24||30||6||18||12||2|
|2-Hour Advanced Solar Building & Fire Codes||2||2||0||2||2||2|
|20-Hour NABCEP Advanced PV Systems and the 2017 NEC||20||20||20||20||20||1|
|Solar Building Codes, Fire Codes, Electric Vehicles and Energy Storage Systems||2||2||1||2||1||1|
|Mapping the Dynamic Solar Development Process||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|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|
|Utility Scale Commercial & Industrial Solar and Storage 101||24||35||6||18||35||2|
|18-hour Solar PV Boot Camp||18||18||5||18||18||2|
|Introduction to Solar PV Design, Installation and Code||1||3.5||1||1||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||2||2||0||2||2||0|
|Qualifying Commercial Solar Leads & Projects||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|Simplify your System Design with Modern String Inverters by Fronius||1||1||0||1||1||0|