NABCEP PV Design Specialist Certification

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.

Step 2 - Review Advanced Training Requirements

Initial Exam Requirements

In order to sit for the PVDC exam applicants must submit documentation of 18 Advanced PV Training Hours from an accredited institution (HeatSpring courses qualify) AND documentation of 6 NEC hours.

See NABCEP Handbook for Additional Requirements

Continuing Education (CEU) Requirements

A total of 30 Advanced PV Training Hours are required to maintain your PVDC certification and documentation must be submitted to NABCEP every 3 years for your certification renewal. These hours must fulfill specific sub-categories including: 6 NEC Hours, 12 JTA Hours, 2 Building and Fire Code Hours and up to 12 RE Elective Hours.

See NABCEP Handbook for Additional Requirements

Step 3 - Take Courses to Earn Approved NABCEP Hours:

NABCEP Approved Course Advanced Hours for Exam Recertification CEU Hours NEC JTA RE Elective Building or Fire Code
30-Hour NABCEP Advanced PV Certification Training and CEUs 24 30 8 30 12 2
Megawatt Design 30 30 6 18 6 0
40-Hour NABCEP Advanced PV Certification Training and CEUs 40 30 6 30 12 6
35-Hour NABCEP Advanced Solar Plus Storage: Proposals and Planning 24 35 6 18 35 2
Comprehensive Solar Plus Storage 24 30 3 12 6 0
20-Hour NABCEP Advanced PV Systems and the 2017 NEC 20 20 20 20 20 1
Energy Storage Associate Boot Camp 18 18 6 18 12 2
40-Hour NABCEP Advanced Design: PV Systems with Energy Storage 24 30 6 18 12 2
2-Hour Photovoltaics and the 2020 NEC for NABCEP Credit 2 2 2 2 2 0
Utility Scale Solar Construction & Project Management 3 3 0 3 3 0
Infrared Imaging as a PV Characterization Tool 1 1 0 1 1 0
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

These NABCEP Advanced Credit Hours are approved for the NABCEP PV Design Specialist Certification.

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