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NABCEP PV System Inspector Certification

The PV System Inspector (PVSI) Board Certification recognizes the advanced experience and skill of inspecting residential and commercial photovoltaic systems. This Board Certification is for those who are highly knowledgeable of PV systems, applicable codes and ordinances, and assessing the safety and operation of PV systems.

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Initial Exam Requirements

There are no specific pre-requisites to taking a NABCEP PV System Inspector Exam. That means no specific education requirements or work experience requirements to sit for the exam. It is not easy, so you do have to study and we recommend the NABCEP PV System Inspector (PVSI) Certification Prep Course as the best way to prepare for the exam, which includes practice tests spcifically for the PVSI exam.

The PVSI Exam is intended to test the knowledge of someone who is familiar with PV systems. Knowledge of applicable codes and ordinances is presumed. Applicants should know how to assess the safety and operation of a system, be able to verify code compliance via interpretation of design plans and building documents, conduct on-site inspections, and report results.

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Continuing Education (CEU) Requirements

NABCEP System Inspectors must document at least 8 contact hours of continuing education related to the National Electric Code (NEC) over the course of their 3-year certification cycle.

See NABCEP Handbook for Additional Requirements

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 0 6 6 0 0 0
40-Hour NABCEP Advanced PV Certification Training and CEUs 0 6 6 0 0 0
20-Hour NABCEP Advanced PV Systems and the 2017 NEC 0 20 20 0 0 0
NFPA 855 and Fire Code Requirements for ESS 2 2 0 0 0 2
NEC 2017 & 2020 Solar + Storage Requirements 2 2 2 0 0 0
Photovoltaics and the 2020 NEC for NABCEP Credit 0 2 2 0 0 0
2020 NEC PV, Energy Storage, Building and Fire Codes for PV System Inspectors 0 28 28 0 0 0
Solar Building Codes, Fire Codes, Electric Vehicles, Rapid Shutdown and Energy Storage Systems 0 1 1 0 0 0

These NABCEP Advanced Credit Hours are approved for the NABCEP PV System Inspector Certification.

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