NABCEP PV System Inspector (PVSI) 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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PV Education Requirements for the PVSI Certification Exam

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.

Read the NABCEP Handbook to confirm all of these details and to see eligibility requirements explained in greater detail.

Practice Exam

We offer NABCEP PV System Inspector Practice Exam. By taking the practice exam, you will have the opportunity to become comfortable with the format of the exam.

Keep your PVSI Certification - Continuing Education (CEU) Requirements

Every three years, NABCEP System Inspectors must document at least 8 contact hours of continuing education related to the National Electric Code (NEC). HeatSpring certificates of completion can be used as documentation with NABCEP.

These NABCEP Advanced Credit Hours are approved for NABCEP PV System Inspector (PVSI) 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 0 24 11 0 0 0
30-Hour NABCEP Advanced PV Certification Training and CEUs 0 6 6 0 0 0
58-Hour NABCEP Advanced PV Certification Training + PV Associate Exam Prep 0 6 6 0 0 0
40-Hour NABCEP Advanced PV Certification Training and CEUs 0 6 6 0 0 0
2020 NEC PV, Energy Storage, Building and Fire Codes for PV System Inspectors 0 28 28 0 0 0
20-Hour NABCEP Advanced PV Systems and the 2017 NEC 0 20 20 0 0 0
Electrical & Fire Codes for Energy Storage Systems 4 4 2 0 0 2
NEC 2017 & 2020 Solar + Storage Requirements 2 2 2 0 0 0
NFPA 855 and Fire Code Requirements for ESS 2 2 0 0 0 2
Photovoltaics and the 2020 NEC for NABCEP Credit 0 2 2 0 0 0
Solar Building Codes, Fire Codes, Electric Vehicles, Rapid Shutdown and Energy Storage Systems 0 1 1 0 0 0

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