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NABCEP PV Technical Sales (PVTS) Certification

The PV Technical Sales (PVTS) Board Certification was created for those who have a demonstrated knowledge and expertise in qualifying prospects, site analysis, performance analysis and financial incentives of PV systems. PVTS Board Certified Professionals can collect technical requirements, analyze customer needs to determine energy usage to advise and provide customers with the most appropriate solution for their situation.

PV Education Requirements for the PVTS Certification Exam

NABCEP is in the process of changing the PVTS requirements. Until August 31, 2023, either option will be available. For that reason, we've mentioned both in our summary on the PVTS.

Starting November 1, 2022
A total of 58 Advanced PV Training Hours are required to it for the PVTS exam. Of these hours, at least 40 hours of advanced PV-specific training covering the NABCEP PVTS Job Task Analysis must come from an an accredited institution (HeatSpring courses qualify). The remaining 18 hours can be from an accredited or non-accredited provider.

Current Requirements Available As An Option Only Until August 31, 2023
There are seven(!) ways to qualify for the PVTS exam, based on your work experience and educational background anywhere between 0-60 hours of Advanced PV Training are required to sit for the PVTS Exam.

Our NABCEP PV Technical Sales (PVTS) Certification Prep bundle saves you money and time in getting all of the hours and knowledge you need to pass the exam.

Read the NABCEP Handbook to see all of the pathways explained in full. There you'll also find:

Qualifying for the Examination

Starting November 1, 2023

There are two pathways to qualify to sit for the NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification Examination:

Category A:

Category B:

Projects Credits are as follows*:
System size of 1 – 25kW = 2 Project Credits
System size of 25kw- 1MW = 3 Project Credits
System Size of 1MW and up = 4 Project Credits

Practice Exam

We offer NABCEP PV Technical Sales 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 accredited 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 the PVTS JTA. 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 PVTS JTA or relevant codes. Course(s) must have been taken with an accredited institution.

Keep your PVTS Certification - Continuing Education (CEU) Requirements

Starting November 1, 2023
A total of 30 Advanced PV Training Hours are required to maintain your PVTS 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:

Current Requirements Available As An Option Only Until August 31, 2023
A total of 18 Advanced PV Training Hours can still be used to maintain your PVTS 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. These hours must fulfill specific sub-categories including:

These NABCEP Advanced Credit Hours are approved for NABCEP PV Technical Sales (PVTS) Certification CEU renewal:

Approved NABCEP CEU Hours

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 38 36 0 38 30 8
40-Hour NABCEP Advanced PV Certification Training and CEUs 20 18 0 20 12 6
30-Hour NABCEP Advanced PV Certification Training and CEUs 30 30 0 30 12 2
58-Hour NABCEP Advanced PV Certification Training + PV Associate Exam Prep 20 18 0 20 12 6
58-Hour NABCEP Advanced PV Certification Training + Energy Storage Associate 38 36 0 38 24 8
30-Hour Advanced Energy Storage and Code Training + CEUs 30 30 6 30 18 2
Utility Scale Solar Construction & Project Management 3 3 0 3 3 0
Megawatt Design 16 18 0 14 12 0
18-hour Solar PV Boot Camp 18 18 0 18 18 0
2020 NEC PV, Energy Storage, Building and Fire Codes for PV System Inspectors 15 30 0 15 30 0
Selling & Developing Commercial-Industrial Solar 5.5 5.5 0 5.5 5.5 0
Utility Scale Commercial & Industrial Solar and Storage 101 35 35 0 18 35 0
Energy Storage Associate Boot Camp 18 18 0 18 12 2
NABCEP PV Technical Sales (PVTS) Certification Prep 38 38 0 38 38 0
20-Hour NABCEP Advanced PV Systems and the 2017 NEC 20 20 0 20 20 0
2-Hour Advanced Solar Building & Fire Codes 2 2 0 2 2 2
10-Hour Energy Storage 2020 NEC Class 5 10 0 10 0 0
Interconnection of Utility-Scale Solar PV to Distribution 17 24 0 17 12 0
Residential and Commercial Solar + Storage System Design 40 40 0 30 12 2
Solar Building Codes, Fire Codes, Electric Vehicles and Energy Storage Systems 2 2 0 2 1 0
Mapping the Dynamic Solar Development Process 1 1 0 1 1 0
Photovoltaics and the 2020 NEC for NABCEP Credit 2 2 0 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
Comprehensive Solar Plus Storage 30 30 0 12 6 0
Utility Scale Commercial & Industrial Solar and Storage 201 36 36 0 30 32 0
Solar Executive MBA Training 20 20 0 20 12 0
Drone Pilot Boot Camp 2 2 0 2 2 0
Introduction to Solar PV Design, Installation and Code 1 3.5 0 1 2 0
Utility-Scale Solar PV and Distribution Voltage Challenges 1 1 0 1 1 0
Getting Solar for Nonprofits, Government and other Non-Taxpayers 1 1 0 1 1 0
Qualifying Commercial Solar Leads & Projects 0 1 0 1 1 0
Simplify your System Design with Modern String Inverters by Fronius 1 1 0 1 1 0
IronRidge’s Installing on Pitched Roof – Comp Shingle – Course 2 2 0 2 2 0
IronRidge's Installing on Pitched Roof - Comp Shingle - En Español 2 2 0 2 2 0

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