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Solar Programs

Training programs needed to get NABCEP certified
Entry Level Program

Self Paced Online

Course workbook included

NABCEP Entry Level exam

Get your first 18 credits
of NABCEP after passing
the exam
Advance Hands On

16 Hours in 2 days

Live classrooms

Use real equiptment

Receive 16 advance
credit hours for NABCEP
Installer Requirement
Advance Installer

40 hours in 5 days

Hybrid or Local Classroom

Prerequisites required

Receive all 40
advanced credit hours
for NABCEP installer
NABCEP Installer

Get all 58 credit hours

Self Paced Online
plus Local Classroom

Course workbook included

Entry Level and Advanced
Installer programs included

How can we help you

Accredited Training

NST is accredited by IREC and registered with NABCEP for the PV Entry Level exam.

Student Advisor Care

We make sure that all your questions are answered before enrolling into a program. Let us guide you.

Online Classes Available

Your schedule can be demanding. we make training easy for you to complete without leaving your home.

Financial Aid Resources

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Experienced Instructors

All of our instructors have real world experience. they are licensed, certified, and have designed and installed hundreds of systems.

Certified Training

Whether it is NABCEP or your local state license, we will get you there. Our programs are designed to meet the educational requirements across the U.S.

How to get NABCEP Certified

The NABCEP PV Installation Professional certification is a voluntary certification that provides a set of national standards by which PV installers with skills and experience can distinguish themselves from their competition. Certification provides a measure of protection to the public by giving them a credential for judging the competency of practitioners.

What Do I Need?

This can be the million dollar question to a few. NST has gone through the application with a fine tooth comb and have come up with the following guide for you to use. The exam is only given out twice a year by NABCEP. For exam dates and deadlines, please go to NABCEP’s website at

There are 3 major requirements in order to apply for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification exam.

1. OSHA 10 Construction Industry Card

2. 58 Hours of Education (details below)

3. Field Experience (details below)

58 Hours of Education

You must meet NABCEP’s 58 hour advanced education requirement in order to apply for the exam. The 58 hours is broken into 2 categories, 18 credit hours and 40 credit hours.

The 18 credit hours can be achieved 3 ways:

1. Passing the NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam

2. Obtaining an OSHA 30 Safety Card

3. Continuing Education Courses that are registered with NABCEP, NEC/IBC courses that cover PV Installation, any other accredited or non-accredited training that covers the PV Installation Professional Job Task Analysis

The 40 credit hours can be achieved by taking our PV Advanced Installer Program. Simple as it gets.

Field Experience

NST has broken down the field experience requirements to you with the latest rules from NABCEP that became effective February 2013. In order to apply for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional exam, you must provide documentation that you had a decision making role on 3 – 5 PV system installations (depending on your qualifying category) with a minimum rating of 1 kW DC (STC) within the last 2 calendar years.

What is a Decision Making Role? Lead Installers, System Designers, Site Managers, Foreman, Project Managers, System Engineers, and Quality Assurance / Commissioning Agents.

If you are not in these roles but feel that you have a decision making role, you must submit a signed letter on letterhead from the person, or a member of senior management from the company, that is named on the permit/inspection document(s). The letter must clearly explain the role(s) and the decision making authority that the Applicant held for the system design, project management, installation, and/or commissioning/quality assurance process for the system installation

How Many Do I Need?

3 PV System Installations – If you have any of the following background, you need to provide documentation that you had a decision making role on 3 pv systems.

1. 4 years of electrical construction related experience working for a licensed contractor OR

2. 3 years of experience in a US Department of Labor registered trade apprentice program OR

3. Licensed contractor in good standing in solar or electrical related areas OR

4. 2 or 4 year degree in renewable energy, construction, electrical or engineering OR

5. 4 year degree in electrical, mechanical, structural, civil engineering or architecture

5 PV System Installations – If you have none of the above, you need to provide documentation that you had a decision making role on 5 pv systems.

Our Conclusion

If you are new to the industry, we recommend to take a PV Entry Level program regardless. The amount of solar pv education you will learn in the NST PV Entry Level Program goes far beyond a “How to Install” book. You learn from professionals in the solar installation industry. Since you will be qualified to sit for the NABCEP PV Entry Level exam, why not prove to yourself and your peers that you understand the basics and take the exam? Upon completion of NST’s PV Entry Level Program, you can receive our alumni discount and take our IREC accredited Advanced PV Installer program.

NABCEP’s Certification Exams have the reputation of being very challenging. Our courses are designed to cover NABCEP’s PV Installation Professional Job Task Analysis so that you have a better chance of passing the exam.

"Kyocera Solar wanted to provide technical training to our installation partners. We consider this training to be a value added benefit enjoyed by embers of our Diamond Partner Program. Working with NST has allowed us to focus on out core business without any increased overhead. NST has provided Kyocera Solar with quality accredited training available to our staff and clients. because of coast to coast scope of our dealer network, utilizing a national company for our training program was a big factor in our decision to go with NST. We are very pleased to be working with the team at National Solar Trainers."

Chris Brown, Kyocera Solar Inc.