Time is running out to get your continuing education requirements completed before NABCEP increases the hours requirements on January 1, 2020. Current CEU requirements for the PV Installation Professional Certification are 18 hours, the new requirements will increase to a total of 30 hours.

A quick lesson from NABCEP instructor Sean White: Elementary math: 30 hours – 18 hours = 12 hours. You can save 12 hours of your life by finishing your recertification requirements by the end of the year. How much is your time worth? What can you accomplish in 12 hours in 2020?

Transition Period Ends December 31, 2019

The current requirements for the PV Installation Professional recertification, which are still recognized until midnight on December 31st 2019, are for 18 hours of continuing education broken down into three sections:

  • 6 hours specific to Electric (NEC) Codes
  • 6 hours specific to the PVIP JTA
  • 6 hours PV Technical or Non-Technical of which 2 hours must be Building and/or Fire Codes

You can find more information about which HeatSpring courses qualify for NABCEP CEUs here. In addition to these educational CEU hours, you must also show industry experience through project credits.

NABCEP Credential Course Finder Tool

Check out our quick 3-step tool to help you sort through NABCEP’s new requirements for continuing education (CEU hours), then see your course options to fulfill those training requirements.

New Requirements Already in Effect

The new recertification requirements (30 hours of CEU credits and updated industry involvement requirements) actually took effect on January 1, 2019. Visit this page for a breakdown of the new CEU requirements for each of NABCEP’s programs. However NABCEP has allowed a “transition period”:

Transition Period: January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019

Current and former NABCEP Board Certified Professionals will be able to choose to recertify under the current recertification requirements (18 CEUs and experience requirements) OR the new recertification requirements (30 CEUs and industry involvement) for one (1) year after January 1, 2019. Beginning on January 1, 2020, all current and former NABCEP Board Certified Professionals will need to meet the new recertification requirements to recertify.

New Industry Involvement Requirements

To be eligible for recertification, NABCEP Board Certified Professionals must submit a letter on letterhead, signed by an employer stating the applicant is still actively involved in the renewable energy industry and describing the industry activity of the applicant.

Industry activity must meet one of the minimum requirements as described below. Alternative activities may be submitted for review and acceptance by NABCEP. The letter must include specific details as described below:

  1. Applicant had a decision-making role in the installation(s) of at least 3 completed installs within the applicant’s three (3) year certification period
  2. Teacher/trainer/instructor who teaches at least 120 hours of an advanced PV course(s) or a Registered NABCEP PV Associate course within the applicant’s three (3) year certification period
  3. Leadership role for at least one (1) year in a business or organization that trains students, customers, or clientele to design, install, commission, maintain, inspect or carry out other activities in the PV market within the applicant’s three (3) year certification period
  4. Leadership role for at least one (1) year in a business that designs, installs, sells, commissions, maintains, inspects, or finances PV systems, or manufactures solar industry equipment within the applicant’s three (3) year certification period
  5. Leadership role relating to PV within the renewable energy industry for at least 36 hours within the applicant’s three (3) year certification period (e.g. committee or board member in a renewable energy association or company)

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