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Why the NABCEP Certification Matters
You know about the certifications required for your field, but did you know there are certifications exclusively for the solar industry?
It takes more than top-notch materials to construct a solar array – it also takes a team of industry experts to design and install the array. A solar system is an investment. You want to be certain that yours is built to last. The best way to be sure is to hire a certified professional.
Certifications ensure that professionals keep their skills sharp and their knowledge up-to-date. They also provide consumers with peace of mind. One of the most respected certifications in the renewable energy sector is administered by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (or NABCEP for short). They are a non-profit organization that began certifying energy professionals in the early 2000s.
Keep reading to learn more about the certification process and why it’s vital to our industry.
What is a NABCEP Certification?
NABCEP Certification is a nationally recognized, voluntary certification. While it isn’t required, it is incredibly valuable. Those who are dedicated to the field of renewable energy typically pursue it.
There are a few types of certifications that applicants can earn from the NABCEP. Currently, they offer certifications in the following areas:
- PV Technical Sales
- PV Installation Professional
- PV Design Specialist
- PV Installer Specialist
- PV Commissioning & Maintenance Specialist
- PV And Solar Heating System Inspector Certification Programs
- Solar Heating Installer Certification
- Small Wind Installer Certification
How Do Engineers Get Certified?
The certification process starts with an application. Just to qualify, professionals have to present an impressive background in the solar industry. Proof of relevant education, extensive experience and a track record of success are all required. After their application has been approved by the NABCEP board, they can take the exam.
The exam is rigorous, and it tests the applicant’s knowledge in a number of areas of the solar field. If they pass, they’ve met the criteria to be considered one of the industry’s top-ranking professionals. The NABCEP will then grant them the certification.
How Does This Certification Impact the Industry?
Earning an NABCEP Certification is an intense process, but it benefits the entire industry and its consumers. Hiring NABCEP certified professionals assures a business that their solar investment is in good hands.
The NABCEP Certification also simplifies the search process for consumers. A certified professional can be counted on to work reliably, safely and effectively. If a company does not maintain a NABCEP Certified Engineer on staff, it can be very difficult to judge the quality of their installations.
Though other certifications for solar installation do exist, they are not all the same. If you’re considering working with a solar company, make sure that you check their credentials carefully. It’s important that you know your project is being carried out correctly so that you can rely on your investment for years to come. If you have any further questions about NABCEP certifications, you can learn more on their website here.
Our team currently has three NABCEP Certified engineers onboard. We are committed to giving our clients the best service possible, and we feel strongly that maintaining NABCEP Certified engineers helps us do that.