NABCEP Entry Level Program

The NABCEP PV Entry Level Program is designed for individuals wanting to get into the solar field, and is a way to demonstrate achievement of a basic knowledge of the fundamental principles of the application, design, installation and operation of grid-tied and stand-alone PV Systems.

As the market grows for both PV and Solar Heating, students achieving this industry-sponsored Entry Level Exam may find that their employment opportunities are enhanced by starting the job with an understanding of the basic terms and operational aspects of a PV or Solar Heating system. Individuals passing one of the NABCEP Entry Level Exams should not be confused with NABCEP Certified Installers.

Entry Level Program – Where to Start

To be eligible to sit for the NABCEP Entry Level Exam, there are two options at Appalachian State University:

  1. Students who have successfully completed TEC 4608/5608 Photovoltaic System Design & Construction or TEC 4628/5628 Solar Thermal Technology are eligible to take the corresponding Entry Level Exam.
    1. Download the NABCEP Entry Level Exam Candidate Eligibility Form at the bottom of the page.
    2. The form must be filled out in its entirety, signed by the candidate AND instructor.
    3. Submit the eligibility form with the CBT (computer-based test) exam fee, $120 cash or check made payable to Appalachian State University, to Janet Miller in IG Greer, office 235A.
    4. You will receive an email from Castle Worldwide Testing Services within a few days of submittal with details and a link to sign up for your test.  Participants will register to take the test at a testing center location of your choice at select cities across the United States including Apex, Boone, Cary, Charlotte, Cullowhee, Durham, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Hudson, Morrisville, Raleigh, or Wilmington.
    5. Upon passing, you will receive the NABCEP Entry Level Certification.

    Note: Students are eligible to sit for the Entry Level Exam for a period of two years after completing the course and may take the Exam up to four times within that two year period. Once you pay the fee for the Exam you have a six month window to schedule and take your test.

    Paper and Pencil Exam Option: Your instructor may elect to hold a paper and pencil exam at a scheduled time at the end of the semester if there is enough student interest. The fee for this exam is $150 and will be coordinated through the instructor.

  2. Appalachian Energy Center hosts a week long workshop every year (typically in May after the Spring semester), Introduction to Photovoltaic System Design & Construction, that prepares participants for the NABCEP Entry Level PV Exam and includes the fee for the test. For more information and to see when the next workshop is scheduled click here

Click here for more information on the NABCEP Entry Level Program.

Questions? Contact Janet Miller at 262-8913.


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