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NABCEP Associate Program

The NABCEP Associate Program recognizes individuals who have demonstrated knowledge of the fundamental principles of the application, design, installation and operation of Photovoltaic or Solar Heating systems.

As the market grows for PV and Solar Heating technologies, individuals with an industry-validated NABCEP Associate Exam credential may find that their employment opportunities are enhanced and their resumes distinguished. Employers can have confidence that they are hiring or promoting someone who is committed to learning and professionalism, and who has demonstrated a strong understanding of the basic terms and operational aspects of a PV or Solar Heating system.

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Where to start

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

  1. Students who have successfully completed TEC 3609/5608 Intro to PV/Photovoltaic System Design & Construction or TEC 4628/5628 Solar Thermal Technology with a completion date in the past 12 months (as of June 15, 2023) are eligible to take the corresponding Associate Exam. Note: Students are eligible to sit for the Associate Exam for a period of one year after completing the course. Once you pay the fee for the Exam you have a six month window to schedule and take your test.
    1. Download the NABCEP Associate Exam Candidate Eligibility Form.
    2. The form must be filled out in its entirety, signed by the candidate AND instructor (Alternatively, instructor may email the Outreach Manager that your eligibility has been met). Please email the completed form to
    3. NABCEP has launched the NABCEP Associate Exams with Live Remote Proctering (LRP), allowing you to take the Exam at home. We can now accept the $150 exam fee by credit card payment for the  LRP Exam. Once your Candidate Eligibility Form has been received you will be sent a link to pay for the Exam with a credit card.
    4. You will receive an email from Scantron Testing Services within a few days of submittal with details and a link to schedule your test.
    5. Upon passing, you will receive the corresponding NABCEP Associate Program Certification.
  2. Appalachian Energy Center hosts a week long workshop every year (typically in May or August), Introduction to Photovoltaic System Design & Construction, that prepares participants for the NABCEP PV Associate Exam and includes the fee for the test. For more information and to see when the next workshop is scheduled, view our list of upcoming workshops.

Note: Contact the Outreach Manager or Program Specialist to register for an exam.