NABCEP Associate Program

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

As the market grows for PV, Solar Heating and Small Wind 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, Solar Heating or Small Wind system.

NABCEP Associate Program – 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 4608/5608 Photovoltaic System Design & Construction, TEC 4628/5628 Solar Thermal Technology, or TEC 4607/5607 Wind & Hydro Power Technology are eligible to take the corresponding Associate Exam.
    1. Download the NEW (11/2019) NABCEP Associate Exam Candidate Eligibility Form here.
    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, $150 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 corresponding NABCEP Associate Program Certification.

    Note: Students are eligible to sit for the Associate 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 $180 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 PV Associate Exam and includes the fee for the test. For more information and to see when the next workshop is scheduled click here
    May 11-15, 2020: Introduction to Photovoltaic System Design & Construction Course | Earn you NABCEP PV Associate Certification in this one week course!

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

Questions? Contact Janet Miller at 262-8913.