Solar PV Mastery Training

Solar PV Mastery Training

Solar PV Mastery Training
Kaplan Clean Tech's Solar PV Mastery Training was designed to the professional standards of excellence set forth by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). This course will provide participants with advanced solar installation skills and the minimum required eligibility hours for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Exam, provided that a passing score is achieved on the NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam.

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  • Immediate access to online training upon registration
  • This training package will provide all of the required minimum 58 hours of advanced PV training for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification exam, provided that a passing score is achieved on the NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam.
  • Employers and customers expect quality training for solar installers, and NABCEP certification is often required to qualify for solar installation incentives and rebates.
  • This training has appeal to the full spectrum of professionals in the solar industry, from absolute beginners to experienced installers.
  • The Entry Level component of this course is designed to the NABCEP PV Entry Level Learning Objectives and the Advanced component is designed to the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Job Task Analysis.
  • You will gain solar installation skills that can immediately be applied to the field
  • The solar energy industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in the nation


There are no prerequisites. Our Solar PV Mastery Combo Course is ideal for:

  • Roofers
  • Electricians
  • Contractors
  • Architects

Kaplan Clean Tech's Solar PV Mastery Course begins with the 18-hour online Entry Level Solar PV Training course. Then, you will join experienced Solar industry professionals for the 5-day Advanced Solar Photovoltaic live class.

Online Course Objectives:

  • Calculate basic electricity values
  • Identify the elements of PV systems
  • Recognize important PV terms
  • Understand the history of PV
  • Identify consumers of PV technology
  • Recognize advantages and disadvantages of PV systems
  • Identify types of PV systems
  • Understand daily and annual solar variations
  • Understand the importance of PV location
  • Learn about techniques for shading analysis
  • Be able to calculate electricity production from a PV system
  • Learn about additional resources and solar energy employment opportunities

 

Agenda

Day 1 Course Outline:

  • Section A1: Verify Client Needs
  • Section A2: Review Site Survey
  • Section A3: Confirm System Sizing
  • Section A4: Review Design of Energy Storage Systems
  • Section A5: Confirm String Sizing Calculations
  • Section A6: Review System Component Selection
  • Section A7: Review Wiring and Conduit Size Calculations

 

Day 2 Course Outline:

  • Section A8: Review Overcurrent Protection
  • Section A9: Review Fastener Selection
  • Section A10: Review Plan Sets
  • Section B1: Conduct Pre-Construction Meetings
  • Section B2: Secure Permits and Approval
  • Section B3: Manage Project Labor
  • Section B4: Adapt System Design

 

Day 3 Course Outline:

  • Section B5: Manage Project Equipment
  • Section B6: Implement a Site-Specific Safety Plan
  • Section C1: Mitigate Electrical Hazards
  • Section C2: Install Grounding Systems
  • Section C3: Install Conduit and Raceways
  • Section C4: Install Electrical Components
  • Section C5: Install Circuit Conductors

 

Day 4 Course Outline:

  • Section C6: Install Utility Interconnection
  • Section C7: Install System Instrumentation
  • Section C8: Install Battery Components
  • Section D1: Install Equipment Foundation
  • Section D2: Install Mounting System
  • Section D3: Install PV Modules
  • Section E1: Testing the System

 

Day 5 Course Outline:

  • Section E2: Commission the System
  • Section E3: Complete System Documentation
  • Section E4: Orient Customer to System
  • Section F1: Conducting Maintenance and Troubleshooting
  • Section F2: Perform Visual Inspection
  • Section F3: Verify System Operation
  • Section F4: Perform Corrective Actions
  • Section F5: Verify Effectiveness of Corrective Actions
  • 58-hour online course, which can be completed anytime

 

                          -OR-

  • 18-hour online Entry Level Solar Photovoltaic class to be completed anytime on your schedule
  • 5-day Advanced Solar Photovoltaic course, including 4 days in the classroom and 1 day of hands-on training
  • Understanding NEC Requirements for Solar PV Systems Textbook
  • NEC Code Book 2014

 

                  - Both Options Include -

  • 100 practice questions for the NABCEP Entry Level Exam
  • Free access to our NABCEP Entry Level Flash Card iPhone app
  • 100 practice questions for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification exam
  • All 58 of the minimum required hours to sit for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional exam, provided that a passing score is achieved on the NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam.
  • NABCEP Entry Level exam fee and scheduling (NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification exam are not included).

Here are the steps to becoming eligible for, and successfully passing, the NABCEP PV Installation Professional exam:

Step 1: Requirements

  • A candidate for NABCEP Solar PV Installation Professional Certification must have experience in the field acting as the person responsible for installing PV systems, a minimum of 58 hours of advanced PV training and an OSHA 10 hour construction industry card or equivalent
  • A candidate must pay the associated fees to register for the exam before the bi-annual deadline.

Step 2: Training

  • In order to qualify for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification Exam, a candidate must successfully complete a minimum of 58 hours advanced PV training before the application deadline
  • A minimum 40 of the 58 prescribed hours must cover advanced solar PV installation and design principles and practices addressed in the NABCEP PV Installer Job Task Analysis

Step 3: Installations

  • All candidates for the Solar PV Installation Professional Exam must provide documentation for 3 or 5 installations, where they have acted in the role of contractor, lead installer, foreman, supervisor, or journeyman
  • Candidates must provide system information, permits and inspection for each project that he/she has installed

Step 4: Scheduling Examination Site & Time

  • Upon approval of an application for certification, the candidate will receive an approval letter and an examination schedule. The approval letter provides information for scheduling an examination
  • The examination scheduling form must be submitted electronically, mailed or faxed at least 43 days before the desired examination date

Step 5: Exam

  • Each examination consists of 70 equally weighted multiple choice questions
  • 60 of the questions are scored and 10 of the questions are unscored pilot questions
  • The pilot questions are randomly distributed throughout the examination and are not identified
  • The time limit for the examination is 4 hours

Step 6: What to Bring to the Exam

  • The NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification is designed to be completed with the aid of the National Electric Code book
  • The text materials required to take the test will be provided for each candidate at the site
  • 2014 National Electrical Code, NFPA 70 (PV Installation Professional Exam only)
  • Calculator - a Casio fx260 or a similar model
  • Two #2 pencils

Step 7: Determination of Passing Score

  • A scaled score of 70 is required to achieve a passing score on the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification Examination

Step 8: Exam Scoring Time Frame

  • Exam score reports will be completed and mailed to the candidate prior to 6 weeks following the administration of the exam
  • Grade results and pass/fail status will not be given out of the telephone or by email

Step 9: Certification Status

  • Certification is valid for 3 years following the date of issue
  • During that time a certificant may use the certification designation after their name to show that they are certified
  • Certificants will receive a frame for their certificate and information on maintaining the credential through the Recertification Program when they are notified of their successful certification

Entry Level Online Course + Live Course + Books: $2795*

Early Bird Discount: Only $1995* when you book 30 days or more in advance!

Entry Level Online Course + Advanced Online Course: $1295*

Student financing and payment plans now available! Call 888-450-4684 for more information. (Not available with early bird discount)

Kaplan Clean Tech Education Course Policies

How Much Work is Available for Solar Installers?

The solar industry has been doubling in size every year for the past 4 years and this trend is expected to continue. There are over 170,000 professionals in the solar industry.

Why Get Certified by NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners)?

The NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification is a higher level certification that shows that you have a significant level of experience, as well as in-depth knowledge and training in solar system design and installation. This is not required when looking for employment, but is often looked for when becoming a project leader on solar installations.

Are There Any Prerequisites for NABCEP Certification?

The NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification Exam can only be taken by those with sufficient levels of Advanced solar power training and industry experience. A candidate must complete 58 hours of NABCEP Approved Solar Training, 40 of which must be Advanced Training. In addition, they must have completed 3-5 installations and have their OSHA 10 Certification.

What is Involved in the NABCEP Certification Exams?

The NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification Exam is only administrated twice a year. You must have all of the requirements completed before the application deadline, which is two months before the exam. The two hour, 65 question multiple-choice exam covers all the topics of the NABCEP Job Task Analysis for Solar PV Installation Professionals. The passing rate for this exam hovers around 40%, so it is important to get the best solar energy training in the industry and prepare thoroughly.

 

Solar PV Mastery Training
Kaplan Clean Tech's Solar PV Mastery Training was designed to the professional standards of excellence set forth by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). This course will provide participants with advanced solar installation skills and the minimum required eligibility hours for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Exam, provided that a passing score is achieved on the NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam.

Find a Course Near You
Why Take This Course
  • Immediate access to online training upon registration
  • This training package will provide all of the required minimum 58 hours of advanced PV training for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification exam, provided that a passing score is achieved on the NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam.
  • Employers and customers expect quality training for solar installers, and NABCEP certification is often required to qualify for solar installation incentives and rebates.
  • This training has appeal to the full spectrum of professionals in the solar industry, from absolute beginners to experienced installers.
  • The Entry Level component of this course is designed to the NABCEP PV Entry Level Learning Objectives and the Advanced component is designed to the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Job Task Analysis.
  • You will gain solar installation skills that can immediately be applied to the field
  • The solar energy industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in the nation


Audience

There are no prerequisites. Our Solar PV Mastery Combo Course is ideal for:

  • Roofers
  • Electricians
  • Contractors
  • Architects
What You'll Learn

Kaplan Clean Tech's Solar PV Mastery Course begins with the 18-hour online Entry Level Solar PV Training course. Then, you will join experienced Solar industry professionals for the 5-day Advanced Solar Photovoltaic live class.

Online Course Objectives:

  • Calculate basic electricity values
  • Identify the elements of PV systems
  • Recognize important PV terms
  • Understand the history of PV
  • Identify consumers of PV technology
  • Recognize advantages and disadvantages of PV systems
  • Identify types of PV systems
  • Understand daily and annual solar variations
  • Understand the importance of PV location
  • Learn about techniques for shading analysis
  • Be able to calculate electricity production from a PV system
  • Learn about additional resources and solar energy employment opportunities

 

Agenda

Day 1 Course Outline:

  • Section A1: Verify Client Needs
  • Section A2: Review Site Survey
  • Section A3: Confirm System Sizing
  • Section A4: Review Design of Energy Storage Systems
  • Section A5: Confirm String Sizing Calculations
  • Section A6: Review System Component Selection
  • Section A7: Review Wiring and Conduit Size Calculations

 

Day 2 Course Outline:

  • Section A8: Review Overcurrent Protection
  • Section A9: Review Fastener Selection
  • Section A10: Review Plan Sets
  • Section B1: Conduct Pre-Construction Meetings
  • Section B2: Secure Permits and Approval
  • Section B3: Manage Project Labor
  • Section B4: Adapt System Design

 

Day 3 Course Outline:

  • Section B5: Manage Project Equipment
  • Section B6: Implement a Site-Specific Safety Plan
  • Section C1: Mitigate Electrical Hazards
  • Section C2: Install Grounding Systems
  • Section C3: Install Conduit and Raceways
  • Section C4: Install Electrical Components
  • Section C5: Install Circuit Conductors

 

Day 4 Course Outline:

  • Section C6: Install Utility Interconnection
  • Section C7: Install System Instrumentation
  • Section C8: Install Battery Components
  • Section D1: Install Equipment Foundation
  • Section D2: Install Mounting System
  • Section D3: Install PV Modules
  • Section E1: Testing the System

 

Day 5 Course Outline:

  • Section E2: Commission the System
  • Section E3: Complete System Documentation
  • Section E4: Orient Customer to System
  • Section F1: Conducting Maintenance and Troubleshooting
  • Section F2: Perform Visual Inspection
  • Section F3: Verify System Operation
  • Section F4: Perform Corrective Actions
  • Section F5: Verify Effectiveness of Corrective Actions
What's Included
  • 58-hour online course, which can be completed anytime

 

                          -OR-

  • 18-hour online Entry Level Solar Photovoltaic class to be completed anytime on your schedule
  • 5-day Advanced Solar Photovoltaic course, including 4 days in the classroom and 1 day of hands-on training
  • Understanding NEC Requirements for Solar PV Systems Textbook
  • NEC Code Book 2014

 

                  - Both Options Include -

  • 100 practice questions for the NABCEP Entry Level Exam
  • Free access to our NABCEP Entry Level Flash Card iPhone app
  • 100 practice questions for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification exam
  • All 58 of the minimum required hours to sit for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional exam, provided that a passing score is achieved on the NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam.
  • NABCEP Entry Level exam fee and scheduling (NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification exam are not included).
NABCEP Certification

Here are the steps to becoming eligible for, and successfully passing, the NABCEP PV Installation Professional exam:

Step 1: Requirements

  • A candidate for NABCEP Solar PV Installation Professional Certification must have experience in the field acting as the person responsible for installing PV systems, a minimum of 58 hours of advanced PV training and an OSHA 10 hour construction industry card or equivalent
  • A candidate must pay the associated fees to register for the exam before the bi-annual deadline.

Step 2: Training

  • In order to qualify for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification Exam, a candidate must successfully complete a minimum of 58 hours advanced PV training before the application deadline
  • A minimum 40 of the 58 prescribed hours must cover advanced solar PV installation and design principles and practices addressed in the NABCEP PV Installer Job Task Analysis

Step 3: Installations

  • All candidates for the Solar PV Installation Professional Exam must provide documentation for 3 or 5 installations, where they have acted in the role of contractor, lead installer, foreman, supervisor, or journeyman
  • Candidates must provide system information, permits and inspection for each project that he/she has installed

Step 4: Scheduling Examination Site & Time

  • Upon approval of an application for certification, the candidate will receive an approval letter and an examination schedule. The approval letter provides information for scheduling an examination
  • The examination scheduling form must be submitted electronically, mailed or faxed at least 43 days before the desired examination date

Step 5: Exam

  • Each examination consists of 70 equally weighted multiple choice questions
  • 60 of the questions are scored and 10 of the questions are unscored pilot questions
  • The pilot questions are randomly distributed throughout the examination and are not identified
  • The time limit for the examination is 4 hours

Step 6: What to Bring to the Exam

  • The NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification is designed to be completed with the aid of the National Electric Code book
  • The text materials required to take the test will be provided for each candidate at the site
  • 2014 National Electrical Code, NFPA 70 (PV Installation Professional Exam only)
  • Calculator - a Casio fx260 or a similar model
  • Two #2 pencils

Step 7: Determination of Passing Score

  • A scaled score of 70 is required to achieve a passing score on the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification Examination

Step 8: Exam Scoring Time Frame

  • Exam score reports will be completed and mailed to the candidate prior to 6 weeks following the administration of the exam
  • Grade results and pass/fail status will not be given out of the telephone or by email

Step 9: Certification Status

  • Certification is valid for 3 years following the date of issue
  • During that time a certificant may use the certification designation after their name to show that they are certified
  • Certificants will receive a frame for their certificate and information on maintaining the credential through the Recertification Program when they are notified of their successful certification
Pricing

Entry Level Online Course + Live Course + Books: $2795*

Early Bird Discount: Only $1995* when you book 30 days or more in advance!

Entry Level Online Course + Advanced Online Course: $1295*

Student financing and payment plans now available! Call 888-450-4684 for more information. (Not available with early bird discount)

Kaplan Clean Tech Education Course Policies

FAQ

How Much Work is Available for Solar Installers?

The solar industry has been doubling in size every year for the past 4 years and this trend is expected to continue. There are over 170,000 professionals in the solar industry.

Why Get Certified by NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners)?

The NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification is a higher level certification that shows that you have a significant level of experience, as well as in-depth knowledge and training in solar system design and installation. This is not required when looking for employment, but is often looked for when becoming a project leader on solar installations.

Are There Any Prerequisites for NABCEP Certification?

The NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification Exam can only be taken by those with sufficient levels of Advanced solar power training and industry experience. A candidate must complete 58 hours of NABCEP Approved Solar Training, 40 of which must be Advanced Training. In addition, they must have completed 3-5 installations and have their OSHA 10 Certification.

What is Involved in the NABCEP Certification Exams?

The NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification Exam is only administrated twice a year. You must have all of the requirements completed before the application deadline, which is two months before the exam. The two hour, 65 question multiple-choice exam covers all the topics of the NABCEP Job Task Analysis for Solar PV Installation Professionals. The passing rate for this exam hovers around 40%, so it is important to get the best solar energy training in the industry and prepare thoroughly.

 

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Solar PV Mastery Training Arlington, TX May 18th, 2015   $2795
Solar PV Mastery Training Atlanta, GA July 13th, 2015   $2795
Solar PV Mastery Training Austin, TX June 22nd, 2015   $2795
Solar PV Mastery Training Baltimore, MD June 15th, 2015   $2795
Solar PV Mastery Training Boston, MA June 22nd, 2015   $2795
Solar PV Mastery Training Charlotte, NC May 11th, 2015   $2795
Solar PV Mastery Training Chicago, IL July 27th, 2015   $2795
Solar PV Mastery Training Denver, CO June 1st, 2015   $2795
Solar PV Mastery Training Houston, TX June 8th, 2015   $2795
Solar PV Mastery Training Indianapolis, IN August 17th, 2015   $2795
Solar PV Mastery Training Las Vegas, NV July 20th, 2015   $2795
Solar PV Mastery Training Los Angeles, CA May 18th, 2015   $2795
Solar PV Mastery Training Murrieta, CA August 3rd, 2015   $2795
Solar PV Mastery Training Nashville, TN August 17th, 2015   $2795
Solar PV Mastery Training Newark, NJ June 1st, 2015   $2795
Solar PV Mastery Training Philadelphia, PA May 4th, 2015   $2795
Solar PV Mastery Training Phoenix, AZ June 15th, 2015   $2795
Solar PV Mastery Training Pittsburgh, PA September 14th, 2015   $2795
Solar PV Mastery Training San Antonio, TX July 27th, 2015   $2795
Solar PV Mastery Training San Diego, CA June 22nd, 2015   $2795
Solar PV Mastery Training San Francisco, CA May 11th, 2015   $2795
Solar PV Mastery Training Seattle, WA June 15th, 2015   $2795
Solar PV Mastery Training St. Louis, MO May 18th, 2015   $2795
Solar PV Mastery Training Tampa, FL June 1st, 2015   $2795

Course Reviews

Denise D. Ward
December 8, 2014
"Awesome!!! Sean is an excellent instructor and teacher and would request for his class. We did it! I'm happy we could hook-up a system and see how it works!"
Gennaro Brooks-Church
March 26, 2014
"I have had a great time in the current PV class. Rob the teacher is a gifted instructor and a great person. He has prepared us in a fun and professional manner. Five star teacher."
William
January 11, 2014
"The instructor was very excellent. Michael Cafiero was a great instructor. I received great information and hands on experience on how solar panels and the test equipment worked."
Eric Halnon
December 31, 2013
"Great class! Michael Cafiero was a great instructor. He touched on a large amount of installation, safety, and business aspects in the solar world. I would highly recommend the master PV combo class to anyone looking at breaking into the solar world or for more advanced knowledge for those already involved with solar."
Kevin Shutkufski
December 27, 2013
"Mike Cafiero is an amazing person. He truly cared about everyone in the class and spent as much time as necessary to make certain we all understood the concepts of photovoltaics."
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