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November 12, 2003

First Certification Exam Held for Solar Photovoltaic System Installers

The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) held its inaugural examination for installers of solar photovoltaic (PV) electric systems in late October. Nearly 100 candidates took the exam, which was administered at 14 sites around the country. The voluntary exam is meant to instill consumer confidence in the men and women who install expensive solar equipment on the roofs of homes and businesses, connect that equipment to the building's power supply (often providing power for sensitive electronic components), and frequently connect it to the power grid as well. NABCEP has already received strong interest in its next PV Installers Certification Exam, which will be held on April 17, 2004. Applications for that exam are due in January. See the NABCEP press release.

PV installers can make sure they get the right training for the exam by going to a training organization accredited by the Institute for Sustainable Power (ISP). See the "Training Accreditation and Trainer Certification" page on the ISP Web site.