The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) says it is seeking comments on proposed changes to its flagship PV Installer certification program. According to the organization, the proposed changes are intended to better align the certification name, job description and eligibility criteria with the PV industry.
‘The PV industry has grown enormously in the past decade,’ explains NABCEP Chairperson Don Warfield. ‘Similarly, the installation segment of our industry has grown and evolved as well. As a consequence of this evolution, there are often multiple people on a given job site who make decisions that have a material effect on the quality and serviceability of the installation.
‘Our original model of a single person being in charge is no longer reflective of a significant number of PV installations,’ Warfield continues. The proposed changes include a name change of the certification to NABCEP Certified Installation Professional, changes to the introduction, scope statement and, notably, to the job description in the Job Task Analysis (JTA) and the eligibility criteria.
However, the changes will not alter JTA content or make the exam easier, notes Ezra Auerbach, executive director of NABCEP. Credentials for existing certificants will be unaffected.
All comments must be submitted by midnight on Dec. 9. Industry professionals can submit their comments here.