Solar PV students that have received their certificate of completion from Solar Living Institute's PV200 Solar PV Design & Installation Intensive or the Online Solar PV Design & Installation may register to take the NABCEP entry level exam. 

There are 2 testing formats from which to choose, the paper and pencil test at the Solar Living Center or computer-based testing at testing centers across the US. 

The paper and pencil exam ($159) is given approximately three times a year at the Solar Living Institute in Hopland, check here to see the next date. The computer based testing ($120) is available to take at any time throughout the year.  Log onto Prometric to determine the testing center nearest you.  You must register through us first and receive your eligibility ID, in order to make a testing appointment with Prometric.  

Here's the procedure:

1.) Review the NABCEP entry-level learning objectives,

2.) Read the Candidate Information Sheet, and

3.) Download the Candidate Eligibility Form, complete it, and email or fax to 707.472.2498.  This verifies your legal name and has the address to which you would like your test results sent.

4.) Complete your registration for the exam.


After completing registration, further instructions for the paper and pencil test are sent in the confirmation email.  Once you have registered with SLI for the computer based test through Prometric, you will receive an email from NABCEP with your eligibility ID within 24-48 hrs.  (Check your junk mail folder - or email sli@solarliving.org if a problem arises.) 

For complete NABCEP information go to NABCEP.org, call 800-654-0021 9-5 M-F Eastern Time, or email Chad Wolf at NABCEP.


How to Land a Green-Collar Job - from ASES

15 ways to rev up for a job that's good for the environment, fills your wallet, and makes a difference

Despite the global recession, soaring interest in the new energy economy is sparking tremendous opportunity for job hunters and career changers to go green. The federal government is investing billions into the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors to help get the U.S. economy back on track. Leading businesses are investing billions more.

While most parts of the U.S. economy continue struggle, many companies involved in solar, wind, biofuels, energy efficiency, and other sustainable efforts are hiring today and well positioned for future growth. Research from the American Solar Energy Society shows that there are about 9 million of these green-collar jobs in the U.S. – with many more on the way.

So how do you find one of these jobs? The following insider tips and background can give you the insight you need to help turn your career green.


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