The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners

by:Getian     2020-07-25

Take the solar energy field as an example. You can go to school and get solar installation training, pass your exams with flying colors, and go on job interviews only to find that the human resource manager you're interviewing with is looking for board certification. Without it there's no real evidence that you know what you're doing. The board exams are designed to be practical and reflect situations you'll encounter when you're in the field. The classroom training is great, but how will you perform under pressure. Passing a difficult board exam could be an indicator or what will transpire when you're faced with your first crisis.

How do you go about preparing for a NABCEP exam?

Your first step should be to enroll in a preparatory course like the ones offered at SEI. If it's solar PV technology you're interested in, the best courses are the ones that will teach you about system components, site analysis, PV module criteria, mounting solutions, safety, and commissioning. You'll also need to learn about grid-direct and battery-based PV systems. This knowledge is essential for passing the exam and when you get out into the field to do some actual work.

Why is a certification a ticket to financial and job security?

To begin with, the renewable energy industry is growing more rapidly than any other field right now. As the price of oil continues to rise and public awareness about alternative energy grows, the demand for qualified technicians and workers increases. We may not see a complete elimination of fossil fuel usage in our lifetimes, but we will see more than one surge in solar and wind energy production. The United States and China are already in a renewable energy race the like of which has not been seen since the space race of the 1960s. That led to the evolution of much of our modern technology.

Where will the quest for sustainable renewable energy lead us to?

The recent recession hit a lot of folks pretty hard in the past three years. Unemployment at one point was nearly 10%. Much of that was due to the number of workers who had tied up their years in industries destined to fade away at some point. Getting into auto manufacturing was a great move in the 50s. Today it's a death sentence. Renewable energy is the path to take now, and you'll find is an easier path to tread with an NABCEP certification to back you up.

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