NABCEP was founded in 2002 as a non-profit 501 (c)(6) corporation with a mission “to support, and work with, the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries, professionals, and stakeholders to develop and implement quality credentialing and certification programs for practitioners.” The first NABCEP Solar PV Installer certification exam (now called PV Installation Professional) was administered in 2003. The Solar Heating Installer certification was first administered in 2006 and the PV Technical Sales Professional was launched in 2011. NABCEP administered the Entry Level Program from 2006-2016 when it was re-branded as the NABCEP Associate Program, and our Company Accreditation Program started in 2012.

NABCEP is committed to providing credential programs of quality and integrity for the professionals and the consumers/public it is designed to serve.  NABCEP’s programs are administered to the highest standards for certifications and testing. The NABCEP PV Installation Professional and Solar Heating Installer Certifications are accredited to the ISO/IEC 17024 standard by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). NABCEP understands the importance of impartiality in carrying out its certification activities. NABCEP treats all applicants, candidates, and credential holders fairly and impartially by following the policies and procedures outlined in our Certification Handbook and Associate Handbook. The organization maintains policies and procedures designed to manage conflict of interests and ensure objectivity throughout the credentialing process.


NABCEP’s goal is to develop voluntary national credentialing programs that will:

  • Promote renewable energy
  • Provide value to practitioners
  • Promote worker safety and skill
  • Promote consumer confidence

NABCEP holds all credential holders to high standards of ethical and professional practice. If you have an ethical complaint against a NABCEP Certified Professional or a NABCEP Associate, please review the Code of Ethics & Standard of Conduct. You can submit a claim by using the NABCEP Ethics Charge Statement Form. Review the Trademark and Mark Use Policy for details on NABCEP trademark ownership.

Our Appeals Policy can be reviewed here: Appeals Policy

If you have an operational or policy complaint, objection, dispute, grievance, disagreement or similar matter, please view theNABCEP Grievance Policy. This policy will apply to any grievance matter concerning an action, policy or practice of the NABCEP as a corporate body; NABCEP candidates or certificants; the NABCEP Board of Directors and Officers; NABCEP executive management and staff; NABCEP Committee members; and NABCEP volunteers and representatives acting on behalf of the NABCEP (parties).

Non-endorsement and Disclaimer Statement

NABCEP does not endorse, sponsor, or otherwise support the services or products of any individual or organization, including those who provide an Internet link to the NABCEP website or those who sponsor NABCEP with financial, in-kind services, or other forms of support.  NABCEP is not in any way responsible for such services or products, or the representations made by those individuals or organizations concerning their services or products. NABCEP is the national certification organization for professional installers in the field of renewable energy. NABCEP issues voluntary certification credentials to those qualified professionals who satisfy eligibility requirements established by the Board of Directors. NABCEP certification is not a professional license issued by a government agency, and does not authorize a certificant to practice.
NABCEP certificants must comply with all legal requirements related to practice, including licensing laws.

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