Impressions from NABCEP Exam

2011 July 13
by roma

About a month after the course in Las Vegas, I finally took the NABCEP Entry-level PV course this morning. The test was conducted by ProMetrics, an independent testing company, at a facility in NE Portland.

The test was wholly computer-based and lasted for 2 hours.

The good news is that some of the questions on the test were taken straight from the manual we received at the course written by Ken Thames.

Throughout the 3-day course, Ken devoted a lot of attention to the technical aspects of grounding, conductor ampacity and battery-based systems. I think this reflects what one truly needs to know when designing or installing a system.

The 60-question course did not cover any specific topic in depth, however. There were fewer math problem questions and more general knowledge questions than I had anticipated. As a result, I didn't know some material because we did not focus on it during the course. For example, I did not know what a pyranometer is used for.

The test results will be available in 4-6 weeks.

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