NABCEP announces new Veterans Pathway to qualify for PV Associate credential
The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) has developed new Veterans Pathways for key credentials supporting career development in the solar and solar and storage sectors. By recognizing relevant skills and experience gained through military service, the new pathways make it easier for veterans to qualify for NABCEP certifications and advance their solar careers.
The Veterans Pathways were developed under the Solar Ready Vets Network, a national solar workforce development initiative led by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) that connects transition service members and veterans with training, career development resources, and jobs. As a partner of the Solar Ready Vets Network, NABCEP plays a key role in expanding training and qualification opportunities for military talent. The network is funded by the US Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office.
“The Veterans Pathways will make NABCEP’s Board Certifications and Associate Credential even more accessible to those who have honorably served our country,” said Shawn O’Brien, president and CEO of NABCEP. “Veteran employees have a proven track record of demonstrating a desire to lead, grow and foster collaboration. As veterans and military personnel in transition continue to play a greater role in the solar workforce, we fully expect the PV industry to reap the benefits of an improved labor market. We are immensely proud of the work we have done with IREC and the rest of the Solar Ready Vets Network to give veterans access to training and qualifications that will ease their path to a solar career.”
NABCEP is a widely recognized certification organization for renewable energy professionals. The most common NABCEP credential, the PV Associate (PVA), prepares individuals for a variety of career opportunities in the solar and solar + storage industries, and is often a first step toward more advanced and specialized board certifications.
With this announcement, NABCEP is offering a new Veterans Pathway to qualify for the PVA exam. Similar Veterans Pathways for certifications requiring industry experience (PV Installation Professional, Design Specialist, Commissioning & Maintenance and Technical Sales) will be available in Fall 2021.
“Solar and storage companies across the country are increasingly looking for veterans to meet their diverse recruiting needs,” said Richard Lawrence, program director at IREC. “The new Veterans Pathways for NABCEP certification can help veterans differentiate themselves from others seeking work and career advancement in this burgeoning industry.”
Non-veteran candidates are eligible to sit the PVA exam through an educational pathway (by taking a course with a NABCEP registered training provider) or an experiential pathway (by demonstrating at least six months of relevant work experience). Veterans can choose to take either of these two routes or the new Veterans Pathway, which allows them to submit their Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) code and certify at least six months of military experience relevant to the PVA Job Task Analysis.
To develop the Veterans Pathways, NABCEP convened a committee of NABCEP-certified veterans with diverse military and solar experience. Committee members are familiar with firsthand the rigorous level of education and study required to become Board Certified, as well as the ways in which skills and experience gained through military service can be applied to the solar energy industry. industry.
“Watching veterans from different military departments work together to make things better for their fellow brothers and sisters has been an incredible process,” said Greg Smith, Veterans Committee Chairman and Technical Training Director at Tigo Energy. “It was a pleasure to work with such a knowledgeable group of people.”
Last year, the Solar Ready Vets Network received approval from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure that costs associated with all NABCEP PV certifications are eligible for GI Bill benefits. Solar industry employers, service workers and veterans, solar training providers and other workforce development intermediaries are encouraged to join the Solar Ready Vets Network to stay informed about all opportunities and resources related to solar training and employment for veterans.
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