Greenfield Community College aligns its curriculum with national certifying organizations and prepares students to sit for some of their exams.
The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP)
The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) (www.nabcep.org) has produced a Job Task Analysis that specifies all of the knowledge and skills needed to fulfill a position as a Solar PV Installer. One option within the RE/EE program is to take a series of three courses designed to teach the contents of the NABCEP Job Task Analysis. They are: SCI 112 Fundamentals of Electricity, SCI 121 Introduction to Photovoltaic (Solar Electric) Technology, and SCI 221 Photovoltaic (Solar Electric) Installation. Course descriptions can be found in the GCC Course Catalog at
For Solar PV Installer, click below to download a PDF of the Job Task Analysis detailing what it takes to become qualified for this job.
GCC administers the Solar PV Entry level Certificate of Knowledge (COK) for GCC students as well as others who have completed 40 hours of approved photovoltaic instruction. This certificate demonstrates basic knowledge, comprehension and application of key terms and concepts of photovoltaic system design and installation. Many of the GCC students who take Introduction to Photovoltaics and Photovoltaic Installations also take the NABCEP exam, though this is not required. For more in depth information about NABCEP, please see
NABCEP Releases Entry Level
Solar Thermal Learning Objectives
Clifton Park, NY, January 17, 2011 – The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is pleased to announce the release of Learning Objectives and an exam blueprint for its new Solar Thermal Entry Level Knowledge Assessment program. The Learning Objectives, which were developed by a volunteer committee of Solar Thermal Industry practitioners and educators, are focused on ensuring that students will be able to demonstrate fundamental Solar Thermal knowledge. The knowledge assessment that is being developed by NABCEP according to the newly published blueprint will test students on their ability to solve generic, basic problems applicable to commonly installed Solar Thermal (ST) systems in North America.
Bill Guiney, Chairperson of the Technical Committee that developed these Learning Objectives and long-time participant in the Solar Thermal Industry says, “We are excited to release this document because it will assist renewable energy educators in developing curriculum for entry level Solar Thermal programs. These programs are critical to supplying new workers for our industry, which is experiencing record growth rates.”
Ezra Auerbach, NABCEP’s Executive Director says, “On behalf of the entire Board I want to thank the volunteers who developed these Learning Objectives. Their task was daunting; we asked them to distil a large and extensive body of knowledge into six major topic areas (domains). They worked long and hard to accomplish the task.” The six topic areas covered by the new Learning Objectives are: Conducting a site analysis; Indentifying ST safety practices, standards, codes and certification(s); Indentifying systems for specific climates and applications; Identifying proper operation and installation methods; Identifying proper use of balance-of-system components and materials; and Indentifying common ST maintenance items.
NABCEP expects the first round of examinations based on the Learning Objectives to be available in the late spring of 2011. Educators and others interested in seeing the full set of Learning Objectives are invited to visit NABCEP’s website at www.nabcep.org.
About NABCEP: The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is the most respected, well established, and widely recognized national certification organization for professional installers in the field of renewable energy. NABCEP is a volunteer board of representatives who are chosen based on their experience and involvement in the solar energy industry. NABCEP’s mission is to develop and implement quality credentialing and certification programs for practitioners by supporting and working closely with professionals and stakeholders in the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries. To learn more visit www.nabcep.org.
Building Performance Institute (BPI)
The Renewable Energy Program also prepares for the Building Performance Institute written and field exam though students must find a test provider at another site. We refer students to:Mark Schappert The School for Energy Efficiency 145 Railroad Hill Road, Waterbury, CT. 203-759-3800 ext. 5054 Cell 203-240-3544
TSFEE proctors BPI exams for the Building Analyst, Building Envelope Professional, Heating Pro, Multi-family only in Waterbury, CT
For more information on BPI, visit their site at:
The National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)
The National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) (http://www.nrel.gov) has produced a Job Task Analysis that specifies all of the knowledge and skills needed to fulfill a position as an Energy Auditor of residential buildings. One option within the RE/EE program is to take a series of three courses designed to teach the contents of the NREL Job Task Analysis. They are: SCI 126 Residential Energy Efficiency and Energy Auditing, SCI 136 Applied Residential Energy Auditing, and SCI 130 Extreme Insulation Retrofits. Course descriptions can be found in the GCC Course Catalog:
Click below on the Job Task Analysis for Energy Auditor to download a PDF detailing what it takes to become qualified for this job.