I thought I would see what the hubbub was about.
Murrieta, CA (PRWEB) January 31, 2012
The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Entry Level test was proctored after Ambassador Energy’s weeklong Solar PV Design and Installation course, which is offered each month at Ambassador Energy College in Southern California and taught by NABCEP certified trainers.
“This was an interesting class,” said Kelly Smith, president of Ambassador Energy and Ambassador Energy College. “We feel so strongly about education and the NABCEP program, I decided to take our 32-hour Solar PV Design and Installation class and sit for the test. I figured I would see first-hand what all the hubbub was about. Everyone is always talking about how difficult it is. NABCEP tells us it is intentionally difficult. And now I can confirm that, indeed, it is difficult…but doable.”
“I had to get my head around the fact that I would have to sit still for five days, keep my head in the game and actually study after hours. It has been a long time since I was in a classroom environment as a student. During other Ambassador Energy training, I am often sitting in the teacher’s chair sharing sales, marketing and finance knowledge, so this was a kick in the pants for me. I was extremely challenged and delightfully humbled.”
In addition to Smith, other students included a group of teachers from an electrician college in Alberta, Canada, several Ambassador Energy employees and a handful of local building contractors. While many had in-depth electrical knowledge, all agreed that there were challenging aspects to the diversity of information presented. None was 100% certain of passing the exam, and all were thrilled with the news when it was recently revealed. The results arrived after the pencil and paper tests were securely submitted to NABCEP in New York for official grading. The process takes several weeks.
“The students are always on pins and needles waiting for the test scores,” said Catherine Kelso, one of only a handful of females certified as NABCEP PV Installers and the Director of Training for Ambassador Energy. “It’s funny how even the most confident of students will often leave with a little tinge of doubt about their score. It was a pleasure this time to announce to every single student that they had passed.”
About Ambassador Energy’s Solar PV Design and Installation
The course is designed to give students every opportunity to learn the basics of solar photovoltaic technology and pass the NABCEP Entry Level [EL] test. Students are encouraged to take the test immediately, as AE statistics have proven it increases their odds of passing.
The schedule for Ambassador Energy’s 32-hour course and NABCEP EL test includes five consecutive Fridays, and the traditional weeklong class. The classes and tests are offered at Ambassador Energy’s headquarters and training facility in Murrieta CA.
Ambassador Energy is one of as very few ISPQ accredited firms in the state of California qualified to teach and test for the NABCEP Entry Level [EL] certification. AE trainers are NABCEP certified in both PV Installation and PV Technical Sales. Class tuition includes test, textbook ($100 value) and the opportunity to build an actual solar photovoltaic system during class. The following subjects are addressed:
- How PV Works
- What Affects Solar Output
- PV System Components
- Electrical and Solar Terminology
- Solar Site Evaluation
- Shade Analysis
- PV System Design
- Solar Panel Racking
- PV Permits and Contracts
- Solar Installation Safety
- OSHA Standards
- Install a System in the Classroom
In addition to the NABCEP courses for Entry Level, PV Installer and PV Technical Sales, Ambassador Energy College continues to offer one-, two- and three-day training classes on related subjects, ranging from ‘Solar for Electricians’ to ‘Become a Solar Referral Agent’.”
The Ambassador Energy training team also provides continuous coaching, training, support and customized training classes and webinars for its family of Authorized Agencies nationwide.
About Ambassador Energy
Ambassador Energy (AE) is a solar training and distribution company, with 92 Authorized Agencies operating in 16 US states. On staff are two NABCEP Certified PV Installers and one NABCEP Certified PV Technical Sales professional (Fulgham 012911-35/031310-74,Kelso 031310-124) and several NABCEP EL graduates. AE provides a turnkey, consolidated platform of renewable energy training, support, product-agnostic distribution and evolving mindshare to a nationwide network of Ambassador Energy Authorized Agents, who are contractors and entrepreneurs augmenting their portfolios by offering renewable energy solutions to their clients.
Ambassador Energy offers their Agency program to qualified candidates. New Agency Training is offered approximately once every four to six weeks.
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