Thomas is now one of less than 1,200 PV Integrators with this designation in the world…never mind the US. Well done Thomas! The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Certification is THE ultimate in Integrator certifications! Renova will begin offering NABCEP Entry Level certification classes this summer to bring us closer to the goal of having more NABCEP trained professionals per capita then any place on Earth! NABCEP Certification Grows 25% Following March 2010 Exam Clifton Park, NY, April 27, 2010 - NABCEP NABCEP would like to congratulate the 287 newly NABCEP Certified Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal Installers who were notified last week that they had passed the March 13, 2010 Installer Certification exams. The PV Installer Certification took another giant leap with a 32% increase in candidates which ultimately led to 259 new Certified PV Installers ™. NABCEP has now awarded the PV Installer Certification to 1,196 installers around the country, a 27% increase since September 2009. In just two years, the number of active NABCEP Certified PV Installers has more than doubled from 517 in March 2008. The ST Installer Certification saw a 10% increase in the number of candidates, and 28 candidates were awarded the Solar Thermal Installer Certification, a 100% increase from September 2009. NABCEP has certified 132 Solar Thermal installers to date. These numbers are very encouraging and mirror the progress of the PV Certification from 2003 until 2007. NABCEP expects the Solar Thermal Installer Certification to experience high growth in the next 1-2 years especially after the launch of some solar thermal incentive programs. NABCEP will be launching a number of programs in the next year. In May, NABCEP will start accepting applications for the first administration of the Small Wind Installer Exam in September 2010. NABCEP has recently released the Job Task Analysis (JTA) for the much awaited PV Technical Sales Certification and will soon release the Eligibility Requirements for that Certification. Ezra Auerbach, NABCEP's Executive Director says, "The continued impressive growth of the number of individuals who have become NABCEP Certified speaks volumes about the acceptance of our program. The numbers speak for themselves - the growth of our certificant population shows the strong support that we enjoy from the industries we serve".