ETA Renewable Energy Certifications

Photovoltaic Installer - Level 1 (PVI1)

The Photovoltaic Installer - Level 1 certification provides assessments in solar system installations. Individuals must have hands-on training from an ETA-approved school and be knowledgeable in topics such as solar resources and principles; selection identification; proper installation sequence, performance characteristics and troubleshooting methods; permitting best safety practices; and economical impact.




Additional Information

*Does not apply to FCC exams. Retakes must be completed within one year of the first exam session.


Blue Rock Station LogoETA has partnered with Blue Rock Station to offer a comprehensive and up-to-date (2020) online study course focused on designing and installing residential solar electric. ETA members can receive a $50 discount by entering the discount code "ETAPV" during checkout. The content of this course has been offered by dozens of community colleges and trade schools across the nation as a full semester course preparing students for the PV Level 1 certification.

eITprep LogoETA is proud to partner with eITprep to offer an online study resource for this ETA certification - only $59.95! You will have 6 months to complete the content. These courses are for self-study or certification maintenance purposes only, and do not lead to certification. You will need to sit for the appropriate exam by contacting an ETA Certification Administrator and/or ETA-Approved School.

PVI1 Exam Info

Price: $155
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required:
Questions on Exam: 75
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours

Photovoltaic Installer/Designer (PV2)

The Photovoltaics Installer/Designer (PV2) certification is for technicians with existing field experience in the solar electric industry. Individuals will demonstrate experience in the installation of a number of system options including the design and integration of the PV system, as well as receive training from an ETA-approved level 2 program. Current OSHA 10 card or equivalent and the Customer Service Specialist (CSS) certification are also requirements for earning the PV2. In addition to the material covered in Photovoltaic Installer - Level 1 (PVI1), applicants must demonstrate knowledge in commercial-scale system design and installation; project management; site and crew management; economic considerations for various design options; permitting processes; and various paperwork requirements for large-scale systems as described in the PV2 competencies.


Additional Information

*Does not apply to FCC exams. Retakes must be completed within one year of the first exam session.

PV2 Exam Info

The PV2 requires the CSS certification, 60 verified hours of PVI training (PVI1 certification or equivalent), OSHA 10 (or equivalent), and PV2 checklist.

Price: $155
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required: No
Questions on Exam: 100
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours

Small Wind Installer (SWI)

The Small Wind Installer certification provides practical assessments in wind power energy generation under 100 kW. Hands-on training from an ETA-approved school is necessary and individuals should be educated in the following topics include: theory of wind energy and electrical generation; site evaluation; design and selection of wind systems; proper installation, components and troubleshooting methods; safety; finance; and environmental assessment and management.


Additional Information

*Does not apply to FCC exams. Retakes must be completed within one year of the first exam session.


eITprep LogoETA is proud to partner with eITprep to offer an online study resource for this ETA certification - only $59.95! You will have 6 months to complete the content. These courses are for self-study or certification maintenance purposes only, and do not lead to certification. You will need to sit for the appropriate exam by contacting an ETA Certification Administrator and/or ETA-Approved School.

SWI1 Exam Info

Price: $155
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required:
Questions on Exam: 86
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours

Electric Vehicle Technician (EVT)

Electric Vehicle Technicians work on vehicles powered solely by electricity. They perform routine maintenance like other mechanics; however, Electric Vehicle Technicians must have extensive knowledge of how lithium-ion batteries and automotive systems interact. In addition, they may replace hydraulically assisted systems with electric–powered systems, such as power-steering pumps or air-conditioning compressors, to improve fuel economy.

Certification is for individuals interested in attaining training from an ETA® International approved EV school. In this program students will develop skills in safety, troubleshooting and repairing of Electric Vehicles. Due to the high voltage (300 VDC and above) and safety issues involved, technicians are required to receive specialized training in both knowledge and hands-on skill items.


Additional Information

*Does not apply to FCC exams. Retakes must be completed within one year of the first exam session.

EVT Exam Info

Price: $205
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required:
Questions on Exam: 100
Passing Score: 75%
Passing Score for Safety Portion: 100%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours


Taking an ETA Certification Exam

Why Choose ETA® International?

Founded in 1978, ETA represents many different technical areas, from the technician and educator to the corporate institution.

Widely known for our vendor-neutral programs, and accredited by the International Certification Accreditation Council (ICAC), ETA helps you validate your knowledge and excel in your field.

ETA has issued over 200,000 technical certifications covering more than 80 certification programs in a variety of technology fields. You can find ETA-certified professionals working for many well-known companies such as Motorola, Google, ESPN, and the United States Armed Forces.

ACCREDITED.

Don't get your certification from a business that is run out of a basement. ETA technical certifications are accredited by the International Certification Accreditation Council (ICAC).

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Prepare For An Exam

Certification competencies are a well-ordered categorized structural listing of knowledge, standards reference, industry best practices, testing, and troubleshooting subject items necessary to be proficient in a given technology. You can find the corresponding competency to each ETA certification in their respective information box, located to the right of the certification description. Certification examination questions are derived from their respective competencies. ETA subject matter experts (SMEs) are vital proponents developing and improving each competency.

ETA offers many of the suggested study materials (listed at the end of each of our competencies) in the ETA online store. If you don't see the specific book you are looking for, then please check online or at your local bookstore.

ETA understands each individual is different in regards to their experiences, education, and skill sets. That's why ETA does not require examinees to purchase study materials. By knowing the topics listed on the corresponding competency, an examinee can feel confident that they will succeed on the exam.

ETA publishes two books in-house for the popular Associate CET (CETa) basic electronics and Customer Service Specialist (CSS) workforce readiness certifications. Each of these study guides are written by industry professionals, and feature chapter quizzes and practice exams (actual certification examination questions are derived from their respective competencies). ETA members receive a discount on the ETA study guides. Bulk discounts are also available.

Take An Exam

Once you have decided which ETA certification exam(s) you need to take, you will need to find an ETA test site near you to take the exam by using the ETA CA Locator.

Decide whether to take the exam online with Trapeza, ETA's online testing site, or on paper. A Certification Administrator must be present no matter which method of testing you select. You will then need to schedule a time to take the exam with your chosen Certification Administrator.

As provided for under the ADA (American’s with Disabilities Act), if you require special accommodations in order to complete the certification process, then please notify your Certification Administrator when scheduling your exam.

Maintaining Your Certification

Rapid changes in technology and products have also changed the methods used in servicing them. ETA supports certification maintenance and aligns to the ISO 17024 standard. Certification maintenance is also required by ETA's accrediting body, the International Certification Accreditation Council (ICAC).

By maintaining your ETA certification, you provide verification that as a certified technician, you are keeping up with current technology and enhancing your abilities and knowledge.