The industrial tool innovators at Fluke are now designated as a North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Registered Training Provider (RTP). As a NABCEP RTP, Fluke will provide educational resources to help solar professionals work safely, efficiently, and accurately in support of the growing industry.
Fluke recently launched its new NABCEP-approved training course, Tools and Techniques for Commissioning and Maintaining PV Systems, led by Fluke’s NABCEP certified solar application specialist and educator, Will White.
Designed for professionals who want to expand their expertise on the tests and measurement tools used during PV array installation, commissioning, and maintenance, the course can be credited toward a professional’s NABCEP certification. In some cases, it can help satisfy the hours required to take NABCEP’s exam for PV Installation Professional (PVIP) Board Certification, which is considered the gold standard for PV professionals.
“Over the past decade, US solar employment has more than doubled from 105k jobs in 2011 to 255k jobs in 2021,” said White. “However, the need to train and equip this new workforce with the right knowledge and tools could quickly become a bottleneck constraining the industry’s growth. We’re proud of our plans to offer NABCEP approved courses, and look forward to playing a key role in preparing the solar workers that are leading the clean energy transition.”
Fluke will also be offering its new NABCEP registered training course online. The next scheduled course will take place on Wednesday, April 26, 2023, at 12 pm ET. This course will review the different steps in the process of building and maintaining a solar array and the appropriate test tools used at each step, including digital multimeters, clamp meters, thermal imaging cameras, insulation resistance testers, I-V curve tracers, irradiance meters, power quality meters, and solar asset management software. Registration is available here.
Fluke recently debuted the SMFT-1000 — the first Fluke solar tool to offer 1000 volt I-V curve tracing capabilities, allowing users to service larger PV systems and centralize results across tools. The SMFT-1000 also measures resistance, polarity, voltage and current, insulation resistance, DC/AC power, inverter efficiency, and diodes. Users can easily collect, analyze, and report measurement data through the instrument’s integration with Fluke TruTest solar software.
— Solar Builder magazine