Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) Chesapeake welcomes North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) as its newest partner member. NABCEP's executive director, Ezra Auerbach said, "We are pleased to become a partner member of IEC Chesapeake because we see its commitment to providing training to electrical workers as very compatible with our mission to improve installation standards in the PV industry."

The NABCEP PV installer certification is a voluntary certification that provides a set of national standards by which PV installers with skills and experience can distinguish themselves from their competition. Certification provides a measure of protection to the public by giving them a credential for judging the competency of practitioners. It is not intended to prevent qualified individuals from installing PV systems nor to replace state licensure requirements. The target candidate for NABCEP certification is the person responsible for the system installation (e.g., contractor, foreman, supervisor, or journeyman).

The NABCEP PV installer certification has been developed in accordance with the certification field’s best practices. NABCEP is a member of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (I.C.E.) and has endeavored to follow the requirements of ISO/IEC Standard 17024: General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification Systems of Persons.