Profile of a CSRP

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Readiness and Resources

In assessing your readiness for the exam, review and study the four following primary resources:

CSRP Online Study Course
Candidate Handbook
CSRP Job Task Analysis
CSRP Study Guide

CSRP Online Study Course

NRCA University, in conjunction with Penn State, is now offering Rooftop Photovoltaic System Installations, the most thorough and comprehensive online study course that gives you the latest information about rooftop photovoltaic (PV) system installations and helps you prepare for the Roof Integrated Solar Energy (RISE™) Certified Solar Roofing Professional (CSRP™) exam. Many industry experts contributed content to the course's five self-paced learning modules covering each of the CSRP exam domains. This five-module program, which will take approximately 15 hours to complete, includes:

  • Planning and Implementing Safety Requirements
  • Identifying Structural, Roof Assembly and PV System Design Issues
  • Applying Basic Electrical System Principles and Practices
  • Estimating, Contracting and Selling a Roof-mounted PV System
  • Managing and Directing Roof-mounted PV System Installations

The price for the course is $295. To register, click here.

CSRP Candidate Brochure

RISE provides a brochure that describes the benefits and personal value of becoming a Certified Solar Roofing Professional. Click here to access the CSRP Candidate Brochure. (PDF)

Candidate Handbook

The Candidate Handbook provides information for prospective candidates of the RISE Certified Solar Roofing Professional, or CSRP, credential. It provides an overview of the process, requirements and policies related to the CSRP.

CSRP Job Task Analysis

The Certified Solar Roofing Professional (CSRP) Job Task Analysis is the basis for the certification exam. The content of the CSRP certification exam is based on extensive research conducted about the knowledge and skills needed by individuals who plan and manage the installation of roof-mounted PV systems.

The CSRP Job Task Analysis describes the knowledge and skills required to perform and manage such installations and is divided into five areas (domains):

  • Domain 1: Planning and Implementing Safety Requirements
  • Domain 2: Identifying Structural, Roof Assembly and PV System Design Issues
  • Domain 3: Applying Basic Electrical System Principles and Practices
  • Domain 4: Estimating, Contracting and Selling Roof-mounted PV Systems
  • Domain 5: Managing and Directing Roof-mounted PV System Installations

The certification exam includes questions about each domain that evaluate whether individuals have the underlying knowledge for the competencies contained in the CSRP Job Task Analysis.

CSRP Study Guide

The CSRP Study Guide is an excellent tool for those planning to take the RISE Certified Solar Roofing Professional certification exam. The study guide provides information about each specific competency presented in the most recent version of the CSRP Job Task Analysis (JTA) and helps exam candidates assess their current levels of knowledge, skill and abilities within each domain.

This study guide is intended to provide assistance for exam candidates and should not be considered a definitive guide to the exam. The sample exam questions provided in the study guide are intended only to demonstrate levels of knowledge or skill for certain JTA competencies.


Additional Resources

CSRP Authoritative Literature

The following authoritative literature and resource list has been compiled by the RISE board of directors. It is intended to represent a body of literature that is aligned with the RISE CSRP Job Task Analysis and examination content. The RISE board of directors recognizes this list can be a useful resource to candidates preparing to earn the CSRP credential. The list is reviewed and recent references may be added to the list periodically. The authoritative literature list should not be construed as required reading. You should identify a personal reading list and develop a study plan based on your individual needs and knowledge gaps.

1) Publications available from NRCA—shop.nrca.net

Building Owners Guide to Roof-mounted Photovoltaic Systems

NRCA Guidelines for Roof Systems With Rooftop Photovoltaic Components

The NRCA Building Codes Manual, Third Edition (electronic file)

The NRCA Roofing Manual boxed set, including:

The NRCA Safety Manual, Third Edition

NRLRC Contract Provisions, Vol. I & II (compiled by the National Roofing Legal Resource Center)

Roofing Construction and Estimating

A Roofing Contractors Guide to Construction Contracts (compiled by the National Roofing Legal Resource Center)

2009 International Building Code (published by the International Code Council)

2009 International Energy Conservation Code and ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007—Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings (published by International Code Council)

2009 International Residential Building Code for One- and Two-family Dwellings (published by International Code Council)

2) Publications available from RISE

RISE Certified Solar Roofing Professional (CSRP) Job Task Analysis

RISE Certified Solar Roofing Professional (CSRP) Study Guide

3) Successful Rooftop Photovoltaics: How to Achieve a High-quality,Well-maintained, Compatible Rooftop PV System by the Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing—www.roofingcenter.org

4) 2008 National Electrical Code (NECR), NFPA 70 or 2008 National Electrical Code Handbook, National Fire Protection Association—www.nfpa.org

5) Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 29 Part 1926—Safety and Health Regulations for Construction, and Chapter 29 Part 1910—Safety and Health Regulations for General Industry, Occupational Safety and Health Administration—www.osha.gov

Supplemental Reference Publications, Periodicals and Magazines

1. Photovoltaics for Professionals, Solar Electric Systems Marketing, Design and Installation by Falk Antony, Christian Dürschner and Karl-Heinz Remmers

2. Planning and Installing Photovoltaic Systems: A Guide for Installers, Architects and Engineers by Deutsche Gesellshaft Für Sonnenenergie

3. Photovoltaics: Design and Installation Manual by Solar Energy International—www.solarenergy.org

4. Photovoltaic Power Systems and the 2005 National Electrical Code: Suggested Practices, February 2005 by John Wiles. SAND2005-0342, New Mexico State University/Southwest Technology Development Institute and Sandia National Laboratories—www.sandia.gov/pv

5. Stand-Alone Photovoltaic Systems: A Handbook of Recommended Design Practices, SAND87-7023, Sandia National Laboratories—www.sandia.gov/pv/docs/PDF/Stand%20Alone.pdf

6. Maintenance and Operation of Stand-Alone Photovoltaic Systems by Sandia National Laboratories—www.sandia.gov/pv/docs/PDF/98TLREF13.pdf

7. Working Safely with Photovoltaic Systems, January 1999 by Sandia national Laboratories—www.sandia.gov/pv/docs/PDF/workingsafely.pdf

8. Professional Roofing magazine—www.professionalroofing.net Click here to read photovoltaic/solar-related articles from Professional Roofing.

9. PHOTON International magazine—www.photon-magazine.com

10. Home Power magazine—www.homepower.com

11. Solar Pro magazine—www.solarprofessional.com

12. Solar Electric Handbook: Photovoltaic Fundamentals and Applications by Solar Energy International—www.solarenergy.org

Supplemental Web Resources

1. Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency—www.dsireusa.org

2. Interstate Renewable Energy Council—www.irecusa.org

3. National Renewable Energy Lab—www.nrel.gov/solar

4. Sandia National Laboratories Photovoltaics—photovoltaics.sandia.gov

5. Solar America Board of directors for Codes and Standards—www.solarabcs.org

6. Solar Buzz: Portal to the World of Solar Energy—www.solarbuzz.com

7. Solar Electric Power Association—www.solarelectricpower.org

8. Solar Energy Industries Association—www.seia.org

9. Solar Energy International—www.solarenergy.org
Solar Energy International (SEI) is one of the oldest renewable energy training organizations in the country. Founded in 1991, as a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization focused solely on renewable energy, our mission is to provide quality training to advance the renewable energy industry. We have provided training to more than 20,000 tradespeople through online, in-person and intensive hands-on trainings.

10. Southwest Technology Development Institute PV Codes and Standards—www.nmsu.edu/~tdi/Photovoltaics/Codes-Stds/Codes-Stds.html

11. U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy—www.eere.energy.gov

Related Education and Training

The following education and training resource list is intended to represent learning opportunities that are aligned with the CSRP Job Task Analysis and exam content. The RISE board of directors recognizes this list can be a useful resource to candidates preparing to earn the CSRP credential. The list is reviewed and recent references may be added to the list periodically. Participating in any of the learning opportunities presented in this list should not be construed as required to qualify for the CSRP exam though these recognized learning opportunities can be applied towards the 40 hours of related education and training candidate entry track requirements. You should identify and participate in education and training based on your needs and knowledge gaps.

Roof Systems Education and Training

1. NRCA University—www.nrca.net/nrcauniversity

Photovoltaic Roof Systems: Energizing Your Business

2. RCI Inc.—www.rci-online.org

3. University of Wisconsin, Department of Engineering—epdweb.engr.wisc.edu

4. Manufacturers' proprietary roof systems training programs

5. Solar Energy International, Solar Professionals Certificate Program—www.solarenergy.org

PV Systems Education and Training

1. Numerous courses accredited and listed by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council—www.irecusa.org

2. Manufacturers' proprietary PV system training and education programs

CSRP Customer Brochure

RISE designed a brochure that describes the value of your CSRP certification to your customers and supports your and your company's promotional efforts. You can add your name and title, and your company's name and contact information to customize this brochure. Click here to access the CSRP Customer Insert brochure. (PDF)



Candidate Handbook
Job Task Analysis
CSRP Study Guide
Application
Recertification Application
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