Proving the Value of Certification Programs

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Shawn O'Brien, President & CEO of the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), shares his insights on how to prove the value of your certification program to employers, professionals, and consumers.

About Shawn O’Brien

Shawn has more than 15 years of experience leading certification boards. He has served as President and CE of the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) since 2016. Prior to NABCEP, Shawn was the Chief Operating Officer for the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). Prior to NBCC, Shawn held executive leadership positions at the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE).


The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is the most respected, well-established and widely recognized certification organization for professionals in the field of renewable energy. NABCEP offers certifications and credentials for skilled professionals, specialists and those new to working in the areas of photovoltaics, solar heating, and small wind technologies. The first NABCEP Solar PV Installer certification exam (now called PV Installation Professional) was administered in 2003. Since then, NABCEP has launched and maintained 8 Board Certification Programs and 3 Associate credentials.

About Certemy

Certemy is a leading provider of affordable, easy-to-use certification management software for professional certification boards. Our platform streamlines and automates certification workflows to help certification boards become more efficient, transparent, and agile while reducing IT costs and administrative burdens.

Certemy delivers the lowest cost of ownership for any comparable solution with predictable Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) pricing with no implementation, training, or change fees. We also provide the only certification management solution that allows board staff to change application and renewal processes themselves without IT help or programming. Our platform scales to support boards of every size — from those managing a few hundred professionals to those managing over 100,000.

An active member of the credentialing community, Certemy is a proud member of The Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR), the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE), and the Association of Test Publishers (ATP). Learn more about Certemy at