In January, Roof
Integrated Solar Energy™ (RISE) Inc. certified 14
Roof Professionals™ (CSRPs™), who were the first
individuals to receive the designation, and more sat for the
rigorous exam in February.
RISE, founded by
the Center for
Environmental Innovation in Roofing and NRCA, was created to provide a means of
evaluating and certifying solar roofing professionals to support
the widespread use of rooftop solar energy.
CSRP certification is a voluntary certification for
professionals who plan and oversee the installation of photovoltaic
(PV) systems on roofs. The credential evaluates whether candidates
have the underlying knowledge required to successfully install
roof-mounted PV systems. Candidates are asked to demonstrate basic
knowledge about different PV system types and key components;
benefits and risks applicable to building owners; PV systems'
integration with existing roof systems; installation guidelines;
building codes; and post-installation considerations.
To help candidates prepare for the exam, NRCA and Penn State, University Park,
Pa., have developed a study guide. The guide consists of basic
information, resources and sample exam questions. The study guide
can be accessed at