DVD Team for 2011 NABCEP Exam Preparation Homestudy Package


Steve Arne

Training Director AETech Electrical Training Center Rapid City, South Dakota www.ElectricianClass.com

Steve Arne has worked as an electrician, electrical contractor, and electrical instructor for 40 years. Nineteen years of his career were spent as a teacher and department head in post-secondary education. Since Steve retired from Western Dakota Tech in 2003, he has provided industry-direct training specializing in continuing education Electrical Code classes and Electrician Exam Preparation classes for Journeyman and Master's level exams.

In 2012, Steve and Deb's son Ryan returned to Rapid City South Dakota to help Steve expand his training business at AETech Electrical Training Center to include a 640 hour full-time pre-employment Apprentice Electrician Training Program. Steve is currently a Board Member of the SD Electrical Commission and serves on the State and Local Chapter Boards of the SD Electrical Council.

Steve worked with Mike Holt as a technical editor and video team participant beginning in 2002, and uses Mike’s books in his classes. He is very thankful to have been associated with an industry leader like Mike who has a real heart to help others and provides excellent training products to help students in the electrical industry.

Steve and his wife Deb live in Rapid City, South Dakota where they’re both active in their church and community, and love to spend time with their children and grandchildren. The highest priority for both of them is putting God first in both their home and business.



Bill Brooks

Principal Engineer Vacaville, CA www.BrookSolar.com

Bill Brooks has over 25 years of experience designing, installing, and evaluating grid-connected PV systems. More than 12,000 installers and inspectors have attended his courses throughout the U.S. and abroad.

His field troubleshooting skills have been valuable in determining where problems occur to focus training on those issues of greatest need. He has written several important technical manuals for the industry that are now widely used through-out the United States and beyond. His recent publications include the Expedited Permit Process for PV Systems, the Field Inspection Guidelines for PV Systems, and Understanding the CalFire Solar PV Installation Guidelines, as well as articles in Photon and SolarPro magazines.

He is actively involved in the developments of PV codes and standards including IEEE-929 and IEEE1547 (PV Utility Interconnection), the National Electrical Code (NEC®) Article 690 (Solar Photovoltaic Systems), and IEC TC82 (international PV standards). Mr. Brooks is an active participant on many codes and standards panels including Code-Making Panel 4 of the National Electrical Code, UL1703 and UL1741 Standards Technical Panels, and IEC TC82 Working Group 3 and 6. Mr. Brooks was a member of the California Office of the State Fire Marshal’s (Cal Fire) PV Task force that developed the Solar Photovoltaic Installation Guideline, which became the model for national fire regulation. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University and is a registered Professional Mechanical and Electrical Engineer.

Bill enjoys helping people make progress toward reaching their God-given potential. His interests include sailing, motorcycle riding, performance automobiles, home theatre, and all types of music.



David Click

Program Director, PV Project Engineering Florida Solar Energy Center Cocoa, Florida www.floridaenergycenter.org

Dave Click became involved in solar energy through the Department of Energy’s first Solar Decathlon, serving as project manager for the engineering team behind the University of Virginia’s entry. After receiving his BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from UVA, he joined Solar Design Associates in Massachusetts from 2004 to 2007, managing and designing PV projects from 3-600 kWdc.

Since 2007, Dave’s been working at the Florida Solar Energy Center in Cocoa, Florida with projects including training prospective PV installers, educating code officials on proper PV design and installation, and analyzing the impacts of widespread PV on power systems. He serves as a volunteer for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) and he is coordinator for a 7-university team aiming to expand power systems education.

Dave and his family live beneath their 5.4 kW PV system in Orlando; over the last four years, their total electric bill was $81.99.



Mike Holt

Mike Holt worked his way up through the electrical trade. He began as an apprentice electrician and became one of the most recognized experts in the world as it relates to electrical power installations. He has worked as a journeyman electrician, master electrician, and electrical contractor. Mike’s experience in the real world gives him a unique understanding of how the NEC relates to electrical installations from a practical standpoint. You’ll find his writing style to be direct, nontechnical, and useful.

Did you know that he didn’t finish high school? So if you struggled in high school or if you didn’t finish it at all, don’t let this get you down, you’re in good company. As a matter of fact, Mike Culbreath, Master Electrician, who produces the finest electrical graphics in the his- tory of the electrical industry, didn’t finish high school either. So two high school dropouts produced the text and graphics in this textbook! However, realizing success depends on one’s continuing pursuit of education. Mike immediately attained his GED (as did Mike Culbreath) and ultimately attended the University of Miami’s Graduate School for a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA).

Mike Holt resides in Central Florida, is the father of seven children, and has many outside interests and activities. He’s a six-time National Barefoot Water-Ski Champion (1988, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008), has set many national records, has competed in three World Championships (2006, 2008, and 2010) and continues to train and work out year-round so that he can qualify to ski in the 2012 World Barefoot Championships at the age of 61!

What sets him apart from some, is his commitment to living a balanced lifestyle; placing God first, family, career, then self.



Daniel Brian House

Master Electrician / Instructor
Technical Director - Mike Holt Enterprises

Brian House is a high-energy entrepreneur with a passion for doing business the right way. He’s a licensed unlimited electrical contractor having worked throughout the southeast United States since the 1990s. From single family homes to industrial manufacturing he’s enjoyed experiencing all aspects of the trade. Whether it was service work, designing energy-efficient lighting retrofits, biomass powered generators or installing solar PV systems, Brian has first-hand experience with the ups and downs of electrical contracting and a vision for its future.

Since 2000, Brian has enjoyed teaching at seminars and apprenticeship classes. He joined the Mike Holt video teams in 2010 and in 2014 joined the Mike Holt staff as the technical director. He continues to teach seminars and is actively involved in developing and teaching apprenticeship classes.

Brian and his wife Carissa have shared the joy of four children and many foster children during 19 years of marriage. When not mentoring youth at work or church, he can be found racing mountain bikes with his kids or fly fishing on Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway.



Ryan Mayfield
State Licensed PV Installer/NABCEP Certified PV Installer/PV Instructor Renewable Energy Associates Corvallis, OR www.renewableassociates.com
Ryan Mayfield has been working in the renewable energy field since 1999 and currently focuses on commercial photovoltaic (PV) system design and education. As the President at Renewable Energy Associates, he provides design, support and educational services for contractors, architectural and engineering firms, manufacturers and government agencies. Typical projects include commercial and residential PV system designs and training PV system designers and installers. Ryan also works directly with manufacturers of PV-specific products to help gain market acceptance and develop products that directly help the implementation and use of their products. Ryan serves as Photovoltaic Systems Technical Editor for SolarPro magazine, regularly writing feature articles in SolarPro and Home Power magazines; he is also the author of PV Design and Installation for Dummies (published in 2010). He is an Affiliated Certified Master Trainer (from the Institute for Sustainable Power Quality) for the PV course he teaches at Lane Community College. Ryan also teaches various PV courses across the nation for electricians, existing solar professionals, code officials, inspectors and individuals looking to join the solar industry. Ryan holds a Limited Renewable Energy Technician (LRT) license in Oregon and chairs Oregon’s LRT apprenticeship committee. Ryan lives in Corvallis, OR with his wife, Amy, and three children, A.J., Lauren and Kai. They enjoy getting outdoors as much as possible, especially when they get the opportunity to get in the canoe for a few days.