Take your career to the next level with free, comprehensive lighting training.
Stay up-to-date in the ever changing lighting industry.
Join the exclusive NXT Level Designation List.
Understand energy efficiency trends and codes.
Align projects with utility incentives, where applicable.
Gain access to special promotions and opportunities.
NXT Level Training
NXT Level offers free, comprehensive training that empowers lighting professionals with the knowledge to better design, sell and install more advanced commercial and industrial lighting retrofits.
- Online and On-Demand
A web-based training that can be taken any day or time that’s most convenient.
- 360 Degree View
A comprehensive look at every aspect of a lighting retrofit project.
- $600+ Value—at No Cost
Available at no cost thanks to your local utility.
- Hands-On Training
Combines in-person, web and field-based coursework.
- Advanced Curriculum
An advanced curriculum covering the latest techniques and technologies.
- $1,200+ Value—at No Cost
Available at no-cost thanks to your local utility.
Ways to Obtain Designation
There are three pathways for individuals to participate in NXT Level 1 training. Participants must first complete NXT Level 1 in order to qualify for NXT Level 2.
1+ Years of
Level 1 Training & Exam
Participants with one to four years of experience must complete NXT Level 1 courses and exams to earn designation.
5+ Years of
For participants with five or more years of experience, NXT Level 1 courses are recommended but may be skipped prior to taking and passing the exams.
LC, CLEP, CLMC Credentials
For applicants who are LC, CLEP and/or CLMC certified, NXT Level 1 designation is automatically earned once their application is approved and a short survey is completed. Courses and exams are available but optional.
*Participants with less than one year of industry experience are welcome to take the courses and exams; however, they will not earn their NXT Level designation until they have completed one year of relevant work experience.
How to Maintain Designation
To maintain your designation and company listing, participants must commit to continuing their advanced lighting education and staying up-to-date on industry changes. This can be achieved by:
Earning 18 CEUs Every 3 years
- Each CEU is equivalent to one hour of continued education.
- Education or training must be related to advanced lighting concepts and practices.
- Participants are responsible for self-reporting credits to the program administrator. Program staff may request documentation of continued education activities.
Enrolling in Level 2 Training
Designees who enroll in NXT Level 2 training within three years of completing their NXT Level 1 training meet their requirement of staying up-to-date on industry changes to maintain their NXT Level 1 designation.
How to Apply
Completing your NXT Level application is simple and takes just 15 minutes.
What you need to apply:
- Your contact information
- A list of your current credentials, certifications and industry memberships (if applicable)
- Your employer/company name and location
- A minimum of two professional references
Terms & Conditions
First read through the terms and conditions to make sure you’re eligible.
Gather Application Documents
Gather your applicable licenses, credentials, contact information and references.
Complete the online application form.
Start Company Application (optional)
Initiate the company application to be sure you appear on the Designation List upon training completion.
What Our Participants Are Saying
“Even the most experienced lighting professional can benefit from NXT Level training. It empowers you with knowledge to bring even more benefits to your client.”
John Hwang, PlanLED CEO
“Changes in lighting technology are so fast-paced that it is hard for contractors to stay up to date on all the products. If I keep myself educated, then I’m a better resource and can help them deliver a stronger recommendation to their customers.”
Sam Fisher, Electric Wholesale Supply
“We look to keep apprised of new products and industry changes by engaging with manufacturers and reps and by putting a high value on in-person workshops and trainings offered by utilities. This exposes us to more ideas and opportunities, which has led to more jobs being secured by our company.”
Ross Pearson, Northwest Edison
“NXT Level training allows those entering our industry as well as those who have been working in it for some time, to take a quantum leap forward.”
Daniel Thomas, Connections for Conservation