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In this issue | January 2014
1+1>2 or the whole is greater than the sum of its parts
(with thanks to Aristotle)


by Pat Fox, Director, IREC Credentialing Development

Pat Fox








1+1>2 or the Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts (with thanks to Aristotle)


Synergy:  the interaction of elements that when combined produce a total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual elements, contributions, etc. ( 


The value of credentialing for the clean energy sector is best understood when the individual credentialing elements are recognized as a synergistic system. Individual groups develop standards, guidelines, job task analyses, certifications and assessment schemes, but the strength and value of credentialing is in the system. A collection of interrelated parts that cooperate in a process, each component in this system adds value. Yet, it is the whole system working together that ultimately results in success.


In energy efficiency, we focus on a physical building working as a system.  The building envelope, heating and air conditioning, and the people occupying the building must all be considered to have a successfully functioning system.


In air travel, we think about the whole experience as a system:  reservations, check-in, baggage handling, take-off, flight, landing and arrival.  Each event impacts the next, and the success of each component determines the success of the whole.


We can think of credentialing in the same way. From setting standards and guidelines, to job task analyses and quality assessment, it is as a synergistic system that they provide the foundation for a growing clean energy economy, with high quality training, a competent workforce and effective equipment. 


While on its own each component must add value, together they raise the quality bar and drive successful growth.


It is a great achievement to have these basic system components in place for building our clean energy workforce.  The journey to get here has required vision, creativity, persistence and drive, and the coming together of the renewable energy and energy efficiency communities, including countless hours of volunteered time. And there is still much more to be done.


We are looking forward to continuing this effort in 2014. But before we begin, we need to say good-bye to one of our most treasured champions.  Richard Knaub, a key player in IREC's standards and credentialing development initiatives, was a visionary with a keen wit who had tireless passion for this work.  He understood the value of credentialing and all of the components required for success.  Richard's journey ended in December 2013, but we will always draw inspiration from his vision, and limitless drive to make a difference.





2-3:30pm ET
2-3:30pm ET

3/29-4/1 | NAWB Forum
Washington, DC


3/31-4/2 | PTI Credentialing Conference (details available soon)
Denver, CO


San Diego, CA


Newport Beach, CA


Detroit, MI


4/30-5/1 | CERES Conference
Boston, MA


6/23-25 | PV America East
Boston, MA



Visit IREC's online calendar for more events.
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The IREC Credentialing Program lays the foundation for a competent workforce for the clean energy economy. Using robust standards and a detailed process of application and assessment, IREC drives quality workforce training and increased consumer confidence in the industry.  

In its role as an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited standards developer and national leader in training credentials, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council has undertaken standards activities to develop IREC Standard 14732:201X General Requirements for the Accreditation of Clean Energy Certificate ProgramsImpacted or interested parties are encouraged to participate in development of the standard. More

Join IREC and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) tomorrow, Thursday, January 16, 2014, 2-3:30 pm EST for an overview of the requirements and process for the ANSI-IREC Accreditation Program for clean energy certificate programs. Attendees' specific questions will be answered, with a focus on informing their decisions about applying for the program. Register


With the launch of IREC Standard 01023:2013, IREC has updated its Guidance Document on the development and/or selection of a job task analysis by applicant organizations. This guidance document is a must read for any organization who will be developing or selecting a JTA in an effort to expand training. More  

Effective this month, IREC has accepted four new job task analyses: Multifamily Energy Auditor, Multifamily Retrofit Project Manager, Multifamily Building Operator, and Multifamily Quality Control Inspector, for immediate use by the IREC Credentialing Program. These JTAs 

will be used as a resource to assess training providers for accreditation and instructors for certification. More

Back in November, we hosted two webinars for IREC credential holders to explain new requirements for annual reporting. Our credential holders asked some good questions, and we've answered them. If you're an IREC credential holder, and you have questions about complying with the requirements, you'll want to read these Q&As. More


Designed as a reference to the candidate as they prepare for and undergo the IREC assessment process, the IREC Candidate Handbook also includes details on maintaining the credential.  More
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IREC's Solar Licensing Database is a web-based resource for policy makers, practitioners, consumers, and anyone else looking for solar licensing information in the U.S. In the database, licensing requirements for installing photovoltaic and solar thermal systems are documented for each state. To keep pace with changes, IREC updates the database weekly. Visit the database.
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In this webinar, an international panel of experts will describe workforce training programs in their countries that facilitate greater energy management proficiency in industry and commercial buildings. This webinar accompanies the recent release of Knowledge and Skills Needed to Implement Energy Management Systems in Industry and Commercial Buildings developed by the Global Superior Energy Performance (GSEP) Energy Management Working Group (EMWG). 


If you're ready to apply for the IREC Credential, use IREC's Credentialing Management System (CMS). The latest CMS Reference Guide will help you understand the process. The CMS is also the portal to update personal information, upload supporting documents, check your progress and more. 

A group of well-established, nationally accredited credentialing organizations have united in their commitment to clean energy quality, safety and efficiency. The CECC encourages consumers, employers, energy incentive programs and other stakeholders to look for quality credentials as a distinguishing mark among the growing number of renewable energy and energy efficiency professionals, products, trainers and training programs. IREC is a proud founding member. To learn more, visit



NABCEP Continuing Ed Conference 

Join NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professionals and PV Technical Sales Professionals in Denver, March 13-15, 2014 for NABCEP's Continuing Education Conference. Obtain all of the continuing education credits needed for recertification. Non-certified professionals can earn up to 18 hours toward certification eligibility. Register


About IREC
The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) is a non-profit organization that believes clean energy is critical to achieving a sustainable and economically strong future. To pave this clean energy path, IREC works to expand consumer access to clean energy; generates information and objective analysis grounded in best practices and standards; and leads programs to build a quality clean energy workforce, including a unique credentialing program for renewable energy and energy efficiency training providers and instructors. Since 1982, IREC's programs and policies have benefitted energy consumers, policymakers, utilities and the clean energy industry. As of July 2013, IREC is an accredited American National Standards Developer.

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC) does not assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product or process that is referred to or linked to in this newsletter. Reference to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not necessarily constitute or imply IREC's endorsement or recommendation. 

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