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In this issue | June 2014
IREC's President/CEO Jane Weissman talking with REW's Meg Cichon about credentialing and workforce development at PV America this week. Click on the image to watch the video.
 

 

 

 

 























FEATURE COLUMN

by Pat Fox, IREC Director of Credentialing Development

Pat Fox

 

 

 

 

We Take it Seriously

 

 

At IREC, we are unwavering in our commitment to ensuring the value of our credentialing marks and the rigor associated with our credentials.  It's our job to make sure you - the training community, students, funders and other stakeholders - can depend on it.

 

We understand that the strength of that value comes from your confidence that an IREC credential distinguishes a training program or instructor that has met the highest industry-driven standards for quality and safety - a program that holds up to the ethical obligations established by the IREC Credentialing Program policies and procedures.

 

So we wanted to let you know that we are here to protect these hard-earned credentials, and we take this very seriously. We have both the commitment and the legal and ethical obligations to protect the IREC credentialing marks. This protection supports the integrity of our program and the value of the credential for the clean energy market, from renewable energy and energy efficiency educators and trainers, to employers, employees and ultimately consumers.

 

Unfortunately, there are a small number of organizations and individuals who have made some serious infringements on the use of the IREC mark. We assure you that these infringements and misrepresentations have been addressed directly and aggressively by IREC.

 

To further protect the quality assurance associated with an IREC credential, we've improved the tools to help employers, consumers and others guard against any false claims of accreditation or certification.

 

A newly designed Public Registry of all IREC credential holders is on the IREC website.  This is the first place to look to confirm any claim of IREC accreditation or certification (See the article in this newsletter.)  We have also added a page on our website to publicly list any organizations or individuals who have had their credential revoked. If you have a concern that a claim of accreditation might be false, this is an important page to check.

 

As the value of the IREC credential grows, so does the temptation, by a small number of organizations, to make false claims. Through our diligence, we are constantly preserving and increasing the value of the IREC mark and continuing to strengthen the foundation for the development of the workforce for the clean energy economy.

 

We wanted you to know.

 

EVENTS
JULY
San Francisco, CA
 

  

AUG 

  

SEPT
9/9-10 | ANSI-IREC Accreditation Workshop
Washington, DC

  

OCT
Las Vegas, NV
 
10/21-23 | IREC 3iForum
Solar Power International
Las Vegas, NV
 
10/22 | IREC 3iAwards Ceremony
Solar Power International
Las Vegas, NV

  

 

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.  


IREC Clean Energy Certificate Standard Approved by ANSI as an American National Standard
A new national standard to accredit clean energy education/training certificate programs, developed by IREC, has received final approval from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as an American National Standard. ANSI/IREC Standard 14732-2014, developed by an independent subject matter expert working group, aligns with real-world skills needed in the clean energy workforce. More

IREC Announces New Public Registry of its Credential Holders

The IREC Credentialing Program launched a NEW public registry of its credential holders which offers better visibility and ensures that accurate, current information is viewable by the public. Potential students, employers, funders and others will be able to easily locate information in the registry, which lists only IREC credential holders. More

 

The search is on for 2014's candidates for the prestigious IREC 3iAwards for Innovation Ingenuity and Inspiration. This year, awards will be given in two categories especially for IREC credential holders: IREC Accredited Clean Energy Training Provider of the Year, and IREC Certified Clean Energy Trainer/Instructor of the Year. Application deadline is July 7. Get busy! More
IREC's Credentialing Team Goes to PV America

 

If you were at PV America this week, you might have met a few members of the IREC credentialing team. IREC hosted a booth and took the opportunity to educate industry members about the importance of credentials to their work. "IREC helps ensure industry has access to a high quality workforce," said Laure-Jeanne Davignon, IREC Credentialing Program director. Installation companies and manufacturers from the northeast and beyond stopped by to share their experiences with training new hires. "They were happy to hear that hiring graduates of IREC-accredited training organizations, or using IREC certified instructors for their own training, can take some of the burden off of their shoulders and free them up to do their good work growing the solar industry," she said.

 

IREC's President/CEO Jane Weissman was also at PV America. She spent time with Renewable Energy World's Meg Cichon in the Solar Central booth talking about credentialing and workforce development. "Quality does matter in the workforce to ensure a strong, sustainable market," she told Meg. Watch the interview.

 
The IREC Candidate Handbook,    an invaluable reference for candidates 
as they prepare for and undergo the IREC assessment process or maintain their credential, has been recently updated:
  • Eligibility requirements for IREC Instructor or Master Trainer Emeritus Status (p13)
  • Term of candidacy for the IREC credential (p18)
  • Change of ownership of an Accredited Body (p37)
  • Clarification of the timeline for revocation of a credential due to failure to complete annual maintenance (90 days). (p30)
ANSI-IREC Accreditation Workshop 
This day-and-a-half workshop September 9-10 will introduce interested stakeholders to the IREC Standard for Clean Energy Certificate Programs and address attendee's specific questions about the accreditation process. Participants will leave the workshop with a detailed plan to assemble a successful accreditation application. The workshop will be held at ANSI's Washington, DC office. Register via email to dholmes@ansi.org
What's the difference between accreditation and certification? How long is the IREC accreditation valid? What is a Job Task Analysis (JTA)? The answers to these and other questions can be found on the FAQ page of IREC's Credentialing Program. More
Of Note...

Ready to apply for the IREC Credential?  Did you know you can 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 www.cleanenergycredentials.org

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.

Disclaimer 
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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