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In this issue | September 2014


It takes time to help industry understand the work you do to make their jobs easier. We're in it for the long haul.






by Laure-Jeanne Davignon, IREC Credentialing Program Director






We'll Do Our Part



Across the U.S., more than 150 training providers and trainers credentialed by IREC are doing their part to grow the clean energy economy. They offer or teach high quality courses that prepare students for real clean energy jobs.  They collaborate with industry partners to ensure training reflects current and safe practices. And they focus on learner-centered instruction (see Kristen Ferguson's fine article on this topic in this issue).


Since IREC's new standards were published in 2013, accredited training organizations are demonstrating that they have verified transfer of knowledge, and that students can perform the needed tasks for clean energy jobs, through valid and reliable testing. Yes. Testing. Those exams, quizzes and finals that we all remember so fondly from our halcyon school days. Turns out testing isn't just a convenient torture device for unwitting pupils. Rather, it is a crucial key to demonstrating that quality training results in graduates who are better equipped to successfully perform clean energy jobs.


Training organizations are already working on this important connection between quality instruction and a dependable workforce. And IREC continues to do our part.

Just published by IREC is All About Assessments: Guidance for Applicants for the IREC Credential, designed for potential applicants and credential holders to learn more about testing, and how to get started. It can also help programs that already test, by helping them build on how they gather feedback about individual student learning, and how to use assessment outcomes for program evaluation and improvements.

Also new this month, IREC has made improvements to its application forms for all  credentials, in response to your requests for greater clarity around some of the more challenging responses required. You can see the text of the new applications on the
IREC website, or access them in the online Credentialing Management System (CMS), if you are ready to apply.


As the leaves change and school resumes, we're gearing up for another busy conference season. If your travels bring you to 2014 Solar Power International next month in Las Vegas, join IREC for our 3iForum, three days of 30-minute sessions from IREC's thought leaders as they share their clean energy insights right on the exhibit floor, including a number of sessions on building a quality workforce and why credentialing matters. The complete schedule is on the IREC website

And please join us as we honor IREC's 2014 3iAward winners - including the IREC Accredited Clean Energy Training Provider of the Year and IREC Certified Clean Energy Trainer of the Year - at the Solar Central booth #4920, 4 p.m. PT on Tuesday, October 21.


Presenting, exhibiting and networking at conferences gives IREC the opportunity to connect with stakeholders, explain the importance of the IREC credential, and provide a platform to recognize the significance of your hard-earned credential.

It takes time to help industry recognize that the work you do makes their jobs easier, and helps keep their training costs lower. We are in it for the long haul.


We're doing our part. How can we help you?

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Visit IREC's online calendar for more events.
Prestigious Solar Training Accreditation Awarded to IBEW Wireman Programs
Thirteen training centers operated by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) -National Electrical Contractors Association JATCs have received the prestigious IREC Training Provider Accreditation for photovoltaic systems content in their Inside Journeyman Wireman program, based on the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Job Task Analysis. More
By Kristen Ferguson
Manager, Assessor Training & Development
IREC Credentialing Program

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There are a lot of good instructors out there. I bet you are one of them. We know you. We have seen you teach. You share captivating stories from the field. You respond to every question with technical expertise and real-world experience. You get high praise from students in evaluations. But the class really isn't about you, is it? It's a potent reminder that it's about the student, and what they take from class. More
By Jane Pulaski
IREC Social/Web Communications

If you were on the highways in the Northeast this past summer, perhaps you noticed a silver van pulling a very large, brightly decorated trailer, complete with logos and images advertising Kennebec Valley Community College's (KVCC) renewable energy training program. Behind the wheel: Michael Paradis, en route to deliver advanced hands-on training to KVCC's instructor trainees throughout seven states in the northeast region of the Solar Instructor Training Network. More

By Brian Mattiske
IREC Application Process Manager

Eight training organizations and four individual instructors in the clean energy industry have recently been awarded the prestigious IREC credential. Also, IREC Emeritus status has been granted to two long-time contributors in the clean energy fields. More
Of note...

Join IREC for insightful 30-minute sessions from 
solar thought leaders at the 
, on the floor of Solar Power International (SPI) at booth #3909, October 20-23 in Las Vegas. Session titles over the three days include:
  • What it all means - Solar Regulatory World 101
  • What's Next in Interconnection?
  • 6 Trends to Watch in 2015
  • Fair Compensation for Distributed Solar Generation
  • IREC's Annual Solar Market Trends Report 
  • Shared Solar: What's Working & What's Next
  • Envisioning an Integrated Grid: transforming distribution system planning
  • 15 Minutes You Can't Afford to Miss

On Tuesday, October 21 at 4:00 p.m., IREC will recognize the nation's Best of 2014 - Innovation, Ingenuity, Inspiration in renewable energy and energy efficiency in the SolarCentral booth #4920, on the SPI Expo floor. See you there!

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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.  
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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