Credentialing News

IREC Applauds Funding Focus on National Industry Partnerships to Close Skills Gap

On April 16, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the availability of final round funding under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) initiative. This installment of four significant investments to help build the capacity of the American community college system is unique in that it makes additional funding available to those applicants who propose to develop partnerships with national industry groups or employers to scale strategies across the country.

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Newsmaker Interview: Dr. Craig Clark, Alfred State College

A conversation with Craig Clark, interim vice president academic affairs at Alfred State, about how their hands-on, project-based learning translates from the classroom to the workplace, and readies students for careers in the clean energy industry.

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New Organizations and Trainers Awarded Prestigious IREC Credential

Nine training organizations and two individual instructors in clean energy were recently awarded the prestigious IREC credential.

Newsmaker Interview: Amanda Hatherly, New Mexico Energy$mart Academy (NME$A), Santa Fe Community College

As Director of the New Mexico Energy$mart Academy (NME$A) and Center of Excellence for Green Building and Energy Efficiency at Santa Fe Community College (SFCC), Amanda is professionally and personally committed to leaving the world a better place, and she’s doing it full time. Maybe more than full time.

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Community colleges and clean energy programs: thoughts from the national AACC conference

How do you close the skills gap between graduating students and employers? “It’s all about employers and educators working together; speaking and understanding the same language,” said Pat Fox, IREC’s director of credentialing development, “the need to communicate regularly and share information about what’s working and what’s not.”

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

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.

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JTA Guidance Document Available

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.

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You Asked, We Answered

Back in November, we hosted two webinars for IREC credential holders to explain new requirements for annual reporting. The Credentialing team answers questions from current IREC credential holders.

Four Job Task Analyses for Multifamily Job Classifications Accepted by IREC

IREC has accepted four new job task analyses in the multifamily sector. These JTAs will be used as a resource to assess training providers for accreditation and instructors for certification.

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A Heart Broken – Saying Goodbye to a Dear Friend

Richard Knaub died this Christmas week.  This incredibly wonderful guy fought back from a stroke and then got hit with cancer.  I am sure that right now Richard is holding court figuring out better ways for any higher authority to


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