Credentialing News

Behold the Future: Building the Educational Pipeline for the Solar Workforce in Central Illinois

Kankakee County, Illinois, population of 112,000 and home of Kankakee Community College (KCC), is Tim Wilhelm country. A physics major from Kent State, Wilhelm’s past 20 years at KCC include an adjunct professor, student and graduate, and since 2006, the impresario of its Electrical Technology Program (ETP) focused on building a highly-qualified, well-trained clean energy workforce in Central Illinois. For such a small, rural community college some 66 miles southwest of Chicago, KCC’s ETP is raising community awareness and building the pipeline for a clean energy economy by promoting quality educational standards for a clean energy workforce writ large.

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High Quality Clean Energy Training Providers and Trainers Recognized by IREC

Two training organizations and two individual instructors in the clean energy industry have recently been awarded the prestigious IREC Credential.

Updates to IREC’s Candidate Handbook

The latest version of the IREC Credentialing Program is available in the Key Docs section of the website. The Candidate Handbook serves as a primary resource for those who are applying for or have been awarded an IREC credential.

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New Quick-Tip Video Helps Candidates and Credential Holders

IREC is pleased to announce the release of the first in a series of quick tips credentialing videos. The short, instructional videos on a variety of subjects will help candidates and credential holders when applying for and managing their credentials.

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SEIA and IREC Call for Commitment from Solar Companies

The message is clear. The foundation of a skilled, knowledgeable workforce is good training – which prepares workers to safely and effectively perform the tasks solar energy jobs require – and ultimately protects individual businesses and the solar industries.

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IREC Premieres Industry-Targeted Video at SPI “Accelerate Your Success: Quality is quiet. Mistakes are not.”  

A bit of cartoon humor brings home the message that “the best new technology is only as good as the workmanship around it,” in this video produced by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). The short film clearly traces why credible credentials count, and how they reduce costly mistakes.

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Can you give IREC 3 minutes? Take the survey!

Take IREC’s three-question survey and help us effectively communicate with industry about the value of workforce development and credible credentials.

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IREC Credentialing Program Accepts New Skill Profile

The Commercial Building Energy Analysis Skill Profile describes the knowledge, skills and abilities individuals need to successfully conduct energy audits of commercial buildings, building systems, or process systems, analyze designs for cost effective energy performance and conduct investment-grade audits of buildings or systems. The Skill Profile (posted on the IREC website courtesy of Edmonds Community College) can be used as a basis for curriculum by clean energy training providers applying for IREC accreditation.

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Training a highly qualified workforce and living off-grid. True story!

For more than 23 years, Dan Fink of Buckville Energy Consulting LLC, has lived off-grid. His office at 8,200 feet elevation in the northern Colorado Rocky Mountains is 11 miles from the nearest power line or telephone pole. It’s powered entirely by solar and wind with vegetable oil and wood-fired steam for backup. Dan, an IREC certified instructor/small wind installer, is a professional renewable energy system designer, installer and troubleshooter. Buckville Energy Consulting is an IREC Accredited Continuing Education Provider. How does he do it?

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Confessions of a Good, but not Great, Teacher

There are a lot of good instructors out there. I bet you are one of them. We know you. We have seen you teach. We are fortunate to have you in our changing industry to train our workforce. 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.


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