Trainers need a way to express their professional qualifications in today’s digital world. Digital badges and credentials are used worldwide to show validated accomplishments. IREC recently created a new application for this technology, launching a digital credentialing initiative for our certified clean energy instructors and master trainers.
The new solar career map includes a video series – five short videos incorporating interviews with 18 solar professionals about what they see and do and teach in the industry, organized around five key themes.
IREC proudly announces funding to design and advance a “digital mark” for its existing IREC credentials, to help employers efficiently identify and understand the value of each credential and what knowledge, skills and abilities it validates.
The latest version of the IREC Candidate Handbook is out. Updates include eligibility, recertification and the new online system for current credential holders, IREC Direct.
How can solar instructors openly share best practices and engage in ongoing conversations aimed at making solar training and instruction the best it can be? Tim Wilhelm, professor and program coordinator Electrical Technology, Renewable Energy Program at Kankakee Community College (KCC), proposed the concept to the National Science Foundation, resulting in an NSF grant to develop the solar instructor of community practice.
Say hello to IREC Direct (powered by Salesforce), designed to offer more intuitive and reliable functionality for you to track and maintain your IREC credentials.
The National Sustainable Structures Center (NSSC) at Pennsylvania College of Technology (PCT), one of the top building science training centers in the U.S., is the first in the Commonwwealth to offer IREC-accredited training in all four of the Home Energy Professional programs.
Having a booth at ACI’s annual conference recently provided the perfect opportunity for IREC staff to meet face-to-face with many IREC credential holders and learn about new practices they have developed to further increase the quality of their workforce training initiatives.
Recently, I somewhat cavalierly confessed that I didn’t always recognize the need to improve as a trainer. Did I really believe I couldn’t learn new things?
Between teaching and curriculum planning, Julie Brazeau, instructor development coordinator for the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA), sat down with IREC to talk about her work as a solar PV instructor and the importance of credible credentials. Here’s our conversation.