You offer high-quality training, and it is time you were recognized. Maintaining your high standards isn’t easy, but you have found it worth the effort. Similarly, meeting the IREC Standard for quality training is a rigorous process – both preparing for and undergoing the assessment. To help with this effort, IREC has new online tools to allow you to more efficiently use your time and prepare a more complete application.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.