Credentialing News

Solar Instructor Community of Practice: common-unity to share best practices for solar instruction

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.

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New! An Easier Way to Manage your IREC Credentials

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.

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The National Sustainable Structures Center: Strengthening a Skilled Credentialed Workforce

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.

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IREC Shares Credentialing Best Practices in the Big Easy

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.

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5 Ways to Improve Your Training

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?

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MREA’s Julie Brazeau: Bullish on Credentials and Quality Training

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.

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Who says an old dog can’t learn new tricks?

By Kristen Ferguson As in nature, so in life: everything, including us, is in a perpetual state of change. Accept that, and anything’s possible. For the past year, IREC has teamed up with the Weatherization Training Network’s Trainers Consortium for

Spring Into Action: Get Your Training Program in Top Shape

For clean energy education/training programs serious about earning the most recognized mark of quality in clean energy, comes a marathon-inspired training that makes preparation for the coveted IREC Credential a less daunting process. IREC’s new plan helps programs prepare to apply and strengthen their training programs gradually over 16 weeks. And it’s FREE.

Mobile Brick-and-Mortar Solar Lab: PV training anytime. Anywhere.

SolPowerPeople’s mobile brick-and-mortar solar lab brings hands-on, PV training to you, anywhere, anytime. Since 2010, SolPowerPeople has offered quality solar training and education in PV systems design, installation, operations and management to more than 3,000 people from 90 countries.

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IREC Adds its Voice to National Conversation on Community Colleges and Job-Ready Education

IREC joined some 600 community college presidents, administrators, instructors and partners in Newport Beach, CA recently for the American Association of Community Colleges Workforce Development Institute. IREC CEO/President Jane Weissman presented Community Colleges Educating for and Building a Clean Energy Economy.

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