Working with Workforce Development Boards (WDBs)

Local and state Workforce Development Boards (WDBs) are crucial partners in equipping workers for the new, high tech clean energy jobs of the future. WIBs are an irreplaceable link to industry and clean energy training providers.

IREC is working with WIBs to institutionalize ‘best practice’ training methods that result in more skilled workers, and long-term American jobs on clearly established career pathways. A number of WIBs recently recognized IREC as the “gold standard” when it comes to quality credentials and have taken formal steps to acknowledge IREC credentials.

IREC is a provider of industry-driven credentials to clean energy training organizations, we do not train workers; we accredit those that do.

Recognized quality credentials send a strong signal to consumers that a rigorous standard has been met, offering a mark of distinction that strengthens the credential holder and aligns skills with market needs. As managers of the Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL), WIBs connect quality credentialed training programs with job seekers for a win/win for communities and industry. IREC understands how increasingly important stable job placements are to state and local WIBs.

For example, both the states of California and Colorado refer job seekers and training organizations to IREC as a voluntary educational service. Both states recommend on their websites that clean energy training organizations be accredited by IREC.

See which state and local WIBs foster the continued growth of clean energy through partnerships with IREC.

State Action Taken
California The State of California promotes energy efficiency and renewable energy credentialing and accreditation on their primary ”Cal jobs” website by recommending that all training organizations and job seekers consider IREC. Local California WIBS do the same in an effort to improve quality installations.
Colorado The State of Colorado promotes energy efficiency and renewable energy credentialing and accreditation on their ETPL website by recommending that all training organizations consider IREC
Maryland The State of Maryland is in the process of adding IREC language to their website(s), urging all clean energy training organizations to look at IREC. The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) also is supporting regulatory language winding its way through the State now that requires all installers of state-funded PV projects be trained by IREC-accredited organizations. This language is in the regulatory pipeline and is expected to be completed by fall 2015.
New Jersey The State of New Jersey has agreed to refer all clean energy training organizations that want to be listed on their ETPL to IREC. The State is also interested in requiring that installers of state-funded PV projects be trained by IREC-accredited organizations (similar to Maryland).
 

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