Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals Accredited Training
The accredited training component of the Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals project guarantees the existence and availability of high quality standardized training programs within the home energy upgrade industry.
Just as the Home Energy Professional Certifications ensure qualified workers in the field, accredited training programs ensure that individuals receive the proper training to become certified Home Energy Professionals and to do the quality work that is defined in the standard work specifications. Many people may not know the difference between certification and accreditation. In the simplest terms, an individual gets certified and training providers get accredited.
Job Task Analyses
The backbone of the accreditation process is the Job Task Analyses (JTAs). The JTAs catalogue the knowledge, skills, and abilities that a practitioner needs in order to perform a given job effectively and safely. They define what a home energy professional needs to know in order to do the job correctly.
The JTAs for Single-Family Home Energy Upgrades developed under the Guidelines project reflect the four most common job classifications in the U.S. Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and home energy upgrade industry and are publicly available:
"Teaching a course which is based on a valid JTA ensures that students are learning the skills and knowledge they need to be successful on the job. The JTA is an essential element in quality training and serves as a bridge in workforce development between the needs of the industry and the skills in the workforce."
— Pat Fox, director of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)
- NREL Job Task Analysis: Single-Family Energy Auditor
- NREL Job Task Analysis: Single-Family Crew Leader
- NREL Job Task Analysis: Single-Family Retrofit Installer Technician
- NREL Job Task Analysis: Single-Family Quality Control Inspector
Essentially, these Single-Family JTAs are used by training providers to develop coursework that can be verified and accredited by a third-party organization. By being able to verify and accredit training programs based on these JTAs, a higher level of consistency and quality is now available within the industry. Similar JTAs are in development for four job categories associated with Multifamily Home Energy Upgrades and will be available in late 2013.
Similar JTAs were developed for four job categories associated with Multifamily Home Energy Upgrades and are now available as well:
- NREL Job Task Analysis: Multifamily Retrofit Project Manager
- NREL Job Task Analysis: Multifamily Energy Auditor
- NREL Job Task Analysis: Multifamily Building Operator
- NREL Job Task Analysis: Multifamily Quality Control Inspector
For the purpose of this project, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) was chosen as the accreditation body and can provide guidance to training centers on becoming accredited. IREC is a leading provider of training program accreditation and offers accreditation to weatherization training centers through their ISPQ program. For more information on how a Weatherization Training Center can earn accreditation, please refer to the Weatherization Training Center Toolkits.
Accredited Training Centers
Becoming an accredited training center requires time, rigor and dedication. The following weatherization training centers offer accredited training for the designated Home Energy Professional Certifications.
|Training Center||Location||Training Offered||Options Available|
|Indiana Community Action Association (INCAA)||Indianapolis, IN||Quality Control Inspector, Energy Auditor, Crew Leader, and Retrofit Installer Technician|
|Northwest Arkansas Community College (NWACC)||Bentonville, AR||Quality Control Inspector, Energy Auditor, Crew Leader, and Retrofit Installer Technician|
|Santa Fe Community College||Santa Fe, NM||Quality Control Inspector, Energy Auditor, Crew Leader, and Retrofit Installer Technician||Ability to travel; distance learning option coming soon|
|Weatherization Training Center at Pulaski Technical College||North Little Rock, AR||Quality Control Inspector, Energy Auditor, Crew Leader, and Retrofit Installer Technician||Ability to travel; distance learning option available|
|The Institute of Environmental Management and Technology, Inc. (IEMT)||Shelton, CT||Quality Control Inspector, Energy Auditor, Crew Leader, and Retrofit Installer Technician|
|CHP Energy Solutions Research and Training (formerly known as NRCERT)||Christiansburg, VA||Quality Control Inspector, Energy Auditor, and Retrofit Installer Technician||Ability to travel|
|Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC)||Champaign, IL||Quality Control Inspector and Energy Auditor||Ability to travel|
|Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA)||Philadelphia, PA||Energy Auditor and Retrofit Installer Technician||Ability to travel|
|LA Trade Technical College (LATTC)||Los Angeles, CA||Energy Auditor and Retrofit Installer Technician|
|National Sustainable Structures Center (NSSC)||Williamsport, PA||Energy Auditor and Retrofit Installer Technician||Ability to travel|
|Southwest Building Science Training Center (SWBSTC)||Phoenix, AZ||Energy Auditor and Retrofit Installer Technician||Ability to travel|
|Association for Energy Affordability, Inc.||Bronx, NY||Energy Auditor|
|Southface Energy Institute||Atlanta, GA||Energy Auditor||Ability to travel and license curricula|