ANSI-IREC webinar 021413


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The ANSI-IREC credential is a specialty accreditation for energy efficiency and RE programs. Program accreditation ensures organizations maintain conformance to the highest quality and standards and provides the tools needed in today's competitive and ever-changing landscape.

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ANSI-IREC webinar 021413

  1. 1. ANSI-IREC Accreditation Program Diana Singhavong American National Standards Institute Pat Fox L a u r e -J e a n n e D a v i g n o n Interstate Renewable Energy Council February 14, 2013
  2. 2. Audio Tips •  Make sure you have selected the correct option under Audio Mode •  If you are joining us via telephone, please be sure to enter your “Audio Pin” •  Raise your hand or send us a chat message to ask questions •  Turn off wireless devices or keep them away from your computer
  3. 3. What is ANSI-IREC?
  4. 4. Why ANSI-IREC? Growth of Proliferationclean energy of training Confusion sector programs
  5. 5. The Answer q Align training with jobs q Differentiate quality training q Provide programs with a means to demonstrate market value q Increase consumer confidence and safeguards
  6. 6. How? ANSI-IREC provides third-party verification that programs meet a national standard (IREC Standard 14732:2013) validated by the renewable energy and energy efficiency industry Quality training with market value
  7. 7. A Unique Approach Technical Educational Processes and Content Management
  8. 8. Benefits to Programs q Promotes high quality program design and implementation q Distinguishes programs with a national recognition q Provides an edge for enrollment, marketing and funding proposals
  9. 9. Benefits to Programsq Aligned with industry-recognized credentials and standardsq Training dollars invested wiselyq Students “trained as advertised” —Roy Swift
  10. 10. Value of the Accreditation ProcessWhat did pilot participants have to say about the process?
  11. 11. Value of the Accreditation ProcessAll accredited organizations agreed/strongly agreed thataccreditation process: ¡  Would provide differentiation and a competitive advantage when competing with other certificate awarding entities in the industry ¡  Is a quality check on current operations“Due to this process, we have implemented a number ofgreat quality control measures.” -Survey respondent
  12. 12. Value of the Accreditation ProcessAccording to the accredited organizations, the most valuableaspects of the accreditation experience include: q  Communication/active participation from program staff q  Assessors’ expertise q  Third-party validation of program q  Improvement of organizational structure and curricula q  Continued quality improvement
  13. 13. Lessons Learned from anAccredited OrganizationNicole Rice, Midwest Renewable Energy Association MREA Photovoltaic Site Assessment Certificate MREA Solar Thermal Site Assessment Certificate
  14. 14. Process Overview1)  Demonstrate Initial Eligibility ¡  Online Preliminary Application2)  Provide Evidence and Documentation ¡  “Demonstrate”3)  Onsite Assessment ¡  Role of assessment team ¡  Role of onsite
  15. 15. IREC Standard 14732:2013
  16. 16. Market Value Industry validated Job Task Analysis Quality training Linkage to matched to industry employer needs
  17. 17. Linkage with IndustryThe certificate-awarding entityshall maintain relationships withthe subject industry to ensurethe continued currency and Workforce value of the certificate Associations Employers
  18. 18. Job Task Analysis 10.2 Job Task Analysis Basis for Curriculum or Syllabus: The certificate-awarding entity shall base the certificate program on a current, valid job task analysis (JTA) that has been developed using generally accepted procedures and includes the following: a) An objective or scope that defines the overall job, including conditions and criteria b) A list of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSAs) that define the job c) Criticality ratings for each KSA d) Criteria used for validating the JTA
  19. 19. Systematic Program Plan Any one of several processes recognized by education and training professionals that documents the creation or revision of educational programs, workshops, or courses using inter-related components of analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation.
  20. 20. Systematic Program Plan q Use of criterion-referenced instruction q Analysis, program design, development, implementation, and evaluation integrated q Defined curriculum for each program q Syllabus for each course q Instruction conforms to syllabus and curriculum
  21. 21. Management Systemq Documentationq Document control The review of an entity’s policies and procedures to determine theq Internal audit entity’s conformance with them.q Management reviewq Communication of internal audit results
  22. 22. Assessment of Learnersq Written examination requiredq Assessments must be criterion-referenced
  23. 23. Assessment of Learnersq Requirements for development, administration and scoring •  Secure •  Routinely reviewed •  Provisions for learners with special needs •  Protocols for those administering •  Criterion referenced passing score •  Inter-rater reliability
  24. 24. Other RequirementsPolicies and Procedures Personnel Safety Legal Entity,Facilities, Tools Online Delivery Financialand Equipment Viability
  25. 25. Meeting the Requirements Documented compliance Evidence of implementation Verified on paper and during onsite
  26. 26. Want to Learn More?Workshop May 7-8Washington, DCEmail Diana to
  27. 27. Questions? Heading: Verdana 24 Text: Verdana 18
  28. 28. Program FeesApplication fee $3,000.00On-site assessment and document review $1,250.00 per assessor per day,plus travel expenses.Fees include: Cost per assessor per number of days required; assessor review ofapplication and all supporting documents; assessor preparation of draft and finalassessor report; onsite assessment; ANSI staff coordination of assessmentprocess.Travel expenses include: transportation, meals, and accommodations duringdays of the assessment.Fees associated with any corrective actions are $1,250 per assessor per day andinclude: Assessor review of corrective actions, assessor clearance of correctiveactions, ANSI staff coordination of corrective action process.If additional subject matter experts (SMEs) are required, the applicantorganization will be assessed an additional fee of $1,250 per day per SME, plustravel expenses.