Understanding theIREC ISPQ Accreditation &   Certification Program     Pat Fox, Director of Operations                  IR...
Tips for Webinar SuccessUse the red arrow to open and closeyour control panelChoose “Use Telephone” or “UseMic & Speakers”...
Non ProfitEasier, more affordable connection to the grid                                                                  ...
IREC ISPQ Accreditation &    Certification ProgramThe Target = Quality Training
IREC ISPQ Accreditation and Certification                           Sends a signal to students,                           ...
Current Awardees                                               • PV                                               • Solar ...
Six ISPQ CredentialsDefinition: Programs, courses are accredited. People are certified.
1st StepSelect the Right Designation       NREL: Dennis Schroeder
Training Program or Continuing Ed             Provider Training Program Eligibility     Curriculum is aligned with IREC IS...
Master Trainer or InstructorMaster Trainer  Teaching experience: 900 contact hours  Practical experience: 380 contact hour...
Next step:  Understand theIREC ISPQ Process NREL: Dennis Schroeder
The IREC ISPQ Accreditation & Certification Process                         .   • .
Key elements that drive the timeline            Get in the queue            Complete self assessment; well organized      ...
Desk Audit & Onsite Audit•   Accreditation for Training Programs•   Certification for Independent Master    Trainers      ...
Desk Audit Only •   Accreditation for Continuing     Education Providers •   Certification for Affiliated Master     Train...
Understand the requirements of  the ISPQ Standard 01022
Organization of the standard                             Core   Tier 1   Tier 2   Tier 3   Tier 4   Tier 5Training Program...
ISPQ International Standard 01022    The ISPQ International Standard offers a process of    application and audit for accr...
Core Requirements1. Non-Discrimination2. Avoiding Conflict of Interest3. Confidentiality4. Release of Information5. Commit...
Core RequirementsTypes of information to provide
Tier 1 - WhoAccredited Training ProgramsAccredited Continuing Education ProvidersCertified Independent Master TrainersCert...
Tier 1 - What1.   Syllabi and Curricula2.   Facilities Requirements3.   Tools and Equipment4.   Management Systems5.   Rec...
Tier 1  Types of information to provide• Curriculum, syllabus, and course description(s)• Description of facilities• Lists...
Tier 1Types of information to provide• Sample informational materials (brochures, web pages, etc.)• Course evaluations• Po...
Tier 2 - WhoAccredited Training ProgramsCertified Independent Master TrainersCertified Independent Instructors
Tier 2 - What1.   Commitment to Quality2.   Management, Financial Fitness3.   Task Analysis Basis for Curriculum or Syllab...
Tier 3 – Who & WhatAccredited Training Programs 1. Documented Management System 2. Quality Management Staff Assignments
Tier 3 Types of information to provide• Policies, goals and management process• Training management process – key staff as...
Tier 5 – Online Courses  Organized & sequential       Frequent and timely feedbackformat  Monitor & track learning     Ass...
Tier 5 – Online Courses Plan to providethe auditor access   to the online       course
Tier 4 – Who & WhatAffiliated Master Trainers, Independent Master TrainersAffiliated Instructors, Independent Instructors ...
Tier 4Documenting Practical Experience • List installed systems starting with most current • Description of work performed...
Tier 4Documenting Teaching Experience  • Date, location, course taught, number of students  • Contact hours     • 1 contac...
Job Task AnalysisJob task analysis is a formal process for determining what people  do, under what working conditions they...
Job Task AnalysisRenewable Energy           Energy Efficiency & Weatherization PV Installer                   Auditor PV T...
Applications•   One for each designation•   Candidate follows application and responds to each section    and subsection• ...
IREC ISPQ             Candidate Handbook•   Guides the Candidate through the    process•   Prime resource throughout the  ...
Important Resources• IREC ISPQ Key Docs (www.irecusa.org)   – ISPQ International Standard 01022   – IREC ISPQ Candidate Ha...
Pat Fox, IRECpatfox@irecusa.orgGeneral inquiries:info@ispqusa.org
IREC ISPQ Informational Webinar Feb 2011
IREC ISPQ Informational Webinar Feb 2011
IREC ISPQ Informational Webinar Feb 2011
IREC ISPQ Informational Webinar Feb 2011
IREC ISPQ Informational Webinar Feb 2011
IREC ISPQ Informational Webinar Feb 2011
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IREC ISPQ Informational Webinar Feb 2011

  1. 1. Understanding theIREC ISPQ Accreditation & Certification Program Pat Fox, Director of Operations IREC February 1, 2011
  2. 2. Tips for Webinar SuccessUse the red arrow to open and closeyour control panelChoose “Use Telephone” or “UseMic & Speakers” under AudioType your questions in the textwindow and hit “Send”Respond to polling questions whenpromptedQ&A will occur at the end of oursession
  3. 3. Non ProfitEasier, more affordable connection to the grid Best practices for states, municipalities, utilities Since 1982, IREC has worked with industry, government, educators, and other stakeholders to ensure that the broader use of renewable energy is possible, safe, affordable and practical. 1982 Uniform Guidelines & Standards Quality Assessment
  4. 4. IREC ISPQ Accreditation & Certification ProgramThe Target = Quality Training
  5. 5. IREC ISPQ Accreditation and Certification Sends a signal to students, employers, and government officials that training standards have been met NREL: Dennis SchroederEnsures legitimacy of what’s being taught and by whom
  6. 6. Current Awardees • PV • Solar Thermal • Small WindIREC ISPQ Program Growth Status Current Volume Letter of Intent 16 Pending 14 Approved Credentials 99
  7. 7. Six ISPQ CredentialsDefinition: Programs, courses are accredited. People are certified.
  8. 8. 1st StepSelect the Right Designation NREL: Dennis Schroeder
  9. 9. Training Program or Continuing Ed Provider Training Program Eligibility Curriculum is aligned with IREC ISPQ approved job task analysis Full coverage of all tasks and sub-tasks Prepares graduates to perform successfully in a specific job category Continuing Education Provider Eligibility • Courses or workshops for professional development Focused on developing specialized skills Entry level preparatory course Subset of tasks from a job task analysis
  10. 10. Master Trainer or InstructorMaster Trainer Teaching experience: 900 contact hours Practical experience: 380 contact hours Depth of experience to teach students as well as other instructorsInstructor Teaching experience: 220 contact hours Practical experience: 250 contact hoursIndependent vs. Affiliate
  11. 11. Next step: Understand theIREC ISPQ Process NREL: Dennis Schroeder
  12. 12. The IREC ISPQ Accreditation & Certification Process . • .
  13. 13. Key elements that drive the timeline Get in the queue Complete self assessment; well organized Timely responses Understand the agenda; be prepared
  14. 14. Desk Audit & Onsite Audit• Accreditation for Training Programs• Certification for Independent Master Trainers NREL: Dennis Schroeder
  15. 15. Desk Audit Only • Accreditation for Continuing Education Providers • Certification for Affiliated Master Trainers • Certification for Affiliated Instructors • Certification for Independent Instructors
  16. 16. Understand the requirements of the ISPQ Standard 01022
  17. 17. Organization of the standard Core Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Tier 4 Tier 5Training ProgramIndependent Master TrainerIndependent InstructorContinuing Ed ProviderAffiliated Master TrainerAffiliated Instructor
  18. 18. ISPQ International Standard 01022 The ISPQ International Standard offers a process of application and audit for accreditation of renewable energy and energy efficiency training programs and certification of instructors.• Training needs to be based on defined workplace knowledge, skills, and abilities.• Training needs to address issues of safety, codes, and core competencies• Training needs to include appropriate facilities, tools, and safe practices
  19. 19. Core Requirements1. Non-Discrimination2. Avoiding Conflict of Interest3. Confidentiality4. Release of Information5. Commitment to Safety and Safe Practices6. Commitment to Professionalism and Quality7. Appropriate Training and NREL: Dennis Schroeder Experience
  20. 20. Core RequirementsTypes of information to provide
  21. 21. Tier 1 - WhoAccredited Training ProgramsAccredited Continuing Education ProvidersCertified Independent Master TrainersCertified Independent Instructors NREL: Dennis Schroeder
  22. 22. Tier 1 - What1. Syllabi and Curricula2. Facilities Requirements3. Tools and Equipment4. Management Systems5. Record Keeping6. Surveys and Course Evaluations7. Exams and Assessment Tools8. Staff Experience and Training9. Complaint, Dispute and Appeals Policies
  23. 23. Tier 1 Types of information to provide• Curriculum, syllabus, and course description(s)• Description of facilities• Lists/descriptions of tools, equipment and hardware• Record keeping policies
  24. 24. Tier 1Types of information to provide• Sample informational materials (brochures, web pages, etc.)• Course evaluations• Policies for administration of assessment of student learning• Staffing policies• Policies to handle complaints & disputes
  25. 25. Tier 2 - WhoAccredited Training ProgramsCertified Independent Master TrainersCertified Independent Instructors
  26. 26. Tier 2 - What1. Commitment to Quality2. Management, Financial Fitness3. Task Analysis Basis for Curriculum or Syllabus4. Development & Maintenance of Curriculum5. Resources6. Linkage with Industry7. Job Descriptions8. Examinations
  27. 27. Tier 3 – Who & WhatAccredited Training Programs 1. Documented Management System 2. Quality Management Staff Assignments
  28. 28. Tier 3 Types of information to provide• Policies, goals and management process• Training management process – key staff assignments
  29. 29. Tier 5 – Online Courses Organized & sequential Frequent and timely feedbackformat Monitor & track learning Assessment is integral part ofprocess learning experience Instructor involvement Advertising is prohibited
  30. 30. Tier 5 – Online Courses Plan to providethe auditor access to the online course
  31. 31. Tier 4 – Who & WhatAffiliated Master Trainers, Independent Master TrainersAffiliated Instructors, Independent Instructors 1. Documented Teaching Experience 2. Documented Practical Experience
  32. 32. Tier 4Documenting Practical Experience • List installed systems starting with most current • Description of work performed - area of responsibility • System size, components • Location • Copy of permit, inspection certificate • License # (where license is required) • Letters from customers/employers (optional) Minimum Requirements Instructor = 250 hours ; Master Trainer = 380 hours
  33. 33. Tier 4Documenting Teaching Experience • Date, location, course taught, number of students • Contact hours • 1 contact hour = 60 minutes of classroom time or planned activity where student receives feedback and is monitored Minimum Requirements Instructor = 220 hours ; Master Trainer = 900 hours
  34. 34. Job Task AnalysisJob task analysis is a formal process for determining what people do, under what working conditions they do it, what they must know to do it, and the skills they must have to do it.• Must clearly define the job – what will the trained individual beable to accomplish• Identify all tasks and subtasks required for competentperformance• Follow well accepted procedures for occupational analysis –DACUM process; review and validation by SME’s• Balanced involvement of interested parties – safeguardimpartiality
  35. 35. Job Task AnalysisRenewable Energy Energy Efficiency & Weatherization PV Installer Auditor PV Technical Sales Installer ing o m n! C oo S Solar Thermal Installer Crew Chief Small Wind Installer Inspector
  36. 36. Applications• One for each designation• Candidate follows application and responds to each section and subsection• Contains relevant requirements in the Standard that candidate must demonstrate and document• Download from the IREC website (www.irecusa.org)
  37. 37. IREC ISPQ Candidate Handbook• Guides the Candidate through the process• Prime resource throughout the Candidate / Awardee lifecycle• Candidate Handbook + ISPQ Standard = required reading
  38. 38. Important Resources• IREC ISPQ Key Docs (www.irecusa.org) – ISPQ International Standard 01022 – IREC ISPQ Candidate Handbook – Applications – Job Task Analysis• Best Practices & Guidelines for Renewable Energy Training (2010 )• Workforce Guidelines for Home Energy Upgrades – DOE
  39. 39. Pat Fox, IRECpatfox@irecusa.orgGeneral inquiries:info@ispqusa.org
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