Credible Credentials: Coming of Age

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At the 2014 American Association of Community Colleges' Workforce Development Institute Conference, IREC President/CEO Jane Weissman talks about how IREC has, and is, playing a pivotal role in developing national clean energy credentialing and standards that is building the infrastructure for a well-trained, highly qualified clean energy workforce in the U.S.

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Credible Credentials: Coming of Age

  1. 1. Credible Credentials Coming of Age Key Jane Weissman January 29, 2014 AACC WDI Conference SEED Workshop
  2. 2. Degrees of Assessment Third-Party Conformity Assessment Credentialing Programs Second-Party Endorsements Self declaration Adherence to Best Practices
  3. 3. Certification Accreditation CREDENTIALING FRAMEWORK Licensing Certificate
  4. 4. Certification Certificate Results from an assessment process Results from an educational process Typically requires some amount of professional experience For both newcomers and experienced professionals Awarded by a third-party, standard-setting organization Awarded by training and educational programs or institutions Indicates mastery/competency Indicates completion of a course (s) Standards set through a defensible, formal process Course content set a variety of ways Has on-going requirements to maintain Is the end result Source: U.S. Office of Personnel Management August 13, 2008 Memo
  5. 5. INDICATORS OF QUALITY CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS • Balanced stakeholders that provide on-going systematic input • Job task analysis or other content standard • Certificate and training is industry recognized • Certificate holds market value • Program prerequisites • Alignment of learning objectives with assessments • Criterion-referenced assessments of the learner • Qualified faculty • Available resources to support learning • Program evaluation • Policies that guide program decisions, including due process
  6. 6. Market Value Linkage with Industry Current & Relevant Job Task Analysis Curriculum Supports Occupational Competencies
  7. 7. National Trends       Airtime for credentialing Competency-based credentials Proof of quality Industry linked Relevant & Current Alternative & Informal Learning
  8. 8. National Activities Corporation for a Skilled Workforce Making a Market for Competency-Based Credentials ANSI EESCC Road Map Chapter on Workforce Credentials ANSI & GW Institute of Public Policy Credentialing Standards U.S. DOE Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines Job Task Analyses Single Family Multi Family Commercial Buildings ACT Foundation Hiring for Competency/ Quality of Credentials IREC’s Certificate Standard & ANSI IREC Accreditation
  9. 9. Practitioner Certification Training Accreditation Trainer Certification Work Specs Company Accreditation
  10. 10. Standard covers clean energy technologies and practices including renewable energy, energy efficiency, distributed renewable energy generation, and other sustainability practices.      Market value Linkage with industry Systematic program plan Management system Student attainment of learning objectives  Technology specific content reviewed
  11. 11. IREC 14732 Quality Framework Providing safeguards for consumers, industry and government Educational Processes Program Management Technical Content
  12. 12. IREC Accreditation • Demonstrates third-party validation of clean technology training • Confirms training is matched to industry-defined competencies • Valued by employers and government agencies • Showcases training program with national recognition • Provides an edge for enrollment, marketing and educational strategies • Signals high level of technical training expertise • Displays a hard-earned seal of approval
  13. 13. The Big “WHY” Good Better Consumer Promotes training and Acceptance stronger teaches safer and the right workmanship lasting skill sets which boosts markets that leads to Clean Energy
  14. 14. Visit us at Booth #20 www.irecusa.org

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