To help support the members of the US workforce who will be entering into the growing clean energy sector, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), which coordinates the country’s voluntary standardization system, announced a partnership with the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Together, these organizations will create a joint accreditation program for certificate programs in formal education institutions in the areas of energy efficiency and renewable energy, with the exception of hydropower.
Alone, each organization has its own assessment programs. IREC’s assessment program measures the quality of training programs in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and weatherization, ensuring a solid education for trainees. ANSI’s Certificate Accreditation Program (ANSI-CAP), begun in 2009, accredits organizations that provide education, training, and certification to members of the workforce.
The ANSI-IREC partnership would essentially be combining the accreditation and assessment programs of each organization. The joint program would compare an education or training program’s curriculum, educational process and management to industry expectations. Those meeting the expectations would receive a certificate.
The two organizations are each bringing their own areas of expertise into this initiative. Jane Weissman, Executive Director of IREC, said that IREC’s new standard will provide the framework for a specialty accreditation that will raise the bar for training the clean energy workforce,” while Dr. Roy Swift, ANSI senior program director of personnel credentialing accreditation programs, said that ANSI “brings many years of experience and government recognition in assisting in the delivery of quality accreditation programs. We look forward to partnering with IREC to demonstrate value and assure competency for this important national priority.”