Solar Training and Education for Professionals
As the clean energy industry matures and diversifies, there is an increasing need for other allied professions like firefighters, local code officials, electrical and building inspectors to know more about solar and other technologies, both for safety and quality assurance.
If market growth is to continue in a safe and sustainable way, quality clean energy workforce training for these allied industries is imperative to enhance their expertise and add to their professional development toolkits.
Recognizing the need for solar education, the U.S. Department of Energy in 2016 created the Solar Training and Education for Professionals (STEP) program. IREC managed outreach for STEP and developed solar training and resources designed to target 100,000 professionals in the building code, inspection and firefighting sectors.
Today, IREC creates online and live trainings for industries within clean energy and for industries whose workers will benefit from knowledge and skill competencies in solar, energy efficiency and other clean energy technologies as they do their jobs today and into the future.
IREC’s STEP Partners
- The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) represent the fire service.
- The International Code Council’s Solar Rating & Certification Corporation (ICC-SRCC) and the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) represent a wide range of code officials and building and electrical inspectors.
- Private sector partners Interplay Learning and Embedded Assessments support development, delivery and evaluation of training.