IREC ISPQ Announces Recent Awardees

June 30, 2011

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC) announced today that twenty organizations and trainers nationwide have been recognized recently with the prestigious IREC ISPQ credential.

IREC’s ISPQ accreditation and certification program uses an international framework to assess content, quality, and resources across a broad range of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and weatherization training programs. This process leads to defined workplace knowledge and skills, and ensures the legitimacy of what is being taught and by whom. An IREC ISPQ credential sends a signal to students, potential employers and other industry stakeholders that a rigorous standard has been met.

Twenty programs and practitioners have recently stepped up to the ISPQ challenge, successfully completing a rigorous assessment process for their administrative infrastructure, facilities, hardware, faculty, safety practices and curriculum. A list of these successful candidates follows. A comprehensive list of those holding IREC ISPQ credentials can be found on the IREC website under IREC ISPQ Awardees.

Affiliated Instructor Certification

Kenneth Gardner, Solar Energy International (S.E.I.)
James McElhanon, ImagineSolar LLC
Brian Mehalic, Solar Energy International (S.E.I.)
Catherine Redson, ImagineSolar LLC

Affiliated Master Trainer Certification

Brad Burkhartzmeyer, Solar Energy International (S.E.I.)
Gary Handelin, Solar Energy International (S.E.I.)
Kelly Provence, Solairgen
Justine Sanchez, Solar Energy International (S.E.I.)
Christopher Sommerfeld, SunPower Corporation
Carol Weis, Solar Energy International (S.E.I.)

Continuing Education Provider Accreditation

Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.; Southeast Pennsylvania Chapter
Introduction to Solar PV Installation — 45 hr. Course

Boots On the Roof – Division of Unitek Education
Photovoltaic Design Foundations (Online)

ImagineSolar LLC
PV201 – PV System Design and Installation
PV320 – Advanced PV System Design & Installation I
PV321 – Advanced PV System Design & Installation II
PV330 – Project Field Experience Workshop
(NABCEP Alternative Installation Experience Pathway)

National Solar Trainers, LLC
Solar PV Fundamentals
Solar PV Design
Solar PV Installation Classroom
Solar PV Installation Hands-on Lab
Solar PV Advanced Design
Solar PV Sales, Marketing & Business Development
Solar Thermal Fundamentals
Solar Thermal Installation
Solar Thermal Design
Solar Thermal Sales, Marketing & Business Development
Solar Thermal Advanced Design

Training Program Accreditation

Boots On the Roof – Division of Unitek Education
6 Day Solar Thermal Boot Camp
5 Day Wind Energy Boot Camp

The Evergreen Institute
Basic Photovoltaics
Intermediate Photovoltaics
PV Site Assessment and Practicum
PV Design and Installation
PV Installation
Introduction to Small Wind Systems
Intermediate Small Wind Systems
Wind Site Assessment
Wind Turbine Installation
Homebrew Wind Turbine Design and Construction

Kankakee Community College
Introduction to Solar-Photovoltaic Technology (ELTR 2334)

Northampton Community College
Solar Photovoltaic Systems 1

Solar Energy International (S.E.I.)
Solar Hot Water Design and Installation Workshop
Wind Design and Installation Workshop

Solar Seminars, Inc.
PV 101 – Entry Level Solar Photovoltaic Installation


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