IREC and ECA Announce First Energy Efficiency Instructor Certifications
IREC and the Energy Coordinating Agency of Philadelphia, Inc. (ECA) announce today that three instructors at ECA are the first energy efficiency instructors to be awarded IREC certifications.
Dawn Moody and Paul Ricker were awarded Affiliated Master Trainer Certification and David Dennis was awarded Affiliated Instructor Certification, making them the first in the country to be awarded these prestigious designations in the energy efficiency field.
“IREC is pleased to see the home performance and weatherization sector embrace the value of instructor certification,” says Jane Weissman, IREC president and CEO. “We applaud ECA and these newly certified instructors for their commitment to quality training and a safe, competent workforce.”
“We are thrilled to see the residential energy efficiency field finally becoming a profession with national standards and excellence in training,” says Liz Robinson, executive director for ECA. “This is critically important to build consumers’ confidence that energy savings are real. ECA is pleased to have the opportunity to build excellence in energy efficiency and to help workers from a broad cross section of our society to succeed in this dynamic field.”
The IREC Credentialing Program has been accrediting training programs and certifying instructors in the renewable energy sector since 2005, and has recently expanded to serve the energy efficiency and weatherization fields. Focused on quality training that meets employer needs, the IREC Credentials offer workers, employers and consumers the reassurance that trainers and training programs are teaching skills to industry-validated standards, to create a highly qualified clean energy workforce.
“My IREC credential proves the distinguishing factors of a qualified trainer – subject matter expert and field experience – applying my knowledge and using curriculum that aligns with industry standards,” says David Dennis, instructor for ECA. “This is what sets me apart from other trainers.”
For more than 30 years, IREC has been raising the bar for the clean energy industry. Today, IREC leads the nation in the development of quality and competency standards, and accreditation and certification programs for clean energy educators and training programs in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Together, they form a strong foundation for a quality workforce. More about IREC at www.irecusa.org.
ECA is a leader in the development of energy efficient, affordable and market rate housing, stormwater management, and industry-driven green jobs training in the Mid-Atlantic region. Since its inception, ECA’s Knight Green Jobs Training Center has trained over 3,600 people to the highest national standards for emerging careers in clean energy and stormwater management. ECA is registered to the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Standard. More about ECA at www.ecasavesenergy.org.