IREC and other leading thinkers in workforce and academic credentialing are re-shaping the U.S. credentialing framework to focus on and more clearly represent student learning. The Credentials Framework positions competency what the learner knows and is able to do – as a tool and ‘common language’ to compare and understand credentials.
Competency as a Common Language
Report Describes State of the Distributed Wind Market
In August of 2014, DOE released a report summarizing the current state of the distributed wind market in the U.S. The 2013 Distributed Wind Market Report’s purpose is to help plan and guide future investments and decisions by industry, utilities, state and federal agencies, and others.
To Test or Not to Test: That is the Question
By Clarkson University Blade Test Facility and the Center for Evaluation of Clean Energy Technologies To test or not to test: that is the question. Is it worthwhile to proactively perform third-party structural testing on wind turbine blades to deliver…
It’s Time for YOU to be Recognized
You have extensive experience in the clean energy field and in the classroom. You’ve been at this a while, and want to demonstrate the depth and quality of your experience. You should stand out in the shrinking post-ARRA training market. You hold NABCEP, BPI, RESNET or another industry certification, but want to showcase the impact you make in educating the workforce of tomorrow. If this sounds like you, it is time to apply for IREC certification.
DOE issues Guidance on Quality Assurance through Wind Turbine Certification Requirements
Within the DOE Wind and Water Power Technology Office (WWPTO) mission to lead the nation’s efforts to accelerate deployment of wind power technologies, Director Jose Zayas has issued a memorandum recommending certification as a means of consumer and stakeholder protection.…
But what does it mean?
When you start a presentation or a report with terms that mean different things to different people, chances are you’re not going to be successful in getting your point across. While making sure we use clearly defined and understandable terms seems intuitive, it doesn’t always happen. The clean energy community has a ways to go to make sure we’re all talking the same language. But, there are good moves on the horizon.
1+1>2 or the Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts (with thanks to Aristotle)
The value of credentialing for the clean energy sector is best understood when the individual credentialing elements are recognized as a synergistic system. Individual groups develop standards, guidelines, job task analyses, certifications and assessment schemes, but the strength and value of credentialing is in the system.
Stand Out in a Crowded Industry – The Power of a Credential
Congratulations! You have successfully navigated and have been awarded IREC’s certification or accreditation. You have demonstrated the required knowledge, experience and integrity. Now how do you make this distinction work for you? You need to spread the word about your…