IREC is creating indispensable tools to enhance education and training for solar, energy efficiency and other clean energy technologies, both within clean energy industries and for industries whose workers need knowledge and skills to work with these technologies, today and as we prepare a U.S. workforce ready to meet the needs of a clean energy economy.
–>NEW!! Climate Control Technology Career Map provides a first-of-its-kind interactive, visual tool to showcase the employment opportunities that exist in the swiftly growing HVAC/R industry – Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration.
Online Solar Training for Code Officials and Firefighters, two new interactive, informative online solar PV training courses. An important learning opportunity presented in an interesting video format. One is geared for residential plan reviewers and inspectors and can also be useful for residential PV installers so they’re on the same page as code officials. The second, specifically for firefighters, prepares first responders for working safely around solar technologies in an emergency.
Solar Energy Education and Training Best Practices Series, a compendium of national curriculum models of solar training, education and workforce development curriculum in web-based and PDF formats.
Best Practices in Online PV Course Development, designed so participants can apply best practices to help students learn solar content, it also helps them teach solar content effectively in both online and traditional settings.
Solar Career Map 3.0, explores the expanding universe of solar energy occupations, describing diverse jobs across the industry, charting possible progression between them and identifying the high-quality training necessary to do them well. Also includes videos with solar instructors and other solar professionals who describe jobs, skills, credentials and education across a variety of solar careers.
Solar Content Integration is a list of schools that have integrated solar into their curriculum. The programs address a broad spectrum of practitioner and professional needs, ranging from apprenticeship programs for the electrical construction trades, to technician programs at the community college level, to academic and professional degree programs at the baccalaureate and master degree levels.