The U.S. Department of Energy's Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals project fosters the growth of a high quality residential energy upgrade industry and a skilled and credentialed workforce.
The project has three components:
- Guidelines for quality work define the minimum requirements for high quality work and the conditions necessary to achieve the desired outcomes of a given energy upgrade, such as installation of attic insulation and sealing windows and doors.
- Guidelines for effective training catalog the key tasks an Energy Auditor, Retrofit Installer Technician, Crew Leader, or Quality Control Inspector performs to complete a given job and the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) the worker should possess to perform those tasks adequately.
- Guidelines for professional certifications direct organizations interested in certifying professionals in the weatherization and home energy upgrade industries to seek accreditation of their programs under the ISO 17024 standard, which provides a framework for the quality and rigor of a certification program.