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Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals Accredited Training

The accredited training component of the Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals project guarantees the existence and availability of high quality standardized training programs within the home energy upgrade industry.

Just as the Home Energy Professional Certifications ensure qualified workers in the field, accredited training programs ensure that individuals receive the proper training to become certified Home Energy Professionals and to do the quality work that is defined in the standard work specifications. Many people may not know the difference between certification and accreditation. In the simplest terms, an individual gets certified and training providers get accredited.

Job Task Analyses

The backbone of the accreditation process is the Job Task Analyses (JTAs). The JTAs catalogue the knowledge, skills, and abilities that a practitioner needs in order to perform a given job effectively and safely. They define what a home energy professional needs to know in order to do the job correctly.

The JTAs for Single-Family Home Energy Upgrades developed under the Guidelines project reflect the four most common job classifications in the U.S. Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and home energy upgrade industry and are publicly available:

Essentially, these Single-Family JTAs are used by training providers to develop coursework that can be verified and accredited by a third-party organization. By being able to verify and accredit training programs based on these JTAs, a higher level of consistency and quality is now available within the industry. Similar JTAs are in development for four job categories associated with Multifamily Home Energy Upgrades and will be available in late 2013.

Similar JTAs were developed for four job categories associated with Multifamily Home Energy Upgrades and are now available as well:

For the purpose of this project, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) was chosen as the accreditation body and can provide guidance to training centers on becoming accredited. IREC is a leading provider of training program accreditation and offers accreditation to weatherization training centers through their ISPQ program. For more information on how a Weatherization Training Center can earn accreditation, please refer to the Weatherization Training Center Toolkits.

Accredited Training Centers

Becoming an accredited training center requires time, rigor and dedication. The following weatherization training centers offer accredited training for the designated Home Energy Professional Certifications.

Training Center Location Training Offered Options Available
CHP Energy Solutions Research and Training (formerly known as NRCERT) Christiansburg, VA Quality Control Inspector, Energy Auditor, Crew Leader, and Retrofit Installer Technician Ability to travel and license curricula.  Online learning is available as well.
Indiana Community Action Association (INCAA) Indianapolis, IN Quality Control Inspector, Energy Auditor, Crew Leader, and Retrofit Installer Technician Ability to travel; distance learning option available
The Institute of Environmental Management and Technology, Inc. (IEMT) Shelton, CT Quality Control Inspector, Energy Auditor, Crew Leader, and Retrofit Installer Technician  
Northwest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) Bentonville, AR Quality Control Inspector, Energy Auditor, Crew Leader, and Retrofit Installer Technician  
Santa Fe Community College Santa Fe, NM Quality Control Inspector, Energy Auditor, Crew Leader, and Retrofit Installer Technician Ability to travel; distance learning option coming soon
Southface Energy Institute Atlanta, GA Quality Control Inspector, Energy Auditor, Crew Leader, and Retrofit Installer Technician Ability to travel and license curricula
Weatherization Training Center at Pulaski Technical College North Little Rock, AR Quality Control Inspector, Energy Auditor, Crew Leader, and Retrofit Installer Technician Ability to travel; distance learning option available
The South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC) Green Jobs Academy Framingham, MA Quality Control Inspector, Crew Leader, and Retrofit Installer Technician  
Association for Energy Affordability, Inc. Bronx, NY Quality Control Inspector and Energy Auditor  
Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) Champaign, IL Quality Control Inspector and Energy Auditor Ability to travel
Building Performance Center Bellingham, WA Quality Control Inspector and Crew Leader  
Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA) Philadelphia, PA Energy Auditor and Retrofit Installer Technician Ability to travel
LA Trade Technical College (LATTC) Los Angeles, CA Energy Auditor and Retrofit Installer Technician  
National Sustainable Structures Center (NSSC) Williamsport, PA Energy Auditor and Retrofit Installer Technician Ability to travel
Southwest Building Science Training Center (SWBSTC) Phoenix, AZ Energy Auditor and Retrofit Installer Technician Ability to travel
The Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development (COAD)

Athens, OH

Quality Control Inspector  
Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation Madison, WI Quality Control Inspector  
Metropolitan Community College Omaha, NE Retrofit Installer Technician