United in the pursuit of quality, safety and efficiency.
A group of well-established, nationally accredited credentialing organizations collectively launches this campaign for quality credentialing to promote the importance of third-party assessment, and the value it brings to building strong and competent renewable energy and energy efficiency markets.
The coalition works to encourage consumers and other stakeholders to look for credentialed renewable energy and energy efficiency professionals and products. As employers look to hire individuals trained by accredited education programs, the full circle that instills confidence in a quality workforce and industry begins to close.
Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI)
Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC)
The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP)
Solar Rating & Certification Corporation™ (SRCC)
Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC)
BPI is the nation's premier standards development and credentialing organization for residential energy efficiency retrofit work, leading the development of industry-defining home performance retrofit standards for the past 20 years. BPI is approved by the American National Standards Institute, Inc. (ANSI) as an accredited developer of American National Standards and as a certifying body for personnel credentials. BPI's national protocols help reduce risks associated with government incentive programs and increase accountability for the industry and homeowner. www.bpi.org
“We're working together to encourage consumers and other stakeholders to look for credentialed renewable energy and energy efficiency installers and products.” BPI Executive Director Larry Zarker
IREC's unique credentialing program offers accreditation of training providers and certification of instructors/master trainers in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors. An accredited American National Standards Developer, and national director of the Solar Instructor Training Network, IREC is a valued resource for independent information and insight and leads multiple efforts to build a quality clean energy workforce. www.irecusa.org
“Quality is invisible. Mistakes are not. Credentials are the safety and quality lynchpin for the clean energy infrastructure. A quality workforce trained to meet industry standards is as important as the best new technology.” IREC President/CEO Jane Weissman
NABCEP is widely recognized as the “gold standard” for credentialing renewable energy professionals, including for PV (photovoltaic) and solar heating installation and PV technical sales. Offering both certification and certificate programs throughout North America, . NABCEP’s certification programs are administered according to international standards for certification bodies. The NABCEP PV Installation Professional and Solar Heating Installer Certifications have been accredited by the American National Standards Institute. www.nabcep.org
“Credentials provide a crucial element of support for the rapidly growing clean energy industry.” NABCEP Executive Director Richard Lawrence
SRCC is the leading certification organization for solar thermal collectors and solar thermal water heating systems. As “the industry standard since 1980,” the broadly recognized SRCC seal ensures that certified products do what they were intended to do when installed – save energy. SRCC is accredited by the American National Standards Institute for Solar Thermal Collectors, Solar Thermal Water Heating Systems and EPA Energy Star® Solar Water Heaters. www.solar-rating.org
“Credentialing is the best tool we have to instill confidence in clean energy products and professionals. Certification has filtered out inferior products that were unable to improve.” SRCC Technical Director Jim Huggins
SWCC certifies small wind turbines, with consumer-friendly labels that make consistent energy generation comparisons and confirm product safety. Its certification ratings promote accurate comparison shopping and advance mainstream acceptance of small wind technology to serve increasing demands for distributed generation. SWCC is accredited by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation to certify small wind turbines. www.smallwindcertification.org
“Certification helps consumers gain more confidence in clean energy products, ensuring growth for the future.” SWCC Chair Larry Sherwood