Renewable energy training best practices and recommended guidelines
This document, Renewable energy training best practices and recommended guidelines, by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), brings together recommended training guidelines, training criteria, assessment tools, task analyses, credentialing programs, and other related resources for renewable energy training programs.
The framework for creating a strong workforce for the renewable energy industries is built on a multi-prong approach that connects labor market needs, occupational and training standards, educational providers, and third-party programs that verify competencies.
Gathering labor market information is the starting point for developing a workforce development strategy. Labor market studies focus on what kinds of jobs are in the renewable energy industries, where these jobs are, and what are the trends. Quality training for the workforce is a critical component to support labor market needs. Workforce education and training involves at least three main activities:
- Determining the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to be successful in a specific occupation,
- Designing instruction that will develop the requisite knowledge, skills and attitudes,
- Identifying institutions that can provide the required learning experiences.
The final component in this framework is developing third-party assurance of the competency of practitioners and the quality of instructional activities. This has become the era of accountability. Self declaration of competency is no longer enough validation for consumers, financers, policy makers and others to have confidence in services or products. In the renewable energy field, certification programs have been developed for practitioners and instructors and an accreditation process is in place for training programs.