Solar Training & Education Workshop, Santa Barbara City College February 26th

February 8th, 2013

Coordinated by Kathy Alfano, Director, NSF ATE CREATE Renewable Energy Center, College of the Canyons, and Gerry Bernstein, California/Hawaii RTP, this day-long workshop on February 26, 2013 is for instructors and administrators at community colleges, technical institutions and other similar training organizations that offer or are planning to offer solar training and education.  IREC is on the agenda to offer information about  PV Online Training (PVOT) and companion hands-on training for code officials, the Solar Career Map, and the IREC Credentialing Program.  Participants receive $100/day stipend to attend. Lunch will be provided.


Morning Session
Participants will gain a better understanding of many national initiatives that are shaping solar training and education, and workforce development. At this one day workshop the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) will offer the latest information and insight on the following key topics:

  • Solar Training and Education Best Practices
  • Photovoltaic Online Training for Code Officials
  • One-day PV Workshops for Code Officials Endorsed by the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI)
  • Utilizing the Solar Career Mapping Tool
  • An Overview of the IREC Credentialing Program – Goals, Trends and Priorities
    • Institutional Accreditation
    • Instructor Certification
  • What’s new with the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP)

Afternoon Session:

The focus will be on IREC ISPQ Credentialing and Funding to Enhance PV Education in California. The IREC Credentialing Program lays the foundation for a competent workforce in the clean energy sector by driving quality education and training. Obtaining IREC ISPQ accreditation attests that an organization has the skills and resources to provide high quality training. Community College programs are strong candidates for such accreditation, but fees are a barrier. The California/Hawaii Regional Training Provider, which is part of the Solar Instructor Training Network (SITN) Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, is launching a mini-grant program to fund the upfront and five years of annual fees for 5 colleges to be selected on a competitive basis. 

  • What Solar Training has Occurred in California the Past Three Years 
  • What the IREC ISPQ Process Entails
  • What the New SITN Mini-grant Program Will Provide
  • Details of the Mini-grant Application Process 


Contact: Nick Transue 562.860.2451 x 3086. Fax: 562.467.5095.