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The Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. has announced that the New Mexico Energy$mart Academy at Santa Fe Community College has earned national accreditation for all of its weatherization training programs: Retrofit Installer Technician, Crew Leader, Energy Auditor and Quality Control Inspector.
SFCC is one of only nine training centers nationwide accredited for energy efficiency programs and one of only two that are accredited in all job task analyses. The IREC credential is an internationally recognized mark of quality for education and training providers and instructors in renewable energy and energy efficiency.
“SFCC is especially pleased to be among the first in the country to be accredited for all four energy efficiency job task analyses developed by the Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Labs,” Dr. Ana “Cha” Guzmán, president of SFCC said.
“As a relatively new program nationally, SFCC is very proud that the Energy$mart Academy has achieved IREC accreditation, which places us among some of the established stars of the energy efficiency training world,” Amanda Evans said.
Evans is SFCC’s director of the Energy$mart Academy and the Center of Excellence for Green Building and Energy Efficiency. SFCC’s New Mexico Energy$mart Academy was founded with a Department of Energy grant through the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority.
SFCC’s Energy$mart Academy successfully completed IREC’s rigorous assessment process and demonstrated its commitment to educating students to the highest standards in the energy efficiency industry. Using robust standards and a detailed process of assessment, IREC’s credentialing program drives quality workforce training and increased consumer confidence in the industry.
The program assesses curricula, quality systems, resources and personnel across a broad range of energy efficiency, renewable energy and weatherization training programs.
An IREC credential assures students, employers and others that an industry-validated standard for quality training has been met. Accredited training programs provide evidence that graduates achieve the necessary knowledge and skills to perform successfully on the job.