Presentation on theme: "ANSI-IREC Accreditation Program"— Presentation transcript:
1 ANSI-IREC Accreditation Program Diana SinghavongAmerican National Standards InstitutePat FoxLaure-Jeanne DavignonInterstate Renewable Energy CouncilFebruary 14, 2013
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3 What is ANSI-IREC?Specialty accreditation for energy efficiency and RE programs. A broad range of certificate programs can now demonstrate market value and improve their training through a comprehensive application and assessment process. Program accreditation ensures organizations maintain conformance to the highest quality and standards and provides the tools needed in today's competitive and ever-changing landscape.
4 Why ANSI-IREC? Growth of clean energy sector Proliferation of training programsConfusion
5 The Answer Align training with jobs Differentiate quality training Provide programs with a means to demonstrate market valueIncrease consumer confidence and safeguards
6 Quality training with market value How?ANSI-IREC provides third-party verification that programs meet a national standard (IREC Standard 14732:2013) validated by the renewable energy and energy efficiency industryQuality training with market value
7 Educational Processes and Management A Unique ApproachTechnicalContentEducational Processes and Management
8 Benefits to ProgramsPromotes high quality program design and implementationDistinguishes programs with a national recognitionProvides an edge for enrollment, marketing and funding proposals
9 Benefits to ProgramsAligned with industry-recognized credentials and standardsTraining dollars invested wiselyStudents “trained as advertised”—Roy Swift
10 Value of the Accreditation Process What did pilot participants have to say about the process?
11 Value of the Accreditation Process All pilot organizations agreed/strongly agreed that accreditation process:Would provide differentiation and a competitive advantage when competing with other certificate awarding entities in the industryIs a quality check on current operations“Due to this process, we have implemented a number of great quality control measures.” -Survey respondent
12 Value of the Accreditation Process According to the pilot organizations, the most valuable aspects of the accreditation experience include:Communication/active participation from program staffAssessors’ expertiseThird-party validation of programImprovement of organizational structure and curriculaContinued quality improvementContinued quality improvement: all accredited organizations would submit additional programs for ANSI-IREC accreditation and encourage other organizations to apply
13 Lessons Learned from an Accredited Organization Nicole Rice, Midwest Renewable Energy AssociationMREA Photovoltaic Site Assessment CertificateMREA Solar Thermal Site Assessment Certificate
14 Process Overview Demonstrate Initial Eligibility Online Preliminary ApplicationProvide Evidence and Documentation“Demonstrate”Onsite AssessmentRole of assessment teamRole of onsite
15 IREC Standard 14732:2013Explain evidence required.
16 Market Value Explain evidence required. Industry validated Job Task AnalysisQuality training matched to employer needsLinkage to industryExplain evidence required.
17 Linkage with IndustryThe certificate-awarding entity shall maintain relationships with the subject industry to ensure the continued currency and market value of the certificateEmployersAssociationsWorkforce Dev.Industry is defined as entities involved in the technology being taught and may include employers, workforce-development organizations, manufacturers, professional associations, and contractors, among others.
18 Job Task Analysis10.2 Job Task Analysis Basis for Curriculum or Syllabus: The certificate-awarding entity shall base the certificate program on a current, valid job task analysis (JTA) that has been developed using generally accepted procedures and includes the following: a) An objective or scope that defines the overall job, including conditions and criteria b) A list of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSAs) that define the job c) Criticality ratings for each KSA d) Criteria used for validating the JTAExplain evidence required.
19 Systematic Program Plan Any one of several processes recognized by education and training professionals that documents the creation or revision of educational programs, workshops, or courses using inter-related components of analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation.
20 Systematic Program Plan Use of criterion-referenced instructionAnalysis, program design, development, implementation, and evaluation integratedDefined curriculum for each programSyllabus for each courseInstruction conforms to syllabus and curriculumcomparing student performance/student learning to an established standard of competence
21 Management System Documentation Document control Internal audit Management reviewCommunication of internal audit resultsThe review of an entity’s policies and procedures to determine the entity’s conformance with them.Must minimally include. An internal audit shall be planned and conducted, at least annually, or asdeemed necessary by the organization. The internal audit report shall document anycircumstances of non-compliance with policies and procedures. The internal audit report shallinclude the reason(s) for non-compliance, and corrective and/or preventive actions to ensurecompliance. Results of the internal audit shall be communicated to program management.
22 Assessment of Learners Written examination requiredAssessments must be criterion-referencedmust be based on stated learning objectives that include a performance standard
23 Assessment of Learners Requirements for development, administration and scoringSecureRoutinely reviewedProvisions for learners with special needsProtocols for those administeringCriterion referenced passing scoreInter-rater reliability
24 Policies and Procedures Other RequirementsPolicies and ProceduresPersonnelFacilities, Tools and EquipmentOnline DeliverySafetyLegal Entity, Financial Viability
25 Meeting the Requirements Documented complianceEvidence of implementationVerified on paper and during onsite
26 Want to Learn More?Workshop May 7-8 Washington, DC Diana to Register
28 Program FeesApplication fee $3, On-site assessment and document review $1, per assessor per day, plus travel expenses. Fees include: Cost per assessor per number of days required; assessor review of application and all supporting documents; assessor preparation of draft and final assessor report; onsite assessment; ANSI staff coordination of assessment process. Travel expenses include: transportation, meals, and accommodations during days of the assessment. Fees associated with any corrective actions are $1,250 per assessor per day and include: Assessor review of corrective actions, assessor clearance of corrective actions, ANSI staff coordination of corrective action process. If additional subject matter experts (SMEs) are required, the applicant organization will be assessed an additional fee of $1,250 per day per SME, plus travel expenses.