The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) has awarded the Joint Apprenticeship Training Program (JATC) ISPQ Accredited Training ProgramTM status. The JATC is jointly sponsored by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 26.
After a long application and audit process, the JATC was awarded the ISPQ Accredited status for the photo-voltaic portion of its five-year Inside Journeyman Wireman apprenticeship program. This highly sought after credential is granted by the globally recognized authority in the area of renewable energy training, the Institute for Sustainable Power, Inc.TM (ISP).
ISP is an international non-profit organization, incorporated in 1996 to coordinate, develop, and maintain international standards for the evaluation and qualification of renewable energy (RE), energy efficiency (EE) and distributed generation (DG) training providers. Organizations accredited by ISP attest that they have the skills and the resources to deliver high quality training covering the skills and competency requirements of the specific RE/EE/DG trades.
The status of ISPQ Accredited Training ProgramTM is recognition for an organization that provides a course(s) covering all the points of an ISPQ-approved Task Analysis. Specifically, this accreditation references the “Solar Photo-Voltaic Systems Installer” task analysis which was developed by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).
The JATC earned this accreditation for the photo-voltaic portion of its curriculum which, in conjunction with other portions of the curriculum including DC and AC Theory, OSHA 30, and the National Electrical Code, fully satisfies the requirements of the approved Task Analysis.
“We are extremely proud to be one of only fifteen such accredited programs in all of North America, and the first NECA-IBEW training facility to achieve the status,” said David McCord, director of the JATC.
For complete information describing the electrical apprenticeship curriculum, pay and benefits, and application instructions, visit www.getchargedup.org.