In December of 2013 the Building Performance Center (BPC) in Bellingham Washington received notification from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) of ISPQ accreditation as a training provider for the Department of Energy Home Energy Professional job classifications of Quality Control Inspector and Crew Lead.
In order to become accredited or certified, institutions and individuals must satisfy the requirements of ISPQ Standard 01021. The Standard describes ethical and practical requirements for candidates, including commitments to confidentiality, non-discrimination, quality, and professionalism. The Standard outlines requirements for quality program management and administration, sets forth requirements for curriculum, facilities, resources, tools, and safety. It requires trainers and program staff to have appropriate experience, defined job descriptions, and adequate training to perform their jobs competently. Candidates must demonstrate, through the application and audit process, that they fulfill the requirements of ISPQ Standard 01021.
John Davies manager of the BPC acknowledged the process was long and difficult at times but the end result has been better organization, more comprehensive training curriculum and formalized policies for review and improvement of trainings. Accreditation of weatherization training providers is another component leading to professionalization of our industry.