CHP Energy Solutions Research & Training Center Earns National Accreditation for Additional Courses

Christiansburg, Virginia – The CHP Energy Solutions Research and Training Center, a division of Christiansburg-based Community Housing Partners (CHP), is now accredited to teach two more nationally recognized weatherization-related courses as certified by the IREC (Interstate Renewable Energy Council) ISPQ Training Program.

One year ago, the CHP Energy Solutions Research and Training Center (formerly New River Center for Energy Research and Training [NRCERT]) became the first U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) weatherization training center in the nation to obtain IREC ISPQ Training Program accreditation to teach its new national Home Energy Professional Retrofit Installer Technician curriculum for weatherization and home performance professionals. Now, as of May 23, 2013, the CHP Energy Solutions Research and Training Center is also accredited to teach IREC’s Home Energy Professional Energy Auditor and Quality Control Inspector courses.

Benjamin Goldstein, the project lead for the National Residential Retrofit Guidelines with the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy program wrote about the implementation of national weatherization training standards, explaining that the recent proliferation of energy efficiency workforce training programs has shown “the need for an objective third-party assessment, so that workers may distinguish between different quality programs and providers as they seek to invest in their career development. Accreditation enables this kind of independent assessment, and the IREC accreditation is unique because it focuses exclusively on energy efficiency and renewable energy training.  While the accreditation is voluntary, it is an effective way for the DOE’s Weatherization Assistance Program to assess the progress of its weatherization training centers…as an objective means of demonstrating the quality of their programs and differentiating themselves in the training marketplace.”

“With our IREC teaching credentials, CHP is able to offer a rigorous and respected energy efficiency training experience that is applicable in both private and public sectors across the country,” said CHP Energy Solutions Research and Training Vice President Mark Jackson.

About the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC):
The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) has been a leader in the renewable energy community for 31 years.  A nonprofit corporation, IREC works with industry, government, educators, and other stakeholders to ensure that the broader use of renewable energies is possible, safe, affordable and practical for us all.

The IREC Credentialing Program lays the foundation for a competent workforce for the clean energy economy. Using robust standards and a detailed process of application and assessment, IREC’s credentialing program drives quality workforce training and increased consumer confidence in the industry.

About CHP Energy Solutions Research and Training Center:
Established by Community Housing Partners (CHP) in 1999, the CHP Energy Solutions Research and Training Center (formerly known as NRCERT) provides training in state-of-the-art residential energy conservation techniques, home performance testing, and heating and cooling equipment diagnostics, repair and replacement. Its 12,500-square-foot training facility in Christiansburg provides the teachers and students innovative space, equipment, and props for a hands-on classroom experience. Since its establishment over a decade ago, the Research and Training Center has trained over 30,000 participants across 30 States and Canada.