A new arrangement will have the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) representing the Institute for Sustainable Power (ISP) in the deployment of its quality training accreditation and certification framework in North America.Highlands Ranch, Colorado and Albany, New York – September 22, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] Following several years of collaboration on activities related to improving the quality of the renewable energy, energy efficiency, and distributed generation workforce in North America, IREC will now take over the direct outreach and coordination of the ISP’s accreditation and certification framework here. The ISP does not provide certification to renewable energy installers or designers. It does provide accreditation to training programs and certification to master trainers and instructors who teach renewable energy practitioners. ISP offers accreditation and certification for the following categories: Accredited Training Program; Accredited Continuing Education; Certified Independent Master Trainer; Certified Affiliated Master Trainer; Certified Instructor. IREC said that with its long history of successfully developing and managing renewable energy activities at the national, state, and local levels in the United States, they are particularly well-suited to expand the ISP quality training program to meet the growing needs of the market for a qualified workforce. “This formal partnership between our two organizations will result in many more institutions and individual trainers across the United States having access to the ISP application and auditing process,” said Mark Fitzgerald, ISP’s Executive Director. The Institute for Sustainable Power will continue to coordinate the international standards committees, the development of content and process standards, and the auditing and evaluation of candidates, as well as the award of training accreditation and certification credentials. The Interstate Renewable Energy Council will be responsible for the direct contacts with applicants, the administration and coordination of applications, and the management of the ISP’s activities in North America. “With the ISP quality credential, students will be able to make better-informed decisions on where to be trained and employers will be better able to evaluate potential employees,” said Jane Weissman, IREC’s Executive Director.