BPI Earns ANSI ISO 17024 Accreditation for Advanced HEP Certifications
Malta, NY, September 27, 2013 - Today the Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) announced it has earned ISO 17024 accreditation of its advanced Home Energy Professional (HEP) certifications by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The four certifications -Energy Auditor, Retrofit Installer, Crew Leader and Quality Control Inspector- are the only credentials available to the home performance and weatherization industry that are supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and accredited by ANSI.
ISO 17024 is the global benchmark for personnel certifications across all industries, designed to ensure that certifications are developed in a consistent, comparable and impartial manner.
"ISO 17024-accredited certifications provide an important measure of quality assurance to employers, to programs and to consumers by verifying competency of the worker-their ability to do the job right," said Dr. Richard Knaub, project leader specializing in workforce development at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
The four HEP certifications demonstrate advanced competency through work experience prerequisites, as well as rigorous written and field exams administered by participating BPI Test Centers.
"Industry experts from across the nation, all selected for their knowledge of multiple regional best practices, came together through a consensus process defined by ANSI to determine competency for these certifications," said Larry Zarker, CEO of BPI. "The knowledge, skills and abilities specified represent best practices for energy auditing, retrofit installation, quality control inspection and crew leadership across all regions of the United States."
ISO 17024 accreditation was based on analysis of exam results from BPI and NREL's pilot exam program launched in June 2012. A network of 38 BPI Test Centers and Weatherization Training Centers administered the pilot exams to qualified candidates.
BPI will officially launch the HEP certification program on October 14th, and experienced professionals are encouraged to apply to take the exams. The launch will include a complete list of BPI Test Centers offering HEP exams, and an online tool that identifies individuals who have earned these advanced credentials. Over 100 candidates have already applied to take the new exams; applications are available at www.bpi.org/HEP.
Last March the DOE Weatherization Assistance Program communicated its intent to require that all work performed with program funds be inspected by a certified Quality Control Inspector beginning in Program Year 2015.
The four HEP certifications provide advanced certification options and will not replace BPI's existing certifications in the industry. These new credentials complement and build upon BPI's existing certifications in the home performance career ladder, where increased knowledge and skills lead to advancement. They are designed to allow professionals in the home energy upgrade industry to build both a stackable and lateral career lattice.
The certifications are part of a coordinated effort under DOE's Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals project, which also developed Standard Work Specifications (SWS) for Home Energy Upgrades, available at sws.nrel.gov, and established a weatherization training program accreditation through the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). The SWS define acceptable outcomes for weatherization and home energy upgrades and have been reviewed extensively by the industry. HEP certified workers are required to have a foundational understanding of the SWS. For more information on applying to take the Home Energy Professional certification exams, go to www.bpi.org/HEP.
About the Building Performance Institute
BPI is the nation's premier building performance credentialing, quality assurance and standards setting organization. BPI develops technical standards using an open, transparent, consensus-based process built on sound building science. BPI is approved by the American National Standards Institute, Inc. (ANSI) as an accredited developer of American National Standards and as a certifying body for personnel credentials.
BPI offers the following:
- National standards to ensure top quality, consistent protocols are being followed throughout the home performance and weatherization workforce
- Certification of individuals in residential energy auditing and analysis, energy upgrade installation, crew leader, quality control inspection and multi-family designations
- Accreditation of contracting companies committed to delivering quality home performance improvements
- Quality assurance to verify conformance with BPI standards and provide feedback for continuing improvement
- Partnership with testing organizations that deliver BPI services in their market
For more information on BPI, visit www.bpi.org.
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