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Date:10/1/2013

ogram this fall. "The fact that there is an online resource that includes very detailed work specifications, and to be able to just click and choose whichever ones we want to use and then include them in our handbook, is just phenomenal for us," Gomez said.

Advancing Careers with Certifications

The SWS are intended to serve as a universal resource for the home energy upgrade industry and to ensure that everyone can speak the same language and have the same expectations around work. In addition, these specifications serve as the basis for the new Home Energy Professional Certifications.

"More than half of U.S. states require certification for retrofit work, so there is a precedent for the weatherization market and retrofit market to maintain and hold certifications," Beckley added. "These certifications are also transferrable nationally, so we're now creating a more mobile workforce. Now, if there is a natural disaster somewhere, workers looking for employment have the skills and ability to help rebuild in another state."

The goals of the new Home Energy Professional Certifications are to provide weatherization workers with a logical progression for advancing their careers and businesses.

"The consumer is going to see an impact in consistently higher-quality work," Kurnik said. "And the worker is going to appreciate it because they can now distinguish themselves from rogue contractors who are not investing in their workers."

Other anticipated benefits of the professional certification program are improved service delivery, fewer callbacks, and reduced installation errors, which in turn should drive new business by delivering consistent performance that builds consumer value and trust.

"The program lends credibility to the growing weatherization industry, and as a result, it becomes recognized as its own industry," Kurnik added. "This program should help the owners of these companies retain their workfor
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Contact: David Glickson
david.glickson@nrel.gov
303-275-4097
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory
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