DOE Calls for RESNET Members’ Comments on New Retrofit Workforce Guidelines

November 23rd, 2010 - Posted by RESNET under Energy Auditor Information, Job Opportunities, RESNET News

The Department of Energy is seeking input from RESNET members on new voluntary workforce guidelines for home energy efficiency upgrades introduced on November 9, 2010 by the Obama administration.   Vice President Biden announced a series of federal actions, including the release of the draft Workforce Guidelines for Home Energy Upgrades.

“Because they hold a RESNET certification, these professionals have demonstrated the high level of knowledge and expertise in this field that we seek in the public comment process,” reads EERE’s November 9th invitation to RESNET members. The notice invites RESNET professionals to participate in the public review of the guidelines online at:

DOE will encourage training organizations to use the Workforce Guidelines to help improve retrofit course curricula.  DOE will also work with WAP, Recovery Act grantees, and other federal retrofit programs to put the guidelines into practice across the country.

The Workforce Guidelines include four components:

  1. Job Task Analyses identify all of the steps a worker takes to complete an energy efficiency improvement in a home.  Job tasks included are: Energy Auditor, Installer/Technician, Crew Chief, and Quality Assurance Professional/Inspector.
  2. Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) identify the minimum capabilities workers should have to perform high quality work.
  3. Technical Standards Reference Guides are a list of referenced standards developed by industry standards development organizations such as BPI, which define the safety, materials, installation, and application standards relevant to home energy efficiency retrofits.
  4. Standard Work Specifications for Energy Efficiency Residential Retrofits define the performance requirements for high quality work and the minimum conditions necessary to achieve the desired outcomes of a given energy efficiency retrofit measure.

The period for public comment closes January 7, 2011. For more information on submitting comments, click on

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