Certification of a profession refers to a generally voluntary process in which the certifying organization formally grants recognition to those who meet certain predetermined standards or qualifications. It usually includes an examination of some kind to assess the candidates’ qualifications. Certification offers the public a high degree of protection because practitioners have to meet standards or qualifications and pass an exam, and they do so voluntarily. Developing a certification is a complex and time-consuming process and requires a strong administrative organization in order to maintain its quality.
STATE & COLLEGE PROGRAMS
The state of Tennessee promotes education initiatives that prepare the solar workforce with knowledge, skills and abilities that meet the demands of a growing industry. This can be achieved through educational partnerships in the region, providing basic consumer education and providing assistance in K-12 and higher / technical education.
Tennessee is becoming a leader in clean energy development which has created jobs, reduced costs, and protected the welfare of Tennessee’s citizens and the environment. To fully benefit from the potential economic opportunities, the State of Tennessee must increase its promotion of energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy development as a mechanism for meeting current and future energy demand while minimizing high-risk energy resources such as coal and nuclear and maximizing the economic benefits.
SOLAR-RELATED JOB OPPORTUNITIES
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4 Steps To Assuring You Get A Professional & Certified Solar System Installation.
- STEP 1: Select a member of the state chapter of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Companies that join state chapters like TenneSEIA (Tennessee Solar Energy Industries Association), are non-profit trade associations representing local solar companies that must abide by their ethics rules.
- STEP 2: Select a company that has solar installers certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) which actually have to take a course and be tested on how to install solar electric and solar thermal systems – www.nabcep.org. Raising industry standards and promoting consumer confidence, NABCEP is known as the “gold standard” for Solar PV and Solar Heating installation. Not only should you inquire about a company’s certifications but you can also confirm it through NABCEP.
- STEP 3: For solar water heating, make sure the solar thermal system is certified by the non-profit Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC). The SRCC is an independent third-party certification organization that administers national certification and rating. You can contact SRCC to insure the system the company offers for solar water heating is actually certified.
- STEP 4: The most important thing is to get three solar installation references in the area. Ask for pictures and get phone numbers. Call at least three references, if you cannot get a hold of all three references, do not select the installer. (If you follow all four steps, you will surely get a legitimate solar company and a good installation.)