Industry-Recognized Credentials: Energy



  • Electrical Power Line Installers and Repairers
  • Power Plant Operators, Distributors and Dispatcher
  • Solar Installation, including Photovoltaic Installers and Electricians and Roofers with solar installation experience
  • Pipefitter, Pipelayer, Welder and Utility Technician


The Center for Energy Workforce Development, CEWD is a non-profit consortium of electric, natural gas, and nuclear utilities and their associations – Edison Electric Institute, American Gas Association, Nuclear Energy Institute, and National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. CEWD was formed to help utilities work together to develop solutions to the coming workforce shortage in the utility industry. One solution is to fill a gap in industry training. While there are occupation-specific credentials in the energy industry, there was no credential that could ensure potential workers had an understanding of the industry as a whole to make occupation-specific training more meaningful and to understand how one’s company (once hired) fits into the big picture. To address this gap, CEWD created an ANSI-accredited certificate program called Energy Industry Fundaments. Through CEWD’s Approved Course Provider system, high schools, community colleges and other education institutions can offer the certificate course at their locations using their instructors.

Energy Industry Fundamentals provides a broad understanding of the electric and natural gas utility industry and the energy generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure, commonly called the “largest machine in the world,” which forms the backbone for the industry. The course includes business models, regulations, types of energy and their conversion to useable energy such as electric power, how generated power is transmitted and distributed to the point of use, emerging technologies and the connection to careers in the energy industry.

Skills standards in the renewable energy sector are developed and promoted by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). As an ANSI-accredited Standards Developing Organization, IREC developed the Requirements for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Certificate Programs to describe best practices for certificate programs in these fields. The standards help learning institutions and instructors develop systematic program plans, summative examinations and alignment of curriculum to an industry-validated task analysis. The standards also lay out requirements for administration, curriculum, assessment, personnel, equipment, facilities and linkage with industry that programs of study must meet to demonstrate that they issue a market-valued certificate.

The IREC Instructor Certification and the ANSI-IREC Accreditation Program for certificate programs demonstrates that instruction and certificate are of high quality and are aligned with the energy efficiency and renewable energy industry.

The Solar Instructor Training Network is a network of nationally recognized solar and training experts, who work with nine Regional Training Providers and the industry to maintain the consistency, relevancy and quality of solar technology training and education.


  • Workplace Requirements
  • Academic Requirements
  • Personal Effectiveness


National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)
Energy Industry Employability Skills Certificate


Emerging principles and concepts that impact the energy industry; compliance with safety and health procedures; how electric power and natural gas generation, transmission, and distribution work; a range of entry-level energy careers; and “hot topics” in energy.

Energy Industry Fundamentals Certificate


Requirements for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Certificate Programs
ANSI-IREC Accreditation Program for certificate programs
IREC Instructor Certification