WE&T Working Groups Issue Report on Training Gaps for Consistent QI and QM
The WHPA Goal 2 Workforce Education & Training Subcommittee has responded to the call from the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) and California Energy Commission (CEC), issuing a report with broad HVAC industry participation.
Based on workshops over the past few years, the CPUC and CEC identified issues with the HVAC workforce lacking the necessary skills and abilities to perform QI/QM consistently.
Erik Emblem, Executive Administrator of the Western States Council of Sheet Metal Workers International Association is the Chair of the WE&T Subcommittees, which is a part of the Goal 2 Quality Installation/Quality Maintenance Committee of the WHPA. He explained the project;
“The WE&T Subcommittee got a very diverse group of HVAC industry stakeholders together to discuss the workforce as it stands today and explore gaps in training that exist in attaining consistent QI and QM. They were also tasked with looking out to the year 2020 and identifying training gaps that will exist in attaining zero net energy buildings and the part HVAC QI/QM will play in those buildings.
“This report is the only one of its kind that had the reach into the core stakeholders of our industry and engaged technicians, instructors, educators, suppliers and contractors simultaneously to reach consensus of industry training needs.”
Four Working Groups contributed individual reports, which have been consolidated into the draft report on the WHPA website. The Working Groups are: Certification, Codes & Standards, Commercial QI & QM, and Residential QI & QM. The Sales Force & Service Training Working Group is completing its draft, which will be added to the final report.
The next step is to compile the notes into a white paper with an executive summary and recommendations. This white paper will be submitted to the CPUC, the IOUs and WHPA leadership to help inform details of upcoming IOU program plans and additional WHPA and HVAC industry support for meeting California Long-Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan goals.
Mr. Emblem said, “It is our hope that the report's key findings will become elements of future HVAC incentives and that existing WE&T education programs will cooperate with the IOUs in filling the identified training gaps as we move toward the HVAC industry transformation.
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