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DOE Quality Work Plan Resources


The Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program is instituting a comprehensive quality work plan that will establish the benchmark for quality home energy upgrades. DOE officially made available its new Quality Work Plan (QWP), which outlines the requirements for high-quality home energy upgrade work within the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP).
 
The QWP defines what is required when federal dollars are used to purchase weatherization services and leverages the resources developed through the Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals project. These resources include Standard Work Specifications for Home Energy Upgrades, accredited training, and advanced Home Energy Professional Certifications. The QWP not only defines how home energy upgrade work should be done, but it also outlines requirements for communication, training, and the inspection of work completed within the WAP program.

The DOE Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals project helps establish a national residential energy upgrade industry and a skilled and credentialed workforce. The project creates standard work specifications, advanced professional certifications for workers, and accredited training programs.

The SWS define the minimum requirements to ensure that the work performed during energy upgrades in single-family, multifamily, and manufactured homes is effective, durable, and safe. The SWS can be used as an industry guide for workers, training instructors, homeowners, and program administrators involved in the home performance industry.
SWS Variance Request
As Grantees update and revise their field standards to align with the SWS, they may discover certain specifications that cannot be implemented precisely as described in the relevant SWS. In such cases, Grantees may request a variance from the relevant SWS.

To be granted a variance, the attached request form must be completed in full. Complete one form for each variance requested, which may on occasion include more than one SWS. For example, requested variances from SWS requirements related to installing insulation where knob and tube wiring is present would apply to 2.0601.1 Knob and Tube Wiring (Health and Safety section), and 4.1001.2 Knob and Tube Wiring (Insulation section). Both relevant SWS would be included on a single form.
Job Task Analyses
The backbone of the accreditation process is the Job Task Analyses (JTAs). The JTAs for Single-Family Home Energy Upgrades reflect the four most common job classifications in the U.S. Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and home energy upgrade industry, cataloguing the knowledge, skills, and abilities that a practitioner needs in order to perform a given job effectively and safely.

The QWP portal is intended for states, training centers, and agencies to learn more about the new requirements, share resources/best practices, and foster collaboration within the network.

As part of the Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals project, DOE collaborated with trainers and technicians from across the home performance industry to develop high-quality, nationally recognized professional certifications. Learn more about the certification blueprint, how to get certified, and resources for training centers at the link above.

Quality Control Inspector Certification Testing Resources
The following resources are available to assist WAP operators with meeting the requirements of the DOE Quality Work Plan regarding the certification of Quality Control Inspectors.

The accredited training component of the Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals project guarantees the existence and availability of high quality standardized training programs within the home energy upgrade industry. Just as the Home Energy Professionals Certifications ensure qualified workers in the field, accredited training programs ensure that individuals receive the proper training to become certified Home Energy Professionals and to do the quality work that is defined in the standard work specifications. Becoming an accredited training center requires time, rigor and dedication. Please visit the above link for more information.

Individuals are encouraged to share any additional resources, ideas, and work examples by contacting workforce.guidelines@nrel.gov.



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