Commercial Workforce Credentialing Council

Commercial Workforce Credentialing Council

About the Council

The National Institute of Building Sciences (Institute) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have developed voluntary national guidelines, known as the Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines (BBWG), to improve the quality and consistency of commercial building workforce credentials. The Institute established the Commercial Workforce Credentialing Council (CWCC) to lead development of those guidelines.

Improving the operational performance of commercial buildings requires highly skilled and qualified workers, particularly as building technologies become more advanced. Yet the lack of national guidelines for energy-related professional credentials represents a major barrier to the quality, consistency and scalability of this workforce. The BBWG initially addressed commercial building workforce training and certification programs for four key energy-related jobs: building energy auditor, building commissioning professional, energy manager and building operations professional. A fifth JTA for a building operations journey-worker has also been developed to support the creation of accredited energy efficiency certificate programs.

The purpose of the BBWG is to reduce the confusion and uncertainty around workforce credentialing; lower costs; and support better credentials, better workers and better buildings. The BBWG set an industry-validated Job Task Analysis (JTA) for each job title, as well as certification schemes (blueprints) and learning objectives for training programs. The BBWG are intended to benefit training and certification programs; employers and building owners/managers; governments and utility programs; and workers.

The result of a thorough and extensive process working with practitioners and stakeholder organizations, the Institute and DOE through the CWCC offer the energy efficiency JTAs and credentialing scheme based on the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)/International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 17024 Standard: Conformity assessment - General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons, the globally accepted benchmark for certification of workers across numerous trades, for download and use under the Resources tab above.

Using the framework developed for the BBWG jobs, the CWCC has also developed workforce guidelines to support Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requirements to ensure quality and consistency of blast protection professional credentials. Working through a grant from the DOD Counter-Terrorism Technology Support Office (CTTSO) the CWCC has created a JTA and ISO/IEC 17024 compliant credentialing scheme that are available for download and use under the Resources tab above.


Should you have any additional questions about the Commercial Workforce Credentialing Council, please contact:

Roger Grant
Program Director

National Institute of Building Sciences
1090 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005-4905
(202) 289-7800
(202) 289-1092 Fax

For more information on the BBWG program, visit DOE Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines.

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