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With the clean energy workforce projected to double to nearly one million by 2030, ACP offers industry resources to support recruitment, diversity, and retention of our workforce.

Standards & Practices

Over 300 job descriptions for technical and specialty jobs in clean energy.

Growing the clean energy workforce.

Supporting a talented, well-trained, diverse and informed workforce is a priority for the U.S. clean energy industry.

Clean energy investment will lead to a more than doubling of our clean energy workforce to around 1 million by 2030.

To help achieve this rapid growth, ACP is leading in developing tools to ensure our existing workers and those entering our industries can perform their jobs competently and safely. Some of these tools include: 鈥

  • Clean Energy Career Pathways Catalog: Over 300 job descriptions for technical and specialty jobs in clean energy
  • Micro Credentials: Measuring the skills needed for effective work as a clean energy technician
  • Wind Technician Training: Guidelines ensuring an understanding of entry-level requirements for operations and maintenance wind technicians for onshore and offshore wind facilities.
  • Solar Technician Training: Draft guidelines ensuring a comprehensive understanding of entry level requirements for operations and maintenance solar PV technicians for utility-scale facilities.

In one of the toughest and tightest labor markets, these efforts will help our industry get a leg up in hiring and retaining talent. Learn more below about the tools ACP is developing to help grow the clean energy workforce.

Tools to help job-seekers and company managers.

ACP offers a variety of tools and educational materials to support recruitment, diversity, and retention of the clean energy workforce.

Clean Energy Career Pathways Catalog

Over 300 job descriptions for technical and specialty jobs in clean energy

Created for job-seekers, hiring managers, the existing workforce, and the public, ACP鈥檚 Clean Energy Career Pathways Catalog presents over 300 job descriptions for technical and specialty jobs within the clean energy industry.

The cover image for ACP's Clean Energy Career Pathways Catalog - an opaque background with colorful images of renewable energy on the right side, including solar farms, wind farms and transmission lines.

This catalog shows the upward mobility and opportunities that exist within the industry, alongside highlighting the skills and requirements necessary to work in these positions. The aim is to provide a better understanding of how existing transferrable skills could be applied to clean energy jobs or what a career progression within the workforce could look like.

This massive effort is meant to provide workers in other energy industries, veterans, and workers in underrepresented communities a better idea of the jobs available in clean energy, as well as support the industry with recruiting and retention.

If you have questions about the catalog, please email workforcedev@cleanpower.org.

Micro Credentials

Measuring the skills needed for effective work as a clean energy technician

The cover image for ACP's Resource "Micro Credentials," with pictures of word documents and the text "measuring the skills needed for effective work as a clean energy technician."

Micro Credentials represent concise, logical skills that 鈥 when combined 鈥撯痜orm the larger skillsets necessary to successfully work in certain jobs on clean energy sites. An individual can be tested against these skills to demonstrate mastery of the skill and, in so doing, get on a path to a promotion.

How can I use Micro Credentials?

Employers can use the Micro Credentials to test and track training effectiveness, technician progression, and fit for various tasks and projects.鈥疶his can help ensure work is performed safely and competently. The addition of more and targeted Micro Credentials can also be used to reward additional capabilities and skillsets.

Technicians can use the Micro Credentials to demonstrate their competence in particular skills. Using these credentials as reference, the capabilities and the breadth of technician skills can be measured and quantified, which can support career progression.

The ACP Micro Credentials are designed to aid the employer to comply with 29 CFR 1910.269(a)(2)(viii) and 29 CFR 1910.9 (b).鈥疶hese two standards require both training and demonstrated proficiency in the work practices they are expected to perform.鈥

ACP鈥檚 Training and Education Working Group has prepared this series of micro credentials. If you have questions about this ACP program, or recommendations for additional micro credentials, please reach out via鈥workforcedev@cleanpower.org.听

Guidelines for Entry-Level Wind Technician Training

The听ACP Entry-Level Wind Technician Guidelines ensures a comprehensive understanding of entry level requirements for operations and maintenance wind technicians for onshore and offshore wind facilities.

The cover page for ACP's Guidelines for Entry-Level Wind Technician Training, with a female wind turbine technician standing in front of a wind turbine and an overcast sky.

 

Guidelines for Entry-Level Solar Technician Training

The draft ACP Entry-Level Solar Technician Guidelines will ensure a comprehensive understanding of entry level requirements for operations and maintenance utility-scale solar photovoltaic technicians. Comment period is open until December 31, 2023.

Safety Resources for Workforce

ACP has developed a suite of safety resources for the clean energy industry.

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