Friday, October 21, 2011

U.S. Department of Energy Commercial Building Job/Task Analyses Available for Public Comment

BOMA San Francisco Members:

The U.S. Department of Energy has opened up the six commercial building job/task analyses (JTAs) for public comment through the Commercial Building Initiative.

JTAs will help individuals identify opportunities to enhance their professional skills, enable industry to identify an appropriately skilled workforce, and allow training providers to ensure that they are providing the highest quality product possible. Additionally, the JTAs created through this project will be used by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to help meet the requirements of the Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010.”

 JTAs were developed for the following six job categories:
  • Commercial Building Energy Auditors 
  • Commercial Building Energy Modelers 
  • Commissioning/Retro-Commissioning Authorities 
  • Energy/Sustainability Managers 
  • Facility Managers 
  • Operating Engineers/Building Technicians 
Feel free to pass this along to anyone who may be interested.

The workforce guidance development process began by convening diverse groups of public and private sector industry practitioners – individuals who held the job they were describing (e.g., a group of Commercial Building Energy Modelers was convened to draft the Commercial Building Energy Modeler Job/Task Analysis). Active practitioners interested in participating in the Job/Task Analysis (JTA) development workshops were invited to submit their credentials through a publically announced online submission process. To meet the selection criteria, these industry experts had to be current, active practitioners and be available to attend the workshop in person. To ensure broad industry participation, the selection criteria also required that the group be diverse with respect to the following categories:

Geographic location
Years of experience
Organizational size
Sector (private and public)
Industry credentials held

Groups of 6-12 subject matter experts were selected for each job category. Led by a facilitator with expertise in developing and evaluating educational testing materials, each team worked collaboratively for two and a half days to create the JTA specific to their job category.

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