Installer Badges Toolkit

Background

In Fiscal Year 2018, the U.S. Department of Energy, along with the Crew Leader scheme committee, determined the Retrofit Installer Technician (RIT) Job Task Analysis (JTA) could be eliminated and its tasks inserted in the Crew Leader JTA. The RIT tasks became the basis of the installer badges.

The Badges Toolkit was updated in 2020 to add licensing and copyright agreements. Users must cite the copyright information when using or distributing copies of the Badges Toolkit in any way. The technical content has remained unchanged from previous versions of the Badges Toolkit.

While the toolkit was originally developed with Weatherization Assistance Program implementers in mind, it was designed with the intention of making adoption of the JTAs and badges easier and more attractive to the entire home energy retrofit industry, including utility programs, private sector work, contractors, and more.

How It Works

The Badges Toolkit for home retrofits consists of 25 "badges." Each badge defines a task or measures an installer could perform on a home. The badges encourage greater flexibility in the training of installers by allowing them to focus only on those measures that are installed in their program or profession.

The Badges Toolkit includes five pieces:

  • "How to Use the Badges Toolkit" provides a brief overview of how a Grantee, Subgrantee, or training provider may approach using the toolkit
  • The "Badges Toolkit: Worksheet" includes several questions an entity would consider when determining whether and how to best incorporate the badges into its weatherization assistance program
  • In the "Crew Leader Job Task Analysis Spreadsheet,"┬áthe badges align with the JTA, indicating which badges address which areas of the JTA
  • The "RIT Badges Passport" features separate pages for each badge, which include places for the installer and the supervisor/trainer to record the number of times a task has been successfully completed; and
  • The "RIT Badges Verification Criteria" include sample inspection checklists for each badge. These can be modified as needed based on approved variance requests or more stringent requirements. They also should provide a basis for consistent inspections and awarding of badges.

Note: All elements of the Badges Toolkit are designed for use by potential program implementers. They are not "off-the-shelf" products intended for immediate deployment. Program implementers must review and modify as needed, revise verification criteria to match local requirements, complete worksheets, and otherwise define the parameters of their own badging program.

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