Gainesville, Fla.— As the demand for energy grows, the need to supplement current fossil fuel sources also increases, which means that skilled workers are constantly in demand in the energy industry. In this expanding field, there are many successful and gratifying opportunities for candidates with diversified backgrounds in both fossil and alternative fuels.

In response to this need, NCCER is proud to announce the release of Alternative Energy. This curriculum covers the production, associated technology, and uses of alternative fuel supplies, such as biomass, wind power, solar energy and nuclear power. In addition to containing the latest information about each energy source, every module includes interesting and thought-provoking activities about the function and future of alternative energy.

“Using NCCER's Alternative Energy curriculum will give trainees a complete overview of the changing landscape of electric generation,” said Jennifer Grove, Workforce Development Coordinator of Gulf Power Company. “This segment of the energy industry is transforming our nation's electric infrastructure, and will continue to grow in the coming years. Alternative Energy helps explain why these changes are needed, the pros and cons of each significant alternative energy fuel source, the structure of this change, the careers in these fields, and how to think critically about the composition of the world's generation mix. It’s very exciting to have this course available during Careers in Energy Week, as our industry works to raise awareness of the rewarding careers available in the energy industry.” 

Alternative Energy is endorsed by the Florida Energy Workforce Consortium (FEWC), and supports the Florida Department of Education’s Curriculum Frameworks for Energy Technicians, Power Distribution Technicians and Energy Generation Technicians. In addition, Alternative Energy supports Tier 3 and Tier 4 of the Get into Energy Competency Model as outlined by the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) and the Employment and Training Administration (ETA).

In order to receive industry-recognized credentials, students must successfully complete Power Industry Fundamentals (as a prerequisite) and Alternative Energy through an NCCER Accredited Training Sponsor. NCCER credentials are verifiable through its Automated National Registry. 

NCCER worked with subject matter experts representing industry and academia across the country to introduce relevant industry topics. For more information on NCCER curriculum, visit www.nccer.org/catalog.