updated 11/23/2010 2:15:49 PM ET 2010-11-23T19:15:49

PHOENIX, Nov. 23, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) has awarded the Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP) the prestigious Authorized Provider status. IACET Authorized Providers are the only organizations approved to offer IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs). The recognition period extends for five years, and includes all programs offered or created during that time.

"AESP is proud of our education programs which train and develop energy professionals in important skills and programs such Energy Efficiency, Demand-side Management and Demand Response," stated Meg Matt, CEO. "Our new partnership with IACET is a demonstration of our commitment to lifelong learning and high standards for all of our training courses, and we are very pleased to join such a prestigious organization as well as an elite group of organizations that offer excellent continuing education and training programs."

"We are pleased to welcome AESP as our newest Authorized Provider organization," said Karen Brown, President of IACET and Senior HR Manager of Nuclear Power at Shaw Group in Massachusetts. Brown added, "AESP joins nearly 650 organizations around the globe that have had their programs vetted by third-party experts in continuing education to ensure the highest possible standards are met."

In order to achieve Authorized Provider status, AESP completed a rigorous application process, including a review by an IACET site visitor, and successfully demonstrated adherence to the ANSI/IACET 1-2007 Standard addressing the design, development, administration, and evaluation of its programs. AESP has pledged its continued compliance with the Standard, and is now authorized to use the IACET name and Authorized Provider logo on promotional course material. 

About AESP: AESP is a member-based association dedicated to improving the delivery and implementation of energy efficiency, energy management and distributed renewable resources. AESP provides professional development programs, a network of energy practitioners, and promotes the transfer of knowledge and experience. For more information, visit www.aesp.org.

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About IACET: The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) is a non-profit association dedicated to quality continuing education and training programs. IACET is the only standard-setting organization approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for continuing education and training. For more information, please visit www.iacet.org or call 703-506-3275.

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