Professional Development Committee (PDC)

Voting Members (6):
Chair: Ted Sherrod
Board Liaison: IECA Board Education Vice President: Wesley Zech
Educational Track Chair: Dennis Richards
IECA Instructors: Rich McLaughlin
IECA Member at Large (2): Marc Theisen, Pat Fallon

Non Voting Members (6)
Staff Liaison: Education Director, Joanna Fetherolf
EPA Liaison to the PDC: Greg Schaner
Construction Industry Liaison to the PDC: Carissa Agnese
Liaisons (2): Dan Salsinger, Jennifer Keyes
Spanish Education Liaison: Nicky Araujo

Committee Description

The PDC will set procedures and advise in providing technically sound and proficient educational courses and programs that enhance members professional knowledge at each career stage through technical information exchange, facilitation of research opportunities and encouraging diversity in professional development.
The PDC also provides the Board of Directors the Long Range Education Plans and Implementation Procedures in accordance with IECA's Strategic Plan.


  • The PDC committee members, Educational Track sub-committee members and Peer Review Panel members are responsible for reviewing the technical merit of all IECA content; verifying content accuracy, relevance and value to IECA educational delivery options.
  • Work with committee members and staff to recommend and review ideas and topics that may be developed into technical course offerings to include: IECA Conference courses, IECA live, webinars and online educational programs.
  • Determine industry education needs and work with the Education Director to determine the best delivery method of the content. Also, determine relevance of content submitted by members and industry experts into IECA's content library.
  • Solicit industry experts (member and non member) to address courses to meet specific Educational Track area for the purpose of increasing membership through up-to-date and current educational content.
  • Serve as advisors to the Educational Track Sub Committee Chairs, the Educational Track Sub Committees, and the Reviewer Panel for the peer review process, including oversight of the educational review process.
  • Review submissions for full and half day courses for the annual conference.
  • Develop policies and processes for Board of Directors approval as they arise relevant to IECA's educational courses and/or programs.
  • Develop instructors/presenters and IECA faculty qualifications as well as recruit new instructors/presenters and IECA faculty that satisfy these qualifications.
  • Perform a quarterly review of the Education section of our website, specifically reviewing online content to determine industry relevance of our material.
  • Bring to the attention of the Board of Directors any issues that require immediate action to implement the enforcement of the committee's area of responsibility.
  • Evaluate all IECA faculty and instructors based on established performance metrics
  • IECA Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
    • Determine courses eligible for CEUs
      • The PDC members will develop a process to evaluate course content and recommend courses for CEU credits, in compliance with the IACET standards.
      •  The PDC members will aid in determining proper procedures required for attendees to be eligible to receive CEUs The PDC members will determine how to aid chapters in offering CEUs at chapter sponsored events
      • The PDC members will help staff to determine the system necessary to record and track CEUs for membership
  • Provide guidance for IECA Education by establishing an education matrix for essential courses for live and online environments.

    Activities where participation is required:
    Needs assessment
    Course offerings review
    Instructor reviews Instructor agreements
    Development of new courses
    Review and update of current courses

Committee Objectives

  • Enhance our conference education, looking for other resources outside our membership. This includes forming partnerships with other like associations and sharing their presenters, as we submit to present at their conferences and events.
  • Build our chapter speaker bureau. Search for outstanding speakers for our conference. As proven, effective speakers on the chapter level, will enhance our national and international education efforts.
  • Encourage vendor participation in the conference by offering "how to" presentations that are NOT product sales sessions.
  • Build a quality webinar delivery process for those who need immediate, affordable education.
  • Create a strong library of online content for members and non members of IECA. Develop a strategy of delivering online material that is basic, intermediate and advanced material.
  • Engage our member educators by encouraging participation in an Educational Track which is within their area of interest and expertise. These will become Member Resources to our members and to IECA Education.

Membership, Qualifications & Term of Service

Members of the PDC play a critical role in ensuring that IECA's educational program is of the highest quality.

The Professional Development Committee shall consist of six (6) voting members and defined as the Chair, the Educational Vice-President of IECA as the Board of Directors liaison, the Educational Track Committee Chair, IECA Faculty Instructor, two (2) IECA Members at Large. In addition, there will be a minimum of six (6) non-voting members to the committee that include: the Education Director as the IECA staff liaison, a liaison of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a construction industry liaison, a Spanish Liaison and two (2) Vendor Liaisons. Other individuals may join the committee for purposes of providing input and to become eligible to serve as a voting member based on the requirements and qualifications listed below.

Only IECA members may serve as voting members on the committee.

IECA members wishing to serve on the PDC must make a request in writing to the PDC Chair or staff liaison and provide a short biography with this request. The staff liaison will forward any requests to the Chair who will review the upcoming needs of the Committee for the coming year. The Chair may consult with the entire committee prior to completing the committee slate for presentation to the IECA President during the annual meeting. This consultation is to determine possible changes and commitments from current members to remain on the committee as well as to determine new candidates to add to the committee.

Chair Selection & Term

The PDC Chairperson shall be appointed at the annual meeting to a two-year term by the current IECA President of the Board of Directors when the complete committee slate is approved. The chair may not serve in that capacity more than two (2) consecutive terms.

Education Vice President Selection & Term

The Education Vice President shall be elected by the IECA Board of Directors at the annual meeting and will serve on the committee at the pleasure of the IECA Board of Directors.

Educational Track Committee Chair Selection Term

The Educational Track Committee Chair shall be appointed by the Educational Vice President to the Board of Directors and serve a two year term; however, may not serve more than two (2) consecutive terms.

Education Track Co-Chairs Selection and Term

The Chairs per Education Track shall be appointed by the Educational Track Committee Chair and serve a two year term.

IECA Instructors Selection and Term

The IECA Instructor shall be recommended for appointment by the PDC Chair and Education Director and confirmed by the PDC to serve a two year term; however, may not serve more than two (2) consecutive terms.

IECA Members at Large Selection and Term

The IECA Members at Large shall be recommended for appointment by the PDC Chair and Education Director and confirmed by the PDC to serve a two year term; however, may not serve more than two (2) consecutive terms.

The IECA Members at Large shall be recommended for appointment by the PDC Chair and Education Director and confirmed by the PDC to serve a two year term; however, may not serve more than two (2) consecutive terms.

The PDC committee members may be removed for cause, including but not limited to: The following is a list of reasons that a committee member may be removed from the PDC:

  • Failure to perform duties;
  • All voting committee members must attend at a minimum 5 of the 8 schedule meetings through the year. An Excused AbsenceĀ will count toward your 5 minimum meetings. However, no more than 2 Excused AbsencesĀ will be allowed toward your 5 minimum meetings;
  • PDC committee members may be removed for improper conduct or deemed ethics violations (as defined by IECA's Code of Ethics) that are against the interests of IECA and/or the PDC;
  • PDC committee members shall not disclose, directly or indirectly, information concerning the business affairs of an employer or client in any way without the employer's or client's consent;
  • PDC committee members shall not divulge information that has been given individually or within meetings that was provided in confidence;
  • PDC committee members shall not personally use, profit from, or divulge information regarding educational and course content that has been provided to IECA or the PDC with the purpose of developing educational opportunities for its membership;
  • Violation of the above stipulations is grounds for dismissal from the PDC and a potentially IECA Code of Ethics violation which could lead to loss of membership.

The PDC Chair can only be removed by the President of the Board of Directors once the President has been provided justification for removal by the PDC committee.

A committee member may be removed by the PDC Chair or by 2/3 vote of the voting membership of the committee.

In the event that a committee member steps down or is removed during his or her term, the PDC Chair will solicit a replacement. The replacement will serve out the remainder of the vacated term and will be eligible for re-appointment at the end of the vacated term. If the PDC Chair is removed or resigns, the Educational Vice President will solicit a replacement to be appointed by the IECA President.

Education Track Co-Chairs and Members Removal & Replacement:

The Educational Track Co-Chairs and Members may be removed for cause, including but not limited to, failure to perform duties. The additional reasons for removal will be as outlined above under the PDC Committee Removal & Replacement with the following exception:

  • All Educational Track Co-Chairs and Members must attend a minimum of 50% of the meetings scheduled throughout the year. Each Educational Track Co-Chair shall provide an attendee list to the Educational Track Committee Chair and the IECA Staff Liaison after each meeting.

IECA Faculty Member and Instructor Removal

The PDC shall be responsible for review and evaluation of the IECA Faculty Members and Instructors. The PDC shall have the authority to remove an IECA Faculty Members and Instructors for the following:

  • Violation of their IECA Faculty Agreement;
  • Failure to perform duties;
  • Violation of the IECA Code of Ethics;
  • Low evaluations on their course.

IECA Faculty courses are evaluated on a scale of 1 -5. Any evaluation with an average score less than 3 will be subject to the following:

  • The PDC will evaluate the circumstances with regards to the low evaluation;
  • The PDC will make recommendations based on the findings including, but not limited to;
    • Improving the course materials (presentation, handouts, etc.);
    • Improve training technique.

Meetings & Reports

The PDC committee will meet via teleconference at least every month from April until August and meet in the months of October, and December. The committee will have one face-to-face meeting each year at the annual conference in February. In the event that the PDC Chair cannot attend a PDC meeting, the Educational Track Committee Chair shall preside over the meeting. If the PDC Chair and the Educational Track Committee Chair are not present for the meeting, then the Educational Vice President shall preside over the meeting. The PDC Chair will send a report of committee activity to the IECA Staff Liaison at least five weeks before each regularly scheduled face-to-face IECA Board of Directors meeting. The face to face BOD meetings are February, June and October. The Educational Track Sub-Committees will meet as deemed necessary by the Educational Track Committee Chair and or the Co-Chairs. In addition, there will be a face-to-face meeting each year at the annual conference in February. A report of the Educational Track Committees progress shall be submitted to the PDC Chair as outlined above to be included in the PDC report to the IECA Staff Liaison.

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