To pursue a clean energy career, you may need general as well as specialized training. This page has links to training and courses in energy efficiency and renewable energy. This list is a work in progress and is not intended to be all-inclusive or to assure individual program quality. Many of these trainings are local, state or organizational based.
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DOE's Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals project fosters the growth of a high quality residential energy upgrade industry and a skilled and credentialed workforce. The project includes guidelines for quality work, effective training, and professional certifications.
DOE Tribal Energy Program: Education and Training
Find course materials, training opportunities and other events for American Indians and Alaskan Natives.
My Energy Gateway
This DOE-supported site helps you understand the educational pathways to finding a career in energy efficiency and renewables. Find information on degrees and certifications in energy. Get tuition and information on scholarships, internships.
Affordable Comfort Inc.
This organization offers national and regional training events to building professionals who want to learn about making residential buildings healthier, more comfortable, more energy-efficient, more durable, and more affordable through a systems approach.
Alaska Craftsman Home Program
This program offers workshops that teach the building science concepts needed to build energy-efficient homes, specifically for northern regions.
American Institute of Renewable Energy
Headquartered in Southern California and providing training across the country, AIRE is an alternate energy research, development training, and technology company. Courses are offered in photovoltaic design and installation and solar system design, as well as weatherization.
Boots on the Roof
The California-based Boots on the Roof offers a master certificate program in renewable energy, online courses, green building courses, and four-, five- and six-day "Boot Camps" in wind and solar energy.
Building Performance Institute Inc.
The institute offers certification, through its affiliates, on the fundamentals of home performance evaluation and whole-home retrofit planning and execution.
California Wind Energy Collaborative
Find out about wind energy training offered by the California Wind Energy Collaborative (University of California and California Energy Commission).
Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program
The Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP) provides training and certification to professionals installing electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) for charging infrastructure in the residential and commercial markets. Training is availble around the United States and is open to licensed electricians in compliance with requirements of state or municipal jurisdictions.
Energy and Environmental Building Alliance
This organization provides training and resources for builders, remodelers, developers, architects, designers, and manufacturers to assist them in designing and building energy-efficient and environmentally responsible buildings and communities.
Energy Providers Coalition for Education (EPCE)
EPCE develops, sponsors, and promotes industry-driven, standardized, quality online education programs built by the energy industry, for the industry. EPCE works with qualified, accredited education providers to offer programs ranging from Certificates and Associates to Bachelors and Masters degrees for the energy industry. EPCE also offers specialized training courses specific to renewable energy and the Smart Grid.
Federal Energy Management Program Training
Besides helping federal agencies conduct internal communication and education programs, FEMP also trains federal agency managers on the latest energy requirements, best practices, and technologies. Training is provided through eTraining Courses, First Thursday Seminars, and webinars.
Florida Solar Energy Center: Education and Training
The Florida Solar Energy Center offers a wide range of courses covering renewable energy and building energy technology topics.
Fuel Cells 2000: Professional Opportunities and Training
This page of the FuelCells.org site features a list of professional and training opportunities related to fuel cell technologies.
Green Jobs Training Center
The New York-based center offers training in all areas of energy efficiency via workshops, industry conferences, on-site training, and other innovative education techniques.
HeatSpring Learning Institute
HeatSpring Learning Institute is an education company focused on providing clean energy training to building professionals. They offer a number of courses in solar and geothermal installation, and energy audit certification.
Infinite Solar's renewable energy training programs and certificate programs provide professionals with skills to jumpstart their green career, expand their businesses, and succeed in the solar energy market. A licensed private school on the East Coast serving students from across the U.S. and Canada, Infinite Solar offers IREC accredited courses and NABCEP examinations.
Institute for Energy Management Professionals
The Institute for Energy Management Professionals (IEnMP) is a non-profit organization, funded by the Department of Energy, existing to provide certifications to individuals to assist companies desiring to comply with ISO 50001 and in support of DOE's Advanced Manufacturing Office's Superior Energy Performance (SEP) Initiative.
KEEP Professional Development
Teachers can find out about professional development opportunities through Wisconsin's K-12 Energy Education Program.
Keilir—Atlantic Center of Excellence
Keilir offers short courses focusing on the use and utilization of renewable energy and alternative fuels in Iceland.
Lighting Education Online
Check out this interactive, Internet-based education program—offered by the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute—for building, design, and facility management professionals who want to learn more about light and lighting.
Midwest Renewable Energy Association
Learn about training and workshops offered in the Midwest on solar electricity, wind power, energy-efficient construction techniques, sustainable living, and more.
National Association of Home Builders: Search Courses
This searchable database lists courses for professional home builders.
National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project Calendar
NEED offers this calendar that lists training opportunities, professional development programs, and other events for educators.
NC Solar Center at NC State University: Renewable Energy Technologies and Green Building Workshops
The Solar Center conducts continuing education workshops on solar thermal, photovoltaics, wind, and residential and commercial green building. These workshops provide technical hands-on training as well as an understanding of the policies and financial tools necessary to be successful in the industry. An individual may register to take three week long workshops to receive a non-degree diploma from NC State University on renewable energy technologies or green building.
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
NYSERDA's Energy Smart Students Program provides free professional development opportunities for New York State educators, featuring programs on energy efficiency and renewable energy. Hands-on workshops are offered year-round across the state, substitute stipends are available, and workshop curricula are correlated to the New York State Learning Standards.
Northeast Sustainable Energy Association
This association provides professional development opportunities for building professionals, teachers, and others interested in sustainable energy use.
ONTILITY offers IREC-accredited solar training courses. Professional instructors hold NABCEP PV and NABCEP Thermal Installer certifications, have on-the-job solar installation experience, have attended advanced solar instructor training and will train a company's solar installers to ISPQ standards while teaching NABCEP's published learning objectives.
Performance Systems Development
Performance Systems Development offers courses designed to provide students with the knowledgebase and skills needed to succeed in the building performance and energy efficiency industry. Courses range from BPI and RESNET certification, TREAT energy audit software training for both single-family and multifamily versions, and CMVP training for energy engineers.
Priority Energy offers RESNET/BPI Energy Auditor Certification Training, a five-day session to prepare students to take the RESNET Rater and/or BPI Building Analyst and Envelope Exam. In addition, they also teach the basics of infrared technology and the intricacies of IR camera operation, fundamental building inspection techniques, information gathering processes, and report processing. They also offer ENERGY STAR® 3.0 training and Verification and IECC 2009 Verification for builders.
Residential Energy Services Network's Rater Training
Find training programs throughout the U.S. to become a home energy rater.
Rising Sun Energy Center
Rising Sun Energy Center is a community-based non-profit dedicated to empowering individuals to achieve environmental and economic sustainability for themselves and their communities. Our California Youth Energy Services program trains and employs youth and young adults to educate the community about energy efficiency by providing free energy assessments and installation of efficiency measures. Green Energy Training Services (GETS) is a job training program prepares adults for careers in residential building performance. Rising Sun Energy Services is our social enterprise, which employs graduates of the GETS program to provide whole home energy audits and retrofits.
School For Energy Efficiency, BPI Certifications
The School for Energy Efficiency is a state (CT) of the art Building Performance Institute (BPI) training facility specializing in the Home Performance Contracting industry's required certifications. We help companies and individuals capitalize on the growing interest in costs savings through improved energy efficiency. Our facility includes an onsite test house and computer testing facility that allows for thorough hands on training and testing.
Solar Energy International
Solar Energy International offers hands-on workshops and online courses for designing, building, installing, and maintaining renewable energy systems.
Solar Living Institute
Solar Living Institute provides hands-on workshops in renewable energy, sustainable living practices, and alternative construction techniques.
Southface Courses and Training
Southface offers a variety of courses and training events in energy-efficient homebuilding, home energy rating system certification, residential energy codes, and more.
Southwest Technology Development Institute
Find training ranging from practical hands-on courses to detailed engineering, financing, and economic development courses.
Sustainable Energy Education and Training Project
The Advanced Technology Environmental Education Center provides training for high school and community college instructors.
Ulster BOCES Clean Energy Training Academy
Ulster BOCES offers training opportunities in solar photovoltaics, solar hot water, small wind, and geothermal. All Ulster BOCES renewable energy training courses are affiliated with credentialing agencies and taught by subject matter experts. See the clean energy curriculum beginning on page 9 of the course catalog.
University of Vermont: Executive Education Programs
The University of Vermont offers in-demand training from industry experts in some of today's most critical topics, such as establishing a green and conscious lifestyle and implementing a sustainability plan at your company. The courses are 100% online and each program offers 24/7 access, with highly interactive modules that maximize engagement and learning retention through simulations, streaming video, live webinars, and more.
University of San Francisco -- Supply Chain Management Training
USF's Green Supply Chain Management training program reveals the implications of today's environmental issues and demonstrates how green practices can save money, increase efficiency and reduce delivery time. Led by supply chain, sustainability, and environmental experts, the eight-week course prepares students to implement a green supply chain in any industry..
Yestermorrow Design/Build School
Learn about programs in residential design, including ecologically sound construction.
CleanEdison BPI/LEED Certification Training
CleanEdison is an educational provider for USGBC and an approved BPI Affiliate. The company specializes in providing green jobs training for federal, state and local governments, building design and construction firms, owners, operators, and real estate investors. They have courses in the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), BPI (Building Performance Institute) Certification, energy auditing, solar, wind, and renewable energy.
Clean Energy Institute (CEI) of GPEKS
CEI courses cover 10 major clean technology areas: Energy efficiency, solar air heating, solar water heating, solar PV passive, solar heating, small hydro, wind energy, geothermal heat pump, biomass heating, and combined heat and power. The courses are based on a case-study learning approach and expand on the curriculum initially developed by the RETScreen division of Natural Resources Canada.
National Geothermal Academy
The Geothermal Technologies Office's National Geothermal Academy is an eight-week intensive summer course in all aspects of geothermal energy development and utilization. Modules include Geothermal Geology and Geochemistry, Geothermal Geophysics, Reservoir Engineering, and more.
National Training and Education Resource (NTER)
NTER is an open source platform that serves learners by allowing them to acquire new skills at a time, place and pace that is convenient to them. Additionally, it serves instructors by providing a full range of instructional tools and an easy-to-use system for finding, creating, and modifying content.
Check out these free online courses you can take today on NTER.
- Online Course: Energy Industry Fundamentals
- Online Course: Mechanical Insulation Education & Awareness E-Learning Series
- Online Course: A Case for Algal Biomass
- Online Course: Building Science Basics
- Online Course: Electric Vehicles: Plugging In to Smarter Energy Management
- Online Course: Energy Audits
- Online Course: Maintenance Best Practices for Energy Efficient Facilities
- Online Course: Solar Technical Assistance for Policymakers