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Guide to Training Programs for Home Performance Professionals

July 01, 2003
July/August 2003
This article originally appeared in the July/August 2003 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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Alaska   
Name/address Description/Certification Areas of Training
Alaska Building Science Network
P.O. Box 111097
Anchorage, AK 99511
Tel: (907)562-9927
Fax: (907)770-5412
E-mail: absn@alaska.net
Web site:www.absn.com
Residential building science-based training for home performance. Trains for the Alaska Building Energy Efficiency Standard (BEES), as well as to meet the requirements for state residential contractors, mechanical contractors, energy raters, and ICBO inspectors.  Auditing, HERS, House diagnostics,HVAC,
IAQ/mold, Insulation, Lighting,New
construction, Rehab/remodeling, Software/modeling (AKWarm),Weatherization,Windows, Coldclimate
home building, BEES.
Alaska Craftsman Home Program (ACHP)
P.O. Box 241647
Anchorage, AK 99524
Tel: (907)258-2247; Fax (907)258-5352
E-mail: achp@alaska.net
Web site:www.alaska.net/~achp
Cold-weather energy-efficient residential and multifamily home-building education. There is testing for certification. Continuing education is required to maintain a residential home-building license. HERS, House diagnostics, IAQ/mold,
Insulation, Lighting,New construction,
Products (Manual: Northern Comfort),
Rehab/remodeling, Software/modeling,Weatherization,
Windows.
Alaska Energy Products & Services   
3400 Spenard Rd., Ste. 9
Anchorage, AK 99503
Tel: (907)276-7500 or (907)357-8516
Fax: (907)276-7500 or (907)357-8516
E-mail: JaydHolmes@msn.com
Instruction and consultation for affordable, energyefficient, and durable residential and multifamily building practices.Certification is offered through
a second party, such as a utility or university.
Auditing, HERS, House diagnostics,HVAC,
IAQ/mold, Insulation,New construction, Products,
Rehab/remodeling,Weatherization,Windows,
Small-building airtightness test, State of
Alaska Residential Endorsement preparation.
Duszynski & Associates
P.O. Box 83141
Fairbanks, AK 99708
Tel: (907)479-3324; Fax: (907)479-9319
E-mail: Tduszynski@compuserve.com
Specializes in cold-climate housing, ventilation, retrofit, and energy ratings.
Certification is offered through the Alaska
Craftsman Home program (see above).
Auditing, HERS, House diagnostics, IAQ/
mold, Insulation,New construction, Rehab/
remodeling.
Energy Efficiency Associates
307 W 12th St.
Anchorage, AK 99501
Tel: (907)694-2197
Fax: (907)694-2197
E-mail: Crenfro@Alaska.net
Consulting, training, and contracting for energy issues. To be certified, a builder must pass a test. A passing grade is a prerequisite for the residential general contractor requirements in Alaska. House diagnostics,HVAC, IAQ/mold,
Insulation, Lighting,New construction,
Rehab/remodeling,Weatherization,Windows.
University of Alaska Southeast
11120 Glacier Hwy.
Juneau, AK 99801
Tel: (907)465-8774; Fax: (907)465-6571
E-mail: marquam.george@uas.
alaska.edu
Web site: http://uas.alaska.edu/ct/
Dynamic and systems approach to residential buildings; teaches diagnostic assessment and building durability, performance, energy efficiency, and IAQ. One-year course of study required for certificate in residential building science. House diagnostics,HVAC, IAQ/mold,
Insulation, Lighting,New construction,
Rehab/remodeling, Software/modeling,
Weatherization,Windows.
Arizona
Name/address Description/Certification Areas of Training
Yavapai College, Construction Technology Department
1100 E Sheldon St.
Prescott, AZ 86301
Tel: (928)776-2358
Fax: (928)717-7699
E-mail: tgrahame@yc.edu
Web site:www.yc.edu
Residential building technology, emphasizing building science.Students learn by building a house. Offers a one-year advanced certificate or a two-year AAS degree in Architectural
Graphics, Residential Building Technology, and Residential Construction Management.
House Diagnostics,HVAC, IAQ/mold, Insulation,
Lighting,New construction, Software,
Weatherization,Windows, Alternative building
systems and materials, Solar and other
renewable energies.
Arkansas
Name/address Description/Certification Areas of Training
Energy Rated Homes
5401 JFK Blvd., Ste. C-2
North Little Rock, AR 72116
Tel: (309)771-2299; Fax (501)771-1498
E-mail: energyratings@aristotle.net
Web site:www.natresnet.org
Specializes in energy education, training, and home ratings. Uses HERS training standards. Adopted by the NASEO/RESNET Accreditation Committee. Auditing, HERS, House diagnostics,New construction, Weatherization
California
Name/address Description/Certification Areas of Training
Pacific Gas and Electric Company,Pacific Energy Center
851 Howard St., San Francisco,CA 94103
Tel: (415)973-7206; Fax: (415)896-1290
Web site:www.pge.com/pec
Building performance and energy efficiency training. Certification for AIA continuing education and NCQLP (lighting). Auditing,HVAC, Lighting,New construction,
Software/modeling,Windows, Energy
efficiency.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Stockton Training Center
1129 Enterprise St.
Stockton,CA 95204
Tel: (800)244-9912
or (209)465-932-2500
E-mail: css1@pge.com
Web site:www.pge.com/stockton
Offers hands-on instruction in the use, installation, maintenance, and testing of energy-efficient windows, insulation materials, and HVAC systems.
Also teaches auditing, inspection, weatherization, and combustion appliance safety. No certification.
Auditing, House diagnostics,HVAC,
IAQ/mold, Insulation, Lighting,New construction, Windows,Weatherization.
Proctor Engineering Group, Ltd
418 Mission Ave.
San Rafael,CA 94901
Tel: (415)451-2480
Fax: (415)451-2492
E-mail: mail@proctoreng.com
Web site:www.proctoreng.com
Specializes in HVAC system optimization. Training is based on Manual J and Manual S. Each trainee must attend field-based training and demonstrate proficiency through observation of skills and real systems. Trainees who pass are CheckMe certified. House diagnostics,HVAC,New construction,
Products (CheckMe software), Software/remodeling.
Southern California Edison, Customer Technology Application Center
6090 N Irwindale Ave., Irwindale,CA 91702
Tel: (626)812-7537
Web site:www.sce.com/ctac
Offers several energy efficiency seminars. Some classes offer certification. HVAC, Lighting,New construction.
University of California at Los Angeles, Department of Architecture
Los Angeles,CA 90095
Tel: (310)454-7348
Fax: (310)825-8959
E-mail: milne@ucla.edu
Web
sites:www.aud.ucla.edu/energy-designtools
and www.aud.ucla.edu/heed
Teaches the use of energy design tools, and climate-responsive design. Credit given for AIA continuing education. Software/modeling.
Colorado
Name/address Description/Certification Areas of Training
Boulder Design Alliance
3002 Melissa Ln.
Boulder, CO 80301
Tel: (303)604-1296; Fax: (303)604-1297
E-mail: dekieffers@aol.com
Specializes in mechanical system integration for single-family and multifamily residential buildings. Certification through BPI (see listing under
“New York”) for some courses.
Auditing, HERS, House diagnostics,HVAC,
Insulation,New construction,Weatherization,
Quality control.
Sun Power, Incorporated
3200 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80205
Tel: (303)382-1514
Fax: (303)382-4106
E-mail: SunPower@SunPowerinc.org
Specializes in whole-house weatherization, blower doors, residential insulation, carbon monoxide and venting, Duct Blaster operation, mobile home issues, boilers, furnace electrical systems, and utility bill analysis. Certificates awarded. Auditing, HERS, House diagnostics,HVAC,
Insulation,Weatherization.
Florida
Name/address Description/Certification Areas of Training
Florida Solar Energy Center, Energy Gauge Office
1679 Clearlake Rd.
Cocoa, FL 32922
Tel: (321)638-1492
Fax: (321)638-1010
Web site:www.fsec.ucf.edu
Training takes a whole-house approach to
residential and commercial buildings.
Certification for HERS ratings. Florida legislation has set the criteria for certification consistent with NASEO guidelines.
HERS, House diagnostics,HVAC, IAQ/mold,
New construction, Software/modeling,
Weatherization, Photovoltaics, RESNETaccredited
rating and training provider.
Tech Knowledge
3109 Grand Ave., Ste. 424
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
Tel: (303)588-8969; Fax: (413)845-2069
Mike.Gorman@techknowledgeonline.net
Web site:www.techknowledgeonline.net
Teaches contractors about the costs of doing business and how to prescribe solutions to building performance problems and present these
solutions to homeowners.
No certification.
New construction, Products (training manual:
If I Sell You, I Have a Job. If I Serve You, I Have a
Career), Rehab/remodeling, Estimating,
Business management.
University of Florida, Florida Energy Extension Service
P.O. Box 110940
Gainesville, FL 32611-0940
Tel: (352)392-5684; Fax: (352)392-9033
E-mail:webmaster@energy.ufl.edu
Web site:www.energy.ufl.edu
Continuing education courses for Florida licensed building contractors and architects. Green Advantage first-level certification is given when students pass an exam related to energy and water efficiency construction techniques. HVAC, IAQ/mold, Insulation, Lighting,New
construction,Windows, Termites, Siting and
passive design.
Georgia
Name/address Description/Certification Areas of Training
Apogee Interactive, Incorporated
2100 E Exchange Pl., Ste. 100,Tucker,GA 30084
Tel: (770)270-6500; Fax: (770)270-6532
E-mail: info@apogee.net
Web site:www.apogee.net
Offers a full suite of Web-based and CD-ROM energy courses. Residential and multifamily
courses are comprehensive and include software for interactivity. No certification.
HVAC, Insulation, Lighting,New construction,
Software/modeling,Weatherization,Windows,
Power quality, Sales and marketing courses
specific to the energy industry.
Southface Energy Institute
241 Pine St., Atlanta, GA 30308-3424
Tel: (404)872-3549; Fax: (404)872-5009
E-mail: Josh@southface.org
Web site:www. southface.org.
Training for building single and multifamily homes.
Offers certification for HERS after
completion of training and written and
performance-based tests.
HERS, House diagnostics,HVAC, IAQ/mold,
New construction (EarthCraft),
Rehab/remodeling, Software/modeling,
Weatherization.
Idaho
Name/address Description/Certification Areas of Training
Climate Crafters
P.O. Box 2551, Priest River, ID 83856
Tel: (208)448-0143; Fax: (208)448-0832
Email: Lavelle@climatecrafters.org
Web site:www.climatecrafters.org
Programs and training in house pressure diagnostics and heat pump and A/C diagnostics.Trainees
must meet duct sealing, heat pump,A/C
diagnostic,and NWPPA standards.
House diagnostics,HVAC,Weatherization.
Illinois
Name/address Description/Certification Areas of Training
Domus Plus
408 N Grove
Oak Park, IL 60302
Tel: (708)386-0345; Fax: (708)386-2652
E-mail: domusplus@attbi.com
Training for rehabilitation, including insulation techniques
for different existing wall types; air sealing;
blower door use; heating systems; baseload energy;
financing/affordability. No certification
Auditing, House diagnostics, Insulation,New
construction, Rehab/remodeling,Weatherization,
Moisture problems.
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
620 E Adams, Springfield, IL 62701
Tel: (217)785-2373; Fax: (217)785-2618
E-mail: mdavin@commerce.state.il.us
Specializes in energy-efficient residential construction—rehab and new.
No certification.
House diagnostics,HVAC, IAQ/mold, Insulation,
Lighting,New construction, Products,
Rehab/remodeling,Windows.
Kouba-Cavallo Associates
6912 Main St., Ste. 2
Downers Grove, IL 60516
Tel: (630)971-2016; Fax: (630)971-1505
E-mail: cavallo@Kouba-Cavallo.com
Web site:www.Kouba-Cavallo.com
Manages training for HERS and conducts training
programs for housing authority residents.Certification
through Illinois Department of Commerce
and Economic Opportunity standards (see
above). Successful students can participate in the
state HERS program.
Auditing, HERS, House diagnostics,HVAC,
Software/modeling, Energy education.
South Suburban College, Engineering and Technology Department
15800 S State St., South Holland, IL 60473. Tel: (708)596-2000, Ext 2508;
Fax: (708)225-5824
Web site:www.southsuburbancollege.edu
Training for new construction. Four different
certificate programs offered, and an Associate
Degree in Construction Technology.
New construction, Rehab/remodeling
University of Illinois at Chicago, Energywise Homes of Illinois, Energy Resources Center
851 S Morgan St.
Chicago, IL 60607
Tel: (312)996-2554
Fax: (312)996-5620
E-mail: Bteaster@uic.edu
Web site:www.energywisehomes.org
Training for HERS. Home energy raters are preselected
from industries that require a background in
building science. Certification is offered through
Illinois Department of Commerce and
Economic Opportunity standards (see above).
Successful students can participate in the state
HERS program.
HERS, REM:Rate software.
Indiana
Name/address Description/Certification Areas of Training
Environmental Management Institute
5610 Crawfordsville Rd., Ste.15
Indianapolis, IN 46224
Tel: (317)248-4848
Fax: (317)248-4846
E-mail: envtlmgt@iupui.edu
Web site: http://envtlmgmt.spea.iupui.edu
Environmental compliance training for residential
and multifamily building contractors.
Course standards are usually determined by
OSHA, EPA,DOT, or HUD. Builders can’t do
some types of work, or work on some facilities,
without passing the course.
HUD lead-safe work practices, Asbestos,
Lead-based paint, Mold.
Indiana Community Action Association (INCAA), Energy Training Facility
1845 W 18th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Tel: (317)638-4232
Fax: (317)634-7947
E-mail: tandrews@incap.org
www.incap.org
Community action activities, energy technical
training, energy-rated homes, and rural community
assistance programs. INCAA is an affiliate
of BPI (see listing under “New York”), and
offers BPI-sanctioned certification in four job
classifications: Building Technician I and II,
Building Analyst, and Heating Technician.
Auditing; House diagnostics;HVAC (gas, oil,
electric,wood); Insulation (dense-pack);New
construction; Rehab/remodeling;
Software/modeling (PRISM, Microsoft applications);
Weatherization.
Thermo-Scan Inspections (TSI)
15658 N Gray Rd.
P.O. Box 705, Carmel, IN 46082
Tel: (317)846-4655; Fax: (317)846-4672
E-mail: cmaher@thermo-scan.com
Web site:www.thermo-scan.com
Specializes in building diagnostics. Coordinates
efforts on new construction with framers, HVAC
contractors, insulators, and project management.
Certification for HERS raters.
Auditing, House diagnostics,HVAC,
IAQ/mold, Insulation,New construction,
Weatherization, Marketing energy efficiency
to clients
Iowa
Name/address Description/Certification Areas of Training
Mid-Iowa Community Action, Incorporated (MICA)
1001 S 18th Ave., Marshalltown, IA 50158
Tel: (641)752-7162, Ext 128;
Fax: (641)752-9724
E-mail: barry@micaonline.org
Web site:www.micaonline.org
Training for weatherization, HERS, energy loss in
homes, and managing house ventilation to control
IAQ. Certification for HERS raters.
Auditing, HERS, House diagnostics, Insulation,
Weatherization.
Kansas
Name/address Description/Certification Areas of Training
Kansas Building Science Institute
200 Zeandale Rd.
Manhattan, KS 66505
Tel: (785)537-2425
Fax: (785)537-2440
E-mail: kbsi@flinthills.com
Web site:www.kansasbuildingscience.com
Training energy auditors and inspectors in weatherization,
HERS, basic building science, and house
systems. Home Energy Rater and Weatherization
Inspector certification requires passing a
performance exam and successful completion
of follow-up fieldwork.
Auditing; HERS; House diagnostics;HVAC;
Insulation; Lighting;New construction;
Rehab/remodeling; Software/modeling;Weatherization;
Windows;HVAC system sizing,
design, and selection.
Maine
Name/address Description/Certification Areas of Training
R.J. Karg Associates
220 Meadow Rd., Topsham, ME 04086
Tel: (207)725-6723; Fax: (207)725-7818
E-mail: rjkarg@karg.com
Web site:www.karg.com
Training in all areas related to residential and
commercial energy use. Certificates awarded
for attendance, passing daily quizzes, and passing
a final exam.
Auditing, House diagnostics,HVAC, Insulation,
Products (Zip Test Pro building diagnostics
software),Weatherization, Energy Auditor
field certification.
Maryland
Name/address Description/Certification Areas of Training
CMC Energy Services
7300 Pearl St., Ste. 210
Bethesda, MD 20814
Tel: (301)951-0279
Fax: (301)951-3052
E-mail: ikle@cmcenergy.com
Web site:www.cmcenergy.com
Training for home energy inspection and audits.
Offers certificates and the opportunity to
enter a new business as a home inspector, or
to add an energy component to an existing
home inspection or energy improvement
auditing business, with the ability to do Webbased
energy analysis.
Auditing, Products (Web-based energy
efficiency analysis).
Massachusetts
Name/address Description/Certification Areas of Training
Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NSEA)
50 Miles St.
Greenfield, MA 01301-3212
Tel: (413)774-6051; Fax: (413)774-6053
E-mail: nesea@nesea.org
Web site:www.nesea.org
Nonprofit education of home performance professionals
and the public.Offers workshops and conference
seminars on the building as a system. Courses
qualify for American Institute for Architects
CEUs and credits for other organizations.
House diagnostics,HVAC, IAQ/mold, Insulation,
Lighting,New construction,
Rehab/remodeling,Windows, Renewable
energy, Sustainability.
Minnesota
Name/address Description/Certification Areas of Training
Stewart Selman and Associates
743 Delaware Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55107
Tel: (651)229-0379; Fax: (651)292-8349
E-mail: stewart@housediagnostics.com
Web site:www.housediagnostics.com
Training for whole house investigation and analysis.
Focus is on the building system as it relates to
pressures, sources of pollutants, building materials,
household activities, and interior and exterior
dynamics. No certification.
House diagnostics,HVAC, IAQ/mold, Insulation,
New construction, Products (software for
graphing building pressures and conducting
worst-case draft tests), Rehab/remodeling, Software/
modeling,Windows (proper flashing).
University of Minnesota, Cold Climate Housing Program
203 Kaufert Lab, 2004 Folwell Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
Tel: (612)624-2767; Fax: (612)625-6286
E-mail: mcheple@umn.edu
Specializes in moisture control in residential
buildings, taking a systems approach.
No certification.
House diagnostics, IAQ/mold, Insulation,New
construction, Rehab/remodeling.
Montana
Name/address Description/Certification Areas of Training
Denver DOE Region Weatherization Training and Assistance Center, Montana State University Extension Service Housing Program
109 Taylor Hall
Bozeman, MT 59717
Tel: (406)994-3451; Fax: (406)994-5417
E-mail: mvogel@montana.edu
Web site:www.weatherization.org
Weatherization training with a whole-house
approach, designed around defined, standardized
competencies. All participants are followed up
with a certificate and receive documentation
on university transcript and database.
Auditing, House diagnostics,HVAC,
IAQ/mold, Insulation,Weatherization.
Saturn Resource Management
324 Fuller Ave., N-13, Helena, MT 59601
Tel: (800)735-0577 or (406)443-3433
Fax: (406)442-1316
E-mail: Jkrigger@srmi.biz
Web site:www.srmi.biz
Training and evaluation for whole-building
energy conservation, weatherization, and maintenance
for residential and commercial buildings
for states, local governments, and federal
agencies.Written test.
Auditing, House diagnostics,HVAC,
IAQ/mold, Insulation, Lighting,New construction,
Weatherization,Windows.
New Jersey
Name/address Description/Certification Areas of Training
Infraspection Institute
425 Ellis St.
Burlington, NJ 08016
Tel: (609)239-4788; Fax: (609)239-4766
E-mail: support@infraspection.com
Web site:www.infraspection.com
Training, certification, and support for infrared
thermographers.
Students must pass a written exam and
demonstrate proficiency in the use of test
equipment in hands-on workshops.
Infrared inspection services.
Princeton University
221 Nassau St., 2nd Fl., Princeton, NJ 08542
Tel: (847)733-1469; Fax: (847)733-1473
E-mail: marean@princeton.edu
Training for using PRISM, a billing analysis software
program. No certification.
Products (PRISM).
New York
Name/address Description/Certification Areas of Training
Association for Energy Affordability, Incorporated
505 8th Ave., Ste. 1801
New York, NY 10018
Tel: (212)279-3902; Fax: (212)279-5306
E-mail: hepinstall@aeanyc.org
Web site:www.aeanyc.org
Training contractors, field inspectors, and weatherization
professionals for a whole building and whole
systems approach to multifamily buildings with central
heating and hot water systems. Offers certification
through BPI (see below).
Auditing, House diagnostics,HVAC,
IAQ/mold, Insulation, Lighting, Products (EAQUIP
multifamily energy audit software), Software/
modeling,Weatherization,Windows,
Electric load controls.
Building Performance Institute, Incorporated (BPI)
10 Hermes Rd., Ste. 200
Malta, NY 12020
Tel: (518)899-2727; Fax: (518)899-1622
E-mail: info@bpi.org
Web site:www.bpi.org
Building performance contractor certification.
BPI certification is recognized as a qualifying
credential for the EPA’s Home Performance
with Energy Star program and by several state
weatherization programs.
Certification only.
OCM BOCES Career Training Center
4500 Crown Rd.
Liverpool, NY 13090
Tel: (315)453-4404
Fax: (315)453-4479
E-mail: paulah@dreamscape.com
or smodafferi@ocmboces.org
Offers training in home performance/building science
in preparation for certification as home performance
specialists in support of New York
State’s Home Performance with Energy Star and
Energy Star-Labeled Homes programs. Training
prepares students for BPI (see above) certification.
HERS rater training is also offered.
Auditing, Cooling (future training offering),
Heating, HERS, Home performance, House
diagnostics and remediation, Mobile home
(future training offering), Sales and marketing,
Shell, Software/modeling.
Performance Systems Development, Incorporated
120 Brindley St., Ste. 5
Ithaca, NY 14850
Tel: (607)277-6240, Ext 201
Fax: (607) 277-6224
E-mail: gthomas@psdconsulting.com
Web sites:www.buildingperformance.net
and www.psdconsulting.com
Curriculum development, training trainers, and
on-line support for training and trainers
customized to the specific requirements of the
various trades that make up a whole-house
team.Works nationally with certifying organizations.
Students assessed with standardized
classroom and field testing.
Auditing; HERS; House diagnostics;HVAC;
IAQ/mold; Insulation; Lighting;New construction;
Products (TREAT:Targeted Residential Energy
Analysis Tools, On-line curriculum and message
board); Rehab/remodeling; Software/ modeling;
Weatherization;Windows; Building performance
contractor marketing, business development, and
trade association development.
North Carolina
Name/address Description/Certification Areas of Training
Advanced Energy
909 Capability Dr., Ste. 2100
Raleigh, NC 27606
Tel: (919)857-9000
Fax: (919)832-2696
E-mail: kaldridg@advancedenergy.org
Web site:www. advancedenergy.org
Training in advanced diagnostics and high-performance
new residential building construction.
Certification involves a comprehensive written
test; some courses also require demonstration of
competency in the field.Certification is required
to participate in some utility- or industry-sponsored
programs.
HERS, House diagnostics,HVAC, IAQ/
mold, Insulation,New construction,
Rehab/remodeling.
Ohio
Name/address Description/Certification Areas of Training
BuildSolve (previously a part of Mid-West Building Diagnostics, LLC)
736 Jacoby Rd.
Xenia, OH 45385
Tel: (937)372-1761
Fax: (937)372-1869
E-mail: mvhed@donet.com
Web site:www.build-diag.com
Building performance and energy codes training.
CEUs available for code officials; training
agency for the Ohio Construction Industry
Examining Board; and trains for the Children’s
Health Insurance program (CHIP) for the
Ohio Department of Development, Energy
Efficiency Office.
Auditing, House diagnostics,HVAC,
IAQ/mold, Insulation,New construction,
Products (Comfort Company’s Zerodraft 2-
part foam), Rehab/remodeling, Software/modeling,
Weatherization, Air sealing (advanced).
Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development (COAD)/Ohio Weatherization Training Center
P.O. Box 787, 1 Pinchot Ln.
Athens, OH 45701-0787
Tel: (740)594-8499
Fax: (740)592-5994
E-mail: mkeyes@coadinc.org
Web site:www.coadinc.org
Weatherization, furnace maintenance and repair,
lead-based paint hazard reduction, and residential
building performance. Certification involves written
tests and hands-on testing, and is required
to perform HWAP and utility weatherization in
Ohio. BPI certification (see listing under “New
York”) is available for auditors through the
Ohio Weatherization Training Center.
Auditing, House diagnostics,HVAC,
IAQ/mold, Insulation,Weatherization, Lead
abatement.
National Comfort Institute
4259 Lake Rd.
Sheffield Lake, OH 44054
Tel: (800)633-7058
Fax: (440)949-1851
E-mail: robf@ncinstitute.com
Web site:www.ncinstitute.com
Training for air balancing, diagnostics, carbon
monoxide testing, and sales.
Certification for carbon monoxide safety
testing through BPI (see listing under “New
York”), and for air balancing and diagnostics
through the National Balancing Institute.
House diagnostics,HVAC, IAQ/mold,
Products (testing instruments), Software, Performance
measurement sales.
Oklahoma
Name/address Description/Certification Areas of Training
Guaranteed Watt Saver Systems-West, Incorporated
6444 NW Expressway, Ste. 836A
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
Tel: (405)946-0206; Fax: (405)943-3329
E-mail: info@gwssi.com
Web site:www.gwssi.com
Specializes in HVAC design and sizing, HERS, and
blower door and Duct Blaster testing.Also trains
participants in marketing their services. The
HERS four-day course is approved by RESNET.
HERS, House diagnostics,HVAC, IAQ/mold,
Insulation, New construction.
Oregon
Name/address Description/Certification Areas of Training
Delta-T, Incorporated
P.O. Box 436
Harrisburg, OR 97446
Tel: (541)995-6105
Fax: (541)995-2254
E-mail: deltat@earthlink.net
Specializes in the use of diagnostic testing techniques
(blower door, Duct Blaster, flow hoods) to
ensure comfort and efficiency, with a strong
emphasis on combustion health and safety.
Written and hands-on test for certification.
Auditing, House diagnostics,HVAC.
Northwest Energy Education Institute (NEEI)
4000 E 30th Ave., Eugene, OR 97405
Tel: (541)463-3977; Fax: (541)463-4723
E-mail: ebbager@lanecc.edu
Web site:www.nweei.org
Energy education for residential and
commercial buildings. Bonneville Power
Administration Residential Auditor and
Inspector certification.
Auditing, House diagnostics, HVAC,
IAQ/mold, Insulation, Lighting, New
construction, Software/modeling,Weatherization,
Windows.
Pennsylvania
Name/address Description/Certification Areas of Training
Bacharach Institute ofTechnical Training
621 Hunt Valley Circle
New Kensington, PA 15068
Tel: (724)334-5000
Fax: (724)334-5001
Web site:www.bacharach-inc.com
Training for combustion and environmental
measurement. Certification customized to meet
requirements of various jurisdictions and/or
associations. Class participation, written tests,
hands-on exposure, and performance-based
criteria.Training also fulfills some insurance
requirements.
House diagnostics,HVAC, IAQ/mold, Carbon
monoxide safety, Combustion analysis and
performance, Building pressure diagnostics,
Category 1 venting, Gas pipe sizing, Refrigeration/
air conditioning.
Pennsylvania College ofTechnology,Weatherization Training Center
1 College Ave.
Williamsport, PA 17701
Tel: (570)327-4768; Fax: (570)320-5239
E-mail:WTC@pct.edu
Web site:www.pct.edu/wtc
Specializes in weatherization, building
performance, and mechanical systems, with
focus on the building shell, mechanical systems,
and occupant interaction. Certification after
passing written and laboratory exams.
House diagnostics,HVAC, IAQ/mold, Insulation, Weatherization.
South Carolina
Name/address Description/Certification Areas of Training
South Carolina Institute for Energy Studies
386-2 College Ave., Clemson, SC 29634-5711
Tel: (864)656-2267; Fax: (864)656-0142
E-mail: DaveS@Clemson.edu
Web site:www.clemson.edu/SCIES
Training for residential, commercial, and
multifamily building in warm, humid climates.
No certification.
HERS, House diagnostics,HVAC, IAQ/mold,
Insulation,New construction, Rehab/remodeling,
Weatherization.
Weatherization Center for Excellence
1401 Senate St.
Columbia, SC 29201
Tel: (803)737-0844
Fax: (803)737-2140
E-mail: jforth@sc.gov
Web site:www.ogs.state.sc.us/ei
Weatherization-related courses, including coverage
of blower doors, duct sealing, NEAT and
MHEA software, and safety.Also teaches good
management practices for contractors.
Students can receive a certificate for
completed course work.
Auditing, House diagnostics,HVAC,
IAQ/mold, Insulation, Software/modeling,
Weatherization,Windows
Texas
Name/address Description/Certification Areas of Training
Building Performance and Comfort, Incorporated
251 C.R. 264, Leander, TX 78641-1620
Tel: (512)259-2324; Fax: (419)818-5812
E-mail: dgarrett@texas.net
Web site:www.bldgperformance.com
Specializes in the diagnosis of sick buildings and
whole-house building science.
No certification.
House diagnostics,HVAC, IAQ/mold, Insulation,
New construction, Rehab/remodeling,
Software/modeling,Weatherization,Windows.
Utah
Name/address Description/Certification Areas of Training
Utah Energy Conservation Coalition/Energy Rated Homes of Utah
590 N State St.
Orem, Utah 84057
Tel: (800)550-8322 or (801)765-0034
Fax: (801)765-1976
E-mail: info@utahenergy.org
Web site:www.utahenergy.org
Training that emphasizes the house as a system.
Certification as a HERS rater requires attending
a five-day training course, passing a written
and practical exam, and completing five home
energy ratings. Students must show proficiency
using a blower door and a Duct Blaster.
Auditing, HERS,Weatherization.
Vermont
Name/address Description/Certification Areas of Training
Northeast Home Energy Rating System Alliance (NEHERS)
255 S Champlain St.
Burlington,VT 05401-8410
Tel: (802)453-5100, Ext 19
Fax: (802)658-1643
E-mail: energyhome@yahoo.net
Web site:www.energyratings.org
Training for HERS raters that conforms to
national standards. Offers a five-day course that
covers basic building science and rater training.
Certificates of completion are provided. The
class and exam constitute a portion of the
requirements for certification as a HERS rater.
Auditing, HERS, House diagnostics,HVAC,
Insulation,New construction, Rehab/remodeling,
Software/modeling.
Patullo Consulting, Incorporated
107 Cherry Ln., Burlington,VT 05401-4910
Tel: (802)660-8903 (with fax by arrangement);
E-mail: sunergy.vt@verizon.net
Teaches building diagnostics and safety for contractors
and crew.
No certification.
Auditing, House diagnostics, IAQ/mold, Insulation,
New construction, Rehab/remodeling,
Weatherization, Comfort.
Snell Infrared
P.O. Box 6
Montpelier,VT 05601-0006
Tel: (800)636-9820
Fax: (802)223-0460
E-mail: info@snellinfrared.com
Web site:www.snellinfrared.com
Training for infrared thermography. Certificate of
attendance or completion offered. Courses can
apply to the needs of particular groups in different
areas of the country and can comply with
American Society for Nondestructive Testing
(ASNT) standards.
Infrared thermography.
Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC)/Energy Rated Homes of Vermont
255 S Champlain St.
Burlington,VT 05401-8410
Tel: (800)639-6069
or (802)849-6399
Fax: (802)658-1643
E-mail: Lamoille@sover.net
Teaches the whole-house approach to energy
efficiency in residential, commercial, and
multifamily buildings. Emphasizes HERS analysis
and REM/Rate software. Certification upon
completion of one-week training course
offered by NEHERS (see above), certification
test, and five supervised energy ratings.
Auditing, HERS, House diagnostics,HVAC,
IAQ/mold, Insulation, Lighting,New Construction,
Rehab/remodeling, Software/modeling,
Weatherization,Windows.
Virginia
Name/address Description/Certification Areas of Training
New River Center for Energy Research and Training
990 Cambria St., Christiansburg,VA 24073.
Tel: (540)381-3626; Fax: (540)381-8270
E-mail: nrcert@aol.com
Web sites:www.aecp.org
and www.communityhousingpartners.org
Training for residential energy conservation,
HVAC, and building performance/diagnostics.
There is a pretest and a posttest for certification.
Posttesting includes written, hands-on,
and laboratory work.
Auditing, House diagnostics,HVAC, Insulation,
Weatherization.
North American Technician Excellence, Incorporated (NATE)
4100 N Fairfax Dr., Ste. 210
Arlington,VA 22203
Tel: (703)276-7247; Fax: (703)527-2316
E-mail: csmith@natex.org
Web site:www.natex.org
Testing and certifying HVAC/R technicians and
service people. A technician may be certified as
either an installation or a service specialist in
the following areas: A/C, Air Distribution, Heat
Pumps, Gas Heating, and Oil Heating.
Only tests; does not offer training.
Washington
Name/address Description/Certification Areas of Training
Academy of Infrared Thermography
177 Telegraph Rd.
Bellingham,WA 98226
Tel: (604)516-6646; Fax: (604)516-6674
E-mail: airt@infraredtraining.net
Web site:www.infraredtraining.net
Training for infrared thermography in North
America and throughout the world.
Level I, II, and III courses are based on the
American Society for Nondestructive Testing
(ASNT) training and guidelines.
Infrared thermography.
Building Performance Center
1701 Ellis St., Bellingham,WA 98225
Tel: (360)676-9718, Ext 109
Fax: (360)676-9754
E-mail: dave_finet@oppco.org
Web site:www.bpc.oppco.org
Training for residential and commercial weatherization,
house diagnostics, and IAQ.
In the process of becoming a BPI (see listing
under “New York”) affiliate.
Auditing, House diagnostics,HVAC,
IAQ/mold, Insulation, Rehab/remodeling,
Weatherization, Organizational management
for weatherization programs.
Comfort Institute, Incorporated
709 W Orchard Dr., Ste. 5
Bellingham,WA 98225
Tel: (800)933-5656
Fax: (360)671-0947
Web site:www.comfort-institute.org
Training for whole-house diagnostics,HVAC, and
IAQ for residential and commercial buildings.
Module testing for certification. Also provides
BPI testing (see listing under “New York”) for
CO Analyst certification.
House diagnostics,HVAC, IAQ/mold, Insulation,
New construction, Products (Retrotec
equipment and CO Experts monitors),
Rehab/remodeling.
Washington State University Energy Program
222 N Havana St., Ste. 204, Spokane,WA 99202
Tel: (509)477-6702; Fax: (509)477-6709
E-mail: halesd@energy.wsu.edu
Web site:www.energy.wsu.edu
Training for IAQ, duct sealing, and pressure diagnostics.
Certification is through Climate
Crafters (see listing under “Idaho”).
House diagnostics,HVAC, IAQ/mold,New
construction, Rehab/remodeling,Ventilation,
Weatherization.
Washington,D.C.
Name/address Description/Certification Areas of Training
West Virginia
Name/address Description/Certification Areas of Training
Training and Energy Services Center
307 Federal St.
Bluefield,WV 24701
Tel: (304)487-6571
Fax: (304)487-6584
E-mail: StacyWKeys@hotmail.com
Specializes in HVAC and weatherization training
with a whole-house and long-term approach to
building systems and energy efficiency.
Offers Section 608 certification through
HVAC course.
Auditing (NEAT/MHEA), House diagnostics,
HVAC, IAQ/mold, Insulation, Lighting,
Weatherization.
Wisconsin
Name/address Description/Certification Areas of Training
Milwaukee Lead/Asbestos Information Center, Incorporated
2223 S Kinnic Kinnic Ave.
Milwaukee,WI 53207
Tel: (414)481-9070; Fax: (414)481-1859
E-mail: ada@mlaic.com
Web site:www.mlaic.com
Training for lead, asbestos, and mold in residential
and commercial buildings.
Students can be certified for the treatment of
lead paint and asbestos by the Wisconsin
Department of Health and Family Services.
IAQ/mold, Lead paint and asbestos,
Rehab/remodeling,Windows.
University of Wisconsin at Madison, College of Engineering
432 N Lake St.
Madison,WI 53706
Tel: (800)462-0876; Fax: (608)263-3160
E-mail: custserv@epd.engr.wisc.edu
Web site: epdweb.engr.wisc.edu
Continuing education courses cover a range of
engineering topics, including residential building
design, HVAC, IAQ, and lighting.
No certification.
Auditing,HVAC, IAQ/mold, Lighting.
Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation (WECC)
211 S Paterson St., Madison,WI 53703
Tel: (608)249-9322, Ext 180
Fax: (608)249-0339
E-mail: JohnV@weccusa.org
Web site:www.weccusa.org
Offers initial and ongoing training for home performance
contractors.
No certification.
HERS, House diagnostics, Insulation,New
construction, Software/modeling.
Canada
Name/address Description/Certification Areas of Training
Advanced Combustion Technologies
1 Haanel Dr.
Ottawa, Canada K1A 1M1
Tel: (613)996-3186; Fax: (613)992-9335
E-mail: skip.hayden@nrcan.gc.ca
Training for residential and multifamily home performance
based on the principles of combustion,
efficiency, and emissions and their interaction with
the building environment. No certification.
Boilers, Efficiency, Fireplaces, Furnaces, Gas
and oil,HVAC, IAQ, Integrated systems, Pollution,
Venting,Water heaters,Wood and
wood stoves.
Air Solutions
44 Darren Crescent
Cambridge, Ontario, Canada N3C 3Y1
Tel: (519)658-6232
Fax: (519)658-6103
E-mail: gcooke@airsolutions.on.ca
Web site:www.airsolutions.on.ca
Specializes in building science and IAQ for residential,
commercial, and multifamily buildings.
Certification is offered through Seneca
College’s Residential Advisor program.
Students complete specific courses and are
given college credits.
Auditing, HERS, House diagnostics,HVAC,
IAQ/mold, Products (heat recovery
ventilation, in-floor heating),Weatherization,
Windows, Sales and marketing.
CanAm Building Envelope Specialists
125 Traders Blvd. E, Unit 4
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada L4Z 2H3
Tel: (905)890-5866
Fax: (905)890-8114
E-mail: Twoods@canambuildingenvelope.com
Web site:www.canambuildingenvelope.com
Specializes in training for air leakage control, insulation
testing, ventilation, blower door, large building
testing, material installation, ice damming,
comfort, mold abatement and business opportunities
for weatherization of buildings of all types.
Offers certification.
Auditing, House diagnostics, IAQ/mold, Insulation,
Weatherization.
Enerquality Corporation
20 Upjohn Rd.
North York, Canada M3V 2B9
Tel: (416)447-0077; Fax: (416)443-9982
E-mail: mail@R2000.org
Web site:www.R2000.org
Offers workshops that teach advanced home
performance, including energy efficiency, occupant
health, and environmental responsibility.
Successful completion of a workshop can
make a builder eligible to build R-2000 homes.
IAQ/mold,HVAC, Insulation,New construction,
Windows, Air and vapor barriers, Moisture
control, Ventilation.
National Energy Conservation Association
400-283 Bannatyne Ave.
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3B 3B2
Tel: (866)268-6322 or (204)956-5888
Fax: (204)956-5819
E-mail: rdalgleish@neca.ca
Web:www.neca.ca
Training for whole-house home performance.
Includes theory and hands-on teaching.
To be certified, participants must pass written
examinations and a practical assessment with
three independent consultants or industry
practitioners.
Auditing, House diagnostics, IAQ/mold, Insulation,
Lighting,New construction,
Rehab/remodeling, Software/modeling,Weatherization,
Windows, Air barriers, Building
envelope, ICF, SIPs.
North American Conferences with Training Opportunities
Name/address Description/Certification Areas of Training
Affordable Comfort
32 Church St., Ste. 204
Waynesburg, PA 15370
Tel: (724)627-5200; Fax: (724)627-5226
E-mail: lindawig@affordablecomfort.org
Web site:www.affordablecomfort.org
Promotes comfort, health and safety, affordability,
and durability through energy-efficient whole-house
strategies. Provides energy efficiency and conservation
training at national and regional conferences.
No certification.
Auditing, HERS, House diagnostics,HVAC,
IAQ/mold, Insulation, Lighting,New construction,
Products, Rehab/remodeling,
Software/modeling,Weatherization,Windows.
Energy & Environmental Building Association (EEBA) Institute of Building Technology (IBT)
10740 Lyndale Ave. S,10W
Bloomington, MN 55420-5615
Tel: (952)881-1098
Fax: (952)881-3048
E-mail: information@eeba.org
Web site:www.eeba.org/institute/registration
Offers training based on climate-specific and building science standards at national, regional,
and local conferences and training programs,
through a U.S. DOE/Building America program
series, and on-line courses. Offers HERS certification
and credits through the American Institute
of Architects, the American Lung Association’s Health House Project, and other
programs and professional organizations. Students
can qualify to use the MasterBuilder designation
and accompanying marketing materials.
Codes comprehension, Design components,
Site applications, Envelope and interior structure,
Mechanical systems, Green building and
sustainability, IAQ, Commissioning and testing,
Operation and maintenance, Business and
marketing.
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