Training Opportunities for CBE and Eligible Businesses

The DCSEU is excited to launch a new training, credentialing, and certification program for District Certified Business Enterprises (CBEs) and/or CBE-eligible firms called the Sustainable Energy Infrastructure Capacity Building and Pipeline Program (SEICBP Program). This program is designed to assist CBEs and CBE-eligible in acquiring new or enhanced skills and knowledge around energy efficiency and renewable energy design, construction, inspection, and maintenance. 

All trainings and certification courses are offered at no cost to participants on a rolling basis. This program is designed to expand the local green workforce and local business opportunities.  

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Audience

  • CBE or CBE Eligible Firm employees (all professional levels: entry level or continuing education)
  • Contractors in or looking to offer energy efficiency or renewable energy services
  • Building Owners, Property managers, Building Operators
  • Electricians, Plumbing, Lighting, or HVAC technicians
  • Engineers or Energy service providers
  • Architects, designers, and safety engineers
  • Renewable Energy/Solar providers

Course Topics

Final course list coming soon!

  • Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst
  • Energy Modeling
  • Facilities Management and Energy Efficient Building Operations
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Introduction to Benchmarking and Data Verification
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
  • Renewable Energy/Solar Fundamentals and Design

Upcoming Training Sessions

The new trainings, credentialing and certification courses will be offered between July-September 2020

Final course dates will be posted soon! All course registrations will be offered on a first come, first serve basis with maximum capacity for each. The DCSEU does not guarantee nationally recognized certification, credentialing, or continuing education credits for each course

Crew Management: SELF PACED COURSE

07/15/2020 9:00AM - 09/30/2020 2:30PM

Class Schedule: SELF PACED COURSE ONLINE; 4 hours total

Register Online through September 30, 2020

The International Facility Management Association’s Facility Management Professional (FMP) credential is an assessment-based program aligned with IFMA’s global task analysis. It is designed to ensure that those receiving the FMP credential demonstrate a proven comprehension of the foundations of facility management in the following subject areas

Topics include: crew leader’s role, adult learning concepts, effective crew management, ongoing training, safe work practices, equipment tracking and maintenance, materials tracking, maintaining quality control, and understanding a work order to ensure that all work is completed in a satisfactory manner.

What you’ll learn:

  • Expectations, responsibilities, basic leadership and motivational and problem-solving skills needed of the crew leader for successful weatherization
  • How to schedule workdays for effective use of time and resources and plan job flow to execute a work order
  • The purpose of OSHA regulations and DOE and EPA guidelines for working with lead, mold, asbestos and other health hazards
  • Which homes require lead-safe weatherization practices and certified renovators and what conditions require deferral on a dwelling
  • The importance of keeping track of and maintaining tools and equipment and the safety data sheet (SDS) and why it is important to keep nearby
  • How a perpetual inventory system works and how to assure and maintain material accountability
  • Quality control (QC) and the value of documenting inspection points through the use of QC checklists and the role of the crew leader in maintaining it
  • Diagnostic procedures required for testing in and out of the house
  • Explain basic work order components and how to correct work order errors and oversights

Register today and DCSEU will arrange access to Pennsylvania College of Technology's Self Paced Course site.

All training and certification courses are offered at no cost to participants on a first come, first serve basis. This program is designed to expand the local green workforce and local business opportunities.

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Energy Modeling: SELF PACED COURSE

07/20/2020 9:00AM - 09/30/2020 3:30PM

Class Schedule: SELF PACED COURSE ONLINE; 8 hours total

Register Online through September 30, 2020

Learn the fundamentals of how energy modeling works during a home energy audit.

Topics include: the energy audit process, pre-retrofit model, model calibration, simulation, economics and prioritizing recommendations. The topics discussed can be applied to any energy modeling software.

Participants that successfully complete this course will receive a certificate that fulfills BPI's Home Energy Professional (HEP) Energy Auditor certification pre-requisite for energy modeling training.

Intended Audience: This course is geared toward energy auditors in the home performance industry. Participants should have previous experience in, or knowledge of, diagnostic and combustion appliance zone testing and how to perform comprehensive whole-home assessments.

Register today and DCSEU will arrange access to Pennsylvania College of Technology's Self Paced Course site.

All training and certification courses are offered at no cost to participants on a first come, first serve basis. This program is designed to expand the local green workforce and local business opportunities.

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Solar Safety Training Package: SELF PACED COURSE

07/20/2020 9:00AM - 09/25/2020 1:30PM

Class Schedule: SELF PACED COURSE ONLINE; 20 hours total

Register Online through September 30, 2020. Max 4 Registrants per Company

20-hour Solar Safety Training Package consists of two On-demand Continuing Education (CE) courses focusing on the tools and skills to work safely on solar PV systems of various sizes. Continuing Education program is aligned with the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) approved topic list for re-certification.

These sessions are offered as on-demand recorded presentations to provide flexibility for the busy professional.

Included courses:

CE523: RESIDENTIAL/COMMERCIAL ROOF-MOUNTED PV INSTALLATION SAFETY: NABCEP CE Hours: 12 hours. This 12-hr. on-demand course covers key safety topics associated with residential and commercial roof-mounted PV installations- including ladder and lift safety, fall protection, safe rooftop working practices, and solar electrical safety. Learn steps to identify and control installation hazards, making workers both safer and more efficient on the job site.

CE525: LARGE-SCALE GROUND-MOUNTED PV INSTALLATION SAFETY: NABCEP CE Hours: 8 hours. Large ground-mounted PV installations present unique hazards requiring specialized safety training, including DC circuits operating at up to 1500 volts and thousands of amps, AC circuits up to 690 volts, and hazards associated with trenching and the use of heavy machinery. This 8-hr online on-demand course covers site hazards and control methods specific to large ground-mounted PV installations.

Register today and DCSEU will arrange access to Solar Energy International's Self Paced Course site.

All training and certification courses are offered at no cost to participants on a first come, first serve basis. This program is designed to expand the local green workforce and local business opportunities.

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Fundamentals of Energy Efficient Building Operations

08/11/2020 8:00PM - 07/27/2020 8:00PM

6 Sessions Total over 3 Weeks: 2 Sessions per week on Wednesdays and Fridays

August 12th, 14th, 19th, 21st, 26th, 28th (Wednesdays and Fridays)
Time: 8:00am - 11:00am ET

Fundamentals of Energy Efficient Building Operations teaches building operators the basic principles of energy efficiency awareness and practices in commercial buildings. This course examines common HVAC systems, lighting, their impact on energy consumption, common opportunities for energy conservation, indoor environmental quality, and customer relations at a basic level. Through learning activities, the student understands the importance of measuring and benchmarking energy performance and their role in their organization’s energy and financial goals.

It is highly recommended that program participants have:

  • One-plus years of experience working in operations and maintenance of a commercial or institutional facility, or
  • One-plus year of technical college level education in commercial or industrial facilities operations and maintenance, or
  • One-plus years of experience in energy management of commercial, institutional or industrial facilities with a focus on operations and maintenance.

It introduces concepts that serve as the foundation for the Building Operator Certification® (BOC) course series.

All training and certification courses are offered at no cost to participants on a first come, first serve basis. This program is designed to expand the local green workforce and local business opportunities.

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LEED AP O+M Training (Associate Professional: Operations & Maintenance)

08/20/2020 9:00AM - 08/27/2020 1:00PM

Two Day Course:

Thursday, August 20th from 9 am - 1 pm ET
Thursday, August 27th from 9 am - 1 pm ET

Are you a CBE or CBE eligible firm employee looking to advance your career in the growing field of Green Building?

LEED is the #1 recognized green building rating system in the world. Created by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), this credential distinguishes seasoned professionals implementing sustainable practices, improving performance, heightening efficiency and reducing environmental impact in existing buildings through enhanced operations and maintenance.

NOTE: This course assumes that you have passed the LEED Green Associate exam. LEED Associate Professoinal (AP) with a specialty is an advanced professional credential signifying expertise in green building and a LEED rating system. LEED project experience is critical to the LEED AP designation and it is tested within the LEED AP O+M exam itself.

All training and certification courses are offered at no cost to participants on a first come, first serve basis. This program is designed to expand the local green workforce and local business opportunities.

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Energy Audit Certification (Commercial)

08/31/2020 8:00AM - 09/04/2020 4:00PM

Energy Audit Certification: Max 4 Registrants per Company

Monday, August 31st-September 4th; 10 Modules + Exam on final day
Full Day Training: potential timing 8am-4pm

Required Level of Education: High School Level Math and Reading Skills.

Intended Audience: HVAC/ Electrical Contractors/Energy Managers

EAI Commercial Energy Audit Training Program will teach you how to conduct a detailed small business energy audit. You will learn to identify the common energy wasting areas of a commercial facility. You will also learn more in-depth energy conservation techniques to enable you to provide your clients with the maximum in energy savings insight.

10 Modules Include:

  • Energy Audit Process
  • Commercial Energy
  • Analyzing Energy Usage
  • Benchmarking and Energy Use Intensity (EUI)
  • Building Envelope
  • Commercial Lighting
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Systems
  • Appliances & Machinery
  • Economics and Payback Periods
  • Commercial Reporting
  • *Review Quizzes

Final Day of course includes a certification exam. Participants are allowed to take the exam through training vendor up to two times.

All training and certification courses are offered at no cost to participants on a first come, first serve basis. This program is designed to expand the local green workforce and local business opportunities.

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BPI Building Science Principles Certificate

08/31/2020 9:00AM - 09/01/2020 3:00PM

Two Day Course: Max 4 Registrants per Company

Monday, August 31st, from 9 am - 3 pm ET
Tuesday, September 1st from 9 am - 3 pm ET

Earning the Building Science Principles (BSP) certificate is your start into the world of energy efficient home performance. Building science is the study of how various components of the home interact to affect the home’s overall performance. Understand the relationships between the building envelope, heating, A/C, insulation, mechanical ventilation, lighting, appliances and other systems of the home. Learn how all of these systems affect the comfort, health and safety of occupants and durability of the home.

To obtain this certificate one will need to pass a 100 question online, open book, exam. Often a BSP Certificate is the first step towards a BPI Certification.

Intended Audience: Architects, Home Inspectors, Managers of energy efficiency incentive programs, Building owners, construction companies, Building trades, Remodelers, Insulation/HVAC/window sales reps and installers, Solar, geothermal heat pump and other renewable energy system sales reps and installers, sales reps and administrative personnel.

All training and certification courses are offered at no cost to participants on a first come, first serve basis. This program is designed to expand the local green workforce and local business opportunities.

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BPI Building Analyst Training and Certification (Single Family)

09/08/2020 9:00AM - 09/17/2020 3:30PM

5-Day Course

Course Schedule

  • Tuesday, Sept. 8th, 9am-12pm and 1-3:30pm, online Zoom session
  • Thursday, Sept. 10th, 9am-12pm and 1-3:30pm, online Zoom session
  • Tuesday, Sept. 15th, 9am-12pm and 1-3:30pm, online Zoom session
  • Thursday, Sept. 17th, 9am-12pm and 1-3:30pm, online Zoom session
  • Optional: One-day in-person hands-on practice session during the week of Sept. 21st at a Washington, D.C. regional lab site (date/time TBA)

The BPI Building Analyst course is a comprehensive training which covers many topics on home performance evaluation and energy efficiency retrofit planning including: the fundamentals of building science; home assessment; BPI standards and testing protocols; energy modeling and work scope development; building science calculations, and use of diagnostic tools such as a blower door, pressure pan, exhaust fan flow meter and combustion safety testing equipment.

This training prepares students to challenge the written (100-question) and field examinations required to achieve the BPI Building Analyst Professional Certification. Teaching delivery method: The class will utilize a hybrid delivery method consisting of four full-day online sessions (with breaks) in a live instructor-led format utilizing Zoom, supplemented with an optional in-person hands-on practice session in a lab setting.

Intended Audience/Prerequisite Knowledge and Experience: This is an advanced course that covers a lot of information with minimal hands-on practice, and is designed to prepare experienced energy auditors for the BPI Building Analyst exam.

It is highly recommended that program participants have:

  • at least six months field experience conducting diagnostic and combustion appliance zone testing in the residential energy upgrade sector and,
  • the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform comprehensive whole-home assessments by identifying problems at the root cause and prescribing prioritized solutions based on building science.

All training and certification courses are offered at no cost to participants on a first come, first serve basis. This program is designed to expand the local green workforce and local business opportunities.

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IFMA Facilities Maintenance Professional: Project Management

09/21/2020 8:00AM - 09/25/2020 11:30AM

5 Day Course: 15 hours of Virtual, Live Instruction

Monday, September 21st through Friday, September 25th
Daily: 8:00am - 11:30am ET

The International Facility Management Association’s Facility Management Professional (FMP) credential is an assessment-based program aligned with IFMA’s global task analysis. It is designed to ensure that those receiving the FMP credential demonstrate a proven comprehension of the foundations of facility management in the following subject areas:

  • Operations and Maintenance (registration open for August 3-7)
  • Project Management (selected course)
  • Finance and Business (not currently being offered)
  • Leadership and Strategy (not currently being offered)

Credential Requirements: The FMP credential is awarded by the International Facility Management Association (IFMA). Upon the conclusion of each of the four required courses, participants will need to successfully complete the online final assessments for each course.

All training and certification courses are offered at no cost to participants on a first come, first serve basis. This program is designed to expand the local green workforce and local business opportunities.

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