Training Partners Program Takes Off

Shawna HendersonMarch 09, 2015

We’re very excited about the interest in our Training Partner program that we launched in January 2015!

We’re now supplying online training in building science to two very different organizations: a non-profit green building certification organization in Michigan and a home performance training center in California. We’re also talking with face-to-face trainers who supply training to remote communities with no internet connection (delivered via iPad and local LAN), and several more regional trainers who want to streamline their offering. They all have very different training programs and approaches, but we’re mighty flexible.

GreenHome Institute, based in Michigan, was formerly The Alliance for Environmental Sustainability (AES). GHI’s mission is to empower people to make healthier and more sustainable choices in renovation and construction.
Building Science Basics is now the starting point for the GreenHome Professional certification, which gives people a way to further distinguish themselves as a residential green building experts.

The comments from the first person through the training with GHI gave us serious permagrin:

“I have passed the Blue House Energy course, that was really cool.  I think everyone should go through that training. More importantly I would like to bring my employee, that way EVERY SINGLE person in my company will be qualified.”

BHE courses, when taken through GHI, are eligible for continuing education units (CEU) from organizations including: BPI, GBCI, & AIA (HSW). NARI Green is expected soon, and we’re working on NATE credits too.

Building Performance Center Inc. (BPCi), is one of the premier training resources for the clean energy workforce in California, offering a wide range of industry certifications and credentials. The BPCi runs a full-service training, test and mentoring facility that offers a real-house environment for hands-on practice to build confidence and skills ability, gain experience in diagnostics, testing, and remediation, and prepare for examination.

This is our first partnership with a training organization that blends online, classroom, hands-on labs, and field house learning and testing. Starting in March 2015, BHE online training is the first component of BPCi’s BPI Building Analyst Training and HERS rater training, underpinning the solid classroom training provided by BPCi’s seasoned instructors, Andy Wahl and Laura Seidman.

We’re finalizing the range of CEUs that will be offered through BPCi, because California’s special that way, you know.

Having our courses as the starting point of online training for the GreenHome certification programs, and as the foundation for BPCi’s face-to-face training fulfills one of our top goals: improving the capacity of our industry by collaborating with other training organizations.


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