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January 08, 2014

New Year, New Certification Opportunities for Home Energy Workers

The Energy Department’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is well known for its efforts to improve the lives of low-income American families through energy efficient home upgrades, but it also focuses on establishing a skilled and certified workforce.

As part of the Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals project, WAP collaborated with trainers and technicians from across the home performance industry to develop high-quality, nationally-recognized professional certifications.

These new certifications cover the four most common home energy and weatherization job classifications: quality control inspectors, energy auditors, crew leaders, and retrofit installer technicians. The certification program requires professionals to demonstrate competency and know-how through a mix of prerequisites, training, and on-the-job experience. For the complete story, read the EERE Blog.