Scholarship funds are available for qualified students. Take next steps to check your eligibility for scholarship funding for Green Careers Academy courses.
If you wish to register for Green Careers Academy courses without accessing scholarship funding, tuition reductions may apply for most residents who live in New York State, through a grant opportunity with the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA). This discount will automatically be applied before you process your payment when registering online.
To register online, write down the course code(s) for the class you want to sign up for and use the Register and Pay link. You may also register by phone by calling our registration team at: 845-339-2025.
New classes will be added as we move into Spring 2020 and Summer 2020. Currently, these courses are being offered:
ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CLEAN TECHNOLOGY CERTIFICATIONS & DEGREES TO BOOST YOUR BUSINESS
Certifications provide a standard that sets you apart so employers and customers know that you can demonstrate a specific set of knowledge and skills. Many pathways exist for training and certification, and it pays to plan your direction. Whether you are at an entry level or are an experienced contractor with your own company, training and certification can increase the quality and value of your work. Significant on the job learning is usually required to become proficient in the skills taught during a course. For those working in the energy efficiency field, the Building Performance Institute provides certificates and certifications to help you develop professional proficiencies and shape, or nurture, your career.
BPI BUILDING SCIENCE PRINCIPLES
Earning the Building Science Principles (BSP) Certificate of Knowledge is your first step into the world of energy efficient home performance. You will learn some of the widely-used industry terminology related to building science. Building science demonstrates how various components of a home interact to affect the home’s overall performance. Understanding the relationships between the building envelope, heating, A/C, insulation, mechanical ventilation, lighting, appliances and other systems of the home will enable you to assist yourself and others. Learn how these systems affect the comfort, health and safety of occupants and durability of the home. Discover why improving the energy efficiency of the home should be the first step toward solar, geothermal, or other renewable energy improvements. Course price includes study materials and certificate exam.
BPI BUILDING ANALYST PROFESSIONAL
Prepares students to perform “whole-house” energy assessments, identifying a building’s problems at the root cause and prescribing and prioritizing solutions based on building science principles. Upon successful completion of the written and field exams, students receive Building Analyst Certification. Approved by New York State Bureau of Veterans Education for payment of VA Education Benefits. Approved for 8.5 BPI CEUs.
Prerequisite: Basic building science background strongly recommended.
Reference textbook: Residential Energy ISBN: 9781880120231
Instructor: N. Jen
BPI WRITTEN EXAMS
All written exams are by appointment and subject to a $200 non-refundable fee. Exams are held at the Kingston Center. Specific exam date will be scheduled after registration.
BPI ENVELOPE PROFESSIONAL
By getting certified as a BPI Envelope Professional, you prove that you have the skills to optimize and verify the installation, operation, maintenance, and performance of building envelope systems, and are able to improve their interaction with other building systems.
As an Envelope Professional, you will be knowledgeable enough to prescribe improvements to tighten the building envelope (shell), stop uncontrolled air leakage, and optimize comfort, durability, and HVAC performance.
BPI HEATING PROFESSIONAL
Through the Heating Professional certification, you will optimize, and verify, the installation, operation, and maintenance of heating equipment in relation to other building systems. The Heating Professional certification helps the professional save the occupant energy and money, and ensure occupant comfort, health, and safety. The Heating Professional certification addresses buildings with up to four (4) residential units.
BPI A/C HEAT PUMP PROFESSIONAL
BPI FIELD TEST PREP
SUNY Ulster offers a review field test prep class for those looking to gain a little extra time in using the equipment needed in the BPI Field Exams. Register online and you will be contacted regarding available test dates.
BPI FIELD EXAMS
All field exams are by appointment and subject to a $200 non-refundable fee. Exams are held in Kelder located on the SRC. Specific exam date will be scheduled after registration.
BPI INFILTRATION & DUCT LEAKAGE (IDL)
Infiltration and Duct Leakage (IDL) certification is a simple, comprehensive, and affordable way for builders, remodelers, HVAC, insulation, and other contractors to gain the skills needed to offer duct leakage and blower door tests, in compliance with IECC codes for new home construction or existing home remodels. By earning the IDL certification, you prove that you can conduct duct leakage tests to the ASTM E1554-07 standard and blower door tests to the ASTM E779 standard. Course price is for class instruction only. To register for the certification exam, register for DCB 8380.
BPI INFILTRATION & DUCT LEAKAGE (IDL) REVIEW CLASS
A review class for those students already familiar with the terms and equipment needed for the BPI IDL Certification exam. Course price is for review of material only. To register for the certification exam, register for DCB 8380.
BPI INFILTRATION & DUCT LEAKAGE (IDL) CERTIFICATION FIELD EXAM
DCB 8380 by appointment SRC, Kelder $400 full price, $100 for those eligible under the NYSERDA grant
HEP ENERGY AUDITOR
The Home Energy Professional (HEP) Energy Auditor certification is offered by BPI, and is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
The HEP Energy Auditor certification demonstrates advanced competency through rigorous online and field exams, and work experience prerequisites.
Once certified, you will be able to evaluate the energy efficiency, health, and safety of a home. You will gain in-depth knowledge of how to use diagnostic equipment and modeling software to identify areas for energy savings, produce an audit report, and develop a prioritized scope of work for your customer.
HEP QUALITY CONTROL INSPECTOR
The Home Energy Professional (HEP) Quality Control Inspector certification is offered by BPI and is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
By earning the HEP Quality Control Inspector certification, you prove that you can verify the compliance of retrofit work performed based on work plans and standards, conduct audits and inspections using diagnostic equipment, and can develop reports that specify corrective actions to achieve whole house performance.
SUNY Ulster’s Kelder Test House is an approved field test site for both the BPI Energy Auditor and BPI Quality Control Inspector Certifications.