Training Providers

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)

The San Francisco Pacific Energy Center offers classes and seminars, design tools and resources and a tool-lending library to support energy efficiency in buildings. PG&E also offers energy efficiency classes at other locations throughout the Bay Area, including the Peninsula.

Advanced Vocational Institute (AVi)

AVi offers training in a variety of green job skills which include solar, wind, residential and electric vehicles. Classes are Monday through Friday for 12 weeks.

Builder Operator Certification (BOC)

Building Operator Certification (BOC®) is a nationally recognized, competency-based training and certification program that offers facilities personnel the improved job skills and knowledge to transform workplaces to be more comfortable, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. The BOC credential is recognized by employers across the country as a sign of the value and contributions certified facilities management personnel can bring to their organizations. BOC has additional classes and webinars available, as well.

Build It Green

Build It Green is a non-profit membership organization whose mission is to promote healthy, energy- and resource-efficient building practices in California. Build It Green trains and certifies residential building professionals to build and verify green homes according to the Green Point Rated program specified by most Green Building Ordinances, including those in San Mateo County.

Cañada College

Cañada College's Interior Design Program offers a Green/Sustainable Design Certificate (19 semester units) that prepares students with the concepts, knowledge, and skills of green/sustainable design to apply to residential and commercial design projects and provides the background needed for students to work on projects requiring this expertise.

City College of San Francisco

Courses include solar installer training leading to NABCEP entry level exam (Course CNST 101), solar thermal training, hybrid and EV training (Auto 57), as well as training in alternative fuels.

De Anza College

De Anza College's Environmental Studies Department offers certificates and a degree in Energy Management Technology (EMT). Core energy management classes are offered in the SEMP Lab at the Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies. Courses may also be taken via mediated learning (videostream, DVD or videotape) through the Stewardship Resource Center. In fall 2011, De Anza will open a PV Demonstration Plaza, a state-of-the-art solar technology training center for students interested in careers in renewable energy.

Efficiency First California (formerly CBPCA)

Efficiency First's Building Science Academy provides online training and field training for participating in the Energy Upgrade California program, Home Performance with ENERGY STAR training for BPI Certifications. Curriculum focuses on applying building science concepts for increasing the energy efficiency, year round comfort, and indoor air quality of residential homes. Participants can learn at their own pace, whenever and wherever they are. Advanced training topics classes include 5 to 6 days of hard skills, on the job training.

Energy Upgrade California

The Energy Upgrade California's Subsidized Contractors Training Program (SCTP) provides contractors and building performance professionals with subsidized Building Performance Institute Building Analyst training and California Energy Commission's (CEC) HERS II Whole-House Home Energy Ratings Certifications subsidies to teach contractors and home improvement professionals about energy assessments and energy retrofitting.

Rising Sun Energy Center

Rising Sun's "Green Energy Training Services" (GETS) program prepares individuals with barriers to employment for entry-level and advanced jobs in the residential energy efficiency industry.

Swords to Plowshares

The Swords to Plowshares Veterans Green Career Pathways program provides free job training, transition support, and career counseling for qualified military veterans. Swords to Plowshares wants veterans to succeed and build a lasting career in the green industry. Participants in the Job Training Program work one-on-one with counselors to transition military job skills to civilian green industry jobs. Swords to Plowshares works with colleges and conservation partners to offer short-term specialized training programs in energy efficiency, solar thermal energy, and water conservation.

U.S. Green Building Council - Northern California Chapter (USGBC-NCC)

USGBC-NCC is a non-profit organization committed to a sustainable future. Students learn about a wide range of topics, from the basics of green building to advanced topics. Training includes hour-long events up to full-day classes, and is offered in locations throughout Northern California and online.

Zero Net Energy Training Center

ZNE Center in San Leandro is now the first renovated large-scale commercial building to achieve zero-net energy. The Center serves as a training center for two electrical unions (IBEW Local 595 and the Northern California Chapter of NECA's Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program) who can learn from the technologies right in the building.