Weatherization and Home Performance

Our expert instructors and applied learning approach give you the tools and know-how to help you be more effective on the job—whatever your level of experience.

 

BPI Logo Building Preformance Institute 

Building Performance Institute (BPI) is a national standards development organization for residential energy efficiency and weatherization retrofit work. Many federal, state, and utility initiatives require BPI certifications for contractor participation in energy efficiency projects. See BPI for more information.

Vermont Tech is a BPI Training and Certification Testing Center. We currently offer training that will lead to BPI certification in our regular schedule and will continue to add to this selection.

For those already BPI-certified, many of our courses also provide valuable BPI Continuing Education Units. Certified professionals are required to earn CEUs to keep on top of emerging issues, technologies, and best practices.

Offerings

Blower Door Training

Course Type

In Person

Dates

Learn how to effectively measure and manage home-air leakage in this two-day training. We will visit advanced techniques that will familiarize you with carrying out proper blower door testing. This class is a "must-have" for every weatherization installer, energy auditor, home-performance contractor, and general contractor. 

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BPI Certification Exams

Course Type

In Person

Dates

Apr 3-Apr 7|Oct 23-Oct 27

Vermont Tech is a certified BPI testing facility for written and field exams. Exams are regularly scheduled following a BPI Certification training. As a testing facility we can schedule a testing/retesting for any additional times, with a minimum of two people to test. Please contact our offices if you would like to schedule a BPI testing.

Please come prepared for the written exam with a non-scientific, 10 key calculator. If you are retesting for a re-certification, you will need to bring your BPI ID number.

Participants will be contacted about field exam schedule with date, time, and location, one week prior to the exam.

Written and Field exams can be scheduled upon request outside of the existing exam schedule. 

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Written and/or Field Exams

Vermont Tech is certified to offer any of the Written certifications, but only BA, EP, and Heating field exams. Written exams will take place on the first day of the week. Field exams times will be deteremined closer to testing date and scheduled based on registration completion. 

Vermont Tech BPI Testing Fees

Single Written Exam: $420
Two Written Exams: $630

Single Field Exam: $450
Two Field Exams: $780

One Written & Field Exam: $870 (One Certification)
Two Written & Field Exams: $1410 (Two Certifications)

Location: 
Randolph Center
Start Date: 
April 3, 2017 12:00 am
Duration: 
Varies
Written and/or Field Exams

Vermont Tech is certified to offer any of the Written certifications, but only BA, EP, and Heating field exams. Written exams will take place on the first day of the week. Field exams times will be deteremined closer to testing date and scheduled based on registration completion.

Vermont Tech BPI Testing Fees

Single Written Exam: $420
Two Written Exams: $630

Single Field Exam: $450
Two Field Exams: $780

One Written & Field Exam: $870 (One Certification)
Two Written & Field Exams: $1410 (Two Certifications)

Location: 
Randolph Center
Start Date: 
October 23, 2017 12:00 am
Duration: 
Varies

BPI Certification Training

Course Type

In Person

Dates

Oct 16-Oct 20

Building Performance Institute (BPI) certifications demonstrate a level of knowledge and expertise that potential clients look for and can help you land new work. In addition, many federal, state, and utility initiatives require BPI certifications for contractor participation in energy efficiency projects.

Vermont Tech offers three BPI certification trainings: Building Analyst, Envelope Professional, and Heating.

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Building Analyst and Envelope Professional

Designed for students with previous home performance experience, i.e. energy audits and/or material installations. Blower door experience recommended.

Make the best use of a brief window away from your job site by tackling the training for two related certifications in one course — Building Analyst and Envelope Professional.

Preparing students for the written and field certification exams, this training will focus on the building sciences related to the physics and control strategies for air, heat, and moisture. This includes
Instruction in the proper use of pressure differentials as a diagnostic tool; Use of established analytical testing equipment such as blower doors, micro manometers, flow meters, and carbon monoxide and combustible gas sensors to analyze and correct building performance issues; Exploration of BPI health and safety standards relating to proper venting of combustion appliances, establishing correct building airflow standards for occupants, and controlling moisture and other indoor pollutants, along with the science behind these standards.

The approximately five days of training includes classroom, laboratory, and field exercises. Written and field exams for dual certifications of Building Analyst and Envelope Professional will follow.

In the exams, students will individually demonstration their skills with and knowledge of building systems analysis, identification of potential health and safety issues, installation standards for recommended energy upgrades, and performance features of the optimized building envelope.

All written and field exams will be supervised by accredited BPI proctors.

Note: Students should be equipped with a pocket calculator, tape measure and digital manometer if possible. Any additional diagnostic equipment students care to bring for instruction or comparative purposes is welcome.

Location: 
Randolph Center
Start Date: 
October 16, 2017 12:00 am
Duration: 
5-Days
Cost: 
2650.00

Combustion Analysis for Residential Heat

Course Type

In Person

Dates

Residential heating system performance is a key factor in a home energy audit. Understanding both the fundamentals of how heating systems work and how to analyze them are key to helping your clients know what they have, how it works, and what their options are for reducing energy use. (2-day training) 

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Infrared Camera

Course Type

In Person

Dates

Attempting to diagnose building thermal issues without Infrared Thermography is a lot like throwing darts blindfolded. You might hit the mark by accident, but you won't really know why. Learn what you need to know to begin to incorperate this fascinating and critcal tool into your weatherization projects so you can see what's going on inside the structure you are working on. Vermont Tech's two-day Infrared Camera training provides a through introduction to and in-depth training on using Infrared Thermography as part of a building weatherization unit. 

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Principles of Green Buildings

Course Type

Online

Dates

Open Enrollment

The Principles of Green Buildings Online Training Program is designed to teach you the principles you must know in order to make buildings perform more efficiently. The program was developed and written in partnership with nationally recognized building science experts from Advanced Energy of North Carolina. The Principles of Green Buildings Online Training Program will also help prepare you for industry credentials for green building.

 

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Principals of Green Buildings

The Principles of Green Buildings Online Training Program will give you the science behind the concept of house-as-a-system by going through all of the major sub-systems that affect the way the entire structure system performs. A building is the sum of many parts, and for best performance for the occupants, it must be set up correctly with those sub systems synced together. A building that performs correctly will offer the best energy efficiency, provide a healthy environment for its occupants, and maintain its structural integrity.

The nine modules of Principles of Green Buildings will take you through all of that material. If you have any in-depth questions or if you need further explanation of content, you'll have an SME (Subject Matter Expert) mentor for support and information.

This program will help you prepare for BPI, NATE, NARI, RESNET, and other industry credentials for green buildings. If you successfully complete this program with an overall grade of 75% or higher, you'll qualify for 28 hours of continuing education units (CEUS) from BPI or NATE, and those CEUs are applicable to several certifications.

Upon registering, you're given three months to complete this program.

Location: 
Online
Start Date: 
Open Enrollment
Duration: 
3 Months
Cost: 
795.00

Project Management Fundamentals

Course Type

Online

Dates

Open Enrollment

There are more projects occurring today than at any time in history. Organizations initiate projects to create new computer applications, erect bridges and buildings, improve processes, develop new products, and reorganize company operations. Unfortunately, most organizations do not manage projects well, creating an unprecedented demand for project management practitioners.

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Project Management Fundamentals

If you're organized, perceptive, detail-oriented, and an excellent communicator, you just might have what it takes to succeed in the fast-growing field of project management.

In this six-week course, an experienced Project Management Professional will help you master the essentials of project management. You'll become an indispensable member of your project team by discovering and mastering the critical concepts you need to plan, implement, control and close any type of project.

You'll learn about project politics and ethics, project measurements, and project closure. You'll be able to develop all sections of a project plan, you'll become comfortable with the project management body of knowledge, and you'll develop a variety of powerful techniques to generate project ideas.

If you're new to project management, this course will provide you with the essential information you'll need to prepare for and complete your first project. If you're an experienced project manager, this course will make you more valuable to your employer by increasing your skills and competencies.

Location: 
Online
Start Date: 
Open Enrollment
Duration: 
6 Weeks
Cost: 
100.00

QuickBooks for Contractors

Course Type

Online

Dates

Open Enrollment

In this six-week course, you'll learn how to use the Premier Contractor Edition of QuickBooks 2015 to run your business more efficiently. Lessons are clearly illustrated and include easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions to give you hands-on practice with the features that you're sure to use every day. You'll discover how to create custom, professional-looking contract estimates and track time and materials, and you'll learn the different methods you can use to bill your clients, including how to use the QuickBooks progress invoicing and job-costing features.

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QuickBooks 2015 for Contractors

Contractors have many unique bookkeeping needs, so we've designed this course from the ground up specifically for the construction industry.

You'll find out how to deal with tricky situations, like change orders and retainage requirements, and you'll learn how to properly set up accounts, items, customers, and jobs. All along the way, you'll learn how to avoid many of the big and often costly mistakes contractors commonly make with QuickBooks. Finally, you'll learn how specific transactions impact all your accounts, and even some techniques to protect your business from fraud, prepare for tax time, and generate useful and dynamic reports.

Location: 
Online
Start Date: 
Open Enrollment
Duration: 
6 Weeks
Cost: 
100.00

Successful Sales and Marketing for Home Professionals

Course Type

In Person

Dates

This one-day entertaining and informative sales seminar will advance you on the art of persuasion. It is designed for anyone who wishes to increase his or her sales. It deals with prospecting, building a network, the interview, the presentation, answering prospects concerns, selling your price, dealing with competitor give-aways, closing, and after-sale service to get referrals. This course is desigend for business owners, sales professionals, sales managers, general managers, and anyone else engaged in selling. 

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Weatherization Crew Chief

Course Type

In Person

Dates

Dec 22-Dec 22

Leading a team is hard work, but the Weatherization Crew Chief position is a particularly demanding one. As the technology of home retrofitting becomes more complex, so does the role and responsibilities of the Crew Chief. This two-day interactive training will provide discussion, demonstrations, and “real world” scenarios designed for newly hired and experienced Home Performance Crew Supervisors. For the company owner, CEO or administrator, this training can help you evaluate your “policies and procedures,” staff assignments, and job descriptions.

 

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Start Date: 
December 22, 2016 12:00 am