Hands-On Training for the Energy Efficiency Workforce

AEA offers hands-on courses at different skill levels to grow the capacity of workers making buildings more energy efficient. Courses are offered at our Energy Management Training Center in New York and at our Chicago Hands-On Training Laboratory.

Short courses for experienced installers and tradespersons

These courses provide help to insure the health and safety of workers and provide focused instruction are a particular skill set needed to perform specialized tasks.

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Examples of short courses include:

  • Infiltration and Duct Leakage (IDL) Testing   (one day)  
  • Combustion Safety Testing   (half day)
  • Air Sealing and Dense Pack Insulation   (one day)

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In Illinois, AEA offers these and additional courses as part of the Illinois Home Performance Building Science Training Series, funded by the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity.  Click here to learn more about the latest training available to home performance contractors at affordable prices through this series.

Certification courses

AEA provides training preparing workers for Building Performance Institute (BPI), Home Energy Professional (HEP), and Passive House Institute (PHI)  certifications.

IMG_0476 - CopyContractors seek these certifications to qualify to work in the Weatherization Assistance Program or other government
and energy efficiency programs, or to help their workers or supervisors to meet the demanding Passive House Standard for new construction or retrofit projects.


  • BPI Residential Building Envelope – Whole House Air Leakage Control installer (“RBE-WHALCI”)
  • HEP Retrofit Installer Technician
  • PHI Passive House Tradesperson – Building Envelope

  Coming soon:   PHI Passive House Tradesperson – Building Services


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