Better Buildings Workforce

A skilled and qualified workforce is key to making American buildings more energy efficient and American companies more competitive. DOE is working closely with the commercial buildings industry and other Federal agencies to develop training tools, materials, and voluntary credentialing guidelines to advance different elements of the Better Buildings Workforce Framework, a pillar of the Better Buildings Initiative. Click here to view the list of DOE-recognized certification programs for Building Energy Auditors, Building Commissioning Professionals, and Energy Managers.

Technical standards, codes, and specifications that define safe, durable, high-quality work related to commercial building energy efficiency.DOE works with public and private-sector industry stakeholders to strengthen and align the 6 elements of this framework to improve the quality and consistency of the commercial buildings workforce.

  • Skills standards, that define the job tasks and knowledge, skills and abilities that workers need to perform quality work in accordance with the appropriate technical standards.
  • Curricula and training programs, built on clear learning objectives and aligned with technical and skills standards.
  • Industry-recognized certifications for energy-related job titles, built on common certification blueprints when appropriate.
  • Third-party accreditation, for training and certification programs to evaluate program quality and alignment with industry-recognized content.
  • Driving market demand, for a high-quality workforce through policy mechanisms and government and industry recognition of accredited workforce credentialing programs.

Additionally, DOE provides resources geared specifically towards the industrial sector workforce. Better Plants In-Plant Trainings (INPLTs) pass on valuable technical expertise on energy-saving projects and practices to partners’ workforces. 1,600 industrial workers have benefited from participating in INPLTs since 2011. Meanwhile, through DOE’s Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC), university students from across the country have conducted more than 18,000 no-cost energy assessments. They are not only helping small- and medium-sized manufacturers save energy, but also gaining valuable, hands-on training for their own engineering careers. 

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