Curricula & Credentials

Use the resources below to gain the knowledge, skills, and accreditation needed to pursue your career in or advance your career in energy efficiency and building trades. Careers in these areas offer a wide array of job opportunities requiring various levels of education. You may need a two- or four-year degree, trade school certificate, or some other qualification accredited by an institution. Available credentials vary by field and sector and can help you prove your knowledge and skills, advance your career, or help you transition from one field to another. The resources below represent formal education programs that can help you gain the industry-recognized credentials you need to establish your career.

For training related to continuing education credits or industry trends and the latest technological developments, please view the Continued Education & Training page.

Student Education

Explore formalized education programs that support high school and college students in pursuing a career in energy efficiency and building trades.

BEST College and Program Directory Building Efficiency for a Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST)
This is a list of community colleges from around the U.S. who are active members of the BEST Network of Colleges. They offer a variety of building operations/performance programs including HVACR, Building Automation, Sustainable Facilities Operations, and Building Controls.

Credential Finder Credential Engine
Credential Engine is a non-profit dedicated to creating credential transparency and revealing the marketplace of credentials. The Credential Finder is an extensive search engine that connects students to educational programs that can prepare them for various jobs in energy efficiency by searching for key terms such as "energy".

Early-career Credentials

These accredited qualifications provide emerging professionals with the skills and knowledge needed to jumpstart a career in energy efficiency and building trades.

50001 Certified Practitioner in Energy Management Systems (50001 CP EnMS) Institute for Energy Management Professionals (IEnMP)
The 50001 Certified Practitioner in Energy Management Systems (50001 CP EnMS) provides critical technical assistance to industrial and commercial facilities that want to implement an energy management system that conforms to ISO 50001.

AEE Certifications Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)
AEE offers professionals from the commercial, industrial, institutional, governmental, energy services, and utility sectors a full array of certifications in energy management, energy service & commissioning, energy procurement, distributed generation, renewable energy, and more.

ASHE Certifications American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE)
Working in a healthcare facility is different from working in any other environment. To develop leaders in facility management and construction who understand the complexity of healthcare facilities, ASHE offers three professional certifications: Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC), Certified Healthcare Facility Manager (CHFM), and Certified Healthcare Physical Environment Worker.

Building Operator Certification Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC)
NEEC administers the Building Operator Certification (BOC), 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.

Building Science Principles Certificate Building Performance Institute (BPI)
The Building Performance Institute (BPI) is a standards development and credentialing organization for residential energy auditing and upgrade work. The Building Science Principles Certificate is an introductory course on building science and home performance. Learn more about BPI here.

Credential Finder Credential Engine
Credential Engine is a non-profit dedicated to creating credential transparency and revealing the marketplace of credentials. The Credential Finder is an extensive search engine that connects professionals to credentials across multiple job areas in energy efficiency by searching for key terms such as "energy".

Certified Assistant Refrigeration Operator Credential Refrigerating Engineers & Technicians Association (RETA)
Certified Assistant Refrigeration Operator (CARO) is an entry-level credential that is designed to demonstrate that an operator has sufficient knowledge to work under supervision in industrial refrigeration. There is no minimum experience requirement for CARO.

Certified Industrial Refrigeration Operator Credential RETA
Certified Industrial Refrigeration Operator (CIRO) requires documentation of at least two years of experience as an industrial refrigeration operator. It assesses more advanced concepts, principles, and applications required to supervise industrial refrigeration operations.

Certified Manager of Commercial Properties Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International
BOMA's Certified Manager of Commercial Properties (CMCP) certification is designed for early-career property professionals who are looking to validate their industry knowledge and take their careers in commercial real estate to the next level. CMCP communicates your ability to be an effective commercial property manager and your strong understanding of the responsibilities of the role. 

Energy Efficiency Management Certificate Program American Public Power Association
The Energy Efficiency Management Certificate Program offers public power utility professionals a firm grounding in all aspects of energy efficiency program development, implementation, budgeting, marketing, and management.

EMA Energy Management Professional Certification Energy Management Association (EMA)
The Energy Management Association (EMA) is dedicated to advancing the quality of energy management products and services for the benefit of the building owner. The core component of EMA’s programming is the Energy Management Professional (EMP) Certification that has achieved ANSI accreditation. The EMP is identified as a “Qualified Energy Auditor” by the definition established in the ASHRAE 211 Standard for Commercial Building Energy Audits.

IFMA Credentials and Professional Qualifications International Facilities Management Association (IFMA)
IFMA offers a suite of credentials and professional qualifications that provide opportunities for entry into and advancement in facility management. These options represent a full spectrum of professional development for every career stage, from new entrants to experienced practitioners. The Career Compass can help decide which Facility Management credential, qualification, or other professional development opportunity is right for your unique career path.

ISSP Sustainability Professional Certificate U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
The ISSP-SA credential is designed for those who are new to or are interested in entering the sustainability field, including students, recent graduates, and/or early-career professionals. To earn an ISSP-SA, candidates must demonstrate a solid grasp of core sustainability concepts.

LEED Professional Credentials U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
LEED is one of the most prominent professional credentials for sustainable design, construction, and operations. LEED Green Associate is a foundational professional credential signifying core competency in green building principles. LEED AP with specialty is an advanced professional credential signifying expertise in green building and a LEED rating system.

Living Future Accreditation International Living Future Institute (ILFI)
The International Living Future Institute offers its Living Future Accreditation (LFA) that goes hand-in-hand with the ILFI standards for buildings, products, and communities. The ILFI standards set rigorous benchmarks for buildings covering seven categories called petals (place, water, energy, health and happiness, materials, equity, and beauty).

NABCEP Certifications North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP)
The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners® (NABCEP) is a certification organization for professionals in the field of renewable energy. NABCEP offers certifications and credentials for skilled professionals, specialists, and those new to working in the areas of photovoltaics, solar heating, and small wind technologies.

USGBC Digital Badges USGBC
Digital badges showcase continued professional accomplishments in more specific areas of green buildings, such as Health & Wellness, Building Data Analytics, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, and more.

WELL AP Credential International WELL Building Institute
The International WELL Building Institute offers its WELL Accredited Professional (AP) credential that indicates expertise in WELL Building Standard and a commitment to advancing human health and wellness in buildings and communities around the world. WELL Building Standard is a global rating system focused on the ways buildings and everything in them can improve occupant comfort, drive better choices, and generally enhance health and wellness.

Mid-career Credentials

These accredited qualifications provide experienced practitioners with the skills and knowledge needed to advance a career in energy efficiency and building trades.

50001 Certified Practitioner in Energy Management Systems (50001 CP EnMS) Institute for Energy Management Professionals (IEnMP)
The 50001 Certified Practitioner in Energy Management Systems (50001 CP EnMS) provides critical technical assistance to industrial and commercial facilities that want to implement an energy management system that conforms to ISO 50001.

AEE Certifications Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)
AEE offers professionals from the commercial, industrial, institutional, governmental, energy services, and utility sectors a full array of certifications in energy management, energy service & commissioning, energy procurement, distributed generation, renewable energy, and more.

AFE Certifications Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE)
AFE offers experienced facilities professionals the following certifications: Certified Plant Engineer (CPE), Certified Professional Maintenance Manager (CPMM), Certified Professional Supervisor (CPS), and Certified Professional Supervisor (CPS) en Espanol.

ASHE Certifications American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE)
Working in a healthcare facility is different from working in any other environment. To develop leaders in facility management and construction who understand the complexity of healthcare facilities, ASHE offers three professional certifications: Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC), Certified Healthcare Facility Manager (CHFM), and Certified Healthcare Physical Environment Worker.

Building Operator Certification Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC)
NEEC administers the Building Operator Certification (BOC), 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.

Building Science Principles Certificate Building Performance Institute (BPI)
The Building Performance Institute (BPI) is a standards development and credentialing organization for residential energy auditing and upgrade work. The Building Science Principles Certificate is an introductory course on building science and home performance. Learn more about BPI here.

Certified Refrigeration Energy Specialist Refrigerating Engineers & Technicians Association (RETA)
Certified Refrigeration Energy Specialist (CRES) assesses the mastery of refrigeration system operations and energy management strategies. While no other RETA credentials are required to qualify for the CRES credential, CRES candidates do need to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of refrigeration operations to offer energy management strategies without compromising the safety or integrity of refrigeration systems.

Credential Finder Credential Engine
Credential Engine is a non-profit dedicated to creating credential transparency and revealing the marketplace of credentials. The Credential Finder is an extensive search engine that connects professionals to credentials across multiple job areas in energy efficiency by searching for key terms such as "energy".

Energy Efficiency Management Certificate Program American Public Power Association
The Energy Efficiency Management Certificate Program offers public power utility professionals a firm grounding in all aspects of energy efficiency program development, implementation, budgeting, marketing, and management.

EMA Energy Management Professional Certification Energy Management Association (EMA)
The Energy Management Association (EMA) is dedicated to advancing the quality of energy management products and services for the benefit of the building owner. The core component of EMA’s programming is the Energy Management Professional (EMP) Certification that has achieved ANSI accreditation. The EMP is identified as a “Qualified Energy Auditor” by the definition established in the ASHRAE 211 Standard for Commercial Building Energy Audits.

EPI ISO 50001 Lead Auditor Certification Institute for Energy Management Professionals (IEnMP)
The EPI ISO 50001 Energy Lead Auditor credential supports the creation of an international workforce focused on maximizing the energy savings impact of ISO 50001:2018 implementation in industrial, commercial, and public sector organizations. This credential enables auditors to have one credential that is accepted in all participating countries.

IFMA Credentials and Professional Qualifications International Facilities Management Association (IFMA)
IFMA offers a suite of credentials and professional qualifications that provide opportunities for entry into and advancement in facility management. These options represent a full spectrum of professional development for every career stage, from new entrants to experienced practitioners. The Career Compass can help decide which Facility Management credential, qualification, or other professional development opportunity is right for your unique career path.

LEED Green Rater Certificate U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
LEED Green Raters provide verification services for LEED residential projects and play a critical part in the LEED certification of residential buildings.

LEED Professional Credentials U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
LEED is one of the most prominent professional credentials for sustainable design, construction, and operations. LEED Green Associate is a foundational professional credential signifying core competency in green building principles. LEED AP with specialty is an advanced professional credential signifying expertise in green building and a LEED rating system.

Living Future Accreditation International Living Future Institute (ILFI)
The International Living Future Institute offers its Living Future Accreditation (LFA) that goes hand-in-hand with the ILFI standards for buildings, products, and communities. The ILFI standards set rigorous benchmarks for buildings covering seven categories called petals (place, water, energy, health and happiness, materials, equity, and beauty).

NABCEP Certifications North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP)
The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners® (NABCEP) is a certification organization for professionals in the field of renewable energy. NABCEP offers certifications and credentials for skilled professionals, specialists, and those new to working in the areas of photovoltaics, solar heating, and small wind technologies.

RETA Authorized Instructor Certification RETA
This exam is designed to assess mastery of advanced refrigeration system concepts and operations at a level that qualifies a candidate to assist Certified Assistant Refrigeration Operator (CARO), Certified Industrial Refrigeration Operator (CIRO), and Certified Refrigeration Energy Specialist (CRES) candidates with their preparations and activities required to earn RETA credentials. RAI candidates must demonstrate both teaching experience and knowledge of the content in all RETA publications that are designed to prepare operators and others to meet RETA certification requirements.

USGBC Digital Badges USGBC
Digital badges showcase continued professional accomplishments in more specific areas of green buildings, such as Health & Wellness, Building Data Analytics, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, and more.

WELL AP Credential International WELL Building Institute
The International WELL Building Institute offers its WELL Accredited Professional (AP) credential that indicates expertise in WELL Building Standard and a commitment to advancing human health and wellness in buildings and communities around the world. WELL Building Standard is a global rating system focused on the ways buildings and everything in them can improve occupant comfort, drive better choices, and generally enhance health and wellness.