Continuing Education & Training

Use the resources below to explore opportunities for continuing education and additional training related to energy efficiency and building trades. The building sector is constantly evolving to keep up with the latest industry trends and technological developments. If you are a student interested in learning more about the industry, a professional new to the field, or an experienced practitioner searching for relevant continuing education credits for your credentials, the following resources offer a variety of training materials and opportunities.

For formalized education programs that help you gain the industry-recognized credentials you need to establish your career, please view the Curricula & Credentials page.

Student

The following resources include a variety of online and in-person training opportunities, materials, webinars, events, and more for students looking to gain the foundational knowledge needed to establish expertise in energy efficiency and building trades. 

AASHE Webinars Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
AASHE webinars allow members to learn about and share innovative and high-impact approaches for advancing sustainability in higher education from the comfort of their offices. Covering everything from academics to campus operations, AASHE's webinars enable members to interact and learn from one another without having to travel. Also from AASHE:

Building America Solution Center U.S. Department of Energy
DOE's Building America program strives to reduce energy use and peak energy loads in existing and new homes. The Building America Solution Center provides access to expert information on hundreds of high-performance construction topics, including air sealing and insulation, HVAC components, windows, indoor air quality, and much more.

Building Science Education Solution Center U.S. Department of Energy
This resource provides students and early-career professionals with accurate, easy-to-access training materials on the fundamentals of building science applicable across multiple sectors.

Directory of Free Online Clean Energy Training Resources NYSERDA
Whether you’re pursuing a career in the clean energy industry or advancing your current career by acquiring new skills and knowledge, there is a range of training and education options available online and on your schedule. This directory identifies training opportunities on a variety of clean energy topics available online at no cost. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) may be available for completing certain courses.

USGBC's Education Corner U.S. Green Building Council
USGBC offers webinars, case studies, and on-demand courses allowing users to gain continuing education credits while advancing their knowledge of green building concepts and practices.

Early-career

The following resources include a variety of online and in-person training opportunities, materials, webinars, events, and more for emerging professionals who want to enhance their knowledge of energy efficiency and building trades. Descriptions include details if training materials can apply as continuing education credits to a variety of accreditations relevant to energy efficiency and building trades.

AASHE Webinars Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
AASHE webinars allow members to learn about and share innovative and high-impact approaches for advancing sustainability in higher education from the comfort of their offices. Covering everything from academics to campus operations, AASHE's webinars enable members to interact and learn from one another without having to travel. Also from AASHE:

AEE Training Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)
AEE offers professionals from the commercial, industrial, institutional, governmental, energy services, and utility sectors online and in-person training opportunities.

AFE Educational Opportunities Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE)
AFE offers members numerous educational opportunities in a variety of formats. Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits can be applied to AFE certifications by enrolling in AFE's webinars or those approved by AFE, participating in local chapter events, providing leadership for a chapter or region, or speaking at a conference or event.

ASHE Education American Society of Health Care Engineering (ASHE)
The American Society of Health Care Engineering (ASHE) offers a robust seminar lineup that addresses current hot topics in the healthcare industry. Whether you're new to the healthcare facility field, a healthcare facility manager, an engineer, a contractor, or an architect, ASHE seminars will enhance your professional experience and development.

ASHE Energy to Care Educational Resources ASHE
ASHE's Energy to Care program helps facilities management professionals reduce energy consumption, provide value to their organization, and improve patient care. The program offers a variety of educational tools to assist healthcare organizations in meeting their energy efficiency and sustainability goals.

ASHRAE Learning Institute ASHRAE
Explore the ASHRAE Learning Institute for a wide range of seminars and short courses for HVAC and refrigeration professionals. This page also includes eLearning opportunities, instructor-led training, self-directed training, and ASHRAE's tech hour that brings you the latest technical content presented by ASHRAE technical experts.

Building America Solution Center U.S. Department of Energy
DOE's Building America program strives to reduce energy use and peak energy loads in existing and new homes. The Building America Solution Center provides access to expert information on hundreds of high-performance construction topics, including air sealing and insulation, HVAC components, windows, indoor air quality, and much more.

Directory of Free Online Clean Energy Training Resources NYSERDA
Whether you’re pursuing a career in the clean energy industry or advancing your current career by acquiring new skills and knowledge, there is a range of training and education options available online and on your schedule. This directory identifies training opportunities on a variety of clean energy topics available online at no cost. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) may be available for completing certain courses.

Facilities Management Institute U.S. General Services Administration
The Facilities Management Institute exists to help facilities management professionals at various career stages thrive in a rapidly changing environment. It provides easily accessible online tools and resources explicitly designed to help advance your skills, knowledge, and professional development.

FEMP Training Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)
The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) provides live and on-demand training to foster and maintain a high-performance workforce that constructs, operates, and maintains energy-efficient and cost-effective federal facilities. FEMP is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and awards IACET continuing education units (CEUs) upon the successful completion of select courses.

Green Jobs Academy Massachusetts South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC)
The Green Jobs Academy (GJA) offers building science training in Massachusetts for field technicians in the home performance industry. GJA assists both Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) agencies and home performance contractors in staying current with all trainings mandated by the state's Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and the utilities (MassSave).

IFMA-RICS Facilities Management Online Academy International Facilities Management Association (IFMA) and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
IFMA and RICS Facilities Management (FM) Online Academy offer a full spectrum of professional development training opportunities for every career stage from new entrants to experienced professionals. Browse the catalog of courses available in topics such as operations and maintenance, emergency preparedness & business continuity, and technology. Certain courses apply as CEUs towards specific IFMA-RICS certifications.

ILFI On-Demand Courses International Living Future Institute (ILFI)
ILFI offers a range of on-demand courses that support ILFI building, product, and community standards that span cover seven categories called petals (place, water, energy, health and happiness, materials, equity, and beauty). Course credits apply to the ILFI Living Future Accreditation, the American Institute of Architects licensing, and Green Business Certification Inc.

IWBI Resource Hub International WELL Building Institute (IWBI)
The IWBI Resources Hub is a suite of information and tools that support WELL Building Standard focused on optimizing building performance and occupant health and wellness through design, operation, and engagement.

Northwest Strategic Energy Management (SEM) Collaborative NW SEM Collaborative
A community of Northwest utilities and energy efficiency organizations that aims to help energy efficiency program administrators accelerate the adoption of strategic energy management (SEM) in the industrial and commercial sectors. The Collaborative offers online courses, case studies, and more.

Online Training Database Building Performance Association
Find trainings on best practices in weatherization, safety, HVAC, technology, building operations, building science, marketing, and more for the residential sector. These trainings run the gamut from online videos and recorded sessions by industry experts to interactive quizzes to test your knowledge.

Smart Buildings Center Tool Lending Library Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC)
NEEC's Smart Buildings Center hosts a "lending library" of diagnostic tools available to building owners, managers, and energy service professionals in Washington State and Oregon for short-term data collection on energy-using equipment and systems in commercial and institutional buildings.

Smart Buildings Center Education & Training NEEC
NEEC's Smart Buildings Center delivers education and training to educate the building workforce of the future through a variety of programs and initiatives. Their technical webinars library offers practical maintenance solutions for facility managers. Taught by industry experts and available to watch at any time, NEEC's library of recorded webinars provides tools and techniques vital to improving the operational efficiency of a building. For Building Operator Certification (BOC) graduates, successful completion of certain webinars and accompanying quizzes earns points towards maintaining the BOC credential.

USGBC's Education Corner U.S. Green Building Council
USGBC offers webinars, case studies, and on-demand courses allowing users to gain continuing education credits while advancing their knowledge of green building concepts and practices.

Whole Building Design Continuing Education National Institute of Building Sciences
These courses offer an introduction to Whole Building Design concepts as well as more specific applications for design objectives, building types, and operations and maintenance.

Mid-career

The following resources include a variety of online and in-person training opportunities, materials, webinars, events, and more for experienced professionals who want to enhance their knowledge of energy efficiency and building trades. Descriptions include details if training materials can apply as continuing education credits to a variety of accreditations relevant to energy efficiency and building trades.

50001 Ready Navigator U.S. Department of Energy
The 50001 Ready Navigator is an online application that provides step-by-step guidance for implementing and maintaining an energy management system in conformance with the ISO 50001 Energy Management System Standard.

AASHE Webinars Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
AASHE webinars allow members to learn about and share innovative and high-impact approaches for advancing sustainability in higher education from the comfort of their offices. Covering everything from academics to campus operations, AASHE's webinars enable members to interact and learn from one another without having to travel. Also from AASHE:

AEE Training Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)
AEE offers professionals from the commercial, industrial, institutional, governmental, energy services, and utility sectors online and in-person training opportunities.

AFE Educational Opportunities Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE)
AFE offers members numerous educational opportunities in a variety of formats. Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits can be applied to AFE certifications by enrolling in AFE's webinars or those approved by AFE, participating in local chapter events, providing leadership for a chapter or region, or speaking at a conference or event.

ASHE Education American Society of Health Care Engineering (ASHE)
The American Society of Health Care Engineering (ASHE) offers a robust seminar lineup that addresses current hot topics in the healthcare industry. Whether you're new to the healthcare facility field, a healthcare facility manager, an engineer, a contractor, or an architect, ASHE seminars will enhance your professional experience and development.

ASHE Energy to Care Educational Resources ASHE
ASHE's Energy to Care program helps facilities management professionals reduce energy consumption, provide value to their organization, and improve patient care. The program offers a variety of educational tools to assist healthcare organizations in meeting their energy efficiency and sustainability goals.

ASHRAE Learning Institute ASHRAE
Explore the ASHRAE Learning Institute for a wide range of seminars and short courses for HVAC and refrigeration professionals. This page also includes eLearning opportunities, instructor-led training, self-directed training, and ASHRAE's tech hour that brings you the latest technical content presented by ASHRAE technical experts.

Building America Solution Center U.S. Department of Energy
DOE's Building America program strives to reduce energy use and peak energy loads in existing and new homes. The Building America Solution Center provides access to expert information on hundreds of high-performance construction topics, including air sealing and insulation, HVAC components, windows, indoor air quality, and much more.

Compressed Air Challenge Training Compressed Air Challenge
If you're under pressure to improve efficiency, exceed productivity quotas, maintain quality, and control costs, the Compressed Air Systems training sponsored by the Compressed Air Challenge is for you! The Compressed Air Challenge has developed a series of training seminars to help you evaluate your own compressed air system and apply proven techniques to reduce operating costs and improve your productivity, product quality, system reliability, and competitiveness.

Directory of Free Online Clean Energy Training Resources NYSERDA
Whether you’re pursuing a career in the clean energy industry or advancing your current career by acquiring new skills and knowledge, there is a range of training and education options available online and on your schedule. This directory identifies training opportunities on a variety of clean energy topics available online at no cost. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) may be available for completing certain courses.

E-Contractor Academy Emerald Cities Collaborative
E-Contractor Academy is a seven-week training program for small and minority contractors to perform energy efficiency and renewable energy retrofit projects across Los Angeles County, San Francisco/Bay Area, and Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

Facilities Management Institute U.S. General Services Administration
The Facilities Management Institute exists to help facilities management professionals at various career stages thrive in a rapidly changing environment. It provides easily accessible online tools and resources explicitly designed to help advance your skills, knowledge, and professional development.

FEMP Training Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)
The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) provides live and on-demand training to foster and maintain a high-performance workforce that constructs, operates, and maintains energy-efficient and cost-effective federal facilities. FEMP is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and awards IACET continuing education units (CEUs) upon the successful completion of select courses.

Green Jobs Academy Massachusetts South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC)
The Green Jobs Academy (GJA) offers building science training in Massachusetts for field technicians in the home performance industry. GJA assists both Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) agencies and home performance contractors in staying current with all trainings mandated by the state's Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and the utilities (MassSave).

IFMA-RICS Facilities Management Online Academy International Facilities Management Association (IFMA) and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
IFMA and RICS Facilities Management (FM) Online Academy offer a full spectrum of professional development training opportunities for every career stage from new entrants to experienced professionals. Browse the catalog of courses available in topics such as operations and maintenance, emergency preparedness & business continuity, and technology. Certain courses apply as CEUs towards specific IFMA-RICS certifications.

ILFI On-Demand Courses International Living Future Institute (ILFI)
ILFI offers a range of on-demand courses that support ILFI building, product, and community standards that span cover seven categories called petals (place, water, energy, health and happiness, materials, equity, and beauty). Course credits apply to the ILFI Living Future Accreditation, the American Institute of Architects licensing, and Green Business Certification Inc.

IWBI Resource Hub International WELL Building Institute (IWBI)
The IWBI Resources Hub is a suite of information and tools that support WELL Building Standard focused on optimizing building performance and occupant health and wellness through design, operation, and engagement.

Northwest Strategic Energy Management (SEM) Collaborative NW SEM Collaborative
A community of Northwest utilities and energy efficiency organizations that aims to help energy efficiency program administrators accelerate the adoption of strategic energy management (SEM) in the industrial and commercial sectors. The Collaborative offers online courses, case studies, and more.

Online Training Database Building Performance Association
Find trainings on best practices in weatherization, safety, HVAC, technology, building operations, building science, marketing, and more for the residential sector. These trainings run the gamut from online videos and recorded sessions by industry experts to interactive quizzes to test your knowledge.

Smart Buildings Center Tool Lending Library Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC)
NEEC's Smart Buildings Center hosts a "lending library" of diagnostic tools available to building owners, managers, and energy service professionals in Washington State and Oregon for short-term data collection on energy-using equipment and systems in commercial and institutional buildings.

Smart Buildings Center Education & Training NEEC
NEEC's Smart Buildings Center delivers education and training to educate the building workforce of the future through a variety of programs and initiatives. Their technical webinars library offers practical maintenance solutions for facility managers. Taught by industry experts and available to watch at any time, NEEC's library of recorded webinars provides tools and techniques vital to improving the operational efficiency of a building. For Building Operator Certification (BOC) graduates, successful completion of certain webinars and accompanying quizzes earns points towards maintaining the BOC credential.

USGBC's Education Corner U.S. Green Building Council
USGBC offers webinars, case studies, and on-demand courses allowing users to gain continuing education credits while advancing their knowledge of green building concepts and practices.

Whole Building Design Continuing Education National Institute of Building Sciences
These courses offer an introduction to Whole Building Design concepts as well as more specific applications for design objectives, building types, and operations and maintenance.