Green Building Training Program

by | Mar 12, 2019

Our Green Building Training Program is a new pilot program funded through the Commonwealth Workforce Training Fund’s Massachusetts Training Exchange. The Massachusetts Training Exchange Program is meant to help small business train their employees in relevant industry skills.

What Is the Green Building Training Program?

The USGBC MA is committed to upholding our mission to promote, train, and advocate for all forms of the sustainable building from design, construction, and ongoing operations. The Green Building Training Program is focused on cutting-edge instruction to address the design, construction, and operations of buildings. Current industry trends include more integrative design team processes and greater efficiency featuring sustainable green design outcomes.

Businesses that participate in the training areas will develop industry leading skills in:

  • Green design
  • Energy efficiency
  • Operations and management of green buildings
  • Integrative design planning and strategies for high performance buildings

Buildings are the single largest user of energy and producer of greenhouse gases, even more than our transportation systems. The demand for green building technicians in Massachusetts is rapidly increasing – currently, the industry is projected to grow another 13% (from 32% to 45%) between 2018-2021 based on a World Green Building Trends 2018 report. The report also cited client demand as a major reason for the continued growth of the green building market. The USGBC MA aims to support the local building industry and provide small businesses with training opportunities to lead the green building market.

Who Is Eligible?

In order to qualify for the program, small businesses must be:

> Employ 100 employees or less
> Massachusetts-based employer
> Pay into unemployment

What’s the Cost?

Training is free for eligible businesses!

What Training Is Available?

We will be providing training in three areas:

> LEED Green Associates
> GPRO: Green Professional Building Skills Training Operations and Maintenance
> Energy Modeling

When Will Training Begin?

Training will start in September 2019. Sign up is fast and easy!

First step is to request a Certificate of Good Standing here if you don’t already have one.

Once you have your certificate, register for training here and follow the steps provided below.

Course Descriptions

This LEED Exam Prep Course is a comprehensive course which will prepare attendees for the Green Associate exam. The day long curriculum is designed to cover the segments of the Green Associate Exam and to lightly cover the AP specialty exams. It will be a fast-paced class for real estate professionals, architects, engineers, and anyone else interested in green building practices and LEED. The majority of attendees have little previous knowledge of the LEED rating system, green building operations and green building construction. Upon completion of the class you will be eligible to sit for the LEED Green Associate exam at a local testing center.  

With this GPRO training, you will learn how to use building metrics to improve performance, improve the building envelope for a healthier building, reduce water use, employ strategies for more efficient and cost-effective heating and cooling systems, manage lighting to minimize energy use while maintaining lighting quality, maintain indoor air quality for tenant comfort, reduce waste, and understand the new NYC energy auditing and retro-commissioning requirements.

This is a comprehensive commercial energy modeling course for professionals that teaches students to master eQuest, a powerful (free) energy modeling tool. The course is hands-on where students are actually going to build and run energy models. When the course is over, students should be able to be the go-to energy modeler on an integrated design team. This course is self-paced and entirely online. The lecture videos and other materials are available any time, and the instructor responds to student questions through a discussion board. Through this training you will learn to build and run energy models, to be the go-to energy modeler on an integrated design team, making yourself invaluable to the design process, how to master eQuest, and a gain in confidence to do energy modeling for paying clients.

How to Register for the Green Building Training Program:

Register here in order to begin! Approval takes 3-4 weeks, so sign up at your earliest convenience. Instructions below:

1. On the top of a page, there is a grey strip. Click the button that says “Sign Up”. 

2. Choose “Business” when prompted.

3. Create an account by entering in the information requested. Beyond general information, supplements needed to complete account below:

> Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN #).
> Valid Certificate of Good Standing from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.
> Business contact for Massachusetts Training Exchange account.
> Basic information about the company and its workforce, including the total number of full-time and part-time employees employed in Massachusetts and the number of full-time and part-time employees employed outside of Massachusetts.

Businesses must be approved by the Massachusetts Training Exchange for funding prior to requesting enrollment in the course.

Classes are upcoming, so make sure you register soon!