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Sustainable Homes Professional (SHP) Scholarship Program


Earth Advantage is committed to a mission that values diversity, equity and inclusion, and we are excited to offer a new SHP scholarship opportunity to help advance these goals.

The Sustainable Homes Professional (SHP) course scholarship program is intended to serve populations who have been historically disadvantaged in the building industry and aims to provide green building technical training, professional development, and career advancement opportunities for members of these populations. Earth Advantage encourages women, people of color, veterans, and others who are disadvantaged or underrepresented in the industry to apply.

There are no prerequisites required to apply or enroll in the SHP course, however proficiency in English and previous experience in home construction, rating, or design will help participants gain maximum benefit from the opportunity. 

Market Demand for Green Building Professionals 

The SHP course is an in-depth, comprehensive training program that helps professionals build their skills and expertise in high performance construction/design. Current housing market mechanisms signal high demand for qualified green building professionals and taking the Sustainable Homes Professional (SHP) course to earn the SHP designation will help demonstrate this expertise to the market. Current market mechanisms driving demand for green and energy efficient construction include: 
  • Increasing consumer demand demonstrated by local and national market studies.
  • Increasing levels of builders participating in third-party verification programs.
  • Increasing energy efficiency requirements for new OR Residential Building Code starting October 1, 2017.
  • City of Portland ordinance that will require every home listed for sale to obtain a Home Energy Score prior to listing starting January 1, 2018.

For information from the State of Oregon Employment Department on the growth of construction industry jobs, labor shortage, and average pay scale, click here.  

Scholarship Details

Three (3) full-tuition scholarships worth $1,600 each will be awarded based on information provided in this application. 

  • The deadline for application is 5PM on Monday, October 9, 2017.
  • Awardees will be notified on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.
  • The SHP program begins on Friday, October 20, 2017. Applicants are encouraged to seek employer approval to participate prior to submitting an application.

Earth Advantage will treat information provided below as confidential to the fullest extent allowed by law. We recognize that not everyone has access to reliable technology, and are providing a downloadable Scholarship Application that can be emailed (education@earthadvantage.org) or printed and mailed/dropped off at our Earth Advantage office (623 SW Oak, Suite 300, Portland, OR 97205).

This scholarship opportunity was made possible in part thanks to support from Energy Trust of Oregon

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