Green Construction Workforce Training

Learn about green building approaches and career pathways in residential construction

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To meet current and future demand, the construction industry workforce will need to be more diverse, skilled, and younger than ever before. Sustainable practices create greater interest among those looking to enter the industry, and those who gain green building knowledge and a green credential are more attractive and valuable to future employers.

Earth Advantage (with support from Energy Trust of Oregon) works with community-based partners to deliver customized training and a professional accreditation to prepare tradespersons for a career in green building. We provide flexible training options to support a wide range of program types (youth training, pre-apprenticeship, higher education, and professional development) and delivery methods (in-person, virtual, on-demand) and work with our partners to shape the curriculum to suit the needs and priorities of an individual program. Our goals are to support our partner organizations and enhance their excellent training programs to ensure these new tradespersons have an understanding of green building approaches and career pathways in residential construction.

Trainees that complete our 2-day green construction workforce program and pass an accreditation exam will earn our ‘Green Building Trainee’ accreditation. The credential provides a certificate of completion, logos and a listing in EA's registry of accredited professionals that can be included in a job seeker's portfolio and provided to prospective employers. Participants, partners and employers have all found value in a professional accreditation provided by Earth Advantage, a trusted third-party green certification program.

The 2-day training consists of the following training modules that introduce students to green building market activity, principles, approaches, trades, and career pathways:

  • Green Building Trends & Trajectory
  • 5 Pillars of Green Building (Health, Materials, Water, Land & Energy)
  • Building Science & High Performance Envelopes 
  • Site Visit to Green Certified Project
  • Green Careers in Building Trades
    • Career Pathways, Relevant Credentials & Trainings
  • Home Retrofit & Weatherization
  • Energy Assessments & Scores
  • Principles & Careers in Solar PV 

Hands-on activities involve performing blower door testing, utilizing infrared cameras, reviewing plan sets, working with a table top house model, and assembling high performance wall mockups. On-site elements include performing a site visit to an under-construction green certified affordable housing project that provides Q&A opportunities with the construction team and instructor.

Interested in integrating our green trainings into your workforce program? Contact us

Learning Objectives
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Attendees will: 
  • Learn about what green construction means and why it is important in today's building industry
  • Understand the common problems found in standard construction
  • Explore green building approaches and technologies used in both new construction and home retrofits
  • Benefit from a foundational understanding of building science
  • See green principles put into practice first-hand during on-site project tour  
  • Gain the info and resources necessary to explore trades and job opportunities in green construction 
  • Obtain EA's 'Green Building Trainee' credential to highlight their advanced training to prospective employers 

When & Where
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Online, Live Webinar &/or Classroom
Varies depending on program structure

To learn more, visit our partner workforce training programs: 

CEs & Cost
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Continuing Education
Flexible based on partner program structure
CEs available from AIA, CCB, ICC, BPI, & more

Course Fee
Free for partners and participants

Training made possible thanks to:

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Builders/Contractors, Raters/Verifiers, Remodelers, Students, Subcontractors

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James Metoyer
James Metoyer: Senior Technical Field Consultant at Earth Advantage
James brings over 10 years of experience working in energy efficiency and has earned several industry-recognized credentials including BPI, SHP, PTCS, HERS Rater & LEED Green Rater. He lends his expertise across multiple programs at Earth Advantage, including delivering Quality Assurance on behalf of the City of Portland’s Home Energy Score program and field verification for LEED and Earth Advantage certified buildings. James is also the lead trainer in delivering green construction workforce trainings for students entering the construction industry in collaboration with EA partners at community based organizations and youth training/pre-apprenticeship programs across Oregon. James serves on the board of the Home Performance Guild and Community Energy Project and is passionate about working to ensure people have equitable access to healthy, sustainable and energy efficient housing.