Introduction to Clean Energy and Energy Education

Looking for a future in an industry where demand for skilled workers is increasing and opportunities are on the rise? If so, the clean energy sector may be the right place for you. The New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) has developed a statewide network of training programs in clean energy. The network has training organizations offering a wide variety of clean energy courses with programs ranging from basic technical training to advanced levels.

Specialized credentials count in today’s challenging job market. Whether you’re an entry-level worker who needs technical skills to move into a new field or a seasoned professional looking to upgrade or diversify your skills and move up the career ladder – NYSERDA’s training partners can help you find the right program. Our training partners prepare workers with training that leads to certifications for clean energy jobs in the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and advanced technologies. Some examples of clean energy jobs include conducting energy auditing of buildings, installing energy efficient measures (lighting, insulation, heating and air conditioning equipment); installing or repairing a wind turbine or designing a solar electric or solar thermal heating system.

Be a Part of Something Big

The clean energy economy offers a pathway to better jobs, financial savings and a healthier environment. NYSERDA’s partnership with the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL)Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. and a statewide network of training providers can help you obtain the skills you need for a future in the clean energy industry. NYSDOL helps people with their job search, skill assessment, and provides people with information on support services, counseling, and training.


In an effort to support state efficiency goals, NYSERDA is partnering with apprenticeship providers and will have additional opportunities for established apprenticeship programs to add new clean energy related curriculum and hands-on training. All apprenticeship programs must be registered with the New York State Department of Labor.


Internships combine academic learning with real world, work experiences and more importantly, introduces students to employers. NYSERDA has supported many internship programs and seeks to develop additional internships in partnership with training entities and employers tailored to the unique needs and interests of the learner and business. For example, funding from NYSERDA helped sponsor the CUNY Building Performance Lab Intern Energy ProgramLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page., which places students in a variety of energy measurement, management and research projects. Opportunities to link training entities and students to employers are a top priority for NYSERDA.

Last Updated: 10/03/2014
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How To Apply

Visit our training map to learn more about our partners and to locate a training near you

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Who Is Eligible

  • Entry-level workers who need technical skills to move into a new field
  • Seasoned professionals looking to upgrade or diversify their skills
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Contact Us

For more information about training, reimbursement or licensing contact us at: or
518.862.1090 x3392

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