Green Workforce Overview

A lot of interest and enthusiasm surrounds the topic of “green jobs” and training for clean energy careers. Green jobs can be described as either: Jobs in businesses that produce goods or provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources, or jobs in which workers’ duties involve making their establishment’s production processes more environmentally friendly, or use fewer natural resources.

Jobs in the areas of energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy (RE) certainly can be considered green jobs. Any job or career that saves energy or produces clean energy will have a positive effect on the environment. Training opportunities for these green jobs continue to expand in New York.

Training a green workforce to install clean energy technologies and energy efficiency improvements is a top priority for NYSERDA, and will ensure that we get the greatest amount of energy savings from energy efficiency improvements and production from renewable energy systems.

NYSERDA funding supports training programs in energy efficiency and renewable energy. With EE training, some typical jobs for which you might qualify include:

  • Building Analyst for Single and Multi-family homes
  • ENERGY STAR® Homes Builder
  • Envelope, Heating or Air Conditioning/Heat Pump (Cooling) Specialist
  • Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Rater
  • Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Contractor
  • Hydronic Heating Technician
  • Energy Auditor
  • Building Operator
  • HVAC Technician
  • Lighting Designer and Installer

Renewable Energy training is available across the state in the areas of:

  • Photovoltaic (solar electric) installer and technician
  • Small Wind (customer-owned) turbine installer and technician
  • Large Wind (utility-scale) turbine installer and technician
  • Geothermal installer and technician
  • Solar Water Heating installer and technician

On a more limited basis, training is available in:

  • Anaerobic Digester installation, operation and maintenance
  • Fuel Cells

NYSERDA emphasizes quality instruction in its funding support for training programs. For instance, institutions must work toward training programs accredited by independent, third party entities, if available. Several of NYSERDA’s training partners have received accreditation from the Institute for Sustainable PowerLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. for their PV training programs. Our energy efficiency training facilities teach curriculum that is Building Performance Institute (BPI)Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. recognized and helps students pursuing BPI certification. NYSERDA also assists participating PV installers to obtain certification by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioner (NABCEP)Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

Please consult our training map for training locations, types of training, to training institutions for their class schedule and links. Take a look at the Energy Education and Workforce Development page for more detailed information on available training.

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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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GJGNY Program Information

For information on the Green Jobs - Green New York program, visit the Green Jobs - Green New York page.

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