Business & Community Training
Weatherization Training Center
The Northwest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) has established one of the nation’s leading Weatherization Training Centers through a partnership with the Arkansas Energy Office – Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). NWACC is training today's workforce for a greener tomorrow. NWACC is an IREC accredited Training Center. To accomplish this goal, the Weatherization Training Center has partnered with Saturn Resource Management; Saturn's curriculum has been developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy (US DOE) and meets the new DOE/NREL standards in four essential courses. These courses are nationally recognized by industry leaders and offered to students who want to excel in the weatherization and green jobs economy. The courses combine classroom instruction with high-tech, state-of-the-art laboratory training simulating a real-world environment that provides the latest in hands-on training techniques. The Northwest Arkansas Community College also has a mobile laboratory that allows for off-site training.
Coursework matches the Department of Energy's job task analysis* (JTAs) required for careers and certificates as Crew Leader, Energy Auditor, Quality Control Inspector, and Retro-fit Installer Technician. Courses are designed for Arkansas WAP agency employees and contractors, and the public, and are offered in recurring rotations to allow for convenience. Most classes are 32-38 contact hours and offered Monday through Friday during the day.
*For more information on the NREL JTAs, please visit: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/wip/about_certifications.html#jta
NWACC is a credentialed Building Performance Institute testing site and offers a comprehensive BPI Building Analyst training & testing program. For more information, please go to our Green Jobs Training page.
Retro-fit Installer Technician
This interactive Retro-fit Installer course is designed to train residential energy professionals installing upgrades in single family and multi-family homes. Course work includes a variety of building science principles to improve the safety, comfort, durability, indoor air quality, and energy efficiency for home occupants. This course includes 24/7 on-line access to course curriculum, videos, and resources and will be frequently updated. This course meets the DOE's JTA requirements for the NREL and BPI credentialing exams.
This is a 32 hour course.
Weatherization Crew Leader
This interactive Crew Leader course is designed to thoroughly prepare trainees to successfully manage weatherization crews in the field. Topics covered include leadership and communication skills, techniques of effective crew management, and equipment and materials organization. Trainees will also learn about building and safety codes, quality control measures, and proper utilization of work orders. Special emphasis is placed on providing work site and client education. This course includes 24/7 on-line access to course curriculum, videos, and resources and will be updated frequently. This course meets the DOE's JTA requirements for the NREL and BPI credentialing exams
This is a 32 hour course.
Weatherization Energy Auditor/Quality Control Inspector
This interactive course combines the knowledge, skills, and abilities of an Energy Auditor and Quality Control Inspector. It is designed to thoroughly train in the principles, tools, and procedures of performing an energy audit, including the client interview, inspection, documentation, diagnostics, specifications and standards, as well as assessments of combustion appliances. Trainees will work through the entire auditing process from both the initial auditor and final inspector positions. This course trains students the proper procedures for determining recommendations for cost-effective weatherization solutions; and proper procedures to ensure the completion, appropriateness, and quality of work which in turn provides for the safety, comfort, and energy savings of the building occupants. This course includes 24/7 on-line access to course curriculum, videos, and resources and will be updated frequently. This course meets the DOE's JTA requirements for the NREL and BPI credentialing exams.
This is a 38 hour course.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Courses
NWACC offers OSHA training courses and educational programs with delivery specific to the weatherization industry. These courses help broaden worker and employer knowledge on the recognition, avoidance, and prevention of safety and health hazards in their workplaces.
- OSHA 10-Hour Training for Construction is designed to gain insight on basic health and safety hazards for workers in construction related jobs.
- OSHA 30-Hour Training for Construction provides a more in-depth examination of construction workplace safety issues and additional OSHA material.
When a student successfully completes an OSHA training course at NWACC, they will receive an OSHA card, recognized and accepted in all 50 states.
These courses are offered Monday thru Friday.
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