Business & Community Training
The Northwest Arkansas Community College offers affordable green job training and credentialing programs in energy efficiency. Individuals wanting to further expand their knowledge and utilize existing skills in the home performance and commercial industry, or looking for CEUs are ideal candidates. Several courses are designed not only for an individual, but also with the ability to customize programs that fit specific organizational needs.
NWACC’s partnerships and affiliations with professional organizations in the green job industries, including the Building Performance Institute (BPI), result in our students obtaining credentials that are portable and recognized throughout the U.S.
NWACC offers a variety of delivery methods for training. Class range from one day, three days, five days, two weeks, and semester based. Some courses are one semester long and allow more scheduling flexibility for our students.
This hybrid on-line and instructor led course will teach individuals how to evaluate Green Building principles, design, construction, and maintenance techniques and practices that minimize a building's total environmental impact. This course covers building science principles, health and safety issues, energy and water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, reduced community impact, homeowner education and maintenance, and sustainable site development. Students will learn hands-on in the lab.
Energy Auditor Hybrid
This hybrid on-line and instructor led course will teach individuals how to evaluate the energy performance, comfort and safety of a house through a comprehensive, whole house diagnostic procedure. This course covers building science principles, health and safety issues, envelope and duct leakage testing, insulation evaluation, and combustion safety testing. By using the whole house performance based approach, students will address a comprehensive range of interrelated building issues and be able to provide clients with a more comfortable, safe, and energy efficient home. Students will learn hands on in the lab.
Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst Hybrid & Live Training
This hybrid or live course will teach participants how to evaluate the energy performance, comfort, and safety of a house through a comprehensive, whole-house diagnostic procedure which will open your eyes to a new way of thinking about residential buildings. Learn how the house works as a system, why some homes fail, and how to use the latest building science technology to help resolve residential heating, cooling, base load, and air leakage problems. A BPI Building Analyst is certified to conduct blower-door tests, combustion appliance inspection and repair, air quality testing including carbon monoxide detections, duct testing, and airflow testing.
A BPI Building Analyst must re-certify every three years by either re-taking exams or by completing continuing education from a BPI affiliate; NWACC is an affiliate of BPI.
Who should attend?
This course is designed for energy auditors, utility customer service representatives, housing inspectors, HVAC contractors, insulators, builders and remodelers. While many contractors seeking BPI certification already have extensive experience in the building industry, NEACC’s intensive training, which includes one week of classroom training, two days of field trainingand both online and field exams, is a perfect introduction to home energy efficiency and weatherization for anyone at any skill level.
To receive a BPI Building Analyst Certification, one must pass both a written and field exam. The two-hour, 100-question online exam requires a passing score of at least 70%; the two-hour field exam requires demonstrated competency with the energy audit process and equipment. BPI does not mandate formal training prior to the exams, but a classroom or online course is highly recommended.