Green jobs training programs are being funded throughout the nation thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Although the Recovery Act is responsible for millions of dollars in green jobs training programs, it isn’t the only funding source. Organizations across the country are also getting in on the green jobs movement. West Virginia GreenWorks is helping prepare the state for the green economy by providing green jobs training for state residents. The first green jobs training program is scheduled to start on April 5, 2010.

The first class focuses on providing training for Certified Home Energy Raters, which will allow them to inspect and evaluate the energy features in a residence or business. Ultimately, the Certified Home Energy Rater can recommend energy efficiency upgrades that will save the homeowner money on their energy bills but also help reduce the homeowner’s carbon footprint.

The course is geared towards existing home inspectors, HVAC contractors, builders, remodelers, utility representatives, and others who work in a related field. The training will enable these tradespeople to combine their current skillset with an eco-focused skillset and prepare them for the green jobs of the future.

Registration for the course ends on April 3 and the course officially starts on April 5. The first phase of the training is an online tutorial. The tutorial will proceed until May 17 when a four-day, instructor-led intensive training and testing session begins. The registration fee for this course, which will be held in Teays Valley, is $1,500. A second course is scheduled to begin in Wheeling on May 24, 2010.

For more information on this opportunity, visit the West Virginia GreenWorks website.

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