Looking for a job? Green is a great place to start. And if you live in the Bay Area, Rising Sun Energy Center is the place to call. Rising Sun runs free and low-cost workforce development programs to develop green career skills. You don't need prior work experience to join our programs, and English need not be your first language. What we look for are enthusiasm, reliability and willingness to learn. Our trainings are recognized by industry leaders and government bodies in the Bay area.
If you are a youth looking to apply for a job with the California Youth Energy Services program, click here.
Green Energy Training Services (GETS)
Are you prepared to move into a green career? GETS provides classroom and hands-on training for jobs in construction, energy efficiency, and the solar industry. Find out more about GETS.
Green Energy Training Services (GETS) is a pre-apprenticeship job training program. Our GETS Core class prepares low-income adults (18 years and older) for careers in construction and energy efficiency, or to enter into an apprenticeship in the building trades. GETS also offers additional training for the solar industry, and for industry professionals looking to develop their skills.
GETS Core Eligibility Requirements:
- 18 years old or older
- High school diploma, GED, or equivalent
- 8th grade reading, reading comprehension, writing, and math level
- Valid California Driver’s License
- Legally eligible to work in the United States
- Low-income or unemployed
- Stable living situation
- Reliable transportation to and from training
- Expressed desire to enter the workforce upon completion of training
How to Apply to GETS
GETS is currently offered at Rising Sun Energy Center in Berkeley. If you are a resident of Berkeley or neighboring city, and would like to apply for GETS, contact Melvin Parham, GETS Case Manager, at (510) 665-1501 x202 or by email.
Rising Sun Energy Center is working with other communities and organizations to build partnerships and expand the availability of GETS training. Keep checking this page for regular updates on the expansion of the GETS program. In the meantime, you can begin preparing yourself for a promising career in the Building Performance industry by employing the following strategies. If you are a community college, workforce development or community-based organization, or city government interested in bringing GETS training to your area, contact Elena Foshay, GETS Program Director, at (510) 665-1501 x201 or by email.
Additional Training Through GETS
Earn your BPI Building Analyst Certification
Rising Sun Energy Center is an approved BPI Testing Center. Through our Green Energy Training Services (GETS) program, we offer a comprehensive training curriculum that makes residential Building Performance theory, concepts, and auditing and retrofitting techniques easy to learn and understand. Our experienced instructor provides quality classroom and hands-on training, and offers individualized attention and support to each student as preparation for the BPI written and field exams. This course is offered to GETS graduates, and to anyone with experience working in construction, Building Performance, HVAC, or related fields. For more information, click here.
Sign up for our upcoming course to earn your
BPI Building Analyst certification.
Course Schedule: May 13-June 7
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00-8:00pm
Course Location: 2998 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
Course Fee: $1700
Participants are expected to attend all class days. Saturday classes will take place in field locations to be determined. Course participants are expected to assist with identification of test houses. Course fee includes use of all required tools and equipment, books, and testing fees.
To register contact Elena Foshay, GETS Program Director at