Rising Sun Energy Center is a BPI test center and a non-profit leader in energy efficiency and workforce development. Our Green Energy Training Services (GETS) curriculum was developed by a BPI-Certified Building Analyst, in collaboration with employers, industry experts, and curriculum design professionals, to prepare adults for entry into careers in energy efficiency and the Building Performance industry.
The GETS Curriculum
The GETS curriculum is comprised of flexible modules that include classroom, lab and fieldwork components, providing students with the theoretical understanding, technical skills and industry-specific vocabulary to assess, evaluate, record and fix energy related problems in residential buildings. GETS graduates are prepared for a growing range of jobs, such as energy efficiency field technician, weatherization crew member, or Building Analyst assistant.
Licensing the GETS Curriculum
The GETS curriculum is available by license to training organizations nationwide. The annual licensing fee includes:
- Student manual
- Instructor manual
- Equipment and Materials purchase list
- Modular and flexible lesson plan template
- CD Rom with:
- Graphics for instruction
- PowerPoint presentations on topics included in curriculum
- Entrance and conclusion surveys
- Grade sheet, quizzes, final exam
- One-day train-the-trainer course - Individualized to client's needs
- Three hours of start-up consulting time
- One in-class audit plus debrief meeting
- One follow-up meeting after training is implemented
Annual renewal fee covers any future updates to the curriculum and materials list. Additional train-the-trainer and consulting time is available to assist with program implementation on a per-hour basis.
Developed with significant input from industry and trade professionals.
To align the curriculum with industry needs and ensure that graduates learn the skills employers are looking for, Rising Sun created the GETS Employer Council to guide curriculum development. The GETS Employer Council is comprised of home performance professionals, general contractors, trade association members, non-profit partners, government representatives (city, county, state and federal), and others.
Suitable for a wide range of participants in multiple types of settings.
The GETS curriculum is well-suited for municipal and government workforce development organizations, community-based job training programs, vocational and technical training schools, and community colleges. The GETS curriculum includes modules to teach the soft skills necessary for entry-level employment, making it suitable for students not typically served by other training providers, i.e. young adults (18-24 years old), adults with barriers to employment, and English language learners. These modules may be eliminated for more advanced students. The GETS curriculum has been extensively field-tested and graduates have strong placement rates.
We welcome inquires about our training program and curriculum licensing. Please contact Elena Foshay, Director of Adult Programs, at (510) 665-1501 x201 or by email.
"Our RichmondBUILD Green Careers Academy provides high quality training for a very diverse population and the GETS curriculum has consistently proven it can give our students a solid working knowledge of Building Performance."
Sal Vaca, Director of Employment and Training, City of Richmond
"As an employer in the Energy Efficiency industry, I hire GETS graduates because they have what I am looking for."
Dahlia Moodie, CEO, Energy Conservation Options (ECO), Oakland, CA
"When I enrolled in GETS, I had never even heard of Building Performance. 18 months later, I'm a BPI certified Building Analyst with a career. GETS gave me the solid foundation in Building Science I needed to get me where I wanted to go. I wouldn't be here if it weren't for GETS."
Sam Gubbine, GETS Graduate 2010, Certified BPI Building Analyst, Field Technician, Energy Conservation Options, Oakland, CA
Hands On Training for a GETS Participant