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GREEN ECONOMY EDUCATION DEGREES AND CERTIFICATES

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There are many ENTRY-LEVEL JOBS with career ladders that can move workers into better jobs over time.

Most jobs -- MIDDLE-SKILL JOBS -- are three to five steps up the career ladder. For these jobs you will need more education than high school, but less than a four-year degree. These jobs are well within reach for lower-skilled and entry-level workers as long as they are job ready and can attend training programs — two-year colleges and trade union-sponsored apprenticeships are good places to find the training needed for these jobs.

HIGHER-SKILL LEVEL JOBS require at least a four-year degree (sometimes more) and several years of work-related experience and on-the-job training.

JOB RETRAINING, or ADDING SKILLS is the next best opportunity to move into a green sector, a green job or up the career ladder. Retraining is the process of learning ("adding) a new skill or trade. This can take anywhere from a few days to a few months to earn a certificate.

Table 1 below lists samples of green programs at area colleges and other training providers.
To explore more education and training options in your area, go to:

 

For information on “How to Become an Apprentice”, go to: Washington State Dept. of Labor and Industries.

For a complete list of current Washington State Apprenticeship programs, go to: Washington State Dept. of Labor and Industries
Select a topic under “Apprenticeship Programs in Washington”

To see occupations where people will need retraining to learn new green economy skills, tasks and knowledge, go to the U.S. Dept. of Labor O*NET Resource Center and review “Green Enhanced Skills Occupations”.

Table 1 - Samples of Green Economy Education and Training Programs

Program and Description Certificate/Degree Institution
Apprenticeship Training

Paid on-the-job training under the direction of an experienced Journey-Level Worker. This training prepares students/workers to take any Washington State licensing exam required to practice the following trades in the State: electrical, painting, plumbing, HVAC, carpentry, heavy equipment operators , sheet metal

Apprentice Construction Industry Technical College (CITC)

Building Operations and Maintenance for Energy Efficiency

Energy accounting, commercial lighting, building operations and maintenance

Certificate of Completion Edmonds Community College

Certified Green Professional (CGP)

Teaches building industry professionals strategies for incorporating green building principles into homes using cost-effective and affordable options.

Certificate Master Builders Career Connection

Clean Energy Technology

Residential and commercial building design with specialties in passive solar, photovoltaic and sustainable building design; alternative energy systems, green building techniques, designing and installing electric, metering and control systems.

Associate in Applied Arts & Science (AAAS) Degree Shoreline Community College

Commercial Lighting Auditor

Energy assessment & analysis, commercial lighting

Certificate of Completion Edmonds Community College

Electrical Apprenticeship

Training required to receive certifications in Inside Wireman (Construction) Electrician, Low Voltage/Sound and Communication Electrician and Residential Electrician.

Certification Puget Sound Electrical Journey/Apprenticeship and Training Trust (PSEJATC)

Energy Accounting Specialist

Energy assessment and analysis, energy accounting

Certificate of Completion Edmonds Community College

Energy and Science Technology

Curriculum includes courses in environmental, chemical, agricultural, or manufacturing specializations.

Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree Lake Washington Technical College

Energy Audit 1: Residential

Single-family residences: energy auditing and weatherization inspection, building shell, air leakage, insulation, windows and doors, HVAC, indoor air quality, lighting and appliances, water heating

Short Term Certificate Shoreline Community College

Energy Audit 2: Commercial

Commercial buildings: energy auditing and weatherization inspection, building shell, air leakage, insulation, windows and doors, HVAC, indoor air quality, lighting and appliances, water heating

Short Term Certificate Shoreline Community College

Energy Efficiency Technician

Core construction skills, energy basics, energy efficiency design & construction

Certificate of Completion Edmonds Community College

Energy Management

Principles of energy and energy management, energy efficiency and conservation, energy end-use analysis, monitoring systems, energy-use accounting, project management.

Associate of Technical Arts (ATA) Degree Edmonds Community College

Energy Management Core

Energy management basics, Sustainability, energy efficiency design, construction & retrofit

Certificate of Completion Edmonds Community College

Energy Management Specialist

Environmental ethics, alternative energy systems, power generation and conventional energy systems, documenting/reporting energy use, environmental regulations & compliance, energy system analysis & auditing, carbon footprint & sustainability analysis, energy conservation & building retrofit

Certificate Cascadia Community College

Energy Technology

Alternative energy & energy management, biomass/bio-fuels, photovoltaic systems, wind power systems

Certificate of Completion Lake Washington Technical College

Heating & Air Conditioning Refrigeration/Service Technician

Graduates will be prepared for entry-level Service Technicians, Building Maintenance Technicians, Equipment Assemblers and Start-Up Residential and Light Commercial Installers. Curriculum includes: basic electricity and circuits, electric motors, heating, refrigeration, control and troubleshooting

Associate in Applied Technology (AAT) Degree Clover Park Technical College

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technician

Refrigeration systems, electrical systems, commercial environmental systems, water and heating systems, installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting, Air-Conditioning, Heating, and
Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) Industry Competency Exam

Associate of Technology Degree Bates Technical College

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technician        

Refrigeration systems, residential and light commercial systems, commercial environmental systems, water and heating systems, installation, maintenance and troubleshooting, AHRI Industry Competency Exam

Certificate of Competency Bates Technical College

Residential Energy Auditor

Energy efficiency technician, energy assessment & analysis

Certificate of Completion Edmonds Community College

Solar Photovoltaic Designer

Residential and commercial systems, site analysis, sun path assessment, roofing assessment, alternative mounting options, installation and troubleshooting, maintenance and design criteria, evaluating energy use patterns.

Short Term Certificate Shoreline Community College

Solar Photovoltaic Systems Specialist

Specify, configure, inspect, and maintain solar electric systems, incorporate high-quality craftsmanship, comply with all applicable safety codes and standards.

Certificate Cascadia Community College

Sustainable Building Science

Site leveling, plans, codes & materials; framing, energy rating and systems, building envelope, solar basics, diagnostics and testing

Associate of Applied Science Transfer Degree (AAS-T) Clover Park Technical College

Zero Energy Building Practices

Solar electric design and applications, solar thermal design, zero energy building design

Short Term Certificate Shoreline Community College