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  • 18 years of age or older at the time of enrollment.

  • High school diploma or equivalent

  • Demonstrate a genuine interest in pursuing a career in or upgrading existing skills in residential weatherization occupations


GBCA’s Weatherization Training Center includes two classrooms and two labs (The Practical Lab and The Diagnostic Lab):

  • Both classrooms offer the latest in computer technology for interactive learning.

  • The Practical Lab is a controlled hands-on learning environment for students to learn and practice weatherization installation techniques

  • The Diagnostic Lab contains a full-scale house, which contains a working boiler, furnace, and hot water heater. The house is a fully-operational test house.


GBCA’s Weatherization Training Center is accredited by the U.S. Department of Energy. It is certified by the BPI and is an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)-Accredited Training Provider for Energy Auditor training.


The Center offers training for the following BPI certifications:

  • BPI Building Analyst

  • BPI Envelope Professional

  • BPI Advanced Home Energy Professional (HEP) Energy Auditor


Course offerings are as follows:

  • 5-Day BPI Building Analyst Certification Training

  • 5-Day BPI Envelope Professional Certification Training

  • 6-Day Combo BPI Building Analyst and Envelope Professional Certification Training

  • 7-Day BPI Advanced Home Energy Professional (HEP) Energy Auditor Certification Training


There are no formal prerequisites required to sit for the Building Analyst or Envelope Professional certification examinations. Basic construction literacy (math and English) is preferred.


Please visit BPI’s website to view the prerequisites required to sit for the Energy Auditor certification examinations.


Weatherization helps home owners, small businesses and other organizations reduce energy costs and keep their occupants healthy and comfortable, by making their facilities “energy-efficient.”


Skilled workers are needed to perform this service, which includes analyzing what energy saving measures are needed and then applying a comprehensive process of proven methods, including weather stripping and window repair to weatherize the structure.


GBCA’s Weatherization Training Program teaches these skills and prepares trainees for nationally-recognized certifications by the Building Performance Institute (BPI).

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Preparing for Careers in the Weatherization Industry

Weatherization/BPI Training

  • BPI Building Analyst Certification Training: $1,200

  • BPI Envelope Professional Certification Training: $1,200

  • Combo BPI Building Analyst and Envelope Shell Certification Training: $1,500

  • BPI Advanced Home Energy Professional (HEP) Energy Auditor Certification Training: $2,500

Students must also pay certification examination fees for each exam they sit for. These fees are set by BPI and are as follows:

  • Written/Online Examination: $250

  • Field Examination: $500


Examination fees are the same for all BPI certifications.

  • 5-day course for BPI Building Analyst Certification

  • 5-day course for BPI Envelope Professional Certification

  • 6-day course for Combo BPI Building Analyst and Envelope Shell Certifications

  • 7-day course for BPI Advanced Home Energy Professional (HEP) Energy Auditor Certification


  • Classes take place daily, Monday-Friday

  • 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

  • Classes are held periodically and dictated by demand

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Garfield, NJ

GBCA Weatherization Training Center

541 Midland Avenue

Garfield, NJ 07026


Call 973-685-0005 ext. 7150 for a registration form or for more information.

“I have a skill that will always be needed. No computer can replace me; people will always live in houses. As long as the weather continues to get hot and cold, homes will always need to be energy efficient.”

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