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General Information on Renewable Energy Training

The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is a volunteer board of renewable energy stakeholder representatives. Its mission is to support, and work with the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries, professionals, and stakeholders to develop and implement quality credentialing and certification programs for practitioners.

Consistent with this mission, NABCEP offers national, credentialing and certifications for renewable energy professionals.  NABCEP began that work by creating a certification program for solar electric installers--referred to as the NABCEPTM Solar PV Installer Certification.  As of October 2008, 587 individuals have passed NABCEP's PV Installer Certification exam. There are 85 NABCEP-certified solar thermal installers.

Technical and Community Colleges listed below with an asterisk (*) are approved providers for NABCEP training.  CLICK HERE for a national listing.

Reports: Mapping Green Career Pathways (January 2010)
Mapping Green Career Pathways identifies training opportunities in Ohio that prepare workers for green-collar jobs in construction and manufacturing, and that represent key elements of workforce development for these jobs. This report highlights existing programs and provides policy recommendations on how to begin the challenging, but critical, work of building and strengthening green career pathways.

Green Energy Ohio Courses

Upcoming Technical Courses Date Location
Introduction to Solar Hot Water  TBD  TBD
 Past Technical Training Courses    

Colleges & Universities in Ohio that offer Courses, Degrees or Training Programs

Alternative Energy University
877-878-4060 x 132
Ben Gorman


Case Western Reserve University
Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation
Lyndy Rutkowski, Director

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
3520 Central Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45223-2690  

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
3520 Central Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45223-2690

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College 
Workforce Development Center
10100 Reading Road
Evendale, OH  45241-3100

Larry Feist, Program Chair
Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Ralph Wells, Instructor
Civil Engineering Technology

Larry Cherveny
Workforce Development Center Business Manager
513-569-1497 telephone    

* Renewable Energy Major and Certificate * Sustainability Certificate * NABCEP Provider

*Cuyahoga Community College

Emily Amato, Director of Emerging Industries & Technologies
Workforce and Economic Development Division
*Hocking College Logan Campus
Energy Institute
30140 Iles Rd.
Logan, OH 43138
Jestinah McDonald
*Owens Community College
Joe Peschel, Coordinator
Customized Training (Skilled Trades)
Workforce and Community Services Division
351 1st Street
Perrysburg, Ohio 43551
Joe Peschel

The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute (Ohio State ATI)
Associate of Science Degree in renewable energy with specializations in either solar and wind or bioenergy
Contact Information:
Dr. Shah Rahnema
The Ohio State University
Agricultural Technical Institute
1328 Dover Road
Wooster, OH  44691
Phone  330-287-1262

University of Toledo
Clean and Green Building Resource Laboratory
Scott Park Campus
2225 Nebraska Ave
Toledo, Ohio 43607
Ken Dobson


Other Ohio Technical Centers Training Course Offerings

Edison Materials Technology Center - EMTEC
3155 Research Blvd.
Dayton, OH 45420
Elliot Salmon
Director, Energy & Core Program Management


Upper Valley Joint Vocational School
8811 Career Dr.
Piqua, OH 45356
Art Bowser
Coordinator, Alternative Energy/Green Systems Program


Webinar Based Trainings
Interstate Renewable Energy Council
Electric Utility Consultants

National Organizations that Offer Trainings

Affordable Comfort, Inc
Alaska Craftsman Home Power
Alternative Energy Institute
Alternative Fuels Training Programs
American Wind Energy Association
Association of Energy Engineers
Center for Energy and the Global Environment
Center for Alternative Technology
Energy and Environmental Building Association
Florida Solar Energy Center
Foudation for Environmental Education
Fuel Cells 2000
Geothermal Resources Council
Green Roofs for Health Cities - North America
International Green Energy Council
Lighting Education
National Hydropower Association
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
National Association of Homebuilders
North American Board of Certified Energy Practicioners
Northwest Energy Education Institute
Midwest Renewable Energy Assocation
Renewable Fuels Association
Solar Energy Industries Association
Solar Energy International
Solar Living Institute
Southface Courses and Trainings
U.S. Green Building Council