Course Catalogue

ECA offers trainings in a hands-on environment providing students with skills and certifications in weatherization, building science, safety, storm water management, and roof coating. Please explore our courses and contact our Training Center with any questions or inquiries.

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Weatherization State Certification Courses

Weatherization State Certification Courses

WSC 201

This course examines building shell and mechanical system interaction, with an emphasis on mechanical ventilation. Trainees learn about various diagnostic tools including combustion analyzers, gas leak detectors and manometers (more advanced knowledge is taught than in WSC 200).  Classroom discussions and lab practice are combined in this course to create a holistic learning experience.

WSC 303

This course examines baseload energy use and good customer service. The baseload energy is the energy used in a building at nearly the same rate throughout the year. Students learn about the PA Weatherization Assistance Program’s (WAP’s) baseload measurements, how to determine baseload energy use, and ways to identify reduction opportunities. Lighting efficiency, standby loads, and lifestyle based causes for high baseload energy use are discussed.  Students are assessed via instructor observation.   

WSC 301

This course examines various natural gas based heating systems. Students learn how to perform combustion analysis for Category I to Category IV appliances.  Trainees receive hands on instruction regarding safe and energy efficient retrofits. Topics include creating proper venting conditions, measuring carbon monoxide, inspecting safety controls, and installing programmable thermostats. The competencies taught are required by the PA Department of Labor and Industry. Students are assessed via written and lab evaluations.

Cost: $475

WSC 302

This course examines various oil based heating systems. Students learn how to perform combustion analysis for Category I to Category IV appliances.  Trainees receive hands on instruction regarding safe and energy efficient retrofits. Topics include creating proper venting conditions, measuring heat rise and draft, and replacing burners. The competencies taught are required by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development. Students are assessed via written and lab evaluations.

Cost: $475

WSC 202

This course teaches weatherization workers the soft skills needed to respectfully communicate with clients through role-play exercises. Students are placed in simulations of scenarios often faced by weatherization workers, and are taught how to respond to common misconceptions regarding weatherization. Communication skills are emphasized as the key to healthy & respectable agent-client relations throughout Customer Service for Installers.

Cost: $195

WSC 101

This course provides an overview of jobsite health & safety issues. Course content addresses national, state and local regulations regarding the potential hazards that can arise when weatherizing homes that were built prior to 1978. Homes of this vintage may contain lead-based paint which is extremely dangerous, especially to children. Students learn how to contain the spread of lead dust and protect their clients. The competencies taught were determined by the U.S.

WSC 200

This course teaches students about air leakage and air sealing.

WSC 300

This course provides a thorough overview of residential heating systems and their efficiencies. Ensuring the safe operation of combustion appliances before, during and after the completion of weatherization measures is emphasized. Students examine various heating systems including forced air furnaces, boilers, baseboard heaters, and domestic hot water heaters. The competencies taught are required by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development. Trainees are assessed via written and lab evaluations.

Cost: $475

WSC 100

This course introduces students to the PA Weatherization Assistance Program, the theory and science of energy efficiency, and the implementation of common weatherization measures. Trainees learn about weatherization tactics, materials, and hands on application techniques. Topics include but are not limited to insulation, ventilation, air sealing, hand and power tools use, and window and door repair & installation.

Building Performance Institute (BPI)

Building Performance Institute (BPI)

BDL 092

This course provides intermediate training regarding air sealing and insulating residential buildings.  Air Sealing, Insulation and Combustion will benefit entry level, incumbent and nonprofessional (e.g. those who want to weatherizing their own homes) workers. Topics include blower door diagnostics, basic combustion analysis, indoor air quality, and basic heating and hot water systems. Classroom lectures and discussions, demonstrations, and hands on lab exercises are combined in this course to create a holistic learning experience.

Course Cost: $995

CEUs: 16 CEUs

TST 103

A practical field examination of a full energy audit.  The field exam must be passed to obtain a BPI Building Analyst certification.

Cost: $395

TST 102

A 100 question online exam for candidates seeking a BPI certification as a Building Analyst. This test must be taken at ECA's Knight Training Center, and be overseen by a certified proctor.

Cost:  $275

TST 355

A field examination that tests a candidate’s ability to visually inspect a structure’s interior/exterior, test combustion safety & efficiency, assess combustion appliance zone (CAZ) safety, monitor carbon monoxide (CO) levels, analyze air leakage, install air sealing measures, and clean-up within the BPI designated time limit.

Cost: $675

TST 351

An online exam for candidates seeking a BPI certification as a HEP Crew Leader. This test must be taken at ECA’s Knight Training Center, and be overseen by a certified proctor.

Cost: $295

TST 356

A field examination that tests a candidate’s ability to visually/physically inspect a building, collect and analyze building data and measurements, conduct diagnostic tests, and utilize a blower door test. Additionally, candidates must evaluate a HVAC system, mechanical ventilation, combustion appliance zone (CAZ) safety, combustion safety/efficiency, and test indoor air quality within the BPI designated time limit.

Cost: $675

TST 201

A 100 question online exam for candidates seeking a BPI certification as an Envelope specialist. This test must be taken at ECA's Knight Training Center, and be overseen by a certified proctor.

Cost: $275.00

TST 204

A practical field examination of heating system analysis.  This exam must be passed to obtain a BPI Heating Professional certification.

Cost: $395

TST 203

An online exam for candidates seeking a BPI certification as a Heating Professional. This test must be taken at ECA's Knight Training Center, and be overseen by a certified proctor.

Cost: $275

TST 352

An online exam for candidates seeking a BPI certification as a HEP Energy Auditor. This test must be taken at ECA’s Knight Training Center, and be overseen by a certified proctor.

Cost: $395.00

TST 302

A digitally simulated field examination of a multi-family energy audit with detailed analysis.  This test must be taken at ECA’s Knight Training Center, and be overseen by a certified proctor.

Cost: $395

TST 301

An online exam for candidates seeking a BPI certification as a Multi-Family Building Energy Analyst.  This test must be taken at ECA's Knight Training Center, and be overseen by a certified proctor.

Cost:  $275

TST 311

A digitally simulated field examination of the tasks faced by a building operator. This exam must be passed to obtain a BPI Multi-family Building Operator certification.


Prerequisites:  Familiarity/prior relevant work experience with building construction and analysis, as well as basic knowledge regarding building science

Cost: $395

TST 310

Exam Description: An online exam for candidates seeking a BPI certification as a Multi-Family Building Operator.   This test must be taken at ECA’s Knight Training Center, and be overseen by a certified proctor.

Prerequisites:  Familiarity/prior relevant work experience with building construction and analysis, as well as basic knowledge regarding building science

Cost: $275

TST 357

A field examination that tests a candidate’s ability to review a work scope, verify safety compliance rules, address work problems, evaluate client satisfaction; conduct health & safety, carbon monoxide, blower door, and pressure pan tests, determine the pass/fail of a workscope, maintain files and records, and ensure project compliance in regards to state & local codes within the BPI designated time limit.

Cost: $675

TST 353

An online exam for candidates seeking a BPI certification as a HEP Quality Control Inspector (QCI).  This test must be taken at ECA’s Knight Training Center, and be overseen by a certified proctor.

Cost: $325

TST 354

A field examination that tests a candidate’s ability to handle tools, use materials properly, implement safety protocols, use protective barriers, address deviations from work scopes, implement cleaning & closing-out processes, and install loose fill insulation, mechanical ventilation, densepack insulation, and windows/doors within the BPI designated time limit.

Cost: $675

TST 350

An online exam for candidates seeking a BPI certification as a HEP Retrofit Installer Technician.  This test must be taken at ECA’s Knight Training Center, and be overseen by a certified proctor.

Cost: $295

TST 101

A hands on field exam with an oral component that must be passed to obtain a BPI Residential Envelope Whole House Air Leakage Control Installer certification (Installer).

Cost: $395

BDL 210

This course examines residential energy auditing and energy efficiency analysis using the "House as a System" theory.  Students learn how to provide homeowners with an overview of their energy consumption, and present opportunities to save money by conserving energy.  Classroom learning, field practice, and hands on lab work are combined in this course to create a holistic learning experience.  Building Energy Analyst prepares trainees to succesfully challenge the Building Performance Institute Building Analyst (BPI-BA) Certification tests.

Cost: $1,695

BDL 325

This course teaches students how to use a handheld infrared camera and explains the infrared (IR) energy auditing process. Topics include IR science and theory, single- and multi-family building analysis, heat transfer, moisture detection, creating IR inspection reports, and more. Skills training, hands on learning, and classroom theory are combined in this course to create a holistic learning experience. Students will understand how to efficiently incorporate a handheld infrared camera into their business after completing this course.

BDL 083

This course provides an introduction to building science and performance. Students learn to view the “House as a System” of interrelated components that dictate residential comfort, health, safety, energy efficiency, and durability. Topics include heat, air, and moisture movement, building components, mechanical systems, environmental concerns and occupant education. Building Science Principles consists entirely of classroom theory. Students receive a Building Performance Institute (BPI) certificate upon passing the course exam.

Course Cost: $250

BDL 091

This course introduces entry-level retrofit installer technicians to the analysis of energy, air, and water vapor movement in residential buildings.

BDL 085

This course teaches students how to perform energy auditing tests using the “House as a System” theory. Advanced knowledge regarding diagnostic testing is taught. Trainees learn all of the testing aspects of a Building Performance Institute (BPI) level energy audit per the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) job task analysis competencies. Building Tests for the Energy Professional is a supplement to the BPI core certifications.

BDL 086

Course Description: This course examines residential energy auditing and energy efficiency analysis using the “House as a System” theory. Students learn advanced knowledge regarding building data collection.  All internal and external aspects of the building are discussed. The foundation, basement, main floor, attic, roof, HVAC system, combustion appliances, air leakage areas, insulation, and more will be covered, as well as thermographic scan results.

BDL 330

This course examines residential energy auditing and energy efficiency analysis using the “House as a System” theory. Trainees learn how to thoroughly analyze a residential building’s energy efficiency and health & safety. All internal and external aspects of the building are discussed.

BDL 211

This course teaches advanced building envelope diagnostic evaluation and repair skills using the “House as a System” theory. Topics include health & safety, building system relationships, indoor moisture sources and solutions, psychrometric charts and sling psychrometers, visual inspections, thermal & pressure boundary evaluations, duct diagnostics & sealing, insulation techniques & applications, and window & door inspections.

BDL 213

This course examines the standards for residential heating analysis and energy efficiency measurements using the “House as a System” theory. Students learn how to evaluate heating systems, and develop appropriate work order recommendations that save money by conserving energy. Classroom learning, field practice, and hands on lab work are combined in this course to create a holistic learning experience. Heating Professional prepares trainees to successfully challenge the Building Performance Institute (BPI) Heating Professional certification tests.

Price:  $1,395

BDL 099

This course is for individuals who are responsible for maintaining the efficient operation of building systems. Recordkeeping, preventive maintenance, communication, health & safety, and optimizing the efficiency of HVAC, electric, and water systems are taught. Students also learn about environmental concerns such as Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). Building maintenance technicians, building operators and facilities managers will benefit most from this course.

Cost: $195

BDL 090

This course provides an introduction to weatherization and the U.S. Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). Trainees will learn how to complete entry-level retrofit installer technician tasks. Introduction to Weatherization is designed for individuals with little to no prior construction or weatherization experience.  Classroom discussions, demonstrations, and hands-on exercises are combined in this course to create a holistic learning experience.

BDL 340

This course teaches multi-family, commercial, and institutional building operators, managers, and owners about energy efficient operations using the “House as a System” theory. Students learn about various building systems and focus on optimizing building performance and minimizing energy consumption. A comprehensive approach to property management is emphasized including data collection, operations and maintenance planning, equipment documentation, staff training, and resident education. Health & safety issues are also examined.

BDL 212

This course examines multi-family residential energy auditing and energy efficiency analysis using the “House as a System” theory. Students learn how to provide building owners and managers with a detailed analysis of their building’s systems performance and energy consumption, and present opportunities to save money by conserving energy.

BDL 087

Course Description:  This course teaches students how to use soft skills to create and preserve positive agent-client relationships. Students engage in role-play simulations of situations often faced by weatherization workers. Communication skills are emphasized while students learn how to respond to common misconceptions regarding weatherization. Topics include baseload analysis, Savings-to-Investment ratio, collection of appliance information, documentation of energy consumption, and cost effectiveness.

BDL 084

This course teaches students how to replace manual thermostats with energy efficient programmable thermostats.  Trainees learn the installation and removal processes through hands on lab activities.  Classroom lectures teach students how to convey programmable thermostats’ advantages over manual models. Trainees improve customer service and client education skills through role play exercises.

Course Cost: $225

BDL 349

This course trains students to thoroughly inspect energy efficiency retrofits and the implementation of work scopes. Students participate in multiple full inspections.  Classroom theory, field practice, and lab work are combined in this course to create a holistic learning experience.  Quality Control Inspector prepares trainees to successfully challenge the Building Performance Institute (BPI) Home Energy Professional (HEP) Quality Control Inspector exams.

BDL 350

Course Description:  This course trains students to thoroughly inspect energy efficiency retrofits and the implementation of work scopes. Students learn how to comprehensively analyze a residential building’s energy efficiency and health & safety upgrades. All internal and external aspects of the building are examined.

BDL 201

This course introduces trainees to residential air leakage control. Students learn the theory, methods, materials, and proper tool use to safely air seal accessible and inaccessible areas of residential buildings. Trainees are prepared for the Building Performance Institute (BPI) Residential Building Envelope Whole House Air Leakage Control (RBE-WH-ALC) Installer Certification tests. Classroom learning and hands on lab work are combined in this course to create a holistic learning experience.

Cost: $1,495

CEUs: 16 CEUs

BDL 206

This is an 8-week online course that prepares students for Building Performance Institute (BPI) training by reviewing the mechanisms that dictate residential heat and air flow. Students are provided with a syllabus, course guide, books, and access to an online discussion forum as well as an instructor who can answer questions. Written practice exams are incorporated into this self paced course. Saturn Online can be taken concurrently with Building Energy Analyst Training, but it is suggested to be completed prior or in conjunction with Building Energy Analyst Training.

Cost: $595

BDL 088

This course comprehensively examines the infrared (IR) energy auditing process. Students learn how to operate a handheld infrared camera and efficiently incorporate it into their business.  Topics include IR science and theory, single- and multi-family building analysis, heat transfer, moisture detection, creating IR inspection reports, and more. The course utilizes hands on and classroom training, emphasizing practical knowledge and skills training. Thermography for the Energy Professional is a supplement to the Building Performance Institute (BPI) core certifications.

BDL 100

This course provides an extensive introduction to weatherization, retrofit installation, and energy conservation. Students learn to recognize and fix energy efficiency problems in residential buildings.  Weatherization and Retrofit Installer utilizes a comprehensive approach to learning Building Science and stresses the “House as a System” theory. Trainees are provided with the opportunity to hone their installer skills in lab facilities before entering the workforce.  Students take written and lab exams upon course completion.

BDL 093

This course is the capstone of the Retrofit Installer Technician training sequence.  Students receive intermediate to advanced training in weatherization measures including roof, stair and drywall repair, as well as roof vent, door, and window installation. Weatherization Installation Technical Applications is designed for entry level retrofit installer technicians who have some experience with weatherization, basic carpentry, and tool operation. Incumbent workers who wish to improve their weatherization skills can also benefit from this course.

Health and Safety

Health and Safety

SAF 115

This course examines the interaction of the building shell and natural & mechanical ventilation systems. Emphasis is placed on when mechanical ventilation is required by Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) guidelines.  Students learn how to calculate Building Airflow Standards and ensure their compliance with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineer’s (ASHRAE’s) current standards outlined in 62.2. Classroom learning and lab practice are combined in this course to create a holistic learning experience.

CPR 111

This course teaches workers the basic skills needed to respond to specific injuries or medical issues that may arise while at a work site.  These skills should be applied while medical professionals such as emergency medical technicians or paramedics are en route to the injury location.  Successful completion of the course results in a 2-year certification.

Cost: $125

SAF 110

This course prepares individuals to safely work around lead-based paint while renovating residential buildings under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Renovate, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule.  Lead Safety RRP will benefit anyone who may encounter lead contamination while renovating, repairing or painting. The course is divided between two hours of hands on training and six hours of classroom learning.  Successful completion of the course results in an EPA-RRP certification.

Cost:  $225

SAF 113

This course is designed for candidates who want to extend their already current EPA RRP certification.  The course covers how individuals will safely work around lead-based paint while renovating residential buildings under the U.S Enviromental Protection Agency (EPA) Renovate, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule.  Lead Safety RRP will benefit anyone who may encounter lead contamination while renovating, repairing, or painting.  The course is divided between 1.5 hours of classroom learning, 1.5 hours of hands on training and a 1 hour written exam.

SAF 112

This course was produced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to teach and certify* individuals in how to conduct non-abatement  lead dust clearance testing to determine if an area is safe for re-occupancy after renovations.

Cost: $ 250

SAF 100

This course examines the essential components of client communication through interactive lectures, facilitated discussions, and role play exercises. Students practice educational skills in four primary areas: 1. general communication, 2. explanations of energy efficiency, 3. explanations of health & safety, and 4. explanations of weatherization measures.

SAF 302

This course provides a comprehensive safety training program that will benefit anyone involved in the construction industry.  Specifically devised for safety directors, foremen, and field supervisors, this program examines Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance issues. The competencies taught are required by Federal OSHA and a national certification is awarded once candidates successfully complete a written examination. OSHA recommends OSHA 30 as a strong orientation to occupational health & safety.

SAF 111

This course provides introductory training regarding 1970 safety hazards encountered in the workplace, and workers’ rights as per the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) Act.  Entry level and experienced workers will benefit from this course. OSHA 10 is delivered in two 5-hour lectures on consecutive days.

Cost: $250

Roof Coating Courses

Roof Coating Courses

CTG 101

This course examines the installation of Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) in roofing applications. Lecture presentations, practical labs, and field experiences are combined in this course to create a holistic learning experience. Students learn to prepare, apply, and coat two-part SPF and are taught about the SPF components’ chemical compositions and the mechanical attributes. Instructors explain the calculations associated with SPF installations and demonstrate the proper use of SPF equipment. The course culminates with trainees installing SPF on an individual project.

Storm Water Management Courses

Storm Water Management Courses

STM 110

This course brings the Building Analyst theory the “House as a System” outside of the home.  Students learn how to incorporate stormwater management, surface grading, and impervious surface area, into a building analyst’s work scope.  Classroom learning and hands on lab work are combined in this course to create a holistic learning experience.  Lectures examine the goals of stormwater management systems, the Water Department fees associated with storm water management, and green stormwater solutions/retrofits.  Lab exercises teach students about sizing

STM 100

This course teaches students about stormwater assessment. Emphasis is placed on the hands on components of storm water management and physically installing storm water management devices (i.e. Flow-through Planters, Rain Barrels, etc.). Lab exercises include installing and repairing drainage systems and disconnected downspouts.

Prerequisites: Recommended: Landscaping experience/basic carpentry.

Cost: $495