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. Explore our courses and contact our Training Center with any questions or inquiries.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Building Performance Institute (BPI)

Building Performance Institute (BPI)

TST 103

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

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.

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.

TST 204

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

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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 099

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.

Home Energy Professional (HEP)

Home Energy Professional (HEP)

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 087

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 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.

Storm Water Management Courses

Storm Water Management Courses

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.