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Energy Works: Heat Pump Installation | Certification

Energy Works provides no-cost training opportunities for heat pump installation in just two weeks.

There is no experience required for training within Energy Works. Participants will receive a $500 stipend upon completion of the training. Individuals who enter the field following the training will receive an additional $500 after 60 days of employment. Training includes OSHA-10 and First Aid/CPR certification, EPA-608, job shadow opportunities, and four days of technical training conducted by industry leading instructors with years of experience.

Heat pump trainings are offered in Burlington, Hartford, Rutland, and Westminster. This program will be expanding to additional locations throughout Vermont. Please visit our website and/or contact Vermont Adult Learning for the most up-to-date offerings.

This program includes for prepares for the following credential(s): EPA Act 608 Safe Refrigerant Handling Certification.

Construction 101 | Certification

Construction 101 prepares trainees for entry-level work in the construction trades. During this six-week course, participants earn the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10 certification, National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) credentials, and receive job placement opportunities.

Each trainee has access to the necessary tools of the trade. Students practice being on a construction crew, working collaboratively with their fellow trainees. They work on construction projects as they would on an actual job site. Class time is split between hands-on learning, building projects, and classroom training.

This program includes or prepares for the following credential(s): National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Core Craft.

YouthBuild | Certification

YouthBuild students have the opportunity to graduate with their high school diploma, be trained in construction skills earning certificates in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10, National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), First Aid & CPR Training, and as part-time AmeriCorps members earn an AmeriCorps Education Award.

This program includes or prepares for the following credential(s): National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Core Craft.

Trailblazers | Certification

Trailblazers is a free trades training program preparing women and gender-expansive individuals ages 18+ for careers in construction and the renewable energy sector.

The seven-week-long pre-apprenticeship program provides a safe, non-judgmental environment for participants to build skills, gain confidence, and explore fields that tend to be male-dominated.

Throughout the program, participants get hands-on experience through field trips, community build projects, and a three-week paid onsite work experience with a local employer who has participated in our gender equity training.

This program includes or prepares for the following credential(s): National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Core Craft.

Conservation Program: Forestry | Certification

While improving the health of our forests, Corps Members build professional skills and gain experience toward careers in the Vermont forest products industry. After completing Game Of Logging training and certification, crews work with chainsaws and hand tools to complete projects including:

  • Invasive species removal: Corps Members use their hands, tools, and direct chemical application to control invasive species like buckthorn and barberry. These projects improve wildlife habitat and support biodiversity.
  • Reforestation & Erosion Control: Crews plant trees in deforested areas and install water bars (diagonal ridges or channels) for erosion control.
  • Tree felling: Crews operate chainsaws to thin trees and improve habitats, sustainably harvest timber, and remove trees that are hazardous to recreationists.

The estimated duration of this program is 12 to 26 weeks depending if you are on the advanced crew or the Americorps crew.

This program includes or prepares for the following credentials: Class A Sawyer certification, Class B Sawyer certification, Game of Logging Levels 1-2. Game of Logging Levels 3 & 4 are offered to returning crew members and year-round leaders.

Community Kitchen Academy | Certificate

Community Kitchen Academy (CKA) is a seven-week culinary training program. At CKA, you’ll learn from professional chefs in modern commercial kitchens and graduate with the skills and knowledge to work in the field of food service.

Throughout the course, you’ll develop and apply new skills by preparing food that would otherwise be wasted from grocery stores, restaurants, farms, and food service companies. The food you cook is then distributed through food shelves and meal sites throughout the community.

CKA features: hands-on learning, national ServSafe Food Manager certificate, Vermont Division of Liquor Control First Class Server Training, job placement support, tuition and financial assistance for income eligible students, and connections to community and resources.

CKA is available at two locations: Barre and Burlington.