Workforce Development
Center for Energy Efficiency and Building Science (CEEBS)
Students read a meter attached to a duct blaster during a field training session. Students read a meter attached to a duct blaster during a field training session.

“Your Building Analyst/Building Envelope course was well presented and proved valuable in our business, designing and installing DX geothermal systems. You were able to translate your knowledge of building techniques and heating concepts for us and we recommend your course highly. It has helped us greatly.”
- Paul Auerbach, Total Green Geothermal, May 2008

“The Multifamily Building Analyst training was hands-down the best, most informative BPI-based training class I've ever attended. The diversity of instructors with their expertise in various disciplines makes this training a must for any professional actively involved in performing building assessments. What I learned was immediately useful to my company not only for multifamily projects but for every type of building assessment we perform. Armed with a deeper understanding of the analysis process, our firm was immediately able to broaden our services and secure new projects. The knowledge I gained has already helped my firm secure new projects through a deeper understanding of the analysis process. This learning experience has already paid for itself and will continue to help my energy consulting business grow.”
- Fred Fellendorf, April 2008

“This course was the 3rd of 3 that I took relating to building sciences, and by far the best.”
- Mike Banks, May 2008

“… after taking Envelope class… I have a comprehensive understanding of the house as a system and BPI standards.”
– Michelle De Garno , June 2009

“Instructor was well versed on necessary information and testing priorities. [He] ran a lot of helpful practice tests and additional materials.”
– Jon Brown, June 2009

“Community of students is a great resource.”
– Rich Kobernuss, May 2009

“Kevin was a very good instructor who often went above and beyond to answer questions and offer help.”
- Brian Holley, April 2009


  1. What is the Building Performance Institute (BPI) and what does BPI certification mean?

    1. The Building Performance Institute is “a national standards development and credentialing organization for residential energy efficiency retrofit work – providing training through a network of training affiliate organizations, individual certifications, company accreditations and quality assurance programs. As an independent, not-for-profit organization, BPI brings together leading building science experts from across North America to develop our standards using a consensus-based methodology.” – Taken from BPI website

    2. BPI-certified professionals are individuals who have been trained to meet these problems head-on. They have proven their skills, meeting our stringent, nationally recognized standards by passing both written and field examinations. When you make the grade, you join one of the fastest-growing segments of the green-collar professional workforce and qualify for a sustainable career that cannot be exported.

  2. What is the certification process?

    1. Attend a training course hosted by a BPI affiliate

    2. Take the online exam - taken in a computer lab, offered at the end of the course for all CEEBS trainings

    3. Schedule a field exam - A field proctor meets with the student at a pre-determined home and the student performs a specific set of measurements and is graded on hands-on performance

  3. What about employability? How can I find a job after I am certified?

    1. The BPI website features a “Green Collar Jobs” tab that includes links to the following:

      1. A page of companies who are looking for certified people

      2. A page to post your resume and qualifications

      3. A page featuring job opportunities with BPI

    2. Types of companies/employers that would hire certified staff:

      1. Insulation contractors

      2. Home remodelers

      3. HVAC repair/installation contractors

      4. Home inspectors

  4. What is the policy for course cancellations in inclement weather?

    Hudson Valley Community College class cancellation information can be obtained via most local television and radio stations, the college's Web page or by calling the snow emergency hotline at (518) 629-4822. Should classes on the main campus be cancelled due to weather conditions, off-campus classes also will be cancelled. Please note that off campus classes will not be cancelled due to an on campus problem such as a water main break. If an off-campus site is closed during regular school or business hours due to inclement weather, or for any other reason, classes will be canceled and rescheduled for a later date. It is the responsibility of the student to contact the instructor as noted on the course syllabus to obtain reschedule information.

  5. How can I pay for my tuition for courses and/or testing?

    1. Cash, Check, MasterCard, Visa, Money Order

    2. Purchase order from sponsoring company

    3. Local county One-Stop employment centers