Energy Masters Volunteers

Training Program

Modeled after the Master Gardeners program, candidates receive comprehensive energy efficiency training program and then volunteer at a variety of service projects that will provide opportunities for volunteers to hone their skills and develop their expertise so that they can comfortably and confidently serve the community. Application period has closed for the 2016-2017 training class.

Here’s how it works …

Volunteers who:

  • Review program requirements: community volunteer or student apprentice.
  • Complete an online application (see links below).

  • Successfully complete a brief telephone screening/interview, and

  • Pay a $65 registration fee (plus $10 fee for a required background check*) to help defer the cost of the program (Needs-based waivers available. Just ask!** Not applicable for Student Apprentice Volunteers).

Will then:

  1. Train – complete six-session training program

  2. Assess – complete an open-book, take-home exam

  3. Celebrate – you’ve completed the training project … rejoice with fellow volunteers

  4. Serve – apply what you’ve learned in the community

  5. Report – track and submit your service hours

  6. Certify – complete all program components and earn your certification

* Background check is required for participation. Once accepted into the program, each volunteer will submit a secure online form to initiate a background check. Payment of $9.95 must be made online at the time of submission. Not required for Energy Apprentice (student) volunteers.

** All are welcome and encouraged to participate in this program, regardless of financial means. If the registration fee is a barrier to your participation, please contact us. Registration fee not required for student apprentice volunteers.

Three pathways available:

1. Community volunteer – Adults new to the program. [ Apply ]
2. Student apprentice volunteer – High school (16 and older) or college  [ Apply ]
3. Returning Volunteers – Renewing certification.  [ Recommitment Form ]
Over a six-week period during September/October and early November, candidates will participate in a series of classroom training sessions and one hands-on field-work session.

Specifically, volunteers will learn how to:

  • seal air leaks around doors, windows, and electrical switch plates with foam adhesive and caulk
  • install gaskets behind light switch and electrical outlet plates
  • install faucet aerators and low-flow shower heads
  • replace traditional incandescent light bulbs with more efficient, long-lasting LEDs
  • install flow restrictors in toilets
  • provide energy efficiency and water conservation education and outreach in schools, to community groups, and to individual residents and families in affordable housing apartments

Have questions? Please get in touch.

Raves from program participants …

I learned a great deal from the training provided by ACE and Conway Energy. Most importantly, I learned numerous ways to make my home more energy efficient.” 

Janine Bergin, Arlington, Virginia

The Energy Masters program was a great introduction to the energy efficiency, building science, and weatherization fields. Implementing projects in the local community was a rewarding way to utilize the knowledge and skills we gained in the training sessions.

Chris Wagner, Washington, D.C.

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