WTC Course Information FAQs

BPI - Building Performance Institute Inc.
National Center for Healthy Housing
Where can I find course information for each weatherization certification?

On the Weatherization Training Center's (WTC) main webpage, you can search for course information by weatherization certification type (Installer, Crew Chief, and Auditor). For each certification, we provide a listing of required courses, their descriptions, and how to register.

The following table below shows the courses designated as mandatory for each type of weatherization personnel.

View "Required Courses" chart as a PDF

Certification Required Courses Required Prerequisite(s)
All certifications DOE Lead Safe Work Practices None
Installer Weatherization Tactics None
OSHA 10 Construction None
Crew Chief Weatherization Tactics None
OSHA 30 Construction None
Diagnostic Approaches to Weatherization None
Advanced Weatherization Diagnostics Diagnostic Approaches to Weatherization
Baseload Auditing None
Customer Service None
Auditor Weatherization Tactics None
OSHA 10 Construction Required for all new weatherization workers seeking
Auditor certification
Diagnostic Approaches to Weatherization None
Advanced Weatherization Diagnostics Diagnostic Approaches to Weatherization
Baseload Auditing None
Customer Service None
Introduction to Residential Heating Systems Advanced Weatherization Diagnostics
Combustion Analysis and Retrofit (Oil) Advanced Weatherization Diagnostics;
Introduction to Residential Heating Systems
Combustion Analysis and Retrofit (Gas) Advanced Weatherization Diagnostics;
Introduction to Residential Heating Systems
Home Energy Auditing (HEA) Diagnostic Approaches to Weatherization;
Advanced Weatherization Diagnostics;
Introduction to Residential Heating Systems;
Combustion Analysis and Retrofit (Gas);
Combustion Analysis and Retrofit (Oil)
BPI Building Analyst Highly recommended:
• Diagnostic Approaches to Weatherization;
• Advanced Weatherization Diagnostics;
• Introduction to Residential Heating Systems;
• Combustion Analysis and Retrofit (Gas);
• Combustion Analysis and Retrofit (Oil);
• Home Energy Auditing
Instructors for Installers/Crew Chiefs All courses required for Installer/Crew Chief certification See above
Instructors for Auditors All courses required for Auditor certification See above
How do I register for a course?

PA Weatherization Assistance Program agency employees or subcontractors:

Workers must be employed as the direct hire of a WAP, or a subcontractor of a WAP, to be eligible for no-cost training. Training providers will use the new database to check worker eligibility. If your workers have previously attended classes, the training providers will most likely not need any additional information from you when your workers enroll in coursework.

If you are a new worker with the agency pursuing training for the first time, or you are requesting that an existing worker obtain a new certification status, you should be prepared to put this request in writing on your WAP agency letterhead. Please include:

  • The WAP employing the worker and the subcontractor if applicable
  • The certification (Installer, Crew Chief, Auditor, or HVAC/Other Worker) that the worker will be pursuing

All requests for training for new workers, or for existing workers pursuing additional certifications, MUST be on WAP letterhead. The training providers will not accept proof of eligibility from subcontractors.

Private individuals and companies:

Courses are also available for non-PA WAP individuals for a fee.  Please contact our office at 570-327-4768 for class arrangements.

Registration Information:
All scheduling and registration will be processed through Penn College's Online Registration process. Course registrations via phone, e-mail, or fax will not be accepted. Thank you for your assistance!

Steps for registration:

  • Find the course that you wish to take and choose "Add to My List". Once the course has been added to your list, you can either browse for more courses to add to your list or register for the course(s).
  • When you are ready to register, choose "Register" and fill in your information through the online form. Please be ready to provide:
    the employee's complete name, home address, phone number (daytime and evening)
  • Your agency's e-mail address if you are a subcontractor for a WAP agency; all others use your personal e-mail. This is important to receive the registration confirmation notice later in the process.
  • In the Company Info section, please put the name of your WAP Agency. If you are paying for class, please put your company name, if one applies.
  • In the Payment Options section, please select "Other" if you are a PA WAP. If paying a fee, please select the appropriate method.
  • Upon receipt of your online registration, an e-mail will be sent stating: "Your registration information has been submitted. You will be notified when your registration is processed." Participants will be notified via e-mail from WTC with course details, directions, and hotel information.
  • You are not registered for the class until you receive the "registration confirmation" e-mail containing the course information, directions to WTC, and a list of hotels in the area.

If the class is full when you register, you will be offered the next scheduled offering of the class. Do not attend a class other than the one for which you are registered. Visitors and guests are not permitted in classes.

Location

Penn College's WTC training facility is located at:
2245 Reach Road
Williamsport, PA 17701
(Directions to facility)
Phone: 570-327-4768
Fax: 570.320.5239
E-mail: wtc@pct.edu

Summer Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Regular Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Course Certificates
After a course, the Weatherization Training Center grades the participant's written and lab examinations. Then, the WTC sends each participant's WAP Agency a Competency Record Form, which lists the participant's course scores and whether he/she passed both examinations. All courses require a passing grade (70% or above) in both the written test and lab examination.

Course certificates will only be awarded to participants that pass both examinations for the course. If a participant does not pass both examinations, he/she must take the course again in order to receive a course certificate.

Makeup Times

Makeup times are offered for classes canceled by holidays, weather, or the instructor's request.

Cancellations

It may be necessary to cancel some classes due to low enrollment. The decision to cancel will be made 5-10 working days prior to the start of class. If your class is canceled, we will notify you or your WAP Agency based on the contact information that you provided.

Emergency closing

The Weatherization Training Centerís policy is to run courses in any weather situation, even if Penn College main campus is closed. Always be safe and make sound decisions about traveling in poor weather or other emergency conditions. To report any problems or concerns, call 570-327-4768. To contact Penn College's Police Department, please call 570-321-5555.

What is the location and contact information for weatherization courses at Penn College's WTC?

Penn College's WTC training facility is located at:
2245 Reach Road
Williamsport, PA 17701
(Directions to facility)
Phone: 570-327-4768
Fax: 570.320.5239
E-mail: wtc@pct.edu

Can Penn Collegeís WTC come to my location to train me (or a group)?

The WTC offers in-field training to WAP Agencies. If you are a WAP Agency that would like to schedule an in-field course with WTC, please contact us.

 

 

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