The state's primary resource for weatherization-related technical education and training since 1985
NSSC at Pennsylvania College of Technology is a nationally-recognized U.S. DOE legacy Weatherization Training Center that provides technical expertise and competency-based training courses to home energy professionals in the building performance field, including the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). NSSC serves as the primary technical resource to Pennsylvania’s WAP on a wide variety of subjects and special initiatives and also offers technical consultation and training assistance to other state WAPs.
Training for PA WAP Workers
The PA WAP follows the current PA DCED Training Directive, which outlines training requirements. PA WAP workers and subcontractors must fulfill training requirements under NSSC’s Home Energy Professional (HEP) Training Programs for Single Family Energy Auditor, Crew Leader, Retrofit Installer Technician, and Quality Control Inspector.
Reimbursement Services for the PA WAP
NSSC serves as the central clearinghouse for expense reimbursement to PA WAP workers and subcontractors for the following:
- Continuing Education reimbursement
- Regular NSSC course travel reimbursement
- OSHA 10 online training reimbursement
Chrome River software is the PA Weatherization Assistance Program’s new cloud-based software that will intake, process, and store all reimbursement-related activity.
Chrome River Login Site: https://app.ca1.chromeriver.com/login
As the PA WAP administrator for Chrome River, NSSC is responsible for setting up user accounts and providing general troubleshooting for Chrome River questions or issues.
To obtain a Chrome River user account: Contact your PA WAP Agency Director or Coordinator to confirm you are listed on their current Training Plan as an active worker or subcontractor. You must provide a valid email address that is not shared with others in the PA WAP. Request that the PA WAP Agency Director or Coordinator email NSSC at firstname.lastname@example.org with an updated Training Plan.
Once you are listed as an active worker or subcontractor on an Agency’s Training Plan, NSSC will create your Chrome River account and generate a welcome email with login and guidance information.
Problems logging into your Chrome River account? Make sure to use the same email address listed on your PA WAP Agency’s Training Plan. Contact your Agency Director or Coordinator if you need to provide an updated email address for their Training Plan.
PA Weatherization Technical Assistance
NSSC serves as the clearinghouse for receiving and coordinating responses to all PA WAP questions and requests for information of a technical nature, including technical questions regarding weatherization work and the Standard Work Specifications (SWS).
Submit your technical questions to NSSC’s Technical Team email: email@example.com.
Technical Q&A useful to others are posted on DCED’s SharePoint site for all PA WAP subgrantees to access. Prior to submitting a technical question, please check the Technical Q&A document on the DCED SharePoint site to see if the current list provides an answer. To request access to DCED’s SharePoint site, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Policy-related questions and LIHEAP Crisis issues should still be referred to DCED for a response.
Technical Assistance Field Visits:
NSSC is available to provide in-field technical assistance to your workers. The visits are aimed at helping all workers understand their role in the weatherization process.
All relevant Agency/Subcontractor personnel are welcome to participate in the technical assistance visit, if desired. Our hope is to encourage teamwork and communication through the whole process
As soon as you have one of these opportunities available, please contact us directly to set up a technical assistance visit.
PA Weatherization Training Questions & Answers
I have a lot of experience in weatherization or the building and construction industry. Do I need to go through training?
If you have (1) previously attended weatherization training at one of Pennsylvania’s approved weatherization training providers and (2) have completed the necessary coursework for your desired job classification, you can be automatically grandfathered into a training program. If you have not completed both of these requirements, you must attend training.
How much does training cost?
If you are a direct hire of a Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) agency employee or a subcontractor to a WAP agency, you are eligible for no-cost training and certification.
If you are not associated with the Weatherization Assistance Program, all of our courses are also available for a fee. Please visit our Home Energy Professional page or contact us for more information.
How do I register for a course?
Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) agency employees or subcontractors: Please work through your Agency Weatherization Director or Coordinator to identify your training needs on the Agency’s Training Plan. Registration will be handled once NSSC receives your Agency’s updated Training Plan. You must provide a valid email address in the Training Plan in order to register for courses.
Private individuals and companies: If you are not associated with the Weatherization Assistance Program, all of our courses are also available for a fee. Please visit our Home Energy Professional page or contact us for more information.