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.
Training Travel Reimbursement for PA WAP Workers
- PA WAP Training Travel Reimbursement Guidelines FY 2019-20
- PA WAP Training Travel Expense Form, July-December 2019 (PDF)
- PA WAP Training Travel Expense Form, July-December 2019 (Excel)
- Declaration of Missing Receipt Form
- DCED Directive 2011-1 Federal Travel and Subsistence Allowance
- PA WAP Training Travel Reimbursement Slides 2019
Continuing Education Reimbursement for PA WAP Workers
- PA WAP Continuing Education Reimbursement Guidelines FY 2019-20
- PA WAP Continuing Education Approval Request Form FY 2019-20 (PDF)
- PA WAP Continuing Education Approval Request Form FY 2019-20 (Excel)
- PA WAP Continuing Education Expense Form FY 2019-20 (PDF)
- PA WAP Continuing Education Expense Form FY 2019-20 (Excel)
OSHA Online Training Reimbursement
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. 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.