Building Performance Institute

Building Performance Institute

November 19, 2010 15:20 ET

New Jersey Grants Available to Employers for BPI Training and Certification of Employees

MALTA, NEW YORK--(Marketwire - Nov. 19, 2010) - The State of New Jersey has announced the availability of State Energy Sector Partnership (SESP) grants to employers to cover the costs of training and certifying new or existing employees for certifications from the Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI).

The $6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor aims to foster the growth of New Jersey's workforce to meet the demands of the emerging energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. Total funding available for the first six month program cycle from January to July 2011 is estimated to be $1 million. The SESP program is administered by the New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission (SETC), and will run through January 2013.

"This program will sharpen the skills New Jersey retrofit workers have in their tool boxes, allowing the state's employers to boost their competitive advantage," said BPI CEO Larry Zarker. "It will also foster new job creation by giving employers an incentive to hire new employees to serve the emerging home retrofit market."

The SETC requires the application to be submitted by employers, industry associations or labor/trade organizations within New Jersey's energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. Employers must commit to hire and/or retain workers trained through SESP funds. Applications are due December 10th 2010. The application and detailed instructions are available at:

The grant also requires employers to choose a New Jersey based, BPI Training Affiliate organization to train their employees. A list of qualified affiliates is available on the BPI website at:

The list of approved BPI certifications for which the grant will cover training costs includes:

  • BPI Building Analyst Professional 
  • BPI Heating Professional
  • BPI AC/Heat Pump Professional
  • BPI Building Analyst Multi-family Professional

A requirement of the application is that companies obtain a Tax Clearance Certificate from the State of New Jersey. This application can be found at the following link: This process can take up to two weeks, so interested employers should apply immediately.

About the Building Performance Institute 

The Building Performance Institute, Inc., (BPI) is the nation's premier building performance credentialing, quality assurance and standards setting organization. BPI develops technical standards using an open, transparent, consensus-based process built on sound building science. BPI is approved by the American National Standards Institute, Inc. (ANSI) as an accredited developer of American National Standards.

BPI offers the following:

  • National standards to ensure top quality, consistent protocols are being followed throughout the home performance and weatherization workforce
  • Certification of individuals in building analyst, heating, AC/heat pump, shell/envelope and multi-family designations
  • Accreditation of contracting companies committed to delivering quality home performance improvements
  • Quality assurance to verify conformance with BPI Standards and provide feedback for continuing improvement
  • Affiliation of training organizations that deliver BPI services in their market 

For more information on BPI, visit

Building Performance Institute, Inc.
107 Hermes Road, Suite 110
Malta, NY 12020
Phone: (877) 274-1274
Fax: (866) 777-1274 

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