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Department of Energy’s Three New Workforce Programs

The Department of Energy (DOE)’s Office of State and Community Energy Programs (SCEP) is pleased to share three new workforce programs: the State-Based Home Energy Efficiency Contractor Training Program (Contractor Training Program), Energy Auditor Training Program (EAT), and Career Skills Training Program (CST), which are funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

  1. The IRA-funded Contractor Training Program offers $200 million in grants for states to prepare the contractors who electrify and install energy efficiency upgrades in residential buildings.
  2. The BIL-funded EAT offers $40 million in grants for states to train individuals to conduct energy audits in commercial and residential buildings.
  3. The BIL-funded CST offers $10 million in grants for partnerships comprised of nonprofits, industry, and labor organizations to develop classroom instruction and on-the-job training to help individuals obtain industry-related certifications to install energy-efficient building technologies.