New government initiative promotes energy efficiency training 

Published: 21 September 2020

A range of energy efficiency training providers and options are available, including accredited training, on-the-job learning, government workshops, and programs offered by professional and industry associations.

Government programs

Cross Industries Skills Training Project  Managed through the National Energy Efficient Buildings Project (NEEBP) by the South Australian Government, delivered on behalf of the former COAG Energy Council.

National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) A national performance-based system that rates buildings on their impact on the environment. The website has information on NABERS assessor training and accreditation.

Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NaTHERS) Rates the energy performance of residential buildings. The website has information on NatHERS assessor training and accreditation.

NSW energy courses and webinars The Energy Saver website offers hands-on experience in energy management for businesses to learn how to implement energy-efficiency projects.

NSW Sustainability Advantage program Open to organisations from the not-for-profit, government and medium-to-large business sectors.

The Basics of Efficient Lighting reference manual  A joint initiative of the Equipment Energy Efficiency Program and the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA).

Victorian Residential Efficiency Scorecard Program The Victorian Scorecard provides a star rating and certificate for existing homes based on their energy efficiency. The website has information on the Victorian Scorecard assessor training and accreditation.

Queensland ecoBiz program Help for businesses to save money on their energy, water and waste bills through sustainability initiatives.

Professional and industry organisations

Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) offers short courses and post-graduate qualifications in energy efficiency and energy auditing.

Australian Power Institute (API) was established by the electricity power industry to support engineers in the power sector. API's bursary program provides support to students.

Carbon Training International (CTI) offers a range of courses to build skills and knowledge in carbon management. 

Energy Efficiency Council (EEC) is Australia’s peak body for energy efficiency, energy management and demand response.

Energy Efficiency Certification Scheme is operated by the EEC for professionals who can lead comprehensive energy retrofits of commercial buildings.

Energy Users Association of Australia (EUAA) holds regular events and workshops on energy markets, pricing and climate change related issues. 

Engineers Australia EA’s Professional Development Program is a platform for engineers to achieve chartered status through career path progression and work-based training. 

Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) rates the sustainability of buildings and communities through the national Green Star rating system. Their information portal contains energy efficiency training resources for industry practitioners and decision-makers.

Innovation and Business Skills Australia (IBSA) develops the capacity of the Australian manufacturing industry and its relevant sectors for innovation and continuous development. There are 6 Energy Efficiency Skill Sets in the MSS11 Sustainability Training Package.

Continuing professional development (CPD)

Australian Passive House Association (APHA) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation which aims to promote Passive House principles as a way of providing superior indoor comfort and air quality while reducing energy use and carbon emissions from Australia’s buildings.  APHA offers two qualifications for Passive House professionals:

Certified Passive House Designer

Consultant and Certified Passive House Tradesperson

GreenSmart training and accreditation  The Housing Industry Association (HIA) offers online CPD training. The GreenSmart Professional Training Course provides recognised environmental building skills for more sustainable residential design and construction.

Green Building Council of Australia online learning modules GBCA offers video courses designed by industry experts to keep up to date with the latest industry information and meet CPD needs. Topics range from regulatory requirements, innovation and development, to design and social responsibility.

Green Building Institute is a leading education provider for green skills in the building industry and offers online CPD training on a variety of energy efficiency topic areas. Courses delivered by Green Building Institute in collaboration with the New South Wales and South Australian Governments as part of the former COAG Energy Council’s Cross-Industry Skills Training Project include:

Energy Efficiency Design Course

Build thermally efficient and sustainable structures

Maximising Energy Efficiency through Applied Trade Skills

Managing Energy Efficient Building Methods

Building Science and Energy Efficiency

Develop action plans to retrofit existing buildings for energy efficiency

Energy Smart Builders

Green Star CPD Program GBCA’s Green Star CPD Program aims to expand industry professionals’ knowledge of the Green Star rating system and provide those working with and delivering Green Star projects with the required skills.

Pointsbuild is a leader in the delivery of online CPD, education and training services across Australia for construction and building professionals. These courses are delivered by Pointsbuild, Sustainability Supply Chain and the South Australian Government and as part of the former COAG Energy Council’s Cross-Industry Skills Training Project include:

Energy Efficiency and Skills Program

Energy Compliance in the NCC – Introduction

Energy Compliance in the NCC – Vol 1

Energy Compliance in the NCC – Vol 2

Five Key Energy Efficiency Strategies for Home Retrofits

Systems Thinking in Residential Design

Video demonstrations for trade professionals

Basics of Building Sealing: Understanding air tightness; Designing for a better seal; Building for a better seal. Air Infiltration and Ventilation Association, Pro Clima Australia, Efficiency Matrix  and South Australian Government as part of the former COAG Energy Council’s Cross-Industry Skills Training Project.

Efficiency Matrix has dedicated content focused on building thermal performance, air tightness and insulation consistency, including:

Energy efficiency building envelopes

Solar Passive Design versus Passive House 

Does a building need to breathe?

Major energy efficiency renovation of a 1970s home

Air leakage testing and insulation consistency 

Installing wall insulation for better building performance

Australian Windows Association and South Australian Government, through the former COAG Energy Council’s Cross-Industry Skills Training Project, present:

The science of energy and energy efficiency

Selecting the right glazing for comfort

High level energy efficiency

Master Builders Association (Victoria) in partnership with the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, presents four videos on Getting Energy Efficiency Right

Master Builders Association (Victoria) and the South Australian Government, as part of the former COAG Energy Council’s Cross-Industry Skills Training Project, present:

Associated Trades: Maintaining the Building Thermal Envelope

Installer Support: Installing Wraps and Insulation to Ensure Energy Compliance

Tertiary education

Energy Efficiency short courses University of Wollongong

Engineering UNSW Sydney

Environmental Sustainability Swinburne University of Technology

Environmental studies courses TAFE NSW

Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer Australian National University

myskills Australian Government

Working Safely in the Solar Industry Government of Victoria

Teaching materials

Through the Skills for the Carbon Challenge initiative, the Australian Government funded the development of the Learning & Teaching Sustainability website, which highlights a range of resources for educators on sustainability topics, including energy efficiency

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