Continuing Education

Students of the Installing Photovoltaic Systems continuing education course get hands-on experience installing PV panels on roof modules used for training, photo.

The FSEC Energy Research Center at UCF offers a wide range of continuing education courses covering renewable energy and building energy technology topics. Most continuing education courses include both classroom instruction, and hands-on field experience. In many cases, attendees can receive continuing education units (CEUs) and some courses are approved for Florida professional license renewals.

Training Tracks

Solar Training | Rater TrainingResidential Energy CodeCommercial Energy Code | Building ScienceHVACGreen BuildingWeatherization

 

 

Current Course Offerings

Solar Training

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Installing Photovoltaic Systems

FSEC is in the process of revising both the content and delivery of the “Installing Photovoltaic Systems” workshop to provide the student with a more accessible and up-to-date experience. For this reason, this course is no longer available and the new training program will be offered in the second quarter of 2020. We apologize for this inconvenience. For more information or questions, please contact Colleen Kettles at ckettles@fsec.ucf.edu.

Rater Training Track

Home energy ratings provide a standardized measure of energy costs and efficiency. Ratings in Florida can only be conducted by state-certified Raters. Following the prerequisites, courses should be taken in order, as indicated below.

Prerequisite 1

Blueprints energy code compliance online splash screenFrom Blueprints to Residential Energy Code Compliance (Online Version).

Instructor-Led version of this course offered in By Request Only section.

Prerequisite 2

Rob Vieira teaching two students in a classroomEnergyGauge Pro Hands-On (Online Version).

Instructor-led version of this course offered in By Request Only section.

Step 1

An instructor helping a student during an energy rater continuing education training course

Energy Gauge Rater Training Class 3 Rater

A Class 3 Rater can only rate new buildings.

Step 2

A student measuring a model house in an energy rater continuing education training courseEnergy Gauge Rater Training Class 2 Rater

A Class 2 Rater can rate new or existing buildings using site audit data.

Step 3

A student installing a blower door fan during an energy rater continuing education training courseEnergy Gauge Rater Training Class 1 Rater

A Class 1 rater can rate new or existing buildings using both site data and actual field performance tests of the building’s energy efficiency.

Exams

Three images from energy rater continuing education courses with the word exams aboveChallenge/Retake Exams

Think you know what it takes to challenge the EnergyGauge or RESNET exams? Need to retake an EnergyGauge, Energy Star or RESNET exam? Register online for the date that is convenient for you.

Electives

ENERGY STAR rated Florida home with sign in the front lawnENERGY STAR Ver. 3.0 Training

This training is tailored for the home energy rater to fulfill the training requirement of ENERGYSTAR version 3.0.

ENERGY STAR Multi-Family New Construction Training

This training is mandatory for the HERS Rater and RESNET Rating Field Inspector to fulfill the training requirement set by EPA’s ENERGY STAR Program for Multi-Family New Construction. Any new multi-family residences that seek the ENERGY STAR Label after January 1, 2020, must have someone with this certification to complete the process.

Classroom of adult continuing education students taking a test in school.Re-certification Course

If you’re already a certified rater, enroll in this course to extend your rater status for three years.

Instructor and students gathered around instructional setup using a blower door for continuing education training.Refresher Course

Need a little review? This class is designed to “refresh” the certified rater in proper rating procedure and performance testing.

Student using a device to test for a gas leak near a gas powered water heater before a blower door test, weatherization.Combustion Safety

This course will familiarize HERS Raters with the new RESNET Combustion Appliance Safety Testing protocols outlined in Chapter 8 of RESNET Standards.

Residential Energy Code Track

If you work in the Florida residential construction industry, this series of courses will familiarize you with the energy code, the skills needed to use the energy code, and the tools to ensure compliance.
Residential Florida building code Energy ConservationFlorida Residential Energy Code Compliance: Methods, Tools, and Verification

Whether you’re building or renovating residences, you should be familiar with the Florida Residential Energy Code. This course will introduce the code and help you and become skilled with the tools for compliance. (See By Request Only Section)

Pointing at BlueprintsFrom Blueprints to Residential Energy Code Compliance (See By Request Only Section)

Examining the blueprints is one of the first steps to determine energy code compliance. This course will guide you through performing take-offs to perform compliance calculations.

Blueprints energy code compliance online splash screen used in continuing education training course.From Blueprints to Residential Energy Code Compliance (Online Version)

Learn the same material, but from the comfort of your computer, at your own pace.

EnergyGauge Pro online course titleEnergyGauge Pro Hands-On (Online Version)

Learn the same material, but from the comfort of your computer, at your own pace.

A student installing a blower door fan during an energy rater training courseResidential Building Air Leakage (Blower Door) Testing

Learn how to perform residential building air leakage tests using a blower door in compliance with 2014 Florida Residential Energy Code.

Cover of IECC publicationThe 2015 IECC and the Energy Rating Index (ERI) Compliance Option (See By Request Only Section)

Obtain a working knowledge of 2015 International Energy Conservation Code residential compliance methods and reporting and the RESNET Quality Assurance process.

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Overview of the 6th Edition (2017) Residential Florida Energy Conservation Code

Gain a working knowledge of mandatory provisions, compliance options including the new Energy Rating Index, and the new building air leakage (blower door) testing, mechanical ventilation and duct leakage testing
requirements.

Researcher measuring outside air flow by holding Flow Blaster over outside vent in soffit overhang.

Measurement and Verification of Continuous Whole-House Mechanical Ventilation Systems

This 4-hour course covers different types of residential mechanical ventilation equipment used in whole-house continuous mechanical ventilation. Course topics include current code, how to determine equipment operational status, as well as how to measure airflow rates of different systems, using different test equipment.

Assessments

Combustion Performance Exam

FSEC requires a combustion performance exam in addition to the RESNET combustion safety requirements. The test will be performed at a real home which utilizes combustion appliances.  You will have 2 hours to complete the exam. See full description to schedule exam date and time.

Provisional Rating

As part of the FSEC Rater Agreement and the RESNET Standard, a “probationary rater” must have at least two probationary ratings performed in the presence of a Quality Assurance Designee or Delegate. This includes the QA Designee (or Delegate) to supervise, on site, the probationary rating and to check the rater file input for errors.

Provisional Projected Rating from Plans

As part of the Rater Agreement and the RESNET Standard, a “probationary rater” must do at least 5 probationary ratings, in which one can be from plans. The review of the plan, which is supplied to the student, will result in one of five probationary ratings.

Commercial Energy Code Track

Florida Building CodeFlorida Commercial Energy Code Compliance: Methods, Tools, and Verification

Obtain a working knowledge of the Florida Commercial Energy Code and introduce yourself to EnergyGauge Summit by running energy use simulations and reviewing code compliance reports.

EnergyGauge Summit logoCommercial Energy Code and Green Building Modeling Using EnergyGauge Summit

This course provides a more in-depth review of EnergyGauge Summit focusing on more detailed input of building information and analysis of the various reports.

Student being instructed during a commercial rater continuing education training classEnergyGauge Commercial Rater Training

Explore the methods required to accurately assess commercial buildings and obtain your commercial energy rater certification.

COURSES BY REQUEST ONLY

The following training courses are available at FSEC in Cocoa, Fla. or off-site on an as-requested basis. If you or your company are interested in attending a particular course, please email info@fsec.ucf.edu.
Infrared thermovision image showing lack of thermal insulation on house, used in continuing education training course.Introduction to the Infrared Camera

An infrared camera can be a helpful tool in diagnosing a variety of problems. This course will introduce students to the basics of thermography as it applies to diagnosing building conditions.

Student using a device to test for a gas leak near a gas powered water heater before a blower door test, weatherizationCombustion Safety

This course will familiarize HERS Raters with the new RESNET Combustion Appliance Safety Testing protocols outlined in Chapter 8 of RESNET Standards.

Worker adding reflective aluminum tape to a duct joint to make it air tight weatherization, continuing education training course.Air Sealing Tech

Learn the basics of air leakage, tools, and materials used in attic preparation, as well as the trouble spots found repeatedly on a job site. There will be demos and hands-on experiences of proper attic preparation.

Dense packed insulation in unfinished construction framed wallDense-Pack Sidewall Insulation

Students will practice installing dense-pack insulation and explore the various inspection techniques available. Common pitfalls and installation techniques will be covered.

Test modules used for weatherization and blower door continuing education courses.Advanced Pressure Diagnostics

This course covers methods to reduce air leakage in floors, walls and ceilings adjacent to buffer zones, including attic, crawlspace, attached garage. and also determine if air-sealing is needed.

Mold beside and under new window, in the corner of the beige wall and along it.Diagnosing Moisture Problems

Learn how to avoid elevated indoor humidity and building moisture problems in hot and humid climates, including uncontrolled airflow, building pressures, ventilation, mold and mildew problems.

HVAC Training

 
HVAC QI Technician Checklist for ENERGY STAR V3

Understand the requirements of the HVAC QI Technician Checklist for ENERGYSTAR® V3 and how to complete in the most efficient way.

ACCA Manual J and ENERGY STAR

This 1.5 day course will provide additional guidance on the Manual J and the ENERGYSTAR® compliance.

ACCA Manual J, D, and S Intro. (Morning Session Only)

Participants will gain an overview of the concepts behind the industry standard ACCA Manual J, D, and S in the design, installation and cut fabrication for HVAC systems.

ACCA Manual J Basics (Afternoon Session Only)

This course will expose attendees to more in-depth usage and applications of Manual J. This is a hands-on, interactive learning session and requires each attendee to bring his or her own laptop.

 

Green Building Training

FGBC logoFlorida Green Home Certification Training

Two-day training offering green building techniques for Florida homes. Individuals who complete this course and exams may become an accredited Certifying Agent of the Florida Green Building Coalition provided they meet the eligibility requirements.

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ZEH 1: Defining a Zero Energy Green Home

Why attempt a zero energy home? What are some of the costs and concerns? Review case studies of near-zero and zero energy homes and some of the key findings from each one.

ZEH 2: Designing a Zero Energy Green Home

This course considers many design stage parameters, from solar orientation and shading to location of HVAC and renewable equipment, and material selection. Follow our case study through the design stage.

ZEH 3: Energy Star Water Heating Choices

Learn how solar water heating systems, electric dedicated heat pump water heating and gas tankless systems work.

ZEH 4: Selecting Solar Water Heating for Zero Energy Green Homes

Achieve renewable energy savings by providing solar water heating. Explore various types of solar water heating systems, typical savings and costs, and key features to specify based on climate and operation considerations.

ZEH 5: Selecting Windows and Walls for Zero Energy Green Homes

Learn what matters when selecting windows and walls for your climate and your application. Our experts will explain the energy savings you may expect and the important characteristics to look for when choosing windows and walls.

ZEH 6: Constructing Roofs and Attics for Zero Energy Green Homes

Roof materials, attic insulation, duct location and radiant barrier systems are all covered in this Webinar. Make the right roofing system choice to reduce energy use in your home.

ZEH 7: HVAC Systems for Zero Energy Green Homes

Learn the impact of correct sizing, duct layout and duct tightness. This course covers air circulation systems in conjunction with heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps, and gas furnaces.

ZEH 8: Selecting Appliances and Plug Loads for Zero Energy Green Homes

Learn how to reduce energy by selecting ENERGY STAR® appliances and electronics, efficient pumps, ceiling fans, and minimizing lighting requirements.

ZEH 9: Sizing and Selecting Solar Electric Systems for Zero Energy Green Homes

Learn how to size a solar photovoltaic system, and also the pros and cons of selecting different system types such as efficiency, durability and price.

ZEH 10: Using Your Home Solar Electric Systems for Emergency Power

This Webinar explores how you can install your grid-connected solar system within code regulations to supply emergency power when the grid is down. The course includes a video visit to a home with such an installation.

ZEH 11: Installation Considerations for Solar Electric Systems

This course will examine locations for the solar system based on shading considerations, roof mounting, electrical runs, inverters, meters and monitoring. Learn how to install a system right the first time!

ZEH 12: Monitoring and Operating the Zero Energy Green Home

This course is designed as a guideline for an occupant in a zero energy green home. It covers more than 30 considerations to maximize savings, comfort and occupant satisfaction.

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Weatherization Training

Neil Moyer teaching a continuing education training course on weatherization, photoWeatherization Energy Auditor Single Family

This two-week lecture-lab continuing education course provides the student with an in-depth understanding of the auditing process, and also treating the house as a system. Instruction is from the WAPTAC Standardized curricula and based on the NREL / U.S. DOE Job Task Analysis.

Tei Kucharski teaching a continuing education training class on weatherization, photoWeatherization Quality Control Inspector

Students will practice the skills needed to become an effective QCI during this 5-day lecture-lab course. Instruction is from the WAPTAC Standardized curricula and based on the NREL / U.S. DOE Job Task Analysis.

Blower door controls, photo, used in continuing education training course.Florida Weatherization Instructional Videos

The videos demonstrate testing methods that weatherization inspectors need to perform when determining weatherization measures needed, while also ensuring the safe operation of the house.