Certified Green Specialist

50 Hours / 3 Months / Mentor Supported

Course Overview:

This green certification is for those wanting a change and to make a difference. No special background is needed to start green training. No matter what field you may be in - real estate, plumbing, HVAC, engineering, janitorial field, or even as broad as a nursing career. We teach you all the basics to wear the label of "Certified Green Specialist™", the proprietary U.S. trademarked title for the serious green professional.

Earning the trademarked title of Certified Green Specialist™ could be a life-changing event for you. NOW  This is the time to get involved in the fastest growing, recession-proof industry. Become a green consultant!

Our Green Specialist Certification program will give you the expertise, supplies, and support, along with a green certificate, to start your own company. You will be able to conduct a sit-down evaluation and a walk-through session of a home or business, using a comprehensive check list to identify problem areas, and offer physical and lifestyle change recommendations to solve those problems.

You will be equipped with a full business start up kit, including templates for business cards, stationery and a press release. This information will be facilitated through a one year membership to the National Association of Green Specialists. You will have green training, and your green certificate, to offer your clients the advice and support that they need to green their home or office.

Course Outline:

Introduction to Green and the Green Market
Green Operations and Maintenance
Resident Green Education
Indoor Air Quality
  • Causes of indoor air quality problems
  • Volatile organic compounds
  • Pollutant sources
  • Health issues associated with poor IAQ
  • How to reduce VOC's
  • Ventilation
  • Radon
  • HVAC
  • The challenges of mold and moisture
  • HEPA
  • Recommendations
Our Toxic World
  • Dealing with things beyond IAQ and how to resolve IEQ issues
  • Types of toxins
  • Illnesses and diseases associated with building toxins
  • How to recognize a toxin on a product
  • Multiple chemical sensitivities
  • Recommendations
  • MSDS
Energy Conservation
  • Alternative energy sources (Solar, Wind, Geothermal, Heat and power co-generation)
  • Why conserve
  • Energy basics
  • Understanding kW and negawatts
  • Energy demand reduction
  • Energy audit
  • Key roles in the HVAC systems
  • Heat distribution systems
  • Ductwork
  • Insulation and sustainable solutions
  • Appliances
  • Heating and cooling systems
  • Green site landscaping, xeriscaping, composting, etc.
  • Energy Star
  • Recommendations
Water: A Precious and Wasted Resource
  • Water management
  • EPA WaterSense Program
  • Usage
  • Leak detection
  • Toilets, faucets, and sinks
  • Water systems
  • Water heating alternatives
  • Gray water
  • Reclaimed water
  • Water pollution
  • Water filtration
  • Recommendations
Lighting Efficiencies
  • Terminology
  • Lighting types
  • Operations
  • Benefits / limitations
  • How to choose
  • CRI
  • Sustainable alternatives
  • Energy Star recommendations
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  • Facts about recycling
  • Benefits of recycling
  • Municipal solid waste
  • Various types of waste
  • How to recycle
  • Post and pre consumer
  • Waste diversion
  • Waste management
  • Recommendations
Carbon Footprint
  • CO2 emissions and global warming issues
  • Greenhouse gases
  • How to calculate
  • Carbon credits
  • Fossil fuels
  • Alternative energy
  • Wind
  • Solar
  • Geothermal
  • Biomass
  • Super Grid
  • Cap and Trade
  • Recommendations
How to launch you Consulting Company
  • Business start up kit overview
  • How to file for an EIN
  • How to name your company
  • How to choose a business structure

All necessary materials are included.

System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.
Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
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** Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated. Software is not included with the purchase of the course, unless otherwise specified. Students are responsible for the purchase and installation of the necessary course software. **