Energy Masters Training

Energy Masters Volunteers

Modeled after the Master Gardeners program, candidates receive comprehensive energy efficiency training and then volunteer at a variety of service projects that will provide opportunities for volunteers to hone their skills and develop their expertise so that they can comfortably and confidently serve the community.

The next training will take place in October/November 2020 and applications will be available this spring.

Here’s how it works …

Volunteers who:

  • Review program requirements: community volunteer or student volunteer. (Note – these are requirements for last year’s program.)
  • Complete an online application (see links below).
  • Successfully complete a brief telephone screening/interview, and
  • Pay a $75 registration fee. (No fee for student volunteers). Needs-based waivers available – just ask.* Apply by July 31 for an early-bird rate of $50!
  • Complete a background check at a cost of $9.95.**

Will then:

  1. Train – complete seven-session training program and submit a take home exam
  2. Serve – apply what you’ve learned in the community
  3. Report – track and submit your service hours
  4. Certify – complete all program components and earn your certification

* All are welcome and encouraged to participate in this program, regardless of financial means. If the registration fee is a barrier to your participation, please contact us. Registration fee not required for student volunteers.

** Background check is required for participation. Once accepted into the program, each community volunteer will submit a secure online form to initiate a background check. Payment of $9.95 must be made online at the time of submission. Background check is not required for student volunteers.

Two pathways available:

  1. Community volunteer – Adults new to the program. 
  2. Student volunteer – High school (16 and older) or college  

Over a seven-week period during October and November, candidates will participate in a series of classroom training sessions on evenings and one hands-on Saturday field-work session.

Specifically, volunteers will learn how to:

  • seal air leaks around doors, windows, and electrical switch plates with foam adhesive and caulk
  • install gaskets behind light switch and electrical outlet plates
  • install faucet aerators and low-flow shower heads
  • replace traditional incandescent light bulbs with more efficient, long-lasting LED bulbs
  • install flow restrictors in toilets
  • provide energy efficiency and water conservation education and outreach in schools, to community groups, and to individual residents and families in affordable housing apartments.

Have questions? Please get in touch.

Raves from program participants …

I learned a great deal from the training provided by EcoAction Arlington and Conway Energy. Most importantly, I learned numerous ways to make my home more energy efficient.”

Janine Bergin, Arlington, Virginia

The Energy Masters program was a great introduction to the energy efficiency, building science, and weatherization fields. Implementing projects in the local community was a rewarding way to utilize the knowledge and skills we gained in the training sessions.

Chris Wagner, Washington, D.C.

  Virginia Cooperative Extension CityofAlexandria