Use your Green Credentials to Help you Earn a College Degree

New Jersey’s sustainable and renewable energy industries are demanding new “green” skills and knowledge from their workforce, many of which come in the form of nationally credentialed training. If you’ve earned one or more of the qualifying green credentials listed below, NJ PLACE wants to help you get credit for your hard work – college credit! Green credentials can give you a head start on a variety of college degrees whether you’ve earned just one or accrued several. Add an apprenticeship certification eligible for college credit through NJ PLACE and you can be even closer to earning a bachelor degree in Construction or Technical Studies.

Some certifications are worth up to 6 credits

Your credentials can help you earn:

*Not applicable to IGSHPA Geothermal or Mechanical Insulation credentials.

Credits from all green credentials may apply as electives toward the BSAST in Construction at Thomas Edison State College. Credits from green credentials may also apply toward other degree programs at Thomas Edison or another college as determined by each college.

College credit for each green credential was established by a team of subject matter experts who carefully reviewed associated content, learning outcomes, assessments, and the depth and breadth of learning, among many factors. These reviews, called “academic program reviews,” were conducted by Thomas Edison State College’s Office for the Assessment of Professional and Workplace Learning and approved by the college’s Curriculum Review Committee.

The Qualifying Credentials are:

BPI – Building Performance Institute

  • Air Conditioning & Heat Pump Professional - 3 Credits
  • Building Analyst Professional - 3 Credits
  • Envelope Professional - 3 Credits
  • Heating Professional - 3 Credits
  • Manufactured Housing Professional - 3 Credits
  • Multi Family Building Analyst Professional - 4 Credits
  • Multi Family Energy Efficient Building Operator - 3 Credits
  • Res. Bldg. Envelope Whole House Air Leakage Control Installer (RBE – WHALCI) - 3 Credits

Click here for the BPI Academic Program Review

IGSHPA Geothermal – International Ground Source Heat Pump Association*

  • Accredited Installer Workshop - 3 Credits*

*AAS in Electrical Mechanical Systems and Maintenance option does not apply to this certification.

Click here for the IGSHPA Geothermal Academic Program Review

LEED – Leadership in Energy & Environment Design

  • Green Associate - 3 Credits
  • AP Operations & Maintenance - 5 Credits
  • AP Building & Construction - 5 Credits

Click here for the LEED Academic Program Review

Mechanical Insulation*

Click here for the IEAP Academic Program Review

Click here for the Green Awareness Academic Program Review

  • *Insulator Energy Appraisal Professional (IEAP), NIA -National Insulation Association - 1 Credit
  • *Insulators Union Green Awareness Training offered by the US Green Building Council in partnership with the Int’l Assn of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers - 1 Credit

*AAS in Electrical Mechanical Systems and Maintenance option does not apply to this certification.

NABCEP Solar - North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners

  • PV Entry Level - 3 Credits
  • PV Installer - 6 Credits
  • Solar Heating Installer - 6 Credits

Click here for the NABCEP Solar Academic Program Review

GPRO - Green Professional Building Skills Training

  • Construction and Management - 1 Credits*
  • Operations and Maintenance Essentials - 2 Credits*

*When combined with Fundamentals of Building Green

Click here for the GPRO Academic Program Review

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