Green Building Training Program

*New information added! See the updates below:

Our Green Building Training Program is funded through the Commonwealth Workforce Training Fund’s Small Business Direct Access Program (SBDAP). SBDAP is meant to help businesses train their employees in relevant industry skills. UPDATE: registration and enrollment will no longer occur through the Mass Training Exchange.


Are you a business that has an office in Massachusetts? Do you employ less than 100 people in Massachusetts? Do you pay into unemployment? Then you might be interested in our FREE training program! Even if your company is nationally or internationally-based, as long as you employ less than 100 people in Massachusetts, your organization may be eligible to participate! All courses published through the Green Building Training Program are completely free for qualifying businesses. Want to take advantage? Then follow the registration process here.

Current Courses Available:

** In response to the increasing spread of the novel coronavirus/COVID-19, we are exercising caution by moving upcoming courses and events to a virtual platform. All future GBTP courses will occur remotely until further notice. We thank you for your patience and understanding. **

What Is the Green Building Training Program?

Built Environment Plus is committed to upholding our mission to promote, train, and advocate for all forms of the sustainable building from design, construction, and ongoing operations. The Green Building Training Program is focused on cutting-edge instruction to address the design, construction, and operations of buildings. Current industry trends include more integrative design team processes and greater efficiency featuring sustainable green design outcomes.

Businesses that participate in the training areas will develop industry leading skills in:

  • Green design
  • Energy efficiency
  • Operations and management of green buildings
  • Integrative design planning and strategies for high performance buildings

Buildings are the single largest user of energy and producer of greenhouse gases, even more than our transportation systems. The demand for green building technicians in Massachusetts is rapidly increasing – currently, the industry is projected to grow another 13% (from 32% to 45%) between 2018-2021 based on a World Green Building Trends 2018 report. The report also cited client demand as a major reason for the continued growth of the green building market. Built Environment Plus aims to support the local building industry and provide small businesses with training opportunities to lead the green building market.

Who Is Eligible?

In order to qualify for the program, businesses must:

> Have an office in Massachusetts (the company’s headquarters can be outside of Massachusetts)
> Have less than 100 employees in Massachusetts (the company can have more employees globally)
> Pay into unemployment in Massachusetts
> Receive a Certificate of Good Standing from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. Request your certificate here.

Have additional questions about eligibility?
Visit the SBDAP FAQ page.

What’s the Cost?

Training is free for eligible businesses!

What Training Is Available?

We will be providing training in three areas:

> LEED Green Associates
> GPRO: Green Professional Building Skills Training Operations and Maintenance
> Energy Modeling

How Do I Register?

For organizations eligible for FREE training:

1) Request a Certificate of Good Standing here if you don’t already have one.

2) Please complete the form provided through the link above.

3) Once you have the certificate, register for training at our Eventbrite page here and look for courses with the “GBTP” label.

For those not eligible for the training program:

The public can register for the courses through our Eventbrite page.

Guide for Registering for the GBTP through the Small Business Direct Access Program:

Register here in order to begin! Approval takes 3-4 weeks, so sign up at your earliest convenience. Instructions below:

1. Request a Certificate of Good Standing here if you don’t already have one.

2. Please complete the form provided through the link above. You will need the following items in order to complete the form:

  • Federal Employer Identification Number
  • Valid Certificate of Good Standing from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue
  • Business contact at your organization
  • Basic information about your company and your company’s workforce, including the total number of full-time and part-time employees employed in Massachusetts.

3. Once you have been approved, register for training at our Eventbrite page and look for courses with the “GBTP” label.

Businesses must be approved by the Small Business Direct Access Program for funding prior to requesting enrollment in the course.

Our next course is the LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation on June 23rd.

Course Descriptions

NEXT SESSION: July 30th, 2020

This LEED Exam Prep Course is a comprehensive course which will prepare attendees for the Green Associate exam. The day long curriculum is designed to cover the segments of the Green Associate Exam and to lightly cover the AP specialty exams. It will be a fast-paced class for real estate professionals, architects, engineers, and anyone else interested in green building practices and LEED. The majority of attendees have little previous knowledge of the LEED rating system, green building operations and green building construction. Upon completion of the class you will be eligible to sit for the LEED Green Associate exam at a local testing center.  


GPRO: Green Professional Building Skills Training, is a series of courses and certificate exams that teach the people who build, renovate, and maintain buildings the principles of sustainability combined with trade-specific green construction knowledge. GPRO Certificate Holders will be poised to work in accordance with new regulations and to meet the expectations of owners and tenants who want healthier, environmentally sustainable, and energy-efficient homes and offices. Learn more about the GPRO certificate program here.

With the Operations & Maintenance course, you will learn how to use building metrics to improve performance, improve the building envelope for a healthier building, reduce water use, employ strategies for more efficient and cost-effective heating and cooling systems, manage lighting to minimize energy use while maintaining lighting quality, maintain indoor air quality for tenant comfort, reduce waste, and understand the new NYC energy auditing and retro-commissioning requirements. Learn more about the Operations & Maintenance course here.

NEXT SESSION: August 30th – Sept 3rd, 2020

This is a comprehensive commercial energy modeling course for professionals that teaches students to master eQuest, a powerful (free) energy modeling tool. The course is hands-on where students are actually going to build and run energy models. When the course is over, students should be able to be the go-to energy modeler on an integrated design team. This course is self-paced and entirely online. The lecture videos and other materials are available any time, and the instructor responds to student questions through a discussion board. Through this training you will learn to build and run energy models, to be the go-to energy modeler on an integrated design team, making yourself invaluable to the design process, how to master eQuest, and a gain in confidence to do energy modeling for paying clients.