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Empowering Your Contractors with Cutting-Edge Heat Pump Training

April 18 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

Awards 0.1 CEUs / 1 PDH (Click for more info)

AESP is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). AESP complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, AESP is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. AESP instructors disclose in advance that they have no interest in any product, service, or material discussed during the course. This information is stated orally and in the training course handbook.

Calling all utilities ready to revolutionize their contractor network! The U.S. Department of Energy’s office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (DOE EERE), in partnership with the International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology (ICAST), is working to implement its Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) project by providing no-cost heat pump training for contractors and trade allies.

Discover how you can empower your contractors and trade allies with this game-changing heat pump expertise. The groundbreaking, no-cost heat pump training program is tailor-made for your network and designed to elevate skills and unleash potential. Explore three newly-developed courses – Installation, Design, and Service and Maintenance – conveniently offered online and self-paced, with an estimated 10 hours to complete. Participants will also gain access to an EPA 608 course and an opportunity to take the exam for free, boosting their credentials and expertise.

Participants can delve deeper into additional courses such as Building Science Principles, Intro to Energy Efficiency Installation, and Introductory HVAC, tailored to enhance skills and knowledge across your contractor base, whether you are serving seasoned professionals seeking to upskill or providing training pathways for newcomers to the industry. As part of the programming, ICAST and DOE will also facilitate invaluable connections between trainees and job opportunities, forging partnerships with employers ready to embrace the future of heating and cooling. Participation is offered at NO COST, ensuring accessibility and affordability for all. 

Don’t miss this electrifying opportunity to learn how to empower your network, drive innovation, and spark transformation in your community. Join us to better understand this training and how to spread the word!

Learning Objectives:

  • You will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the key principles covered in the heat pump training program, enabling you to effectively communicate the benefits and requirements to your contractor and trade ally networks.
  • You will possess the capability to analyze the relevance and applicability of the heat pump training courses within your network context, assessing how it aligns with your organization’s goals and objectives for energy efficiency technology adoption.
  • You will be equipped to evaluate the potential impact of integrating this training program into your contractor and trade ally development initiatives, determining its effectiveness in enhancing skill sets and advancing the adoption of heat pump technology across your service area.


Michael Nicholson

Michael Nicholson

Senior Engineer, ADM Associates

Michael Nicholson is a Certified Energy Manager and a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional and works as a Senior Engineer for ADM Associates, an energy research and evaluation company that is contracted with US utility companies. Michael works with US utility companies to evaluate their energy efficiency programs and specializes in commercial and industrial energy efficiency projects.

Michael earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Arkansas Tech University and began working in manufacturing serving as a project engineer, a reliability engineer and maintenance manager before making the transition to working in the energy efficiency industry. Michael has spent the last five years write site specific M&V Plans, evaluating energy efficiency projects and acting as a technical advisor for utility companies across the US.
Audrey Knox

Audrey Knox


Audrey Knox comes to ICAST with a Project Manager background and a commitment to sustainability education and action. She is dedicated to supporting climate literacy, with over a decade of experience managing the implementation of nonprofit environmental programs, designing and facilitating professional development training workshops, and writing sustainability curriculum. Audrey holds a BA in Sociology from West Chester University where she discovered her passion for identifying the motivating factors that help transfer knowledge into tangible behaviors. In her spare time, she can be found chasing after her toddler son or experimenting in the kitchen.


April 18
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
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