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Energy efficiency training

A range of energy efficiency training providers and options are available, including accredited training, on-the-job learning, government workshops, and programs offered by professional and industry associations.

Government programs

National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) is a national performance-based system that rates buildings on their impact on the environment. The website has information on NABERS assessor training and accreditation.

Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NaTHERS) rates the energy performance of residential buildings. The website has information on NatHERS assessor training and accreditation.

NSW energy courses and webinars The Energy Saver website offers hands-on experience in energy management for businesses to learn how to implement energy-efficiency projects.

NSW Sustainability Advantage program Open to organisations from the not-for-profit, government and medium-to-large business sectors.

Victorian Residential Efficiency Scorecard Program The Victorian Scorecard provides a star rating and certificate for existing homes based on their energy efficiency. The website has information on the Victorian Scorecard assessor training and accreditation.

Queensland ecoBiz program Help for businesses to save money on their energy, water and waste bills through sustainability initiatives.

Professional and industry organisations

Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) offers short courses and post-graduate qualifications in energy efficiency and energy auditing.

Australian Power Institute (API) was established by the electricity power industry to support engineers in the power sector. API's bursary program provides support to students.

Carbon Training International (CTI) offers a range of courses to build skills and knowledge in carbon management. 

Energy Efficiency Council (EEC) is Australia’s peak body for energy efficiency, energy management and demand response.

Energy Efficiency Certification Scheme is operated by the EEC for professionals who can lead comprehensive energy retrofits of commercial buildings.

Energy Users Association of Australia (EUAA) holds regular events and workshops on energy markets, pricing and climate change related issues. 

Engineers Australia EA’s Professional Development Program is a platform for engineers to achieve chartered status through career path progression and work-based training. 

Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) rates the sustainability of buildings and communities through the national Green Star rating system. Their information portal contains energy efficiency training resources for industry practitioners and decision-makers.

Innovation and Business Skills Australia (IBSA) develops the capacity of the Australian manufacturing industry and its relevant sectors for innovation and continuous development. There are 6 Energy Efficiency Skill Sets in the MSS11 Sustainability Training Package.

Continuing professional development (CPD)

Energy Efficiency Skills Program PointsBuild for the ACT and Tasmanian governments training program. This online CPD training is for architects, designers, engineers, building and trades, certifiers and surveyors.

Green Building Council of Australia online learning modules GBCA offers video courses designed by industry experts to keep up to date with the latest industry information and meet CPD needs. Topics range from regulatory requirements, innovation and development, to design and social responsibility.

Green Star CPD Program GBCA’s Green Star CPD Program aims to expand industry professionals’ knowledge of the Green Star rating system and provide those working with and delivering Green Star projects with the required skills.

Green Building Institute (GBI) is a leading education provider for green skills in the building industry and offers online CPD training on a variety of energy efficiency topic areas:

Energy Efficiency Design Course

Build thermally efficient and sustainable structures

Maximising Energy Efficiency through Applied Trade Skills

Managing Energy Efficient Building Methods

Building Science and Energy Efficiency

Develop action plans to retrofit existing buildings for energy efficiency

Energy Smart Builders

GreenSmart training and accreditation  The Housing Industry Association (HIA) offers online CPD training. The GreenSmart Professional Training Course provides recognised environmental building skills for more sustainable residential design and construction.

Video demonstrations for trade professionals

Checks for ensuring an energy efficient building envelope Master Builders Association of Victoria, as part of the former COAG Energy Council’s cross-industry skills training project.

Energy efficiency and maintaining the building envelope Master Builders Association of Victoria, as part of the former COAG Energy Council’s cross-industry skills training project.

Understanding on airtight buildings for better health, comfort, durability, and energy efficiency Air Infiltration and Ventilation Association, Pro Clima Australia and Energy Efficiency Matrix as part of the former COAG Energy Council’s cross-industry skills training project.

Energy efficiency building envelopes Energy Efficiency Matrix

Getting Energy Efficiency Right These 4 videos have been created by Master Builders Association of Victoria in partnership with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

Major energy efficiency renovation of a 1970s home Energy Efficiency Matrix

Tertiary education

Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer Australian National University

Energy Efficiency short courses University of Wollongong

Engineering UNSW Sydney

Environmental Sustainability Swinburne University of Technology

Environmental studies courses TAFE NSW

myskills Australian Government

Working Safely in the Solar Industry Government of Victoria

Teaching materials

Through the Skills for the Carbon Challenge initiative, the Australian Government funded the development of the Learning & Teaching Sustainability website, which highlights a range of resources for educators on sustainability topics, including energy efficiency