Education & Training


A trained, highly-skilled workforce is the key to conducting the business of energy efficiency in California. California stands as an example that energy efficiency has proven to be a cost-effective solution to problems ranging from dependency on oil to global warming and green house gas emissions.

Apprenticeships tie workforce development and training to employers directly involved with delivering the efficient technologies necessary to accomplish our collective goal of reducing energy consumption. Programs that expand upon apprentice career-based training and education help stimulate economic and community development. Accredited apprenticeship training programs establish partnerships among business, education and government to build the skills of our workforce for current and future energy efficiency needs.

With a history of apprentice training programs aimed at energy efficient methodologies, CAL SMACNA contractors and the California Sheet Metal Workers’ (SMWIA) local unions have an accomplished workforce educated in green building design codes and energy efficiency skills. With 15 training facilities throughout the state and thousands of workers being trained daily in HVAC specialties, such as testing, adjusting and balancing, commissioning, sound and vibration, and indoor air quality, the union sheet metal industry assists in implementing building energy efficiency and green house gas reduction programs.

Energy efficiency programs can reduce California’s energy demands. A fully-trained and certified SMWIA HVAC technician knows how to install, operate, maintain, and repair these complex systems with skills to keep systems operating at peak efficiency, saving energy and money.