NCCER’s module Introduction to Alternative Energy has been approved as high-quality green building education by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Introduction to Alternative Energy went through a rigorous review process in which a team of third-party subject matter experts evaluated the course based on its content and instructional design quality.

NCCER earned recognition as a USGBC Education Provider in 2010 with the approval of Your Role in the Green Environment and four HVAC modules. Education Providers are third-party organizations that offer top-notch and relevant green building education and training that has been peer-reviewed and approved by USGBC.


"Education Providers play a pivotal role by working with USGBC to provide green building professionals with the diverse continuing education they need to grow their knowledge and their careers,” said Rebecca Flora, USGBC’s Senior Vice President for Education and Research. “Anyone interested in broadening and deepening their understanding of green building theory, techniques and trends will benefit from the diverse and quality course offerings from USGBC and its Education Providers.”

With its approval by USGBC, Introduction to Alternative Energy will now help LEED Professionals satisfy their Credentialing Maintenance Program requirements from the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). Introduction to Alternative Energy is worth 25 GBCI CE hours by USGBC.

Through this course, NCCER is helping to advance the knowledge and skill of the green building community.

About NCCER — NCCER is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) education foundation created by the construction industry to develop standardized curriculum with portable credentials and to help address the skilled construction workforce shortage. NCCER is recognized by the industry as the training, assessment, certification, and career development standard for the construction and maintenance craft professional. For more information visit or contact NCCER customer service at 888.622.3720.

About USGBC — USGBC is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. For additional information, visit