Join the fast-growing clean energy industry with a paid training and internship!
Xcel Energy’s CIP Workforce Development program, implemented by Center for Energy and Environment (CEE), aims to recruit, train, place, and retain participants who are historically and currently underrepresented in the energy efficiency sector, specifically individuals from BIPOC communities and women. Check out these opportunities for participation.
Home Energy Career Training
Paid Five-Week In-Person Training
Earn $2500 and receive an industry-recognized credential in Building Science Principles (BSP). Building science explores how changing one part of a home affect homeowners’ comfort, health, and safety.
• Basics of building science and home energy audits, insulation, and air sealing
• Installation training from experts
• Relevant job-site safety guidelines, math for construction, and more!
• Basic support services (e.g., bus, gas cards, etc.)
Paid Internship Opportunities & Job Placement Assistance
Following the training program, participants will have the opportunity to join one of two paid internship tracks and will be provided with job placement assistance on completing the program.
• TRACK 1: Energy Auditor
Earn Building Analyst BPI Certification
• TRACK 2: Insulation Contractor
Earn Home Insulation BPI Certification
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Minimum Requirements for Five-Week In-Person Training
18 years old
Legally authorized to work in the U.S.
5th grade level reading and math
- Basic computer skills
Internship Track Requirements
Minimum Requirements for Internship Tracks
Able to obtain a driver’s license by the end of internship (within six months)
Able to lift 40–50 pounds
Energy Auditor Track
Insurable driving record required
Able to pass a one-time drug test
Ability to pass the Xcel background check
Customer service orientated with strong communication skills
Home Insulator and Air Sealing Track
Insurable driving record preferred
Able to pass the DOT physical exam
Able to crawl, climb, and move in tight spaces
Please note: Felony convictions involving violence or offenses related to fraud, theft, or dishonesty within the last 7 years will prevent participation in the Auditor Internship track and subsequent employment. Please contact CEE staff at email@example.com with any questions or concerns related to this.
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