GETUP Energy Upgrade Internship Program


Workforce training for the home performance industry exemplifies CSE's commitment to better prepare workers and help increase energy efficiency of homes and buildings. Our turnkey training offerings are valuable to the contracting industry as well as for municipalities seeking to improve local home performance competency.

Through the GETUP Energy Upgrade Internship Program (2012-14), CSE provided classroom and hands-on field training and certification to entry-level professionals in the San Diego region. With an average class size of 11 students, GETUP delivered personalized training with CSE's home performance experts and internships with companies seeking highly qualified employees.

Participants took the exam for the Building Performance Institute's Building Science Principles Certificate of Knowledge, a nationally recognized certificate within the home performance industry. Eighty percent of trainees graduated, and nearly 60 percent completed paid, 40-hour professional internships with Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade participating contractors and raters.


Program at a Glance

Program Goals

Increase number of highly trained home performance workers in the San Diego region

CSE's Role

Training program design, industry liaison, instruction and intern placements


Key Partners

Launched as a pilot program supported by Recovery Act stimulus funds, GETUP was funded by the San Diego Climate Collaborative, consisting of local government partners and San Diego Gas & Electric®.

State Policies Supported

California Title 24

Impact Statement

Set new level of local home performance workforce training excellence and implementation