Alachua, Fla.— NCCER’s module Introduction to Wind Energy has been approved as high-quality green building education by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). Introduction to Wind Energy passed 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 GBCI Education Provider in 2010 with the approval of Your Role in the Green Environment and four HVAC modules. Since then, NCCER’s Introduction to Alternative EnergyIntroduction to Solar Photovoltaics and Sustainable Construction Supervisor have also been approved by GBCI. Education Providers are third-party organizations that offer topnotch and relevant green building education and training that has been peer-reviewed and approved by GBCI.

With its approval by GBCI, Introduction to Wind Energy will now help LEED Professionals satisfy their Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) requirements. Introduction to Wind Energy is worth 15 GBCI CE hours in the CMP program.

This stand-alone module provides basic information on wind energy and wind power technology. It defines how wind generates power, discusses the two wind turbine types and covers the advantages and disadvantages of wind-generated electricity. This module is the first in a series supporting a curriculum of wind turbine maintenance training that is based on the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Core Skill Set for Wind Turbine Service Technicians.

“This module sets the stage for those who want to get started in a career as a wind energy technician. Combined with Level One of NCCER’s Wind Turbine Maintenance Technician Program, this training aligns to the Core Skill Sets prescribed by AWEA and to the work processes defined by the Department of Labor. Every instructor should add this module to their set of critical teaching tools for wind energy training,” stated Tom Lieurance, lead instructor for Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC). CGCC is one of the first recipients of AWEA’s Seal of Approval for wind turbine service technician programs.

To find NCCER courses approved for GBCI CE hours, visit the GBCI course catalog and search “NCCER.”