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Weatherization 101 Workshop

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ReSOURCE’s Weatherization 101 training program equips work-ready individuals with the skills to enter the weatherization field 

This six-week, workshop intensive provides tool handling, safety techniques, and technical knowledge for entering high-paying jobs in the weatherization trade  

Instructor Chris Parsons describes the Weatherization 101 workshop in the video below


A six week intensive program designed to equip you with the skills necessary for an entry-level job in the well-paid and growing field of weatherization and home energy efficiency

Start a career in the Green-Energy movement as a WEATHERIZATION TECHNICIAN 


2023 Weatherization 101 sessions dates:

  • Burlington: September 18 – October 27, 2023

  • Newport: September 18 – October 27, 2023

During this six-week course, participants earn OSHA 10 certification and job placement opportunities. 92% of graduates have been placed in employment earning an average wage over $20/hour

Weatherization Technicians perform a range of construction activities that help weatherize homes and make them more energy efficient. Common tasks include:

  • repairing and sealing windows and doors

  • insulating walls

  • Installing kitchen and bathroom fans

  • Conducting blower-door tests

Career Growth – Experienced Weatherization Technicians can move on to perform energy audits and advise clients on energy conservation measures. Help Vermonters save money and help our climate with energy-saving techniques. Graduates have been hired as:

  • Weatherization Technicians

  • Solar Installers

  • Solar Equipment Maintenance Technician

  • Construction Laborers


1. Weatherization – Students will:·

  • Learn the principles of home-energy efficiency and building science. The curriculum follows the Department of Energy’s Weatherization Installer/Technician guidelines

  • Have hands-on practice in the weatherization techniques of air sealing, foam and cellulose insulating, proper ventilation, and moisture barrier setup

2. Carpentry & Construction – Students will have hands-on experience with:

  • The proper and safe use of construction hand and power tools

  • Common construction and weatherization vocabulary and job-site rules

  • Construction math, jobsite safety, construction drawings and blueprints

Each student will be equipped with the necessary tools of the trade, and will learn to work collaboratively with others accomplishing projects. Class time will be split between seminar-style training and hands-on building and weatherization projects.

3. Professional Development – Working together with ReSOURCE’s employment counselor, students will:

  • Explore careers in the weatherization and home-energy fields

  • Develop a weatherization-specific resume

  • Build job-searching and job-retention skills, and

  • Fine-tune their interviewing abilities

  • Meet with hiring weatherization employers

4. OSHA 10 Jobsite Safety Certification – Students have the opportunity to earn:

  • OSHA-10 certification in jobsite and construction safety – an essential certification for anyone entering the profession and one valued by employers.

5. Work Experience and Job Placement –

For the final two weeks of the program, work-ready participants will be placed in on-the-job work experiences with hiring employers. The Employment Counselor works individually with students to find a job placement that meets their individual needs and professional goals.

The course meets Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm.


  • Rutland – The Mint – Rutland’s Makerspace,   112 Quality Lane, Rutland, VT

  • Bennington – 139 Shields Dr., Bennington, VT

  • Burlington – ReSOURCE Burlington, 339 Pine St., Burlington, VT

  • Newport – 59 Waterfront Plaza, Newport, VT

COST: Tuition is FREE for qualifying Vermonters.

STIPENDS – $300/week for qualifying students. For eligibility questions, contact Pam Laser,  [email protected], 802-324-2091 or Maggie Robinson,  [email protected].  

PREREQUISITES (Requirements of the weatherization and construction industry)

Weatherization 101 is open to individuals:

  • Age 18 or over

  • Proficient in conversational English

  • Ready and interested in working a full-time job in the trades, and

  • Able to work a full-time, 40 hour, physically-demanding job

Prior construction knowledge or experience is NOT required.

COVID PRECAUTIONS – The program will follow all current COVID safety practices.

NEXT STEPS – Complete an application!


QUESTIONS? For more information and to apply,

  • Rutland, Bennington and other areas of VTand to apply, contact Pam Laser, Weatherization Training Coordinator  [email protected],  802.324.2091 

  • Burlington area – contact Maggie Robinson, Burlington Construction Training Coordinator,
    [email protected], 712 249-5201 


For more Information


 Pam Laser

Weatherization Training Coordinator

[email protected]