Green Collar Job Training - Free

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Course Title
100 Home
101 Introduction
102 FAQ Page
103 Course Catalog
104 Green World
105 Demand & Supply
106 Conservation Careers
107 Solar Careers
108 Wind Turbine Careers
109 Entrepreneurs
110 Employee or Employer?
200 Demand Management
201 Summary
202 Residential Energy Profile
203 Ten Conservation Rules
204 HVAC System
205 Kitchen Appliances
206 Water Heater
207 Lighting
208 Laundry Appliances
209 Calculating Savings
300 Renewable Technology
301 Solar Energy
302 Solar Collectors
303 Solar Water Heating
304 Stirling Engines
305 Basic AC-DC Electronics
306 Silicon Solar Panels
307 Thin Film Solar Panels
308 Wind Turbines
309 Inverters
310 Grid Tied and Off Grid
311 Solar Site Survey
312 Solar Site Diagram
313 Sun Path Chart
314 Site Survey Worksheet
315 Wind Turbine Site Survey
316 Wind Turbine Worksheet
400 Solar Thermal Design
401 Solar Heat Overview
402 System Configuration
403 Site Survey
404 SRCC Compliance
405 System Specification
406 Bill of Materials
407 System Installation
408 Solar Heat Incentives
409 Document Package
410 Future Products
500 Solar PV Design
501 Solar PV Overview
502 System Configuration
503 Site Survey
504 Grid Tied & Off Grid
505 System Specification
506 Bill of Materials
507 System Installation
508 Solar PV Incentives
509 Document Package
510 Future Products
600 Wind Turbine Design
601 Wind Turbine Overview
602 System Configuration
603 Site Survey
604 Grid Tied and Off Grid
605 System Specification
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Green Collar Careers - Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can people really earn $500 a day doing Home Energy Audits?
A.  Yes, absolutely!  A typical Home Energy Audit will take 2-3 hours and average rates are between $150 and $200.   Most of the time you'll find you can line up 3-4 homes in the same neighborhood on the same day.

Q. What kind of equipment do I need to perform a Home Energy Audit?
A.  You will need screwdrivers to remove panels & covers, a set of nut drivers from 3/16"-7/16", pliers, flashlight and a shopvac.  A portable PC and portable printer is recommended but not required as you can mail the reports and invoice. 

Q. I don't have the skills to perform home repairs, do I need to learn?
A.  You should be able to vacuum condenser coils, change light bulbs, replace door seals and set thermostats (programmable and water heater) at a minimum.  You may choose to contract other services to a local handyman.  As you'll see, the majority of savings from a Home Energy Audit really comes from some very simple things.

Q. Should I take items like Compact Fluorescent Lights and Door Seals to the Audit Site?
A.  Yes.  Often a homeowner will be willing to have everything done on the same day.  While they could buy the CFLs themselves, its a just taking inventory on the CFLs they need is a chore.  If you buy CFLs in bulk you can make over $1 each profit while providing value to the customer.

Q. How do I get my first customer?
A.  You should be your own first customer.  Try out what you've learned in the Demand Management Module on your own home first.  When you're ready to take the next step create a flyer that explains what you'll do and what it can potentially save.  Select your opportunities by searching for neighborhoods with homes between 10-20 years of age and over 3500 square feet in size.  These homes are generally ripe with savings.

Q. Will I need to work on HVAC Systems?
A.  Other then vacuuming coils NO! There are plenty of HVAC contractors out there who will be willing to pay you a referral fee should you suspect the HVAC system needs work.

Q. How do I sell and install solar heating and electric systems?
A.  After you've gone through maybe 50 or so Home Energy Audits you'll find people will often inquire about these systems.  In most cases home owners will need to finance these units so before jumping in too early get some experience under your belt.  Home Energy Audits tend to stimulate the interest in expanding to a renewable energy system, not the other way around.  That why a number of plumbers who try to go straight to solar water installation fail - they don't understand the value of "up selling".

Q. It sounds like I'll be relying on contractors a lot, what kind of contractors will I need to line up?
A.  One of the great things about this business is you can choose how much "heavy lifting" to do.  It would be beneficial to have a trustworthy General Handyman you can subcontract to who will be able to respond within a week.  As you move into selling renewable energy products like solar or wind appliances you will need installers, electricians, and should have good knowledge of major banking institute home equity loan policies.  (You won't be selling loans, only for advising customers for financing of the systems).  Spend a half hour at each of 3-4 major banks to learn about their Home Equity loans when you're ready to tackle renewable energy products.

Q. What if I decide this business isn't right for me?
A.  Of course like any real business this will take considerable effort to get started, but not much at all of an investment, so should you change your mind, all you've lost is time.  Few other business ventures offer as little risk as this does.

Q. Will the training at Green Collar Job Training - Free help me to find a Green Collar job?
A.  Certainly it will help.  The training here is geared to understanding the basic elements of the systems and provides some forward looking information on new systems coming.  While the focus is on the consumer level goods, the same technology applies to industrial systems such as large scale Wind Turbines mounted 300 feet in the air.

Q. How many people have taken Green Collar Job Training?
A.  Though late 2007 and all of 2008 George Baker provided training through Outplacement Services to over 1500 people.  These were 4 day courses held across the country for laid off employees with Outplacement Services provided to them by their former employers.  Of them over 300 have successfully started new businesses, another 200+ have taken jobs in the Green Collar industry.  It may not be for everyone, however over 1/3 have been able to use this program to leverage their career direction.

Q. How long does the Green Collar Job Training Course take to learn?
A.  Everyone is a little different, but on the average 36 hours of structured reading along with watching some of the animations, and another 36-40 hours of independent research using the internet.  At the bottom right of each page there is a custom Search Tool configured with keywords that will focus on internet research targeted to relevant web pages.  The advertising links are also keyword driven and may provide some excellent sources of relevant research.  These links are the only form of revenue to pay for the server and administration of this website.  

Q. Are there there structured classroom training programs for Green Collar Jobs?
A.  Yes, there are a handful of programs that are taught across the country.  Be prepared to break open the piggy bank as these classes often cost over $300 - $500 a day and are 1-2 weeks long.  You may need to travel a couple hundred miles to attend one.