Training Opportunities at the SEAT Center

At the SEAT Center, we provide a range of training programs appropriate for young adults seeking new skills as well as those who are seeking to deepen their professional expertise.

Programs such as Train Up! and Energy Warriors help our young adults gain proficiency in trades that provide living wages and potential career paths.

SEAT is also a certified trainer with OSHA, NCCR and other associations providing organizations such as contractors, municipalities, trade
unions and others with a wide range of training options such as:

  • OSHA 10-hour Construction Worker Certification;
  • National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) Core Competencies Certification;
  • Building Air Sealing and Insulation (BASI) certificate examination preparation; and
  • BPI Building Analyst certificate examination preparation.

To Register
Click Here 

Read more about our programs.

"Our graduates’ employment is the ultimate measure of our EMT Program’s success. We have had an 86% job placement rate with the EMT Advanced Training Program, with a number of graduates moving on to Field Supervisor and Campus Supervisor positions"  ~Dan Gilmore, Director of Operations

Created as a result of the accomplishments of our YouthBuild programs, SEAT created the Train Up! program to provide training, preparation, and support – including job coaching and mentoring – to enter unsubsidized jobs with companies that are committed to providing a clear career path and developing entry-level employees.

The current program targets Schenectady County high school seniors, young adults who have a high school diploma or equivalency but are underemployed or unemployed, and young adults who have dropped out of post-secondary education. Train Up! is available to Schenectady County residents ages 18-24 or on a fee-for-service basis for interested groups.
A special emphasis on recruiting disconnected young adults and those who have faced barriers to success such as basic skills deficit, a history of foster care, criminal history, and pregnancy/parenting/history of DSS/TANF services, among others.

With professional tracks in our community’s high-demand career fields, including emergency medical technicians and culinary arts, SEAT partners with local companies on career training and placement.

Upon entering Train Up! our students are screened for potential success based on attendance, aptitude, and attitude. Key factors positively impacting enrollment are interest in the career field, propensity to learn and acquire the skills, willingness to take positive risks and try new things, and the ability to follow directions. Students don’t need to have experience or prior skill to be accepted into a career track. Train Up! offers a real chance at entering employment with a company that promotes career growth and offers competitive wage and benefit packages.

The Train Up! program is built upon the following core principles:

  • creating sustainable employment opportunities that build skills and teach teamwork and responsibility;
  • talent development and skill acquisition; and
  • providing youth leadership experience, which is implicitly and explicitly embedded into our practices.

Training Programs:

Train Up! Culinary Arts

This program prepares participants for a variety of direct employment opportunities in the culinary arts industry. Students gain theoretical and hands-on experience related to both cooking and baking, qualifying them to assume a variety of roles in the culinary arts profession.

Train Up! Emergency Medical Technician Program

During this program, students participate in training, tutoring, skills lab, and an internship.  During the internship, a job mentor helps the trainee learn the culture of the field and reinforce skills. The job mentor will complete a weekly trainee skills evaluation. At the end of the program, trainees take the NYS EMT Exam.

Train Up! Building Trades

Participants in this program complete 32 hours of training per week split evenly between classroom training and on-site work, applying their newly learned skills.  Worksite evaluations conducted by job coaches provide opportunities for apprenticeships and potential positions within trade unions.

Where We Have Trained In New York State.


Fee-for-Service Training

Since its inception, SEAT has worked with organizations such as OSHA, NYSERSA, the Building Performance Institute (BPI) and others to be a central training center focused on the building trades and clean energy. SEAT has provided training to more than 300 community members; focusing on young adults, ages 18-24 years old and contractors, spanning the counties of Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Dutchess, Ulster, and throughout New York City.  

SEAT offers several specialized sites for training:

  • SEAT Center’s Main Office in Schenectady, NY with conference rooms, small classrooms, a large classroom that seats up to 50 students, and 900 square feet of construction workshop space for power tool classes and demonstrations.
  • Energy Efficiency Lab House @ SEAT, Schenectady, NY, a NYSERDA funded facility in a residential house which is specially retrofitted with state-of-the-art energy-efficiency practice space and equipment, side-by-side with non-changed space of the original house, providing a realistic, hands-on environment in which to learn and practice skills, and used to teach our Infiltration and Duct Leakage Course and Building Analyst Test Prep courses.
  • SEAT Warehouse, Rotterdam Industrial Park, a 6,400 square-foot industrial warehouse space used to conduct hands-on demonstrations as well as our Building Air Sealing and Insulation Course.

SEAT provides a wide range of training options appropriate for organizations such as contractors, municipalities, trade unions and others.

    Fee-for-Service Training Options

    Foundation Courses

    OSHA 10 hour Construction Worker Certification, Hours: 10

    This course will provide students with basic awareness training on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of workplace hazards. Students will also receive information regarding workers’ rights, employer responsibilities, and filing a complaint. This course acts as an orientation to occupational safety and health and is meant for entry level workers. Certification: OSHA 10 Hour Card

    Environmental Stewardship, Hours: 10

    This course will provide students with an understanding of community based energy efficiency through this Ella Baker Foundation Curriculum. Sessions will connect community needs with energy efficient goals to deepen the meaning for program participants. Lessons include: “Green Jobs, Not Jails,” “Model Cities and You,” and “Finding the Solutions.”

    Introduction to Solar Energy, Hours: 45

    This exploratory course in Renewable Energy is intended to familiarize students with the field of renewable energy as a best bet career.. Students will learn basic terms and concepts, including how energy is harvested, how renewable energy use affects climate change, and what are the strengths and drawbacks of renewable energy. Topics include: Solar Themal, Solar Electricity, Wind Power, Micro Power, Appropriate Technologies for the Developing World, Economics of Renewable Technology. Optional Trips: NYISO: This fieldtrip provides an opportunity to for first hand exploration of Energy: mapping, creation, storage and delivery of energy resources for the State of New York.  The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO).  NetZero Home: The tour begins at the garage, with a look through an electric car, developed by Nissan. Then the group transitions into the back yard where they view six huge standalone solar panels and a Velux Solar Hot Water System with PV electric back up, which provides all hot water and electrical needs for everything from basic home utilities to charging the electrical car. Also present in the backyard was a garden and compost system as well as two bee hives.  While there, the students will be able to evaluate the components that create an energy efficient environment.

    National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) - Core Competencies Hours: 87.5

    This course will provide students with a solid foundation of construction skills. The following modules will be covered in this curriculum: Basic Safety, Intro to Construction Math, Intro to Hand Tools, Intro to Power Tools, Intro to Construction Drawings, Basic Rigging, Basic Communication Skills, Basic Employability Skills, and Intro to Materials Handling. All modules created by NCCER, a nationally recognized non-profit education foundation established by the world’s largest and most progressive construction companies and national construction associations. Certification: NCCER Core Competencies

    Your Role in the Green Environment, Hours: 15

    This course will provide students with fundamental instruction in the green environment, green construction practices, and green building rating systems. Sessions specifically will describe the LEED rating process, identify green alternatives to conventional building practices, and teach the life cycle phases of a building and its impacts. Students will learn alternate sources of energy and how decisions and actions impact the environment. This training is approved by the US Green Building Council (USGBC).

    Building Science Principles Hours: 16

    The BPI Building Science Fundamentals course will provide students with an understanding of origins, purpose, and benefits of home energy efficiency and weatherization programs. Students will learn how to meet energy efficient standards by reducing heat/cooling losses and air infiltration, and be able to describe how components of a building shell can affect a home’s energy use. Classroom session with be accompanied by hands on learning to apply theory to real life situations and promote our “learning through doing philosophy.”

    Entry Level Courses

    Building Air Sealing and Insulation (BASI) Hours: 24 (including testing)

    This course will provide students with an introduction to the skills and principles necessary for working in the expanding field of home weatherization. Students will learn how to apply air sealing and insulation treatments to buildings to increase energy efficiency, giving participants the background necessary to become a highly qualified entry –level installer. Following completion of this course, participants will be eligible to take the BPI Practical Exam, which satisfies the requirements for BPI certification.
    Certification: BPI Residential Building Envelope Whole House Air Leakage Control Installer

    Infiltration and Duct Leakage Hours: 16

    The Infiltration and Duct Leakage Course provides trained professionals with the ability to properly set up the manometer, configure the house for testing, sample internal duct pressure, set up and adjust the depressurization device, identify leakage areas, and evaluate infiltration.

    Advanced Courses

    Building Analyst Field Test Prep, Hours: 16

    This three-day workshop takes place in our Energy Efficiency Pressure House and provides a hands-on practice workshop preparing Building Analyst (BA) candidates for the BPI BA exam. This workshop will conform to BPI standards for comprehensive home assessments and the energy auditing protocol required by NYSERDA’s Home Performance with Energy Star program.

    HVAC Training and Certification Course, Hours: 450

    *Offered through an agreement with Capital Region BOCES* This professional year long course prepares workers as entry level HVAC technicins. The Course covers: 1.) OSHA 10-hour Safety Course (intro to OSHA; safety standards; electrical; fall protection; personal protection; scaffolding, stairways and ladders; hand & power tools); 2.) HVAC- 200 hours (includes Gas Heat, Oil Heat, Air Conditioning); 3.) Electrical- 50 hours; 4.) Residential Low Pressure Boilers- 100 hours; 5.) Refrigeration - 90 hours; 6) EPA 608 Certification: 7) CSST (Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing) Certification; and 8.) Green Awareness Certification. Certifications include: 1.) OSHA 10-hour Safety Course; 2.) HVAC (includes Gas Heat, Oil Heat, Air Conditioning); 3.) Electrical;4.) Residential Low Pressure Boilers; 5.) Refrigeration; 6.) EPA 608 Certification; 7.) CSST Certification; and 8.) Green Awareness Certification.

    Building a Zero Energy Ready Home (1 day)

    Course Description:
    Net Zero Energy Homes use approximately 90% less energy than a conventional home. Net Zero homes typically cost more to build, but cost much less over a lifetime. Zero energy homes are generally built with many of the same materials as a standard home, but there is more emphasis on insulation and air sealing. This course is designed that the attendee upon completion will have the knowledge to use appropriate energy modeling, insulation, windows, mechanical equipment, and more attention to details to achieve a Net Zero energy home.

    BBPI Building Analyst (BA) Training (6 Days)

    Course Description:
    This course is based on NYSERDA-developed and several other basic BA curricula employed by numerous contractors over the last 5 years to prepare attendees to take the BA exam and field test. It covers the basics of Building Science, Duct and Envelope Testing, CAZ Testing, diagnostics, and Building systems. In addition, career areas will be covered including providing work scope development, DET for the ECCCNYS-2016, and other career pathways. Students with basic construction experience and training will be able to take the BPI certification test upon completion, or contractors can use this to update their staff knowledge.

    Healthy Home Evaluator ( 2 days)

    Pre-requisite: BPI Building Analyst or BPI Building Auditor Certification
    Course Description:
    The Healthy Homes Evaluator (HHE) assesses and characterizes home-based environmental health and safety hazards by integrating qualitative observations and quantitative diagnostics to determine and prioritize recommendations that address existing and potential hazards with the goal of improving health and quality of life. Topics include: Ventilation, Moisture Control, Building Envelope Leaks, Window Flashing, Managing HVAC systems, Structural Interventions, Containments, and Proper Maintenance.

    Maintenance of High Efficiency HVAC Systems (5 days)

    Course Description:
    This class will show a technician the proper maintenance that must be performed on all types of heating systems from Tanked Water Heaters, Atmospheric Boilers, Steam Systems, Forced Warm Air Units, High Efficiency Boilers, and Tankless Water Heaters.

    We will discuss a typical Preventative Maintenance visit and what it should entail. Attendees will learn what is important to ensure the proper and safe operation of gas heating appliances. We will go over why chimney liners are required on atmospheric gas boilers. Students will learn how high efficiency natural gas heating equipment vent requirements dictate the use of PVC and polypropylene. We will also go over tell-tale signs of improper venting and what you should look for on the job. Check-off lists will be provided for Forced Warm Air Systems, Hot Water Systems, Steam Systems, Tankless Water Heaters, and Conversion Burners. Students will learn the difference between tankless water heating, conventional tank heater, how to do an outdoor reset, calibrate units, utilize manufacturer controls, and cascade all to maximize energy efficiencies. Students will be shown how to calibrate the unit utilizing manometers and combustion analyzers.

    Energy Warriors Green Career Pathways Program           

      For students in secure retention facilities, our Energy Warriors Green Career Pathways program introduces students to green career training, work readiness and life skills development. The program combines classroom instruction with hands-on energy efficiency skills training and consists of the following three components:

      • Energy Warriors curriculum and training,
      • on the job training work experience, and
      • creation of reentry education and employment training opportunities for students in their communities.