At the national level, the Department of Energy (DOE) reserves funds from the total Weatherization Program appropriation for national training and technical assistance (T&TA) activities that benefit all states. In addition, DOE specifically allocates funding to states for T&TA activities at both the state and local levels. States use these funds to provide the necessary training needed for the Weatherization staff which may include sending staff to training centers to attend workshops, bringing trainers into the state to conduct hands-on workshops, conducting monitoring visits to ensure the quality of the federal investment, developing field guides, etc.
Training and Technical Assistance funds support the program’s operations by conducting analyses, measuring and documenting program performance, investing in the development of skills and tools, monitoring the state and local agency programs, and promoting the application of advanced techniques and collaborative strategies to further improve program effectiveness. Weatherization agencies participate in field-testing advanced technologies that have been identified as potential candidates for cost-effective Weatherization measures, using funding provided from other sources.
T&TA funds are also used to train state and local Weatherization staff on program operations, management, and technical topics. Staff members receive training at national and regional conferences, regional and state training centers, and in the field. Here you will find resources for training your workforce and resources on how to do so.
Quarterly Reporting for ARRA and SERC