Strategies and Approaches for Developing Hands-On Training for Cold Climate Heat Pumps

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


The International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology (ICAST) is in the process of implementing a program funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE) in which they are providing cold climate heat pump (CCHP) curriculum and training to HVAC workers, ranging from entry to experienced levels. They have coordinated with Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) to develop online curricula, and through their involvement with the DOE Better Buildings Workforce Accelerator, they requested technical assistance from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to help them develop programs that incorporate hands-on and on-the-job skills training , and job placement services in coordination with local employers. This report offers a step-by step-overview of the process for developing a new workforce development and hands-on training program in a new region, outlining practices to help understand the market, and to effectively recruit, train, and connect people to HVAC jobs installing cold climate heat pumps.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - 2022

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-5500-83860


  • hands-on
  • heat pump
  • training
  • work-based
  • workforce development


Dive into the research topics of 'Strategies and Approaches for Developing Hands-On Training for Cold Climate Heat Pumps'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this