CHICAGO — Priority Energy, a Chicago energy solutions and training company, has partnered with Albany Park Community Center (APCC) to provide free energy auditor training to unemployed or under-employed Cook County residents. Qualified individuals include anyone with HVAC, construction, and engineering backgrounds. Students will develop marketable skills and can earn Building Performance Institute (BPI) certification, which will help them to enter into the growing energy efficiency industry or advance their current careers.

Robert Schildgen, owner of Priority Energy, said, “The Building Analyst certification will help students develop confidence and advance in their careers. It is also a required certification for all weatherization contractors who want to participate in the Nicor, ComEd, and People’s Gas rebate programs.”

BPI is a standards development and credentialing organization. It has set procedural standards by which all BPI-certified energy auditors are trained and must follow.

APCC is currently recruiting for the spring 2015 training sessions. The program includes free training, transportation assistance, an expenses stipend, tutoring, and job placement assistance. Orientation and assessments are held weekly. For more information, individuals should contact Emily at 773-433-3267.

Priority Energy has a team of BPI and Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) certified energy auditors, trainers, and consultants with nearly 100 years of experience in engineering and building science. In the last year alone, the company said it has audited over 1 million square feet of residential and commercial space. For more information, visit

Publication date: 3/9/2015

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