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I think I’ve found a potential job retraining opportunity that could suit me and make use of my previous experience in the environmental field. Our local community college has a short course this summer that would allow me to earn a Building Performance Institute Certification. This is supposed to be a growing field with an increase in jobs. It costs $1600 in tuition so I can’t actually take the course this summer as our projected expenses already outstrip my unemployment check but if they offer it in fall, or more likely next winter, I might be able to save up enough to take it.
Here’s the course description:

Train to become an energy efficiency auditor and earn your BPI Certification (Building Performance Institute) in only one week. A recent study by the California Community College’s Centers of Excellence indicates that the need for building auditors will increase by 54% over the next three years throughout South Central California. Individuals in the fields of construction, design, inspection, contracting, and utilities will want to take this new course to learn to identify the relationships among overall performance, efficiency and durability. Class participants will learn to target, diagnose, and recommend procedures to remedy inefficient building performance. Course fee includes classroom training (1 full day + 2 half-days), field training (2 half-days), course materials, study materials, BPI application fees, written exam fee and field exam fee. The written and field exams will be held on Day 4 and 5 of the course. Course fee includes classroom training (1 full day + 2 half-days), field training (2 half-days), course materials, study materials, BPI application fees, written exam fee and field exam fee. The written and field exams will be held on Day 4 and 5 of the course.