Online Green Construction Certificate | Penn Foster Career School

Online Green Construction Certification

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Program Overview

Penn Foster Career School’s Green Building Practices Certificate Program teaches you about building techniques and practices aimed at reducing the consumption of traditional fossil fuels and energy sources. Sharpen the skills that can help you prepare to broaden your client base and gain knowledge in a growing sector of the green construction field.¹

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

The Green Building Practices certificate program teaches students about building techniques and practices that can reduce the consumption of traditional fossil fuels and energy resources.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Understand green construction
  • Name the structural techniques and materials used that reduce the use of natural resources
  • Identify the systems used to reduce the use of water, electricity, and heat
  • Know the techniques used to control energy consumption in buildings

Course 1

Green Building Practices

As human population and wealth grow, increasing demand for natural resources continues to push up their cost. In this course you will learn to capitalize on the benefits—financial and otherwise—of limiting the consumption of resources in the construction and long-term operation of our dwellings.


  • Understand the types of resources consumed during and after the construction of a residence.
  • Recognize where and how energy is consumed and wasted in a building.
  • Use efficient building techniques to reduce concrete and lumber used in residential construction.
  • Decide how to locate and join HVAC ductwork.
  • Use landscaping practices that improve a building’s green characteristic.
Additional Course Material

Textbook: Green from the Ground Up

Course 2

Insulate and Weatherize

Well insulated and weatherized buildings help us keep ideal interior temperatures year-round, reducing the need for heating and cooling, and saving money and resources. This course covers a specific skills of the weatherizing trade.


  • Weatherstrip doors and patches.
  • Insulate walls, floors, and attics.
  • Know when and how to replace windows.
  • Describe the operating principles of heat pumps and electric resistance systems.
  • Maintain and upgrade air conditioners.
  • Plan home renovation as a way to save energy.
  • Build up walls and roofs for better insulation.
  • Select appliances and light fixtures to cut energy use.
Additional Course Material

Textbook: Insulate and Weatherize

Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.

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Sample Lesson

To view a Green Building Practices sample lesson, click here.

Green Building Practices Certificate Program Details

Penn Foster Career School can help you gain the knowledge and skills to use sustainable green building techniques, like controlling energy consumption through insulation and weatherizing.

State Licensing Information

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered by your Penn Foster Program. You should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where you plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in your Program. Please click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Online Green Construction Certificate

The Green Building Practices Certificate Program teaches techniques that reduce fossil fuel and energy consumption for more environmentally friendly construction. Here are a few qualities that effective green building practitioners have in common:

  • Detail oriented: It’s important to have a sharp eye and check things twice.
  • Problem solving: Finding the missing piece can be rewarding and fun.
  • Environmental: Your environmentally friendly living style reflects what you promote at your job.
  • Honest: You are ethical in your work for customers.

I have had great feedback from my employer after my training from Penn Foster. I have also had other job offers. The knowledge that you learn is priceless. Penn Foster is an excellent school.

- Kenny B., Penn Foster graduate

I would like to say that enrolling with Penn Foster Career School was the best choice that I ever made. I would recommend Penn Foster. I just have to say 'Thank You' to Penn Foster for achieving my goal.

- Francisco C., Penn Foster Graduate

My overall experience with Penn Foster was great. You are allowed to go at your own speed, and the school gives encouragement to keep you going. I would recommend Penn Foster.

- James R., Penn Foster Graduate

Your program includes:

  • Books and learning aids
  • Goal-setting and progress-tracking tools
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Access 24/7 to Penn Foster’s online community, plus immediate membership in the Green Building Practices Certificate academic group
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

What types of courses are included in the Green Building Practices Certificate Program at Penn Foster Career School?

This program will teach students the following aspects of Green Building Practices: Structural Topics, Green Building Systems, Advanced Green Building Topics, Controlling Energy Consumption in Buildings. (For a more detailed description, please see the Curriculum Details.)

What will I get when I finish this certificate program?

When you complete the Green Building Practices Certificate Program, you will receive a certificate of completion from Penn Foster Career School.

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¹ This program does not lead directly to certification. The completion of a certificate-level program does not typically qualify a student for employment. Completion of this program is designed for students who have previous academic or work-related experience.

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