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Career Ready Education and Success Training

CREST offers training in Workforce Development, helping to start a new career, advance your current career or to obtain Continuing Education Units for maintaining professional certifications.

We can customize a training program for your business or team! Contact Art Garno, Director for details.

CREST is also the Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies, which offers Energy and Building Science training.

Building Performance Institute
BPI Certification/Accreditation

CREST at SUNY Canton offers Building Science training that can lead to BPI Certification and Accreditation.

BPI Test Center

CREST is a BPI Test center offering BPI Online and Field tests for certification and re-certification.  Contact Art Garno, Director for pricing and to schedule your test.




Become BPI Certified /Accredited and …

  • Offer comprehensive home energy evaluations
  • Provide real solutions, not patchwork fixes
  • Gain an advantage over competitors by learning and using building science technology
  • Provide possible NYSERDA incentives to customers

See Building Science training schedule below



Photovoltaic & Solar Thermal Training

Contractors and others wishing to offer Renewable Energy Alternatives, to homeowners and small businesses, will be able to get their training right here in the North Country.

Solar Thermal training - Watch here for new training dates

Solar PV training - Watch here for new training dates

Contact Art Garno, Director for more information.

NYSBA (New York State Builders Association)

  • Introduction to HERS Ratings Seminar
    March 6, 2014 - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

This program carries CEU’s for the following professions: BPI; AIA; NYSDOS Code Enforcement Officials; NYS Home Inspectors; 8 hours of real estate and appraiser continuing education.

This workshop is being offered at a reduced cost for anyone living in SBC region.

» Registration Form

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IREC accreditation is only for the solar thermal and solar PV programs.

Solar Panel Installation


Customized Training Programs

If your company or business has a need for customized technical training in the areas of energy, home contracting, construction, manufacturing, etc. please contact the CREST Program Director to discuss specifications and costs.

Customized Training

Building Science Training Schedule 2014, Presented by IBTS

Institute for Building Technology and Safety will present the following schedule of building science classes at CREST.  Visit the IBTS website by clicking here:

BPI-Building Analyst - Introduction to Home Energy

» Student Cost: $215 - a 75% discount!

Pre-requisite: Construction knowledge and basic math principles. 

Learn the basics of building science, heat transfer and loss, air/moisture transfer, building envelope, blower door technology, pressure diagnostics, economics of energy conservation, and other topics during this five-day course.  The workshop prepares students to test for the BPI-Building Analyst and/or BPI-Building Envelope Certification.

Level 1 IR Thermography Certification

» Student Cost: $390 - a 75% discount!

Pre-requisite: 3 years Home Diagnostic experience, 1 year Direct Thermography experience, or BPI-BA Certification.

Our 16-16 course is a two-part, ASNT compliant program which combines 16 hours of classroom and hands-on education with 16 hours of online learning. This unique approach allows you to complete your Level I training without missing a week of work or incurring added travel costs.  The course will result in Level 1 Thermography Certification.

BPI-Air Conditioning Technician

» Student Cost: $180 - a 75% discount!

Pre-requisite: You must have, or be in the process of taking, the Universal 608 Certification, and BPI Heating Training or BPI-Heating Professional Certification.

This four-day workshop will provide participants with training on air conditioning and heat pump systems in residential buildings. The workshop includes two days of hands-on application on various systems. Students will be prepared to test for the BPI-A/C & Heat Pump Professional Certification.

Schedule your BPI exam(s) with SUNY Canton a BPI Affiliate.

Once you start the certification process, you have one year to complete it before you will be required to start over as a new candidate.

Certification Testing

To be certified the candidates must take and pass a written test and a field test for each individual area of specialty.

Candidates failing to successfully complete an examination may retake the exam a 2nd & 3rd time within one year with an additional test fee.

Contact the CREST Center for current pricing.

CREST Instructors

Art Garno, Director
Kebbyn Giffin, Adjunct Instructor
Robin McClellan, Adjunct Instructor
Michael Newtown, Associate Professor/Interim Dean CSOET
Michael Spearance, ISA

For more information contact:
Art Garno - Director
34 Cornell Drive - Canton, NY 13617

Phone: 315-386-7197
Fax: 315-386-7928