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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.

The Frontline Hospitality Promotion Workshop

The Frontline Sales Support Workshop provides access to an online customer service and sales tool to current and aspiring frontline tourism staff, with a particular focus on regional attractions, products, and services. Individuals successfully completing the Program will receive a certificate of completion. These individuals may then pursue further training and education, including the possibility of earning college credits through SUNY Canton (e.g. through competency testing and/or life experience).


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Solar Ready Vets Training at Fort Drum

SUNY Canton CREST is offering the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Ready Vets training program, which will provide military personnel stationed at Fort Drum, NY with technical skills to obtain jobs in the growing solar industry after they transition from active service. This is the first Solar Ready Vets training cohort in New York, and just the eighth offered at military installations in the U.S. The inaugural New York-based class under the program will begin on January 11.

The Fort Drum program was created through collaboration among the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, U.S. Department of Energy, Fort Drum, SUNY Canton and solar installation companies. Instructors from SUNY Canton will teach five-week classes focusing on technical training in solar skills, including hands-on labs. In addition, the program will facilitate job placement with New York solar PV companies for the trained transitioning military personnel. Nearly 3,600 service members transition from Fort Drum each year, and this new program will be available to assist them in their transition to civilian life.

NYSERDA provided support for the program startup costs, including curriculum development and training for the first 125 veterans to participate through five cohorts of 25. There is no cost for Fort Drum personnel to participate in these first cohorts.

According to the Solar Foundation’s Solar Job Census 2014, the solar industry is adding jobs at a rate of more than 20 times faster than the overall economy. Solar employment in New York State grew more than 40 percent in 2014, adding nearly 2,100 jobs. There currently are 359 solar companies in the State, employing more than 7,000 New Yorkers.

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran said, "The Solar Ready Vets program is a perfect extension of what SUNY Canton does best. Through this program, we actively continue our commitment to veterans and their families in addition to focusing on environmental sustainability and renewable energy technologies. Most importantly, it demonstrates our commitment to providing career ready training in our academic programs and through our Career Ready Education and Success Training (CREST) Center for Workforce Development. We thank Governor Cuomo, the U.S. Department of Energy, CREST Center staff and all parties involved for implementing this important program."

Upcoming training sessions include:

  • July 25 – August 30
  • September 26 – November 1

Click here for Solar Ready Vets Solar Training Program Application. Please complete and return to Fort Drum SFL-TAP Office.

For more information, contact the SUNY Canton CREST Center, Kevin McAdoo (315) 379-3869 or For eligibility information or to apply, please contact Lorrie Guler, Transition Services Manager, Soldier for Life - Transition Assistance Program - (315) 772-3284 or




NY-SUN Training

Safety and Fire Considerations for Solar PV - Long Lake

By: NY-Sun PV Trainers Network

Event Description

This course will provide first responders, such as fire fighters and rescue personnel, with a training on safety precautions and fire code considerations with respect to the recognition and disabling of PV systems. This training will include solar technology identification on the premises, disconnecting methods and code requirements for roof coverage by modules. Adiditionally, this training will address access to safe walking space, access to ventilation, location, and identification of disconnect switches, DC and AC system conduits and conductors, and battery backup systems.

Continuing Education Units are available:

  • 3 in-service hours from the NY Dept. of State Division of Building Standards & Codes under Topic 2 (Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code)

If applicable, please bring your NY Training ID # with you to the event in order to sign in correctly for CEUs.

For questions, please contact Chief Tony Clark at or CREST at 315-386-7229 or

WHEN: Tuesday, September 6, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT) - Register Here

WHERE: Long Lake Volunteer Fire Department - 111 South Hill Road, Long Lake, NY 12847 - View Map


Autotech: Training You Can Get Your Hands On

To view schedule, click here.

To register for classes, see your local NAPA store.


Dental Continuing Education

* Earn Dental CEUs via Video Conference at SUNY Canton’s CREST Center

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Please note: All Fall Dental lectures will take place in SUNY Canton's CREST Center. A map and directions will be sent with your confirmation.

Wed, September 14, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Evening Lecture Series… Infection Control for the Dental Team/OSHA Update. UB Faculty: Dr. Frank C. Barnashuk. CE HRS: 3

Wed, September 28, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Evening Lecture Series… Periodontitis & Periimplantitis: Comparison of Diagnoses, Etiologies and Treatment Options. UB Faculty: Dr. Abhiram Maddi. CE HRS: 3

Wed, October 5, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Evening Lecture Series… Oral Cancer: Your Critical Role in Diagnosis and Treatment. Guest Faculty: Dr. Michael Markiewicz. CE HRS: 3

Wed, October 12, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Evening Lecture Series…Dentistry for Patients with Special Needs. Guest Faculty: Jennifer Rumfola. CE HRS: 3

Wed, October 19, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Evening Lecture Series…Orofacial Pain, TMD, Bruxism . . . A Multidisciplinary Treatment Approach. UB Faculty: Drs. Yoly Gonzalez & Heidi Crowe. CE HRS: 3

Wed, November 16, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Evening Lecture Series… Lasers in Everyday Dentistry. UB Faculty: Dr. Praveen Arany. CE HRS: 3


Emergency Medical Technician Training Program

SUNY Canton has been providing Emergency Medical Service training courses for 40 years. The College is the only Course Sponsor in St. Lawrence County approved by the New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, to conduct these courses. Students who pass both the New York State written and practical examinations will ultimately receive New York State certification. SUNY Canton offers a variety of initial and refresher EMS training courses. For more information, please click the link below.

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North Country Care Coordination Certificate Program

Preparing the regional workforce to provide services in the RIGHT PLACE, at the RIGHT TIME, and in the most COST EFFECTIVE way.

The Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization (FDRHPO) in partnership with SUNY Jefferson (JCC) and SUNY Canton are offering a Care Coordination Certificate Program designed to prepare and train existing care coordination professionals who will play a critical role in supporting health transformation in the Tug Hill Seaway Region.

WHO: Existing Care Coordination Professionals from hospitals, the health home, behavioral health facilities and/or community-based settings

April 7, 2016 - June 23, 2016



Most courses start at only $89.00

Education To Go Courses: These courses start each month, and all courses consist of two classes per week for six weeks. You can complete each class when it is convenient for you. Course subjects include:

  • The Internet
  • Web Page Design
  • Web Graphics and Multimedia
  • Web and Computer Programming
  • Basic Computer Literacy
  • Computer Applications
  • PC Troubleshooting, Networking & Security
  • Digital Photography & Digital Video
  • Languages
  • Writing and Publishing
  • Entertaining Industry Careers
  • Grant Writing & Nonprofit Management
  • Start Your Own Business
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Test Prep (GED; SAT/ACT; Grammar ESL)
  • Personal Development
  • Health Care, Nutrition & Fitness
  • Child Care & Parenting
  • Art, History, Psychology, & Literature
  • Math, Philosophy & Science
  • Law & Legal Careers
  • Courses for Teaching Professionals
  • and many, many, more

Photovoltaic & Solar Heating 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 Heating training - Watch here for new training dates

Solar PV training - Watch here for new training dates

Contact Art Garno, Director for more information.


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

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

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Basic Rider Course for License Waiver Registration

Basic Rider Course II for License Waiver Registration

Courses will start in May 2016. For specific dates, click on one of the above links and click on Register Here. Choose SUNY Canton CARC.

For more information call: 518-668-5589

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


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.


Art Garno

Rebecca Blackmon
Secretary I

R.J. Mattimore
EMT Program Coordinator

Kevin McAdoo
Coordinator/Instructor Solar Ready Vets Program

For more information contact:
CREST Center
Halford Hall
34 Cornell Drive
Canton, NY 13617

Main Phone: 315-386-7229
Fax: 315-386-7640