Education & Training for Clean Energy Careers

New York State is growing the clean energy workforce. In 2015, New York ranked fourth in the nation for job creation in the solar industry. Overall, clean energy careers are growing across the Empire State.  


Plug into a Clean Energy Career 

Click here for career paths, training resources, and job boards on the NYS Department of Labor’s site.

New Yorkers benefit from an education, training, and credentialing system invested in an institutional structure for the long term. New York’s two- and four-year colleges are working with state agencies to define job performance competencies, credentialing requirements, and training programs to help clean energy professionals succeed.   

SUNY Ulster is a leading training provider for installation and maintenance career tracks in solar and small wind, as well as energy efficiency. Click here to learn more. 

For an interdisciplinary approach that brings value to just about any occupation, check out the National Sustainable Building Advisor curriculum.

For notification about trainings coming up in New York City, Click here to follow the program on LinkedIn.  


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced the Clean Energy Workforce Opportunity Program, which will be run by the State University of New York. The program will train a clean energy workforce of 10,000 to help the renewable energy industry become self-sustaining, aid New York’s transition to clean energy sources, and support the state’s ambitious goal to meet half of our electricity needs with clean energy by 2030. The program will work with clean energy companies to develop job training and certification tracks, and graduates will receive an industry-recognized certification. 

In addition to the Clean Energy Workforce Opportunity Program, New York is helping to ensure the industry has a qualified workforce to achieve the State’s clean energy goals with GreenCareersNY. GreenCareersNY was launched as a partnership between the State Department of Labor and NYSERDA, under Green Jobs/Green New York. GreenCareersNY matches job seekers with green jobs and training opportunities.