“To reduce heating and cooling costs for low-income families, particularly for the elderly, people with disabilities, and children, by improving the energy efficiency of their homes while ensuring their health and safety.”
– US Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program Mission Statement
Becoming a Weatherization Contractor
Community Action Agencies across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are in need of quality contractors for weatherization and heating system work. (For a list of community action agencies in Massachusetts that participate in WAP, click here) Qualified contractors benefit from steady work, prompt payment and are provided with customers through the agency – all while contributing to an important mission.
Training & Requirements:
Below is an overview of what it takes to become a Weatherization Assistance Program contractor. For more detailed information, please view the Contractor Pathway Document.
■ Boot Camp Training: Classes are held in Fitchburg, Mattapan or Northhampton. New contractors are instructed in air sealing and weatherization methods and procedures. View the Weatherization Training Information document.
■ Renovation, Repair & Painting (RRP) Lead Training: One-day course on the Environmental Protection Agency’s lead safety procedures and certification process. All Massachusetts contractors must have this certification. Visit the EPA website to find a local training center near you. View Lead Safe Weatherization Information document.
■ Skill Demonstration: Contractors are trained to meet the requirements of the Department of Housing and Community Development programs as well as utility company programs, and must demonstrate the ability to successfully weatherize an actual house, administer health and safety measures to ensure that the client is in no danger, insulate, air seal , install door kits and sweeps, conduct blower door test, etc.
■ Other Requirements: All contractors must hold either a Construction Supervisor’s License or Insulation Specialty License Commonwealth of Massachusetts Home Improvement Registration. They must have evidence of asbestos management knowledge. (For Asbestos information, view DHCD WAP Asbestos responsibility document.) Contractors must also have correct insurance: General Liability ($1 million), Automobile ($1 million), Workman’s Comp ($.5 million).
Already a Qualified Insulator?
Be sure to visit our JOB POSTINGS page to connect with contractors looking for qualified employees.
Need the technical manuals?
View the Materials Suppliers pathway document.