The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has launched a tri-national Web-based directory, listing over 100 renewable energy training courses. The new Web directory presents a list of courses offered in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. for training in the wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal, bioenergy, hydrogen and fuel-cell industries.
A recent report, commissioned by the CEC, analyzed the state of renewable energy training in North America, identified opportunities for improvement and made recommendations from a North American perspective.
The report found that a tri-national collaborative system could help build and share best practices between Canada, Mexico and the U.S.
The CEC report also shows that of 235 courses identified, 83% are located in the U.S., 14% in Canada and only 3% in Mexico. Regional challenges identified include green markets not yet sufficiently established for academic institutions to offer resources, as well as a lack of qualified trainers.
Institutions providing green training identified in the report are predominantly colleges and universities (65%), followed by private companies (20%) and then associations related to renewable energy or trade unions (almost 10%).