FutureFit Fundamentals Contractor Training

Prepare to serve the growing demand for all-electric technologies with an online training course

Participant Stipend Eligibility

To qualify for the $500 FutureFit Fundamentals stipend participants must demonstrate either Criteria A or Criteria B and complete all course material with a passing grade. Proof of eligibility may be required.

Criteria A

  • Reside or hold a union membership in Santa Clara County, CA.
  • Hold one of the following licenses:
    · General Contractor
    · Solar installers (C-46)
    · Electrician (C-10)
    · Plumber (C-36)
    · Heat & Air Contractor (C-20)

Criteria B

  • Be employed by a business that meets Eligibility Criteria A.
    Currently, up to three employees per business are eligible and examples of candidates include installers, technicians and sales and quoting professionals.
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$5,000 Installation Incentive

Those who qualify for the $500 FutureFit Fundamental stipend and complete the course may also be eligible for an installation incentive of up to $5,000 for installing an approved FutureFit technology. Applicable installations must be installed within SVCE’s service area either at your home or place of business. SVCE’s service area includes: Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Saratoga, Sunnyvale and unincorporated communities in Santa Clara County.

Learn more about the FutureFit Installation Incentive here.

Apply to Participate in the Training

To apply for FutureFit Fundamentals, the free, self-paced, online training course offered by Silicon Valley Clean Energy, please fill out this form. Currently, participation in this course is limited to 150 contractors on a first-come-first-served basis. You will receive an email with your participation status and next steps.

About The Course

Course Overview
Receive an overview of the motivations behind fuel switching in the past and present. In this topic, we will discuss how all-electric technologies are cleaner, safer and more economical.

All-Electric Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
Learn about the latest information on all-electric space heating and cool products exploring the history o heat pumps, technical innovations and installation best practices and pricing.

Heat Pump Water Heating
Get current information on heat pump water heaters, their benefits, overviews of the history and different product types. Explore best practices for installations and prices.

All-Electric Home Appliances
Become familiar with the benefits and options of the latest all-electric appliances for cooking, laundry, landscaping and pool heating.

Home Solar+Battery  Storage
Dive into all things solar+battery storage. This course provides the history, benefits, comparison and best practices for solar, home battery storage and energy management.

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility for the program includes contractors and tradespersons who reside or hold a union membership in Santa Clara County and also fulfill one of the following requirements:
– Criteria A: Hold one of the following licenses in Santa Clara County; general contractor, solar installer (C-46), electrician (C-10), plumber (C-36) or heat & air contractor (C-20).
– Criteria B: Be employed at a business that meets criteria A

Participants that complete the online training with a passing grade and fulfil the eligibility requirements are eligible for a $500 stipend.

Participants may be eligible for an additional installation incentive of up to $5,000. The incentive is open to participants that fulfil the stipend eligibility as well as reside or have a business in Silicon Valley Clean Energy service territory. SVCE serves the following cities and communities: Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Saratoga, Sunnyvale and unincorporated communities in Santa Clara County.

Please note: During Wave 1, participation is limited to no more than three individuals from each business.

After completing the application form, your information and license number will be checked on the CA Contractors State License Board. Please allow for 1 business day for the application to be processed and to receive a response. If your application is approved, you will receive an email from the Silicon Valley Clean Energy FutureFit email address outlining the next steps on how to enroll in the course. We will also inform participants if they are not eligible for the program.

At this time, the course is only open to licensed contractors, journeypersons , and apprentices who meet the current eligibility. SVCE may expand eligibility at a later time.

Currently, no more than three employees from a single business can participate in the course. We advise that businesses select staff that will use the course information within their day-to-day responsibilities to enroll in the course. Examples include sales and quoting professionals, installers, technicians, etc.

At this time, the course is currently only offered in English. There is also an option to turn on closed-captioning for additional accessibility.

The course contains four hours total of video content and contains quizzes and tests. Participants can expect to spend 5-7 hours completing the training. The course is also self-paced, so the timeframe to complete the course is dependent on the participant.

In order to pass, participants must pass each final module test with a score of 70% or higher. There are five module test and participants get three attempts to get 70% per test.

Participants who do not receive a score of 70% or higher on the third attempt will be prompted to reach out to WI@scjeccd.edu to meet with a coach in order to move forward with the course.

o Yes, upon course completion with a passing grade participants will receive a Certificate of Completion mailed to you.

At this time, the course is not eligible for continuing education credits.

For any questions regarding course registration, the online platform Canvas or any other technical issues, please reach out to wi@sjeccd.edu.

Finished the course & interested in the installation incentive?

Learn more about the applicable appliances, eligibility requirements and how to apply at the FutureFit Installation Incentive at the webpage linked below.

San Jose Evergreen Community College District
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This course is brought to you by Silicon Valley Clean Energy and the San Jose Evergreen Community College District – Workforce Institute.