Use Your GI Bill to Build a Green Career

Service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are fighting an uphill battle when it comes to job placement in the civilian world. The same went for me when I made the transition. I hadn’t received an education outside of high school or military training, so I instead chose to use the GI Bill to attend a university and get my bachelor’s degree.

But I realize that traditional schools aren’t for everyone. That’s why new forms of learning have to be explored.

GI Bill green career

The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) is the nation’s premier standards development and credentialing organization for residential energy efficiency retrofit work.

Classroom to Contractor

Green Collar” companies are organizations that are focused on producing renewable sources; such as solar panels on a house. That’s a noble cause and job that is sure to help not only people but the environment. Where would you learn a skill like that?

One place is the Building Performance Institute.

BPI is a technical school that wants to train and mentor returning veterans by giving them the two things they need most: an education and an opportunity to land a job. They offer veterans the opportunity to not only earn credentials that are nationally recognized by employers, but to find work in career sectors that include remodeling, insulation, heating and cooling, utility programs, and construction.


You and I both know that some of the major talents service members possess are our adaptable technical skills, teamwork, and commitment to quality and excellence. The home construction industry and leaders at BPI are looking for the exact same people to fill these roles.

And this is an industry that is not only growing, it’s working to fill the demands of 130 million homes that need to improve energy efficiency. That’s a number that is only going to increase as folks at Veterans United Home Loans keep finding places for veterans to live.

G.I. Bill

Stop worrying about how you can afford this endeavor, because the G.I. Bill covers the costs for BPI testing and certification.

While only eligible veterans currently in the Eastern Region of the US can be reimbursed by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), reimbursement will soon be available nationwide.

Here are some of the BPI tests have been approved for reimbursement: Building Analyst Professional, Envelope Professional, Heating Professional, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Professional, Manufactured Housing Professional, Multifamily Building Operator Professional, Multifamily Building Analyst Professional, Residential Building Envelope Whole House Air Leakage Control Installer (RBE-WH-ALCI) and Residential Building Envelope Accessible Area Air Leakage Control Installer (RBE-AA-ALCI).

For more information contact a BPI testing center in your area.

Photo courtesy U.S. Army Environmental Command