Weatherization Training Menu

Note: NASCSP can develop a customized training tailored to your organization or modify any of the options below to meet your needs. 

WAP Basics

Introduction to the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)
This course provides needed guidance and training for staff members who are new to WAP or taking on a different role within the WAP. The training will distinguish between Legislation/Statutes, Regulations, and Program Guidance and how these elements complement each other. The session will also include an overview of the primary funding sources used to complement WAP including other federal funds and common leveraging activities. Participants will learn the roles and responsibilities of Grantees and Subgrantees. This training can also be adapted to include a more in-depth walkthrough of the regulations contained in 10 CFR 440.

WAP Program Management Essentials

WAP Grantee/Sub-Grantee Program Manager Training
This customizable training will be tailored to the needs of your network. NASCSP staff will work to identify program management needs and provide focused training to State WAP staff. Similarly, this training can be provided for your state’s WAP Subgrantee Managers, covering the essential elements needed to effectively manage the WAP at the subgrantee level. This can also be adapted into a “Train-the-Trainer,” instructing State staff how to run a statewide program manager training for their subgrantee network.

Crafting Effective WAP Policies and Procedures
Policies and procedures are critical for State management of the WAP. This training will overview what critical elements a state policy and procedures manual should include. Participants will also learn how to craft effective policies that have “teeth.” As part of this training, NASCSP staff can examine and evaluate existing policies and procedures.

Developing WAP Training Plans
This training will help you analyze your State network’s training needs and learn to develop a more comprehensive state training program. It touches on adult learning, needs assessments, training methods, certifications, and the components of a successful training program. This training also demonstrates how to utilize monitoring results in developing training and technical assistance efforts.

Best Practices for WAP State Plan Development
This training will prepare managers to successfully develop, submit, and implement a State Plan. It will cover critical elements of the State Plan process such as the budget, annual file, and health and safety plan. Participants will also learn how to handle subgrantee engagement and the public hearing process. It will also include strategies to streamline the state planning process.

WAP Budgeting and Financial Management
Participants will learn how to manage and coordinate different funding streams associated with their WAP. Key elements included in this training are tracking subgrantee spend-out rates, production goals, proper use of funds, the need for financial policies and procedures, identifying financial “red flags,” and more.

Managing WAP Production
Participants in this training will gain a thorough understanding of the planning needed to ensure your state network is effectively meeting and exceeding production goals. State Managers will learn how to set effective production goals and develop performance plans for WAP Subgrantee Managers to achieve those goals.

Ensuring Quality & Accountability in Your WAP

Ethics in Weatherization
The WAP field team is the public face of the local agency, the State, and the WAP. This interactive session discusses principles guiding the conduct of WAP staff and looks into complex, sometimes gray ethical issues that WAP crews encounter.

Understanding the Quality Work Plan
This training offers a full overview of the DOE Quality Work Plan, also known as WPN 15-4. Participants will learn strategies for implementation and compliance with DOE expectations. Topics include the Quality Control Inspector certification, alignment of technical field guides with the Standard Work Specifications (SWS), and training requirements associated with Comprehensive Training and Specific Training.

Effective Grantee Monitoring
This training is geared to State Managers and State monitoring staff in structuring a monitoring program. It can be customized to focus on technical or programmatic/financial or cover both elements. This training can also offer a comprehensive review of a State’s existing monitoring procedures or assist the State in preparing for DOE monitoring.

Telling the WAP Story

Effective Communication: Demonstrating Impact
Using the NASCSP Storytelling Manual and other resources, this training explores how success stories and data can be used as essential communication tools for helping the public, your partners, and your potential funders understand your outcomes. Learn about the five strategic steps, proven framing techniques, and best practice models to assist your network in communicating the impact of WAP. During this session, participants will also learn how to use social media, infographics, and other resources to effectively demonstrate how WAP makes an impact in our communities.

How to Plan A WAP Site Demonstration
Highlighting program field technology has been shown to be an effective outreach and advocacy tool. The session will go into detail of how to coordinate an effective site demonstration, engage with the media, and communicate the impact of WAP to policymakers and the public.