Friday, December 20, 2013

College district offers lighting systems training program

 With help from San Diego Gas and Electric, the Continuing Education and Workforce Training program based at Cuyamaca College  is offering free training for installing and maintaining energy-efficient lighting systems.

The California Advanced Lighting Controls Training Program, a 50-hour training program for state-certified general electricians, is scheduled for 5-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Jan. 15-Feb. 20, 2014, at SDG&E’s Energy Innovation Center at 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. in San Diego.

The training program is a statewide initiative aimed at increasing the use of energy-saving advanced lighting controls in commercial buildings and industrial facilities. Building and facility owners whose electricians and contractors complete the training are eligible for utility rebates and other incentives.  The program represents a broad partnership between utility companies, manufacturers, electricians, contractors and select community colleges.

Training is provided in the proper programming, testing, installation, commissioning and maintenance of advanced lighting control systems which typically include dimmers, occupancy sensors, photo-sensors, relay modules, and communication-based control devices. Substantial savings in energy costs are driving up the demand for lighting controls in commercial buildings.

Prior to enrolling in the  program, completion of four free online courses is required. The classes are available on the Lighting Control Association website.

This is the only  certification training available to the public in San Diego County. The training offered through the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District is made possible through an Industry-Driven Regional Collaboratives grant from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.

For more information, contact Molly Ash at (619) 660-4578 or at