Overview

Note that this course is full, but we have another session coming up on September 28-29!

 

Are you looking to conduct Energy Audits in residential homes? The Greener Homes Initiative aims to provide up to 700,000 grants for homeowners to engage Energy Advisors to conduct assessments and advise on retrofit opportunities.

Taking CIET training and writing the Foundation and EA level exams is one of the faster ways to become a full-fledged NRCan-registered Energy Advisor involved in the initiative.

The CIET NRCan Foundation Level Prep Course is the first step toward becoming a residential Energy Advisor (EA). The course provides participants with an overview of building science principles and a review of sound business practices for EAs.

During this two-day course, participants prepare for the Foundation Level exam by learning to complete hands-on geometric and arithmetic calculations and unit conversions, how to interpret and understand house plans, and looking at the whole building envelope from fenestration to mechanical systems to renewable energy systems.

The CIET NRCan Foundation Exam Prep Course is intended to prepare participants to take NRCan’s Foundation Level Exam. Upon completing the course and passing the exam, you will be able to take the next step and attend the CIET Energy Advisor Prep Course and eventually become a full-fledged EA.

Note: You must pay and schedule a time to write the exam directly on NRCan’s website. The exam is not administered during the preparation course.

Have you already passed the Foundation Level Exam and are you looking for the next step? Click here for more information on the CIET Energy Advisor Prep Course.



Key Learning Objectives

During this course, participants will learn:

  • The four elements of a house as a system concept (environment, building envelope, mechanical systems, and occupant activities).
  • How to complete hands-on geometric and arithmetic calculations and unit conversions.
  • To interpret and understand house plans.
  • About typical Canadian architectural house types.
  • The residential building design process, construction and renovation techniques, and high-efficiency design principles.
  • All about mechanical systems, including: Domestic water heating; Spaceheating; Ventilation; Heat pumps; Cooling systems; The safety considerations when accessing existing and new home constructions and work sites.


Audience

  • Individuals wanting to become an energy advisor and conduct home energy assessments.
  • Construction professionals.
  • Service organisation (SO) staff.
  • HVAC experts, electricians, and other technicians.
  • Individuals with an interest in energy efficiency and a desire to understand what makes a building comfortable and energy efficient.
  • Individuals with an understanding of building sciences.

Location

CIET Virtual Real-Time Classroom training

This training will be offered virtually through GoToTraining. Upon enrollment, you will receive the login and participant materials you will need to connect seamlessly and enjoy a great training experience.

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Certified Energy Manager (CEM)

Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP)

Certified RETScreen® Expert (CRE)

Advanced RETScreen® Expert

Introduction to Recommissioning (RCx)

Introduction to RETScreen® Expert

Advanced Course on Building Recommissioning (RCx)

Certified Building Commissioning Professional (CBCP)

Energy Efficiency for Building Operators & Maintenance Staff (EEBO)

Building Operator Certification Training (BOC)

Energy Management Professional 101 (EMP 101)

Prep Course for the NRCan Foundation Level Exam

Prep Course for the NRCan ERS v15 Energy Advisor Exam

Advanced Energy Advisor: Tools for completing your probationary files

Intro to HOT-2000

Multi-Unit Residential Buildings (MURBS): Conducting an assessment of a small residential building

Heat Integration of Industrial Processes (HIIP)

Introduction to Building Energy Modelling in Compliance with the NECB

Building Energy Modelling Professional – Tools, Software and Compliance

Building Automation Systems Optimization Essentials

Advanced Building Automation Systems Optimization

Making the Case for Energy Efficiency

Dollars to $ense Energy Management Workshops

1-Day Best Practices of ICI Energy Management – Dollars to $ense Workshop

Fundamentals of Compressed Air Systems

Advanced Management of Compressed Air Systems

Becoming Carbon neutral: Key concepts, strategies and initiatives

Advanced Measurement and Verification

Other course

Agenda

Construction and Renovation of Low-Rise Housing

  • Typical Canadian architectural house typology
  • Building design process and construction techniques using appropriate construction terms and definitions
  • Renovation techniques using appropriate construction terms and definitions
  • Recognising highly efficient design principles for new constructions and renovations
  • Interpreting plans

Numeracy

  • Performing geometric and arithmetic calculations accurately
  • Executing unit conversions between metric and imperial

Safety Considerations When Accessing Home Construction or Renovation Sites

Building Envelopes (new and existing homes)

  • Building envelope barrier systems (air, vapour, moisture, weather/wind, thermal)
  • Windows, skylights, and doors

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (new and existing homes)

  • Common terminology
  • Mechanical heating, cooling, and ventilation systems
  • Operation of heating, ventilation, and cooling systems
  • District energy systems

Renewable Energy Systems and Their Properties

Building Science Principles and the House-as-a-System Concept

  • Elements that make up a building and their interdependences
  • Physical processes that occur within a building (heat, air, and moisture flow)
  • Indicators of indoor air pollutants

Trainers

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Stephen Farrell

Stephen Farrell, P.L. (Eng.) – Mechanical Engineering, CEM; with 25 years in residential and commercial energy management consulting and mechanical engineering design. He currently owns and operates two companies: Acacia Engineering Ltd. and VerdaTech Energy Management and Consulting Inc. Acacia Engineering is a mechanical engineering consulting firm specializing in HVAC and plumbing design, with a strong focus towards energy efficiency where applicable.

Stephen has extensive experience in energy management and consulting and has been actively involved with Natural Resources Canada in consulting on and managing various energy efficiency programs. His company VerdaTech has completed over 45,000 residential energy assessments and is a licensed service organization for NRCan’s ERS version 15, and EnergyStar for New Homes.

He has actively trained EnerGuide advisors across Canada for multiple programs including, but not limited to, EnerGuide for houses 0-100 rating for both new and existing construction, EnerGuide for houses MURB (0-100 rating), EnergyStar and the most current EnerGuide version 15. Over the last 18 years, has trained in excess of 100 advisors. He also has presented various energy efficiency seminars for numerous organizations, including the City of Medicine Hat, Town of Banff, and City of Calgary. Stephen is also currently serving on the Metro Vancouver “Rate Our Home & Labelling” steering committee for energy labelling, labelling disclosure and integration with the BC Energy Step Code.

Certification Process

How can I become an energy advisor?

You will find all information on Natural Resources Canada’s website. Notably, to register as an energy advisor to deliver services under EnerGuide Rating System v.15, energy advisor candidates must demonstrate proficiency by:

  • Passing the Foundation Level exam
  • Passing the Energy Advisor exam
  • Being affiliated with a service organization

What is the energy advisor exam process?

For more details on the exam process, you are invited to read the Candidate Exam Handbook by Natural Resources Canada.

Exam related information can be found at https://nrcan.ysasecure.com.

  • If you wish to register for the exams, you must first complete the Register section.
  • Then, you can purchase the exams in the Products section.
  • To find the locations where exams are administered, consult the Exam Centres section.

For each of the exams, you are invited to read the appropriate Exam Competency Profiles found in the ERS-EnerGuide Rating System v15/ERS v.15 Competencies section of the File Exchange website. To obtain login details, please contact us at nrcan.homes-maisons.rncan@canada.ca. In the Subject section, please write “EG”.

How can I become a licensed service organization? 

You will find all information on Natural Resources Canada’s website. Notably, you must:

  • Be an individual or legal entity incorporated or registered in Canada
  • Show proof of liability insurance
  • Have a minimum of 2 years of experience and knowledge related to energy efficiency and building science in the residential housing sector
  • Employ key personnel in the organization such as service organization managers, quality assurance specialists or energy advisors who have successfully passed the relevant NRCan exams

Where can I find reference documents?

To access reference documents such as the EnerGuide Rating System v.15, the exam competency profiles as well as Candidate Exam Handbooks, please contact nrcan.homes-maisons.rncan@canada.ca.  

CIET has also developed two supplementary study guides to help participants with items identified as the most difficult, namely the Foundation Level Exam Study Guide and Energy Advisor Exam Study Guide.

The course includes...

  • The training program’s PDF will be sent to you in the week prior to the start date.
  • Access to SharePoint drive with a repository of related links, content, practice quizzes and video demos on course concepts

Policies

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COVID-19 Information for CIET'S Fall 2021 Training Calendar – CIET will continue with virtual training!

Last Updated: May 18, 2021

 

CIET to continue Virtual Real-Time classroom training this fall!

With well over 100 virtual real-time courses delivered since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, and based on feedback received from more than 1,600 participants, CIET is happy to inform that all public training sessions offered this fall will be delivered through our virtual real-time classrooms.

 

This will allow everyone to continue to access CIET training in a safe manner, which protects both our participants and our trainers, regardless of what happens with the pandemic or public health measures. This allows you  the peace of mind to register for a virtual training course today, knowing that the training will be delivered with the same quality of training that you expect from an in-person CIET course. Also, keeping the virtual real-time training sessions will ensure that our full course calendar is available to all participants across Canada and abroad, regardless of geographical location.

 

REGISTER FOR YOUR NEXT VIRTUAL TRAINING COURSE TODAY!

 

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Through all these measures, CIET hopes to provide as much flexibility as possible to training participants while respecting its commitments to other participants, trainers and partners, as well as public health recommendations.

We thank you very much for your trust and collaboration and look forward to welcoming you in our virtual classrooms!

 

Best regards,

The CIET Team
info@cietcanada.com
647 255-3107