Overview

You should know that:

  • The course begins at 9:00 am and ends at 4:30 pm each day, according to CST or Central Standard Time (UTC-06:00 US & Canada).
  • We will be using the GoToTraining platform, which has great interactive features.
  • We will include dedicated time for questions.
  • We will take breaks, just as in a real classroom.
  • You will receive the login details by email upon registering for the course.
  • We recommend that you use computer audio, rather than connecting by phone if possible, as well as headphones to avoid sound feedback.

 

Energy advisors assess the energy performance of residential homes and provide advice on potential energy savings during the design, construction, and renovation stages.


To become a registered energy advisor with Natural Resources Canada, prospective candidates must first pass the Foundation Level and Energy Advisor exams. After successfully passing these exams, you must complete probationary files with a licensed service organization and maintain an association with at least one licensed service organization thereafter.


This interactive four-day course provides an overview of the administration and delivery of the EnerGuide Rating System Version 15. Trainees gain hands-on experience with Natural Resources Canada’s HOT2000 energy modelling software.


After the energy advisor designation has been obtained, individuals in association with a licensed service organization will be able to conduct energy evaluations in accordance with NRCan’s EnerGuide Version 15 guidelines on Part 9 residential buildings, excluding MURB because it requires an additional certification.

 

Who should attend?


• Individuals with an interest in energy efficiency and a desire to understand what makes a building comfortable and energy efficient
• Individuals wanting to become an energy advisor and conduct residential energy evaluations
• Individuals should have basic knowledge and understanding of building sciences, construction practices and building materials

 

CIET’S NRCan ERS v15 Energy Advisor Exam Prep Course is intended to adequately prepare participants to take NRCan’s EnerGuide Rating System v15 – Energy Advisor Exam. You must pay and schedule a time to write the exam directly on NRCan’s website. The exam will not be administered during the preparation course.

Agenda

Training Schedule (click the image to see it in full screen)

 

 

 

 

Energy advisors assess the energy performance of residential homes and provide advice on potential energy savings during the design, construction and renovation stages.

To become a registered energy advisor with Natural Resources Canada, prospective candidates must first pass the Foundation Level and Energy Advisor exams. After successfully passing these exams, you must complete probationary files with a licensed service organization and maintain an association with at least one licensed service organization thereafter.

This interactive four-day course provides detailed understanding of the processes and steps required to do the job of a registered energy advisor. Participants gain in-depth knowledge of what information is required to be collected from an existing home or a home to be built. This involves knowing not only what to collect, but also why the information is required and how to apply it effectively. Completely understanding why the information is obtained and how it is used empowers the energy advisor to provide effective, logical and customer-focused energy-efficiency upgrade options.

 

Participants obtain in-depth working knowledge of HOT2000 (NRCan’s energy modelling software). This includes creating custom components and fuel-cost libraries, as well as a fully worked example of an energy model including upgrades and reports. By the end of the course, the candidate energy advisor has full working knowledge of all aspects regarding what it takes to be an effective energy advisor, how to interact with homeowners, what information is required, how to collect the correct information, how to interpret the information, how to create a customized energy-efficiency road maps and how to model a file in HOT2000 and generate the relevant outputs.

 

This is an exam-preparation course, but it is also far more than that and also includes learning to apply learned principles. The objective of the course is to guide students in properly preparing for the exam and becoming an effective and knowledgeable energy advisor and residential energy sector specialist after passing the exam.

 

After obtaining the energy advisor designation, those new energy advisors affiliated with a licensed service organization will be able to conduct energy evaluations in accordance with NRCan’s EnerGuide Version 15 guidelines in Part 9 regarding residential buildings, excluding the MURB because it requires an additional type of professional certification.

  1. EnerGuide Rating System

    • General knowledge of the EnerGuide Rating System, its communication tools and related services
    • EnerGuide ratings and its related terminology and calculations
    • Basic service
    • Data collection
    • General requirements
    • Requirements for building envelope components
    • Requirements for mechanical systems
    • Renovation upgrade service
    • Construction blower door service
    • Construction upgrade service for new homes
    • Blower door tests
    • Air leakage location identification procedure
    • Exhaust device depressurization test

  2. HOT2000 Modelling Version 11

    • HOT2000 software and modelling
    • General HOT2000 features
    • Create new house files using the House wizard
    • Model a house using the HOT2000 main interface
    • Submit HOT2000 house files and generate reports and labels

  3. Administration and Delivery of EnerGuide Rating System Version 15

    • Code of ethics, code of conduct and conflict of interest guidelines
    • Roles and responsibilities of NRCan
    • Roles and responsibilities of service organizations
    • Roles and responsibilities of the service organization manager
    • Roles and responsibilities of energy advisors
    • Roles and responsibilities of builders
    • Registration, designation and re-qualification process for service organizations, service providers and builders
    • Suspension and delinquency/deregistration

  4. Quality Assurance of the EnerGuide Rating System Version 15

    • General quality assurance knowledge
    • Roles and responsibilities regarding quality assurance

TRAINER(S)

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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 required information on Natural Resources Canada’s website. Notably, to register as an energy advisor to deliver services under the 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 is available 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 required 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, and 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...

  • You will receive a PDF copy of the training material by email during the week prior to the course.

POLICIES

If you are unable to attend the course, you may send another person in your stead without incurring any penalty. CIET must be advised of any replacement, cancellation or postponement via email at info@cietcanada.com.

 

The following fees apply for:

  • Rescheduling your registration to another course:
    • At least 2 weeks prior to the start of the course: no fee;
    • Less than 2 weeks prior to the start of the course: $50 administrative fee;
    • No show (after the beginning of the course): 15% of regular course fees.
  • Cancelling your registration :
    • At least 2 weeks prior to the course : no fee;
    • Less than 2 weeks prior to the course: $150 administrative fee or 10% of regular course fees (whichever is greater);
    • No show (after the beginning of the course): 25% of regular course fees.

$ Fees

Early bird fee$1145
Regular fee
(After October 6, 2020)
$1195
Continuing Education Units (CEU)2.4
CSEP points4 (+2 for certification)
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COVID-19 Information for CIET Fall 2020 Training Calendar – CIET Goes Virtual!

Last Updated: June 19, 2020

 

CIET Goes Virtual!

With close to 25 virtual real-time courses offered since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis under our belt, and based on feedback received from more than 300 participants, CIET is happy to inform that all public training sessions offered in the fall of 2020 will be delivered through virtual real-time classrooms.

This will allow everyone to continue accessing CIET training in a safe manner, which protects both our participants and our trainers, regardless of what happens in the fall. You can register for these virtual courses in confidence, knowing that they will provide the same quality of training that you expect from CIET. These real-time training sessions will be available to all participants across Canada.

 

REGISTER FOR VIRTUAL TRAINING 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!

 

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The CIET Team
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