Energy advisors assess the energy performance of residential homes and provide advice on potential energy savings during design, construction, and renovation stage.
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, there is a requirement for probationary files to be completed with a licensed service organization and to 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. Students will 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 MURBs, which is an additional required 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 an understanding of building sciences, construction practices and building materials
CIET’S NRCan’s 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.
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, there is a requirement for completing probationary files with a licensed service organization and maintaining an association with at least one licensed service organization thereafter.
This interactive four-day course provides a detailed understanding of the processes and steps required to do the job of a registered energy advisor. The student will gain an in-depth knowledge of what information is required to be collected for an existing home or a home yet to be built. This involves knowing not only what to collect but also why the information is required and how to apply it effectively. Having a complete understanding of why the information is obtained and how it is used will empower the energy advisor to provide effective, logical and customer-focused energy-efficiency upgrade options.
Students will obtain an in-depth working knowledge of HOT2000 (NRCan’s energy-modelling software). This includes creating custom components and fuel-cost libraries, a fully worked example of an energy model including upgrades and reports. By the end of the course, a potential energy advisor will have a full working knowledge of all aspects regarding what it takes to be an effective energy advisor, how to interact with the homeowner, what information is required, how to collect the correct information, how to interpret the information, how to create a customized energy-efficiency roadmap and how to model a file in Hot2000 and generate the relevant outputs.
This is an exam-preparation course but it is far more than that; it also includes the application of the learned principles. The objective of the course is to guide the student to get well prepared for the exam and become 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, which requires an additional type of professional certification to evaluate.
EnerGuide Rating System
• General knowledge of EnerGuide Rating System, its communication tools and related services
• EnerGuide rating 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 devices depressurization test
HOT2000 Modelling Version 11
• HOT2000 software and modelling
• General HOT2000 features
• Create new house file using the House wizard
• Model a house using the HOT2000 main interface
• Submit HOT2000 house files and generate reports and labels
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
Quality Assurance of the EnerGuide Rating System Version 15
• General quality assurance knowledge
• Roles and responsibilities regarding quality assurance
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.
How can I become an energy advisor?
You will find all information on Natural Ressources 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 Ressources 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. In the Subject section, please write “EG”.
How can I become a licensed Service Organization?
You will find all information on Natural Ressources 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’ experience and knowledge related to energy efficiency and building science in the residential housing sector; and
- Employ key personnel in the organization such as Service Organization Manager(s), Quality Assurance Specialist(s), and Energy Advisor(s) who have successfully passed the relevant NRCan’s exams.
Where can I find reference documents?
To access reference documents such as EnerGuide Rating System v.15, the exam competency profiles as well as Candidate Exam Handbooks, please contact email@example.com.
The course includes...
- On the first day of training, you will receive your copy of the preparation workbook. This document is included in the course fee.
- Please note that all breakfasts and lunches, as well as the morning and afternoon coffee breaks are also included in the course fee.
If you are unable to attend the course, you may substitute another person in your place without penalty. All cancellations or postponements must be communicated to CIET by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Registrations cancelled more than 4 weeks prior to the course starting date: no penalty.
- Registrations cancelled between 2 and 4 weeks prior to the course starting date will be assessed an administration charge of $200.
- Registrations cancelled 2 weeks or less prior to the course starting date will be assessed 50% of the registration fee.