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 are required to complete probationary files with a licensed service organization and maintain an association with at least one licensed service organization thereafter.

The Foundation Level course is the first step in becoming an energy advisor. This two-day course provides an overview of building science issues and sound business practices. Candidates gain valuable knowledge in energy-efficient homebuilding techniques.

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 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 Foundation Exam Prep Course is intended to adequately prepare participants to take NRCan’s Foundation Level 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.


Looking to get into energy auditing for commercial or institutional buildings? The Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) course and designation may be right for you.


For more information on the difference between the two, click HERE.


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There will be an optional but appreciated 45-min informal networking session at the end of the first day so you can get to know your fellow participants better; it starts after the Q&A at around 5:15 pm CST.



The Foundation Level course is the first step in becoming an energy advisor. This two-day course provides an overview of building science issues and building practices for the residential industry across Canada. Candidates gain valuable knowledge in energy-efficient home-building requirements. During this course, students complete hands-on geometric and arithmetic calculations, unit conversions, and learn how to interpret and understand house plans. Trainees also gain greater understanding of typical Canadian architectural house typology, the residential building design process, construction and renovation techniques, highly efficient design principles, in-depth understanding of mechanical systems, including domestic water-heating systems, space-heating systems, ventilation systems, heat pumps and cooling systems. You learn about safety considerations when accessing existing and new home construction work sites. The course covers building envelope barrier systems, fenestration, mechanical systems as well as renewable energy systems (passive and active), and you will gain in-depth knowledge of building science principles and the house-as-a-system concept.


  1. Construction and Renovation of Low-Rise Housing

    o Typical Canadian architectural house typology
    o Building design process and construction techniques using appropriate construction terms and definitions
    o Renovation techniques using appropriate construction terms and definitions
    o Recognize highly efficient design principles for new construction and renovation
    o Interpret plans

  2. Numeracy

    o Perform geometric and arithmetic calculations accurately
    o Execute unit conversions between metric and imperial

  3. Safety Considerations when Accessing Home Construction or Renovation Sites
  4. Building Envelope (new and existing homes)

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

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

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

  6. Renewable Energy Systems and Their Properties
  7. Building Science Principles and the House-as-a-System Concept

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


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 the 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 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.


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.
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COVID-19 Information for CIET Winter-Spring 2021 Training Calendar – CIET Goes Virtual!

Last Updated: January 6, 2021


CIET Goes Virtual!

With more than 90 virtual real-time courses offered since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis under our belt, and based on feedback received from more than 800 participants, CIET is happy to inform that all public training sessions offered in the winter-spring of 2021 will still 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 with the pandemic. 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, and abroad.




You can find more information about CIET’s virtual training approach:

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
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