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.
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 will 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, 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
Training and Support Incentive
In Ontario, individuals who have completed either or both CIET’s NRCan’s Foundation Level Exam Prep Course and NRCan’s ERS v15 Energy Advisor Exam Prep Course are eligible to receive a 25% subsidy of the cost of these courses from Enbridge. In order to qualify for this subsidy, each applicant must correctly complete the application form and send it back to CIET at email@example.com with the requested supporting documentation.
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.
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
o Perform geometric and arithmetic calculations accurately
o Execute unit conversions between metric and imperial
Safety Considerations when accessing home construction or renovation sites
Building Envelope (new and existing homes)
o Building envelope barrier systems (air, vapour, moisture, weather/wind, thermal)
o Windows, skylights and doors
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
Renewable energy systems and their properties
Building Science Principles and the House-as-a-System Concept
o Elements that make up a building and their interdependence
o Physical processes that occur within a building (heat, air and moisture flow)
o Indicators of indoor air pollutants
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 $100.
- Registrations cancelled 2 weeks or less prior to the course starting date will be assessed 50% of the registration fee.