Energy Efficiency Alberta Training Incentives Available 


Energy Efficiency Alberta incentives are available to residents of Alberta to learn new skills and develop their technical capacity across a variety of subjects in energy efficiency and renewable energy. Attendees of selected CIET courses will receive up to 30% off, with the incentive being applied directly at the time of course registration.  


If your company is an Efficiency Professionals (E Pro) Network member, you are eligible for an additional incentive - email epro@efficiencyalberta.ca to receive your discount code.  


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 incentives@cietcanada.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.


  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 interdependence
    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.


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 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 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 nrcan.homes-maisons.rncan@canada.ca.  


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

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 info@cietcanada.com.

  • 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.

$ Fees

Regular fee
(For non-residents of AB) $850
Special fee for residents of AB $680
Continuing Education Units (CEU) 1.4
CSEP points 3 (+2 for certification)


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