3 Questions Every Energy Advisor Needs To Ask

1. Have you passed your Foundation Level and EA Level exams?

First, if you haven’t passed the 2 exams necessary to become a registered Energy Advisor, there are 2 prep courses that can help you prepare for these exams:


After you have successfully passed both exams, you can move onto the next steps to achieving your career goals:

  • Associate yourself with a service organisation

“Being affiliated with an SO is necessary in order to deliver the EnerGuide Rating System, ENERGY STAR® for New Homes, or R-2000 programs. Registered EAs delivering services for one of these NRCan programs, must submit all house files through their affiliated SO.

To establish this relationship, SOs often actively recruit new EA candidates. In other cases, EA candidates reach out to SOs to request the SO’s interest in supporting the candidate through one or more of the steps to becoming an EA: exam preparation, practical skills mentoring, probationary files and registration with NRCan.

NRCan lists licensed SOs operating across Canada. An EA can be affiliated with an SO whose offices are physically located in a different region of Canada – there are no regional restrictions, as long as the SO and EA agree to the terms of their working relationship. Financial agreements, such as the cost that the SO charges to perform quality assurance and submission of EA house files to NRCan, is also negotiated between the SO and the EA.

Working with an SO often involves additional measures to NRCan requirements, such as, but not limited to:

  • Attending available training sessions
  • Delivering services additional to NRCan programs
  • Delivering outreach on energy efficiency and climate action to clients, municipalities or community groups

All EAs and EA candidates also have the option of becoming members of the Canadian Association of Consulting Energy Advisors (CACEA – www.cacea.ca). This industry organization offers a professional hub and voice for the continually evolving role of EAs across the country.”
(Natural Resources Canada)

  • Complete your probationary files


Tools for completing your probationary files:

Completing your probationary files is a mandatory step in becoming an Energy Advisor. You’ll want to expand your knowledge of the data entry and modelling required. Take the opportunity to expand on your existing knowledge to be able to complete more complex probationary files in the following course:



2. Is there uniformisation in how your organisation uses HOT2000 software?


HOT2000 is an energy simulation modelling software supporting the EnerGuide Rating System, ENERGY STAR for New Homes, and R-2000 residential energy efficiency initiative. Learning to use the HOT2000 software as an individual is one thing but as part of an organisation, every Energy Advisor should learn to use the software in a consistent manner.


Why is uniformisation important?


HOT 2000 software is a tool that is used on a daily basis and if one Energy Advisor is using it differently than another, the results are going to differ. All Energy Advisors within an organisation should have good, consistent comprehension of how to input data and interpret the results.


2 courses that can help you achieve this:



3. Are you an Energy Advisor in an urban setting?

Urban settings often see different types of residential buildings, including multi-unit residential buildings (MURB). If you are an Energy Advisor working in an urban area, you’ll want to gain an understanding of knowledge specific to MURBs; terminology and concepts, standard operating conditions, building envelope and mechanical data collection requirements, how to model a MURB in HOT2000 and more. 


Over 20% of Canadian residents live in low-rise apartment buildings that are classified as multi-residential buildings. That means there are many tenants and building owners who are relying on Energy Advisors to find energy savings in this specific type of building and help maintain tenant comfort.


The MURB exam (separate from the Energy Advisor Exam) is required if you are planning on conducting an evaluation on this type of building archetype, issuing a MURB label, or performing quality assurance and submitting MURB files to NRCan.


Prepare for the MURB exam with:




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COVID-19 Information for CIET'S Fall 2021 Training Calendar – CIET will continue with virtual training!

Last Updated: May 18, 2021


CIET to continue Virtual Real-Time classroom training this fall!

With well over 100 virtual real-time courses delivered since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, and based on feedback received from more than 1,600 participants, CIET is happy to inform that all public training sessions offered this fall will be delivered through our virtual real-time classrooms.


This will allow everyone to continue to access CIET training in a safe manner, which protects both our participants and our trainers, regardless of what happens with the pandemic or public health measures. This allows you  the peace of mind to register for a virtual training course today, knowing that the training will be delivered with the same quality of training that you expect from an in-person CIET course. Also, keeping the virtual real-time training sessions will ensure that our full course calendar is available to all participants across Canada and abroad, regardless of geographical location.




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