For a limited time, CIET is offering its suite of Residential Energy Advisor (REA) courses at significant discounts thanks to a contribution agreement with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). CIET can provide discounts of 60% or more to all participants.
Since NRCan wishes to increase the number of energy advisors available to support the Canada Greener Homes Grant Initiative, particularly in underserved areas and/or with underserved groups, discounts of 80% off regular course prices are offered for participants who qualify under one of the underserved groups or reside in one of the underserved areas as defined by NRCan (see below). Other participants receive 60% off regular course fees.
CIET is reserving up to 25% of all course registration spots to participants from underserved groups and areas.
NRCan defines underserved groups and/or areas as follows:
Are you looking to conduct Energy Audits in residential homes? The Greener Homes Initiative aims to provide up to 700,000 grants for homeowners to engage Energy Advisors to conduct assessments and advise on retrofit opportunities.
Taking CIET training and writing the Foundation and EA level exams is one of the faster ways to become a full-fledged NRCan-registered Energy Advisor involved in the initiative.
The CIET Energy Advisor (EA) Prep Course is aimed at providing participants with the knowledge and tools they need to successfully complete the EA exam and grasp the central elements of the daily duties of an EA. Duties include assessing the energy performance of residential homes and providing advice on potential energy savings during the design, construction, and renovation stages.
This four-day training provides participants with a detailed understanding of the processes and steps required to do the work of a registered EA. More specifically, participants gain in-depth knowledge of the information to be collected on existing or new homes, acquire working knowledge of HOT2000, master the EnerGuide Rating System, and understand how to create customized energy efficiency roadmaps for homeowners.
Although the primary goal of this training is to prepare participants for the EA exam, it is also aimed at preparing participants as effective and knowledgeable residential energy sector specialists.
Note: You must pay and schedule a time to write the exam directly on NRCan’s website. The exam is not administered during the preparation course.
After obtaining the energy advisor designation, new energy advisors affiliated with a licensed service organisation will be able to conduct energy evaluations in accordance with NRCan’s EnerGuide Version 15 guidelines, Part 9 on residential buildings, excluding MURBs because these require an additional professional certification.
If you have not yet passed the NRCan Foundation level exam, click here for more information on CIET’s Foundation level prep course
Looking to get into energy auditing for commercial or institutional buildings? The Certified Energy Auditor course and designation may be right for you.
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
CIET’s Course Schedule
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(Mountain Time, AB, NT)
|Course starts!||9:00 AM|
|Training||9:00 AM - 10:30 AM|
|Morning Break||10:30 AM - 10:45 AM|
|Training||10:45 AM - 12:30 PM|
|Lunch Break||12:30 PM - 1:30 PM|
|Training||1:30 PM - 2:30 PM|
|Afternoon Break||2:30 PM - 2:45 PM|
|Training||2:45 PM - 4:30 PM|
|Course Ends/ Trainer Help Desk Opens!||4:30 PM|
|Optional Help Desk (Q&As)||4:30 PM - 5:15 PM|
*Break and lunchtimes might be slightly modified as required.
EnerGuide Rating System
HOT2000 Modelling Version 11
Administration and Delivery of the EnerGuide Rating System (Version 15)
Quality Assurance of the EnerGuide Rating System
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 on 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, the Town of Banff, and the 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.
Energy Advisor and Building Envelope Consultant for VT Group of companies.
Colin is an NRCan registered energy advisor with three years’ experience in energy engineering – having assessed and energy modelled a variety of buildings ranging from residential, small commercial, and remote indigenous communities. Colin leads the Edmonton area Energy Advisors team for VerdaTech and has conducted energy assessments and building envelope diagnostics across most of Alberta.
You will find all information on Natural Resources 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:
For more details on the exam process, you are invited to read the Candidate Exam Handbook by Natural Resources Canada.
Exam related information can be found at https://nrcan.ysasecure.com.
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”.
You will find all information on Natural Resources Canada’s website. Notably, you must:
To access reference documents such as the EnerGuide Rating System v.15, the exam competency profiles as well as Candidate Exam Handbooks, please contact email@example.com.
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.
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