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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.


Key Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Utilise the EnerGuide Rating System (version 15).
  • Provide logical, customer-focused energy efficiency upgrade options to homeowners.
  • Understand the requirements for home building envelope and mechanical systems.
  • Ensure the quality and accuracy of your files.
  • Understand what information on the home is collected and why.
  • Appropriately model files using NRCan’s HOT2000 energy modelling software.

Audience

  • Individuals who have successfully passed the NRCan Foundation level exam and want to become an energy advisor.
  • Service organization staff.
  • HVAC experts, electricians, and other technicians.
  • Individuals with an interest in energy efficiency and a desire to understand what makes a building comfortable and energy efficient.
  • Construction professionals.

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Agenda

EnerGuide Rating System

  • General knowledge about the EnerGuide Rating System, its communication tools and related services
  • EnerGuide rating and its related terminology and calculations
  • Basic service
  • Data collection
  • General requirements
  • Requirements for building envelope components
  • Requirements for mechanical systems
  • Renovation upgrade service
  • Construction blower door service
  • Construction upgrade service for new homes
  • Blower door tests
  • Air leakage identification procedure
  • Exhaust device depressurisation test

HOT2000 Modelling Version 11

  • HOT2000 software and modelling
  • General HOT2000 features
  • Create new house files using the House wizard
  • Model a house using the HOT2000 main interface
  • Submit HOT2000 house files and generate reports and labels

Administration and Delivery of the EnerGuide Rating System (Version 15)

  • Code of ethics, code of conduct, and conflict of interest guidelines
  • Roles and responsibilities of NRCan
  • Roles and responsibilities of service organizations
  • Roles and responsibilities of service organization managers
  • Roles and responsibilities of energy advisors
  • Roles and responsibilities of builders
  • Registration, designation, and requalification process for service organizations, service providers, and builders
  • Suspension and delinquency/deregistration

Quality Assurance of the EnerGuide Rating System

  • General quality assurance knowledge
  • Roles and responsibilities regarding quality assurance

Trainers

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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 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.

Certification Process

How can I become an energy advisor?

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:

  • 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 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 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 or 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.

This course includes...

Access to a private SharePoint website with additional training material, references, and links.

 

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