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Program Overview

Energy advisors assess the energy performance of residential homes and provide advice on potential energy savings during the design, construction, and renovation stages.


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, you are required to complete probationary files 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 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 because these require an additional 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 understanding of building sciences, construction practices and building materials
 
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.

 

Looking to take the next step up after NrCan’s Foundation Level Exam? Click here for more information on CIET’s Energy Advisor prep course that will get your ready to become a full fledged EA.

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Agenda

During this course, students complete hands-on geometric and arithmetic calculations, unit conversions, as well as learn how to interpret and understand house plans. Trainees also gain greater understanding of typical Canadian architectural house typology, the residential building design process, construction and renovation techniques, highly efficient design principles, and in-depth understanding of mechanical systems, including domestic water-heating, space-heating, ventilation, heat pump and cooling systems. They also learn about safety considerations when accessing existing and new home constructions and the work sites. The course covers building envelope barrier systems, fenestration, mechanical systems and renewable energy systems (passive and active). Finally, participants gain in-depth knowledge of building science principles and the house-as-a-system concept.

 

 

Construction and Renovation of Low-Rise Housing

  • Typical Canadian architectural house typology
  • Building design process and construction techniques using appropriate construction terms and definitions
  • Renovation techniques using appropriate construction terms and definitions
  • Recognizing highly efficient design principles for new constructions and renovations
  • Interpreting plans

Numeracy

  • Performing geometric and arithmetic calculations accurately
  • Executing unit conversions between metric and imperial

Safety Considerations When Accessing Home Construction or Renovation Sites

Building Envelope (new and existing homes)

  • Building envelope barrier systems (air, vapour, moisture, weather/wind, thermal)
  • Windows, skylights and doors

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (new and existing homes)

  • Common terminology
  • Mechanical heating, cooling and ventilation systems
  • Operation of heating, ventilation and cooling systems
  • District energy systems

Renewable Energy Systems and Their Properties

Building Science Principles and the House-as-a-System Concept

  • Elements that make up a building and their interdependences
  • Physical processes that occur within a building (heat, air and moisture flow)
  • Indicators of indoor air pollutants

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.

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COVID-19 Information for CIET Winter-Spring 2021 Training Calendar – CIET Goes Virtual!

Last Updated: January 6, 2021

 

CIET Goes Virtual!

With more than 90 virtual real-time courses offered since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis under our belt, and based on feedback received from more than 800 participants, CIET is happy to inform that all public training sessions offered in the winter-spring of 2021 will still be delivered through virtual real-time classrooms.

This will allow everyone to continue accessing CIET training in a safe manner, which protects both our participants and our trainers, regardless of what happens with the pandemic. You can register for these virtual courses in confidence, knowing that they will provide the same quality of training that you expect from CIET. These real-time training sessions will be available to all participants across Canada, and abroad.

 

REGISTER FOR VIRTUAL TRAINING TODAY!

 

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Through all these measures, CIET hopes to provide as much flexibility as possible to training participants while respecting its commitments to other participants, trainers and partners, as well as public health recommendations.

We thank you very much for your trust and collaboration and look forward to welcoming you in our virtual classrooms!

 

Best regards,

The CIET Team
info@cietcanada.com
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