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.
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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
Safety Considerations When Accessing Home Construction or Renovation Sites
Building Envelope (new and existing homes)
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (new and existing homes)
Renewable Energy Systems and Their Properties
Building Science Principles and the House-as-a-System Concept
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
You can find more information about CIET’s virtual training approach:
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!
The CIET Team