Energy Advisor Training

There is a reasonable expectation for increased demand for energy efficiency type services in Alberta due to recent communications and actions by different levels of government. For this reason, we feel that it is prudent to increase the number of Energy Advisors throughout Alberta and BC to meet future potential demand.

We are in the process of scheduling our next training session at the end of January 2017, dates to be confirmed soon.

If you are interested in attending the training, please contact us, indicating if you are attending both the stage 1 and 2 training.


To become an Energy Advisor and to attend the 4-day Energy Advisor Course, you must possess knowledge and sound understanding of the following:

  • Building construction practices and building materials
  • Energy efficient appliances
  • Building sciences, including the principles of the “house as a system”
  • Use of computers, modems, internet and email
  • Basic arithmetic and geometry
  • Blueprint reading
  • Excellent client relation and communication skills

If you have limited knowledge of the above, we strongly recommend that you attend the two-day Foundation Level Exam Preparation course. If you have extensive experience and knowledge of building construction practices, you can attempt to challenge the Natural Resources Canada Foundation Level Exam. Please note that should you fail the exam, there is a waiting period of 30 calendar days before you are able to rewrite the exam.

Cancellation Policy:

A minimum attendance is required to run the training. A 30-day cancellation policy applies and payment is due on registration. You will receive a full refund should we have to cancel the training due to low registration numbers.

Stage 1: Foundation Level Exam Preparation course – 2 days – $500 + GST

This course provides an overview of building science issues and sound business practices. Upon completion of the course, students will know about:

  • 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
    • Recognize highly efficient design principles for new construction and renovation
    • Interpret plans
  • Numeracy
    • Perform geometric and arithmetic calculations accurately
    • Execute 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 interdependence
    • Physical processes that occur within a building (heat, air and moisture flow)
    • Indicators of indoor air pollutants
  • Communication and Computer Skills
    • How to maintain courteous and professional relations with clients
    • Use email, word processing and spreadsheet software effectively (MS Outlook, MS Word, MS Excel)

Stage 2: Energy Advisor Exam Preparation Course – 4 days – $1,200 + tax

After completion of this course, candidates will have acquired knowledge of:

  • EnerGuide Rating System
    • General knowledge of 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 location identification procedure
    • Exhaust devices depressurization test
  • HOT2000 Modelling Version 11
    • HOT2000 software and modelling
    • General HOT2000 features
    • Create new house file 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 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 the service organization manager
    • 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 Version 15
    • General quality assurance knowledge
    • Roles and responsibilities regarding quality assurance

Stage 3: Completion of probationary files

You will be required to complete two probationary files, the second file being a marked file where a minimum pass rate must be achieved. If this is not achieved, then additional probationary files will be required until the pass mark has been achieved. You can choose to do either new construction (P files) or existing construction (D files) only, alternatively, you can also qualify for both new and existing.

Probationary training file:

P-file (standard): $350 + GST per person

D-file:  $450 + GST per person


Final test file, must achieve a minimum pass mark:

P-file (actual file, must meet trainer’s minimum requirements):  $450 + GST per person

D final test file:  $450 + GST per person


Energy advisors will be required to pass a Foundation Level Exam and an Energy Advisor Exam. The Foundation Level Exam will assess pre-requisite competencies such as communication, numeracy, safety, and building science principles. The Energy Advisor Exam will assess knowledge of the EnerGuide Rating System, its various services and associated procedures, HOT2000 modeling, as well as relevant administrative and quality assurance requirements. These exams are administered by third-party test centres located across Canada. All exam costs are the responsibility of the candidate and are in addition to the course fees listed above.

Please note: While the training courses will provide candidates with the knowledge to challenge the exams, we cannot guarantee that each candidate will pass the exams.