BPI Certification

America’s existing housing needs help. Many of the 130 million homes in this country were constructed before modern energy and building codes were established. These homes often suffer from performance problems ranging from inflated energy consumption to poor thermal comfort to indoor air quality issues.The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) is the nation’s premier standards development and credentialing organization for residential energy efficiency retrofit work. We are helping build an industry, create a workforce, and support programs through professional certification, contractor accreditation, and quality assurance services.

BPI certified professionals are specialists in their chosen field(s). By attaining your certification, you demonstrate your knowledge and skills are among the best in the country – capable of diagnosing critical performance factors in a home that impact comfort, health, safety, durability and energy efficiency.

Listen to these HVAC contractors explain the value of BPI Certification for their businesses:

 

 

 

 

 

 Listed below are the BPI Certifications that BPE, Inc. trains and provides Proctoring services for:


Building Analyst (BA)–This is the starting point for Home Performance Contracting. The Building Analyst is typically the first person to visit a home to assess the opportunities. This certification captures the “Whole House Approach”, which uses Building Science to accurately assess a homes existing condition. Health and Safety are front and center with the BPI mantra “Do No Harm!” The BA is trained to “Test-In and Test-Out” which includes combustion safety testing as well as ASHRAE fresh air ventilation strategies. Another important skill possessed by the BA is the ability to calculate potential savings and to consider the financial merit of each suggested weatherization measure in terms such as Rate of Return (ROI) or Savings to Investment Ratios (SIR). Every company that attempts to work in new or existing construction needs someone on staff with the knowledge and skills of the Building Analyst.Typical Class Schedule:
Monday – Friday 8:00 – 5:00Testing Requirements:
100 Question Online Test – Open Standards
2 Hour Field Test with Proctor – Open Book

 


Envelope Professional (EP)–The Envelope Professional is typically the crew leader that arrives at the job with 95% of the same skills as the Building Analyst. The EP spearheads the retrofit effort using zonal pressure diagnostics and other tools to guide the installation measures so the work is done efficiently and effectively.  The EP uses tools such as the Duct Blaster to help crews achieve air tight ducts by verifying performance as the measures are performed. Once finished the EP provides the crucial “Test-Out” services needed to make sure the work was done correctly and that the homeowner’s are safe. Due to the 95% knowledge/skill overlap with the Building Analyst – this certification is often offered as a combo (BA & EP).Typical Class Schedule:
Monday – Friday 8:00 – 5:00 – BPE only offers this class as a combo with the Building Analyst (BA)Testing Requirements:
50 Question Online Test – Open Standards
2 Hour Field Test with Proctor – Open Book

Note – If taking the Combo Course (BA & EP) the field test is 4 hours – 2 per certification.

 


Residential Whole House Air Leakage Control Installer (RWHALCI) This is the entry level certification for BPI. The class is mostly hands on with lots of props that teach you how to air seal and insulate buildings effectively and safely. Some of the skills taught include: air sealing, fire protection (building dams around flues and can lights), spray foaming, and dense-packing insulation in walls. Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) education is a major component of this class.Typical Class Schedule:
Monday – Thursday 8:00 – 5:00Testing Requirements:
Oral Test
Air Sealing/Dense Packing Demonstration on Props – several hours

 


Heating Professional (HP) – The Heating Professional brings diagnostic skills used to assess heating systems for safety and performance. Some of the highlights include performing temperature rise tests, checking furnace controller settings, diagnosing flow problems, measuring duct leakage, assessing heat exchangers, and confirming Steady State Efficiency (SSE). This class also focuses on proper design calculations such as Manual J, D, S, and T.Typical Class Schedule:
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 – 5:00 – BPE can offer this class as a combo with the Building Analyst (BA) if desired.Testing Requirements:
50 Question Online Test – Open Standards
2 Hour Field Test with Proctor – Open Book

Note – If taking the Combo Course (BA & HP) the field test is 4 hours – 2 per certification.


 

The A/C & Heat Pump Professional (AC & HP) – This class is invaluable  to be capable to get the best performance out of your air conditioners and heat pumps. System design using the ACCA Manuals and other industry best practices is a central theme to the class. Some other great skills taught include : testing for Total External Static Pressure (TESP), measuring total system air flow, measuring supply, return or exhaust airflow, understanding the Refrigeration Cycle, testing for charge with Super Heat and Subcooling, duct leakage testing and air sealing, and system commissioning.Typical Class Schedule:
Monday – Wednesday: 8:00 – 5:00Testing Requirements:
50 Question Online Test – Open Standards
2 Hour Field Test with Proctor – Open Book

Note: An EPA Type II Refrigerant License is REQUIRED to take this class and challenge the certification. 


 

 If you do not see the classes you need already on our calendar – Call us to ask about Custom Training!

 



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