National Society for Certified
Home Energy Auditors, Home Inspectors & Real Estate Professionals
712 H Street NE Suite 608 Washington, DC 20002
(202) 753-6888 . Text-only line: (202) 643-9993
Frequently Asked Questions (about BPI: The Building Performance Institute)
Why doesn’t BPI offer courses to become certified or qualified?
In order to maintain their certification with ANSI (the American National Standards Institute), they are not allowed to offer certification exams and training together. BPI cannot even recommend or endorse any particular programs. They chose to offer certification exams. This allows the public to pursue educational opportunities with a wider variety of training providers and allows for more competitive pricing.
What is ANSI and what do they do?
ANSI is a private, non-profit organization that administers as well as coordinates U.S. voluntary standards for a wide variety of products, processes, systems, services and personnel functions.
Why should I consider the training program offered by the National Society for
Certified Home Energy Auditors?
Our program is VERY detailed, practical, easy to understand and approved in more states than any other residential energy auditing society in the western hemisphere. We're the only professional society that offers its students FREE thermographic equipment to perform a thorough energy audit. Our program is more affordable than any other comparable program on the market. Further, most of these programs have limited or no state recognized approvals nationwide.
Do I need to be licensed or certified in any State to do Energy Audits?
According to our latest information, only Nevada & Oregon have licensure for Home Energy Auditors – (Inspectors of Structures as well as Solar Contracting for NV and Home Energy Assessors (OR). We monitor state licensing activities in this regard and it does not appear that it’s becoming a nationwide trend..
I don’t have any experience energy auditing, what’s the best way to start in the field?
We only offer one comprehensive program “Certified Home Energy Auditor” and it covers all aspects of the following BPI certifications: Building Analyst, Energy Auditor, Envelope Professional, Healthy Home Evaluation, and Infiltration and Duct Leakage Certification..
How do I know which Building Performance Institute (BPI) certification is best for me?
It depends on a number of factors. If you’re a home inspector and wish to offer your clients an additional money saving upgrade to their inspection, no additional certification or training is necessary outside our program. If you’re a contractor, insulation expert, etc. (outside any state licensing requirements that you may have as a contractor), no additional certifications are needed. If a local government (like the City of Portland, Oregon) requires an energy inspection upon listing of a property for sale, then taking our course would prepare to pass the BPI certification exam required to be put on the list of approved Energy Auditors for that municipality. If you’re a new home builder in Florida for example, you could use our course to partially satisfy the educational component to help you prepare for the infield exam (for Blower Door & Air Leakage Control) then pay BPI the appropriate fees and maintain certification with them every 3 years.
What does BPI require in order to earn their Building Analyst Certification?
Successful completion of the 100 question multiple choice BPI exam (70% or better) and 2 hour field exam (with a score of 70% or better). As with most of their certifications, they must be renewed every 3 years.
What does BPI require in order to earn their Energy Auditor Certification?
This is considered a senior designation by the organization. Testing is somewhat more rigorous (longer exam and field requirements and 73% or better for the multiple choice exam and 81% for the infield section). As with our trade association, Energy Auditors for BPI must also adhere to a code of ethics. BPI requires recertification every 3 years – however, their Energy Auditor designation requires re-taking a field exam every 3 years (unlike Building Analysts) who do not. Recert fees are much higher for their EA designation as well. Energy auditors who pass the BPI tests are automatically granted Building Analyst credentials. We encourage you to visit BPI’s “Certified Professionals” page to get the latest information.
Does the National Society for Energy Auditors offer discounts to members?
We have worked out exclusive discounts with national manufacturers for blower door equipment for participants.
Does the course fee cover any BPI testing fees?
No. The testing fees charged by BPI authorized testing centers far exceed the cost of what we charge for your tuition, exam fee and first year membership in the association.
What do I receive once I successfully complete the National Society’s program?
Once you complete the online coursework, your final exam will be proctored at either one of our affiliate member schools nearby or an alternative method that ensures the integrity of the exam. You will then receive a certificate similar to the sample below. Your name will be added to the national database for verification by prospective clients (and to enhance your SEO rating) and a press release in your local or regional paper will announce your certification and achievement.