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Home Energy Professional Energy Auditor (HEP EA)
Since this course covers a wealth of material in a limited time, it is strongly recommended that students possess a BPI Building Analyst Professional certification and/or have extensive related industry experience. Students should be competent in basic mathematics, construction terminology, and possess basic computer operation skills prior to attending this training.
Students seeking the HEP Energy Auditor Certification must meet specific work experience prerequisites.
A detailed list of prerequisites can be found on the BPI website. Students seeking the HEP Energy Auditor Certification must apply directly with BPI and receive approval to take the exams. The BPI Approval Letter must be provided to the Oregon Training Institute prior to taking any exams. The application and instructions for applying may be found on the BPI website.
HEP Energy Auditor is based on a National Renewable Energy Laboratory/U.S. Department of Energy Job Task Analysis (JTA) of the same name. The course is broken down into five days of instruction focusing on the job description/duties outlined in the JTA.
Students will be exposed to and practice the skills needed to become a successful Energy Auditor. These skills include: conducting a precise energy audit of the building, collecting the required data to create a comprehensive report on the energy consumption of the building and creating a detailed work order outlining the benefits and pay back of recommended energy conservation measures, understanding specifications and standards, performing building and safety diagnostics, recording/reporting findings and concerns and communicating effectively with the client.
This course prepares qualified students to take the Home Energy Professional Energy Auditor certification exam. State-of-the-art technology is used in both the classroom and the field to provide students with a high-quality learning environment.
Students will take one final assessment exam of their Energy Auditor skills. Upon successful completion of this exam, each student will receive a certificate of completion. Student learning will be assessed using quizzes, instructor observation, and a 36-question exam. This assessment is to benefit both the instructors and students in identifying areas requiring additional improvement.
HEP Energy Auditor written and field exams are held after the training and will be scheduled individually with each candidate.
Candidates are also encouraged to visit our online resources page.
Students will demonstrate the use of the following equipment to diagnose homes for safety and efficiency: Blower Door, Duct Blaster, Pressure, Exhaust Fan Flow Meter, Combustion Analyzer, Combustible Gas Leak Detector and Ambient CO Monitor. Students will perform comprehensive interior and exterior energy audits of homes and demonstrate proficiency in these techniques. Student assessment will include testing a home with a combustion appliance, in which students will assess whether the appliance is safe to operate and determine if the appliance is operating according to DOE regulations. The proctor will assess the students ability to perform these tasks by completing all of the items on the field proctor checklist to satisfactory levels determined by the proctor according to the field rubric.
Content retention will be assessed with a written examination at the end of the course. Successful students will correctly answer a minimum of 26 out of 36 questions on the exam. Questions will range in topics covered during the course.
This course is eligible for 40 OTI CEUs and 10 BPI CEUs.
The fee to attend this course is $2,500. Further preparatory courses and BPI exams will be coordinated and billed separately.
New students must complete and sign the Student Participation Agreement for this course.
Please read the OTI Student Handbook and email Drew Sizemore with any questions or accommodation requests.
Reference Materials required for course participation:
- Current version of the Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) USDOE State Plan Oregon Weatherization Assistance Program
- Current version of the OHCS Low Income WAP Field Guide & Standards
- Current version of the OHCS WAP Single Family/Manufactured Home Energy Audit Protocol
- Current version of the OHCS Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) REM/Design™ Technical Policies
- Additional information can be found on the State of Oregon Weatherization Training & Technical Assistance webpage.