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July 9, 2019
This blog post was updated 7 October 2019.
Job prospects in the field of energy efficiency are growing —EcoCanada estimates that the energy efficiency sector will grow by over 8 percent this year, adding 36,000 jobs!
There are challenges associated with that kind of growth. In the report from Spring 2018, EcoCanada noted:
|At least 70% of employers across those six industries reported some difficulties in hiring suitable candidates within the past 12 months. Surveyed recruiters in Construction and Wholesale Trade said that it was “very difficult” to find prospects. The most cited reason for hiring difficulties was lack of qualified workers.|
Earn while you learn
Energy Advisors are needed across Canada due to an uptick in performance-path code compliance and continuing incentive programs for energy efficiency renovations, and other programs that use the EnerGuide for Houses Rating Service (ERS).
Blue House Energy’s goal is to deliver quality, affordable training to everyone in the new home construction industry and the home renovation and home performance industry.
Our newest offering, the Energy Advisor Mentor Program is for the next generation of Energy Advisors. This innovative approach combines on-demand learning with one-on-one instruction from an experienced Energy Advisor Mentor. The pilot of this new program is possible with support from BCHousing’s Building Excellence Research and Education Grant Program.
If you are a tradesperson, building inspector, or new career seeker, this 6 to 10 week program gives you the opportunity to learn while you continue to earn. The bulk of the studying is done online, with two days for field training with your mentor. Importantly, you will be mentored by an experienced Registered Energy Advisor who is local to your region and will provide you with face-to-face field training as well as sector knowledge and a professional network.
Who is a good candidate to be an Energy Advisor?
As we’ve been talking to folks asking about our Energy Advisor Foundation Training Bundle (EAFT Bundle), we’ve been able to check off a full range of ‘typical’ industry backgrounds. We’ve been talking with:
Successfully completed the foundation exam
Basic computer skills and access to a PC that meets NRCan HOT2000 requirements (software is not compatible with Mac OS, Chromebooks, or mobile technology like iPads or other tablets)
Able to dedicate 2 days to mandatory field work testing with a mentor in your area
Benefits & Supports provided by BHE
Matched with a Registered Energy Advisor mentor in your area
Onboarding & introduction to learning & mentoring platform
On-demand modular, structured learning path with quizzes and final practice test
12 month access to BHE’s online learning curriculum
Payment options upfront or pro-rated over 12 months
Who’s a good candidate to be a mentor?
1-2 years of experience as a Certified Energy Advisor with a recommended minimum of 50 file submissions with at least 10 files in each of the following: Existing and New House Construction
Be a Certified Energy Advisor with at least 1 year experience in the residential construction industry
Ability to dedicate the equivalent of 3 days of your time over 6 to 10 week period:
8 hours of online support during online learning
1 day Blower door testing/house visit protocols
1 day H2000 practice file walk through, submission protocols and QA
Benefits provided by BHE
• Approved independent EA’s will receive compensation for each candidate they work with
• Approved SO’s will receive compensation for each candidate they work with
• onboarding for Mentor EA
• train the trainer resources & support
• training plan and guide with field training milestones
• framework for scheduling and orientation to our online mentoring platform
What is the Energy Advisor Mentoring Program?
This 6-10 week program matches seasoned Certified Energy Advisors (EAs) with candidates who have passed the Foundation Exam required by Natural Resources Canada (we can help you with studying for that, too!). Mentors support candidates as they work through the on-demand training on Blue House Energy’s robust learning platform. The curriculum draws from licensed content through Building Knowledge Canada.
The online training is broken out into modules with quizzes through video, audio and downloadable resources. All technical concepts are provided through scenario learning that is based on real-world situations. As a mentor, you work out the schedule with your candidate, and ensure they are on track with milestones that are clearly outlined in a training guide.
Sign up today! The program starts at the beginning of each month
We start another cohort of candidates and mentors every month. Sign up early to get a mentor close to you. The fee for the Energy Advisor Mentoring Program is $2700.