Energy Advisor Mentorship Program

Combining online, on-demand learning with face-to-face, field-based training. BC Housing's Building Excellence & Education grant program has generously supported the development of this initiative.

Energy Advisors (EAs) are in short supply across Canada

As changes in Canadian building codes move towards energy conservation and performance-based compliance, EAs are becoming essential personnel for new house builds. Right now, many incentive or rebate programs for energy conservation renovations rely on EnerGuide for Houses reports generated by EAs. In addition, a new code for alterations to existing houses (renovations/additions) will be up for public review in 2019. There are already not enough certified EAs in the country to provide the testing that is required by code, or for homeowners to be eligible for incentive programs.

Existing training is difficult to access

The typical training for Energy Advisors is available through a 4-5 day face-to-face class or through real-time webinars. This type of training is costly and getting you out into the field can be difficult to coordinate when existing EAs are so overtaxed. Currently, if you want to become an EA, you will have to commit to 5 consecutive days away from your workplace or job search. The cost in time and money increases when you don’t live close to where the training is being held.

Blue House Energy has a solution

Responding to a need for standardized, readily available training of Energy Advisors, we have licensed quality content from Building Knowledge Canada, one of the leading face-to-face training organizations for Energy Advisors and other programs under Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and the Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE). BHE has transformed the Building Knowledge Canada content using our signature interactive online format, and we’ve partnered with a well-established online mentoring platform to link you with your mentor.

Instead of 5 days of face-to-face training, here’s what you can expect:

  • Self-scheduled learning over a 6 to 10 week window

  • nine on-line, interactive mini-courses complete with quizzes and learner feedback

  • weekly phone call or video conference with your EA mentor

  • supporting material such as videos and technical documents

  • Four practice files in Hot2000 (2 existing houses and 2 new houses)

  • two separate days of face-to-face, field-based training scheduled at the convenience of you and your mentor, including

    • Day 1 - Blower door testing/house visit protocols

    • Day 2 - Hot2000 file completion/management/submission/QA

Interested?

If you want to become an Energy Advisor, we’ll interview you and set you up with a mentor in your area (first come, first served). To be eligible for this training, you MUST have successfully passed the Foundation Exam. The fee for the training is $2,700 plus tax. We have a payment plan that allows you to spread the cost across 12 months. There is no fee until you’ve had chance to talk with us, get all your questions answered, and you’re ready to commit.

If you are an Energy Advisor and want to be a mentor, we’ll interview you, get you up to speed on what your role and obligations are, how much time is required for each candidate, and how much you will be paid for your expertise.

Ready?

Start by filling out an application form. Click on the Mentor or Candidate button below. Our Program Coordinator will connect with you to arrange an interview.

What our customers are saying

  • If you are planning a house build or renovation, understanding Building Science is important to avoid repetitive heating costs and possible water damage later. Shawna and her team know their stuff.

    K.W., General Manager, Halifax, NS
  • Studies over the last 20 years have shown a worrying energy performance gap – where buildings are consistently found to use more heating energy than designers had predicted and Energy Performance Certificates indicate.

    Oliver Drerup, Former Head of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation - International
  • I am pleased to hear that you will be undertaking a new initiative to further trades training in residential energy efficiency. CMHC supports the building of industry awareness and capacity to deliver more sustainable technologies and practices in the housing sector.

    Duncan Hill, P. Eng., Acting Director, Sustainable Housing and Communities Policy and Research Policy, Research and Planning, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
  • Over the last 20+ years I have been speaking to and training thousands of new home builders and renovators across North America.

    Gord Cooke, Air Solutions
  • All I can say is … wow!  You have nailed it! I just watched the 5 minute overview of what all your training videos will attempt to accomplish, and am very impressed.  I am so proud that I know you both, this is incredibly good.

    Gregory A. Pedrick, C.E.M., Project Manager, New York State Energy Efficiency Agency
  • This training is easy use and in a perfect format.

    Dan Drummond, Training Director, Canada Wood China
  • It is very well centred on the learner's experience. Visually-based rather than text-based delivery make the modules straightforward and non-intimidating. I like the way the expected learning outcomes are clearly presented and the information is clearly applicable to practical work.

    Michelle Harding, Professional Builders Institute of BC
  • This is primo education that goes way beyond training.

    Chris Rosemont, BASF
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