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You need to know a lot about houses to be a competent Energy Advisor (EA). Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), and the Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE) have created a three-step entry program for EA candidates. You must:

  1. Pass the Foundation Level exam

  2. Pass Energy Advisor exam

  3. Be affiliated with a service organization

(You can find out everything you need to know about the process of becoming an Energy Advisor here.)

The Foundation exam is tough!


We know what it takes to be an Energy Advisor in Canada. BHE CEO, Shawna Henderson, was an R-2000 evaluator starting in the early 1990s, and was one of the first Energy Advisors for Existing Houses in the country. She sits on two industry working groups on Energy Retrofits led by Natural Resources Canada, and is chair of CHBA’s Net Zero Energy Renovation Working Group.

All of the preparation is based on CHBA’s educational benchmarks and Shawna’s long experience an Energy Advisor.

She’s got this.

Which means, Blue House Energy has a solution: the online EA Foundation Exam Preparation comprised of 5 courses.

  • Construction Technology

  • Construction Math

  • Construction Safety (Alberta Construction Safety Association: CSTS-2020 - Fundamentals)

  • Plans Reading

  • High Performance Housing

Each module of each course has a quiz and a review section. When you’ve completed the course and review, there’s a final exam for each course. Pass each of them with 70%, and you will have a good handle on the Foundation Exam.

Download the Course Description and Outline booklet to find out more.

Fill out this form to talk to our Program Coordinator, Carla, about the first steps to becoming an Energy Advisor

Purchase the Energy Advisor Foundation Exam Preparation

Great Deal for Energy Advisor Wannabes!

We're offering all five courses for $695 + HST. If you take our Foundation Exam preparation and follow up with our Energy Advisor Exam Preparation, we'll give you a discount of 10% when you apply.

You have access to all course material and resources for 12 months. You can expect to put at least 60 hours of effort in to pass all five courses.

NEW! March 2020

Our Energy Advisor Foundation Exam Preparation is for people who have very little experience in the residential construction industry. The Energy Advisor Foundation Exam Study Package is for people who know their way around the industry and have some background in building science.

If you've got a really good handle on the residential construction industry and just some review and study materials, we've got you covered with this study package, smartypants!

The Foundation Exam Preparation consists of the study guides and practice/challenge exams. It covers the main competency categories for the Foundation Level:

  • Construction Technology
  • Construction Math
  • Plans Reading
  • High Performance Housing

Review the study guides and then take the practice/challenge exams as many times as you want.

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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