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Energy Advisor Training

What does an Energy Advisor do?

An Energy Advisor is trained to follow the NRCan protocol of performing an Energy Assessment in residential homes up to three storeys high and built under the Part 9 building code.

An Energy Assessment is a measurement of how heat is created and how well the heat is kept in. This involves measuring and taking photos of the house, including how much insulation is in the attic and walls, as well as how efficient the heating/cooling system is.

The house is also checked for its air tightness. The Energy Advisor uses a Blower Door to depressurize the air in the house and measure the air changes per hour at specific pressures. This test also allows the Advisor to show the homeowner where all the main drafts are located.

After the initial Energy Assessment the homeowner receives a report and an EnerGuide label. The report will show the homeowner the recommendations made by the Advisor as to which items the homeowner could consider upgrading. Where there are incentive programs available, the homeowner will perform some upgrades and the Energy Advisor returns to verify the changes and present the homeowner with the proper forms, the Advisor always applies for the incentives on behalf of the homeowner.

The Energy Advisor acts as an independent self-employed contractor and many Advisors have other work such as Home Inspections, Design work, HVAC, etc.

Refer to the Steps below on how to become an Energy Advisor.

***We are currently looking for experienced Advisors, we have immediate work across Ontario, in the following cities/towns:

Windsor, Sarnia, Chatham, London, Woodstock, Guelph, Niagara Falls, Brantford, Owen Sound, Lindsay, Peterborough, Minden, Bancroft, Kingston, Smiths Falls/Perth, Ottawa, Arnprior, Tweed/Madoc/Marmora.

We are also holding ongoing training classes for new Advisors, see the minimum qualifications below.

 

STEP 1:

To be considered as a candidate for our Registered Energy Advisor training program you must possess knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Construction Practices for existing low-rise housing,
  • Energy-efficient renovation practices,
  • Residential building materials,
  • Residential heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems,
  • Building science including the principles of the ‘house as a system’,
  • Basic arithmetic and geometry,
  • Use of a computer, the internet and email
  • Excellent client relations

If you do not have experience you can take the following inspection courses at your local Technical College:

Exterior Inspection; Structural Inspection; Interior Insulation Inspection; Heating Inspection 1.

The use of a computer is imperative, you must have good knowledge on using a computer. Using a browser and email is not sufficient. You must know how to scan, print, upload to a cloud server, maintain records in file folders and sub folders, download and unzip program software, create PDF’s and understand the basic concepts of how a computer works i.e. memory, storage, USB, C-Drive, and so on. We do not teach these skills, you will need to take classes at your local community school.

 

STEP 2:

You MUST also pass the NRCan Foundation Exam.

Candidates are required to navigate to the Yardstick online exam site at https://nrcan.ysasecure.com/ to register and purchase their exam.

When you have passed the Foundation Exam, please forward your resume and cover letter and why you want to be an Energy Advisor to training@ridge.ca

Here are the downloads for the exam handbook and the competency profiles for the foundation and energy advisor exams:

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STEP 3:

Training Program

If you are selected as a qualified candidate, our training program is a month long training program consisting of the following:

  • Week 1 -> 4 Day Intensive Course
  • Week 2 -> Field placement with an experienced Energy Advisor
  • Week 3 -> 2 Day In-Class Review Session
  • Week 4 -> Completion of Five solo energy audits and Two Supervised Energy Audits

At the end of the training program you must pass the Energy Advisor exam to become a registered Energy Advisor. You will also be required to provide a criminal background check and a government photo ID. Once you are registered and working, you will be closely monitored while you gain experience, after which you will be audited on a regular basis to ensure consistency of delivery of the program.

Note this training is for a registered Energy Advisor providing Energy Assessments for Existing Homes, further training is required for providing Energy Assessments for New Homes.

Equipment Required to perform Energy Assessments

  • Blower Door
  • Computer (Laptop or PC)
  • Scanner
  • Printer
  • Digital Camera
  • Step Ladder

Please note that as a registered Energy Advisor you will require insurance coverage which includes $2M liability and $2m errors and omissions.

If you are, or were at one time, an Energy Advisor

We are always looking for qualified energy advisors to join our team.  Please forward your resume and cover letter to info2@ridge.ca