What is an NRCan-Registered Energy Advisor?
How it Works
How to become an NRCan-Registered Energy Advisor?
Becoming a registered energy advisor requires you to pass the Foundation Level Exam, the Energy Advisor (House) Exam and complete a minimum of seven probationary audits with a Service Organization. Each part can be prepared for through a series of workshops.
What are the benefits of the Initiative?
Participants in the Regional Energy Advisor Training Program will receive:
- Foundation Level Exam Training
- Energy Advisor (House) Level Exam Training
- Regionally Specific Training
- Indigenous Enhanced Training
- HOT2000 Modelling Software
- Practical experience for probationary files
What costs are covered?
The program will cover:
- Workshop fees
- Exam fees
- Travel costs for in person sessions
- Blower door and audit kit (conditionally provided to employer)
- Participant stipends
- $500 when training starts
- $500 when training ends
- Participant supports
- $625 that can be accessed as needed
Who should apply?
The primary focus of this program is to train people from organizations that supports housing regionally. People who don’t fit this description should reach out to discuss their application.
Ideally, candidates are working in a space that provides technical services to a housing organization or will be brought on specifically to fill an energy advisor role.
Knowledge and skills in the following areas would be an asset:
The program requires the participants to commit to having the time and equipment needed to complete training, in addition to these, the participant will need additional equipment to complete energy audits
- Ability to travel
- Access to reliable transportation
- Computer (See Requirements)
- Access to reliable internet
For virtual training sessions, participants will need to have a computer that has internet access, a pdf reader, a webcam, and a microphone. To complete the probationary files, use the HOT2000 software, and complete energy audits post-training a computer is needed with the following requirements:
Minimum System Requirements
Windows® 7 (Service Pack 1) or Windows 10 operating system.
Processor Intel Core i5 or equivalent CPU
Operating system Windows 7 SP 1, Windows 10 (32/64-bit)
Memory 4 GB RAM (32-bit)
Hard disk space 8 GB available disk space
Display Graphics card must support at least 1024×768 resolution
The program will deliver over 120 hours of workshops, virtual sessions and in person training from April 2023 until August 2024. Time commitments include 3-4 hours / week of virtual training, once a month additional sessions and a full week of in person training in October. 2023.
Our team will work with each trainee to create an individualized training pathway that makes sense for the trainee and their organization. The pathway will be designed based on an assessment of their existing knowledge and their partnered Service Organizations training requirements,
All trainees will take part in the Building Science, Foundation Level Exam Prep, Indigenous Enhanced Training, Regionally Specific Training and Energy Advisor (House) exam prep workshops and have the option of participating in the Modelling workshop and supervised files; trainees may instead work directly with a Service Organization to complete their 7 or more files.
Pathway 1 Additional Workshops
Phase 1: Setting the Foundation
April, 2023 – May, 2023: Building Science (1x a week for 7 weeks)
June, 2023 – July, 2023: Foundation Level Exam Prep Workshop (1x a week for 8 weeks)
July, 2023: Take Foundation Level Exam
April, 2023 – July, 2023: Ongoing drop-in monthly study groups, tutoring & mentorship activities
Phase 2: Getting Practical
August, 2023 – September, 2023: Modelling / HOT2000 Workshop (1x a week for 7 weeks)
October, 2023: In Person mentorship, completion of supervised house files, in person Indigenous Enhanced Training (1 Day) & Regionally Specific Training (1/2 Day) (1 week in person)
October, 2023 – December, 2023: Indigenous Enhanced Training (virtual) Workshop (1x a week for 3 weeks)
October, 2023 – December, 2023: Regionally Specific Training (1x a week for 3 weeks)
August, 2023 – December, 2023: Ongoing drop-in monthly study groups, tutoring & mentorship activities
Phase 3: Final Steps
January, 2024 – February, 2024: Energy Advisor (house) Exam Prep Workshop (1x a week for 8 weeks)
February, 2024 – August, 2024: Take Energy Advisor (house) Exam
February, 2024 – August, 2024: Complete 3 solo files, submit for review
January, 2024 – August, 2024: Ongoing drop-in monthly study groups, tutoring & mentorship activities
This initiative is funded by Natural Resources Canada energy advisor recruitment, training, and mentorship campaign under the Greener Homes Initiative; it was developed to support the NRCan Greener Homes Initiative, which helps Canadians retrofit their homes and buildings.
Have a question?
If you have any additional questions about the program, you can contact Kayla Fayant, Program Manager at: firstname.lastname@example.org