BPI Certification Training

Courses that prepare students for Building Performance Institute (BPI) Certifications

Sharpen your Skills. Expand your Opportunities.

AEA’s expert trainers deliver courses preparing energy professionals, contractors and installers, building operators and others for a broad range of Building Performance Institute heating, cooling, analyst and installer certifications.  Recent additions to our BPI offerings include the four new advanced Home Energy Professional certifications developed to meet new DOE Workforce Guidelines for energy auditors, retrofit installer technicians, crew leader and quality control inspectors, as well as Infiltration and Duct Leakage Testing, and the Healthy Home Evaluator micro-credential.

AEA has been an affiliate of the Building Performance Institute since 1998. In 2012, BPI changed its structure to establish approved Test Centers. Today, AEA is a leading BPI Test Center in New York, California, and Illinois, and offers written examination proctoring and field testing for every course it offers.

AEA’s experienced building science professionals, analysts and technical trainers have played an ongoing leadership role in developing industry standards, and creating curricula in support of those standards – in particular, those related to multifamily housing and the design, performance and operation of complex central heating systems.

Most courses offered by AEA are accepted by BPI for continuing education credit, enabling attendees to extend their knowledge base to new areas and keep their existing BPI credentials in good standing.

COURSES OFFERED

Residential Air Sealing and Insulation Installer (RASII)

This training will provide the background necessary to become a qualified entry-level installer, and prepares students for BPI Certification as a Residential Building Envelope -Whole House Air Leakage Control Installer.

You will learn the basic skills for weatherizing a building, and be introduced to the skills and principles necessary for working in the expanding field of home weatherization. Students will learn how to install air sealing and insulation treatments that increase a home’s energy efficiency. No prior certification is needed to attend this course.

Energy Auditor Level I / Building Analyst

This course consists of an overview of building science fundamentals, building analyst standards and procedures, diagnostic equipment, construction fundamentals, assessment of ventilation needs, practical application of blower door technology; combustion safety testing, and other diagnostics for assessing efficiency and health and safety in buildings. This training helps to prepare students for BPI Certification as a Building Analyst. Home performance contractors in New York are required to have one or more BPI-certified Building Analysts on staff in order to obtain BPI accreditation and be approved for participation in the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program.

Energy Auditor Level II / Envelope Specialist

This course provides in-depth training for personnel with field experience on advanced building diagnostic techniques, energy modeling and work scope development, Health and Safety, Indoor Air Quality improvements, including ASHRAE 62.2 applications, and advanced problem-solving in energy auditing. It encompasses classroom, lab and in-field sessions that will help students prepare both for BPI’s written and field Envelope exams and for the new DOE/NREL Energy Auditor certification tests. The course includes a review of some Building Analyst/Energy Auditor Level I topics. There are no prerequisites for this course, but students will get maximum benefit from the applied workshop sessions of this course if they have at least a year’s work experience in a related field.

Multifamily Building Analyst

This 5-day course prepares participants to conduct an integrated energy performance and health and safety analysis of multifamily buildings. This course is facilitated by industry-leading instructors who bring years of real world professional experience to the classroom. In addition, using state-of-the-art building animations, video, and interactive 3-D models, students learn how to collect critical building data, perform health and safety and energy-related diagnostics on mechanical systems and the building enclosure, perform an energy model and generate an audit report and scope of work. This course is essential for those seeking Building Performance Institute (BPI) certification as a Multifamily Building Analyst. (Note: To attain certification as a Multifamily Building Analyst, students must pass both a written test and a field exam.)

Hydronic Heating System Professional

AEA collaborated with NYSERDA and BPI to develop this course, which will educate contractors, engineers, and architects who wish to design energy efficient, hydronic heating systems for multifamily buildings. This training is designed to provide professionals responsible for replacing multifamily heating systems with the necessary understanding of steam and hydronic system operation, components, sizing, system design, specification preparation, and quality assurance.

Energy Efficient Building Operations Specialist (EEBOPS)

Building staff make operations and maintenance (O&M) decisions daily. These decisions directly affect the comfort and safety of residents and the building’s energy costs. The EEBOPS course helps personnel eliminate the guesswork from managing building performance for energy efficiency. Even the most experienced building operators and facility managers will learn new best practices that will yield immediate benefits and real cost savings. With new modules on preventative maintenance, electrical usage, water conservation, heating system operation, controls, and automated diagnostics, this course prepares students for the BPI Multifamily Building Operator certification tests. Completion of the EEBOPS Course is a requirement for superintendents of multifamily buildings undergoing weatherization through the NYS Weatherization Assistance Program. EEBOPS also prepares students for this BPI certification.

AEA offers this course in both English and Spanish. Check our calendar for an upcoming course date in your preferred language or contact Diane Gonzalez at 718.292.6733, ext. 8023 if you would like to be notified when the next session is scheduled.

Heating Professional

This course, which includes both classroom sessions and field experience, will help you prepare for the BPI Heating Professional written and field exams. Topics include: Health and Safety; Heating System Science; Load and Sizing; Distribution Systems Design; Combustion Safety Science; Controls and Electrical Inspections; Ducted System Diagnostics; Combustion Appliance Vent Repair; Ventilation System Installation; Heating Appliance Clean & Tune; Gas Oven Clean & Tune; Post-Installation Inspection; Mechanical System Durability; and Tools and Equipment.

Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Professional

This 2-day course provides participants with advanced training on air conditioning and heat pump systems in residential buildings. Parts of the course will take place in AEA’s cooling lab, where students will gain valuable hands-on experience with HVAC equipment and tools. Students will learn about refrigerant properties, the refrigeration cycle, how to evaluate refrigerant charge (superheat and subcooling methods), air flow testing, and diagnostics. This course is essential for students seeking BPI’s Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Professional certification.

Infiltration and Duct Leakage

The latest version of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) requires enclosure and duct tightness to be tested and verified by a qualified technician. This one-day hands on training provides builders, quality control inspectors, code officials, weatherization technicians, building inspectors, and HVAC technicians with the skills needed to perform blower door and duct tightness testing, and prepares participants for the BPI Infiltration and Duct Leakage Certification Exam.

Healthy Home Evaluator

The Healthy Home Evaluator assesses and characterizes home-based environmental health and safety hazards by integrating qualitative observations with quantitative diagnostics to determine and prioritize recommendations that address existing and potential hazards. This training builds upon the existing knowledge of BPI Certified Building Analysts, Energy Auditors, and Quality Control Inspectors.  It provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to conduct an in-depth audit and analysis of key environmental hazards, including asthma triggers, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), lead-based paint, asbestos, radon, carbon monoxide, pest management issues, as well as potential fire and trip and fall hazards.

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