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April 04, 2012

DOE Backs Four New Home Energy Professional Certifications

The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) will introduce in June four new home energy professional certifications for the U.S. weatherization and home performance workforce. The voluntary certificates offered by BPI are funded by DOE and cover the most common job classifications in the home energy upgrade industry: energy auditor, retrofit installer, crew leader, and quality control inspector. Scheduling will begin in May, and BPI will pilot written and field practical exams in June. The results will be used to set passing scores for the national exams. Candidates who take the initial exams and meet passing requirements will be among the first group of professionals to earn these certifications. BPI expects to roll the exams out nationally in the fall of 2012.

The new credentials will meet the International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) 17024 standard, which is the international benchmark for personnel certifications across all industries. Under ISO 17024, each new certification is developed and administered using international best practices, such as cross-disciplinary peer review and industry validation of technical materials. The new certifications will complement and build on BPI's existing credentials in the home performance career ladder, where increased knowledge and skills lead to advancement. These certifications will not replace or interfere with professional certifications in the building trades, but rather, they are intended to support the four most common whole-house home performance job roles. See the BPI press release and registration Web page.