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Become a Registered EnerGuide Rating System Energy Advisor

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I used to be a licensed energy advisor, what do I need in order to re-qualify?

Since July 2015, Natural Resources Canada requires all energy advisors to pass the Foundation Level exam and the ERS v15 Energy Advisor (House) exam in order to deliver EnerGuide Rating System v15. These exams are hosted at independent proctored testing centres across the country. To maintain your designation, you need to take requalification exams every three years.

PLEASE NOTE: The testing centres have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and working on a contingency plan keeping the well-being of the test centre staff and candidates a top priority. They have made the difficult decision to close the test center network until Tuesday, June 30th, 2020. They will closely monitor the pandemic and adjust this date if necessary.

What is required to become a Registered Energy Advisor?

To become a registered energy advisor, these are the main requirements:

  • Working with a licensed service organization
  • Passing the required exams

Upon completion of these requirements, your service organization will register you with NRCan.

Energy advisors must demonstrate knowledge and experience in areas such as:

  • EnerGuide Rating System
  • Residential construction practices for low-rise housing
  • Energy efficiency renovation practices
  • Building science
  • Basic arithmetic, geometry and computers skills
  • Data collection requirements
  • Energy simulation modeling using HOT2000, and
  • Good client relations

Working with a licensed service organization

You don't need to be working with a service organization in order to take exams, but working with a licensed service organization is a requirement if you wish to become a Registered Energy Advisor and work with the EnerGuide Rating System, ENERGY STAR for New Homes, or R2000 programs.

The working relationship with a service organization typically involves many aspects, such as:

  • Taking their training courses (if they offer them or require them be taken)
  • Undertaking probationary files to show competence
  • Having the service organization submit your request for registration to NRCan

Find a licensed service organization in your area.

Passing the exams

The required exams will depend on whether you want to evaluate just houses or multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs) too, and if you wish to be registered for EnerGuide Rating System only or for ENERGY STAR for New Homes program as well. 

Exams required to become an energy advisor registered with NRCan:

Foundation Level Exam

Energy Advisor Exam (House)

Optional additional designation after becoming a Registered Energy Advisor:

Energy Advisor Exam (MURB)

ENERGY STAR for New Houses v12 & v17 Ontario – Energy Advisor Exam

Booking an exam

The exam registration site is located at https://nrcan.ysasecure.com/signup. This site also includes a list of available exams, exam centre locations, and the Candidate Exam Handbook that explains in detail the exam process.

PLEASE NOTE: The testing centres have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and working on a contingency plan keeping the well-being of the test centre staff and candidates a top priority. They have made the difficult decision to close the test center network until Tuesday, June 30th, 2020. They will closely monitor the pandemic and adjust this date if necessary.

Contact us at nrcan.ers_exams-examens_sce.rncan@canada.ca for any further enquiries.

Preparing for the exams

To assist in preparation for the exams, the exam website has a Tutorial Quiz, and a Sample Questions Quiz. Both of these quizzes can only be taken after registering at https://nrcan.ysasecure.com/.

Foundation Level Exam

The Foundation Level exam has seven competency categories: communication and computer skills; numeracy; construction and renovation of low-rise housing; safety considerations; building envelope (new and existing homes); heating, ventilation and air conditioning (new and existing homes); building science principles and the house-as-a-system concept.

Required Competencies

Contact us to acquire a list of competencies which will give you an idea about the types of questions found in the exam.

Reference materials

The knowledge required to be competent in those seven categories can be acquired through various methods, such as formal class training, on-the-job training, and practical experience. It is up to the candidate to research available training and resources, and below is a list of useful resource material you may consult in preparation for the exam and which cover some of the areas in which you will be tested:

Natural Resources Canada website:

Keeping the Heat In Publication
How can I make my home more energy-efficient?
Combustion Gases in Your Home – Things You Should Know About Combustion Spillage
Energy-efficient products publications
Heating equipment for residential use
Heating and Cooling with a Heat Pump
Water Heaters
Air Conditioning Your Home
Heat/Energy recovery ventilators
Key features and helpful tips for windows, doors and skylights
Low-Solar and High-Solar Glazing
Solar Ready Guidelines

Other websites:

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) Library
Canadian Wood Frame House Construction
Addressing moisture and mould in your home
Formaldehyde
Radon
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
The Canadian Home Builders’ Association Builders’ Manual
HRAI Technical Manuals

Energy Advisor Exam (House)

This exam will assess your knowledge in the following main competencies:

  1. EnerGuide Rating System
  2. HOT2000 Modelling Version 11
  3. Administration and Delivery of the EnerGuide Rating System Version 15
  4. Quality Assurance of the EnerGuide rating System Version 15-General

To prepare for the exam, you will need to consult the Energy Advisor Exam (House) Competency Profile document that lists all the categories, competencies and learning objectives, as well as relevant reference documents:  ERS Standard, ERS Administrative Procedures, ERS Technical Procedures, ERS HOT2000 User Guide and ERS Quality Assurance Procedures.

Contact us to acquire Energy Advisor Exam Reference Material

* Please note, once you have achieved a passing grade on the EnerGuide Foundation Level Exam, NRCan can provide you with the HOT2000 trainee version and report generator (providing unprintable watermarked reports). Once fully registered with NRCan and a licensed service organization, you will then be able to request the complete EnerGuide Rating System Energy Advisor Package and report generator (providing official reports)

Energy Advisor Exam (MURB) [NOTE: optional additional designation after becoming a Registered Energy Advisor (House)]

MURB exam is required only if you are evaluating MURBS, issuing a MURB label and performing quality assurance on and submitting MURB files to NRCan.

In order to become a registered Energy Advisor (MURB) you will need to meet the qualifications for Energy Advisor (House) and be a registered energy advisor with Natural Resources Canada, as well as pass the Energy Advisor Exam (MURB) exam.

To prepare for the exam, you will need to consult the Energy Advisor Exam (MURB) Competency Profile document that lists all the categories, competencies and learning objectives, as well as relevant reference documents: ERS Standard, ERS Technical Procedures, ERS HOT2000 User Guide and ERS Quality Assurance Procedures.

Contact us to acquire Energy Advisor Exam Reference Material

ENERGY STAR for New Houses v12 & v17 Ontario – Energy Advisor Exam

The ENERGY STAR energy advisor exam is required if you are evaluating ENERGY STAR certified homes. Please consult the ENERGY STAR for New Homes Standard Version 12 Administrative Procedures for details on exam requirements.

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