Overview

The Home Energy Professional (HEP) Energy Auditor certification is offered by BPI, and is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

The HEP Energy Auditor certification demonstrates advanced competency through rigorous written and field exams, and work experience prerequisites.

Once certified, you will be able to evaluate the energy efficiency, health, and safety of a home. You will gain in-depth knowledge of how to use diagnostic equipment and modeling software to identify areas for energy savings, produce an audit report, and develop a prioritized scope of work for your customer.

Bonus: Getting the Energy Auditor certification automatically earns you the BPI Building Analyst (BA) certification.

Certification Scheme Handbook

Please read the Energy Auditor Certification Scheme Handbook  prior to applying for the certification.

Steps to Get Energy Auditor Certified
  1. Prerequisites required: Candidates must meet certain education and experience prerequisites prior to taking the online and/or field certification exams. Please read the Prerequisites  for Energy Auditor Certification document.
     
  2. Read the Certification Scheme Handbook  and Field Guide PDF mini icon for the Energy Auditor certification.
     
  3. Fill out all information requested in the application , and gather documentation verifying you meet the prerequisite criteria. Your supporting documentation is critical to meeting prerequisite criteria.
     
  4. Save the application form, and email, fax or mail it to BPI together with supporting documentation. 
     
  5. Approval status: BPI will contact you to notify you of your approval status. Then, you may find a BPI Test Center to schedule your online exam. Click here to view BPI Test Centers that provide the Energy Auditor exam.
     
  6. Training (optional): BPI does not require training and is not affiliated with any training centers.  However, individuals who complete training typically perform better on BPI exams. Most BPI Test Centers offer training.
     
  7. Take your Energy Auditor exams (online and field). Click here to view BPI Test Centers that provide the Energy Auditor field exam.
     
  8. Test Scores: After taking the online exam at the BPI Test Center, you will see your exam score on the screen. You can also log in to your candidate account to see your score.
     
  9. Certification: If successful, you will receive your certification in the mail.
Field Guide

Please read the Field Guide PDF mini icon for the Energy Auditor certification.

Exam Preparation 

Prior to applying and testing for the Energy Auditor, you must also meet the specific prerequisites .
Candidates must take both an online and a field exam to get Energy Auditor certified.

In addition to the documents mentioned above, study the Weatherization Program Curricula for the Energy Auditor.

Online exam: 100 multiple choice questions
Time limit: 2 ½ hours
Passing Score: 73% or higher

Field exam: The field exam is a hands-on exam with gated items (below) that must be completed successfully to pass the exam, regardless of any other exam score. 

  • Monitor ambient CO levels throughout the building and accurately note the highest reading
  • Correctly determine if the CO levels exceed any applicable action levels
  • Test ambient CO indoors
  • Set combustion appliances to pilot or disable them

Time limit: 4 hours
Passing Score: 81% or higher

Processing time for exam results: 2-4 weeks

Fee Schedule

The cost of the online and field exams depends on the BPI Test Center providing the exams. BPI’s recommended list prices for the exams are $250 for online and $700 for field. 

Recertification

BPI Energy Auditors must recertify every three (3) years.

If you have accumulated and submitted at least 24 relevant BPI Continuing Education Units (CEUs) over the course of the time you were certified, you may bypass the written exam when it comes time to recertify. All candidates must re-take the field exam when it comes to recertify, and must also re-attest to the Code of Ethics.

Please refer to the recertification section in the Certification Scheme Handbook for more information.