2018 Home Energy Professional (HEP) Exam Pilots
Changes to the Energy Auditor (EA) and Quality Control Inspector (QCI) Certifications
BPI, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), will be launching a pilot program scheduled for August of 2018 for the Energy Auditor (EA) and Quality Control Inspector (QCI) certifications. Subject matter experts (SMEs) have reviewed and updated these two Home Energy Professional (HEP) certifications to be relevant to the current industry. Participating in the pilot program is a great opportunity for you to help shape the new exams and provide immediate feedback on the pilot questions.
Read the Official DOE WAP Memorandum 036: Energy Auditor and Quality Control Inspector Certification Scheme Updates for more specific information.
If you are a BPI Test Center looking for information on how to get involved in offering the HEP pilot exams, please click here.
What's Changing with the EA and QCI Certifications?
- The HEP QCI certification will change from a full-scope certification to a small-scope micro-credential. The QCI's main tasks are to ensure the energy audit was run correctly and to inspect the work scope described in the energy audit. Therefore, QCI candidates will be required to hold an active BPI HEP EA certification to renew or sit for the new QCI exam.
- The revised QCI certification exam will consist of a shorter online exam only. There will not be a field exam for the QCI certification.
- The revised EA online and field exams have been streamlined to prevent duplicate skills and tasks.
What Does this Mean for You?
BPI has extended the expiration dates for currently certified BPI EAs and QCIs, whose expiration dates fall between 4/1/2018 and 12/31/2018, to 2/28/2019. This extension will give you an opportunity to participate in this pilot program.
If you attempt to obtain the EA and/or QCI certification(s) during the pilot program and are unsuccessful on the pilot exam(s), this extension will also allow you to renew your EA or QCI certification under the existing Energy Auditor and Quality Control Inspector Certification Scheme Handbooks before the national rollout of the updated exams.
Once the pilot is complete, a cut score study will be performed to determine the passing score for the new EA and QCI exams. This process could take several months. During this time, anyone obtaining or renewing their EA and/or QCI certification(s) will be able to test to the existing Energy Auditor and Quality Control Inspector Certification Scheme Handbooks. The pilot exam scores will be released after the cut score study has been completed.
The new EA and QCI schemes will tentatively go into effect on 3/1/2019. Anyone who attempts certification or recertification after that time must test to the new scheme/exams and follow the new policy that will be in the new EA and QCI Certification Scheme Handbooks, available after 3/1/2019.
Please refer to DOE’s General Home Energy Professional brochure for your specific certification scenario (e.g., new candidate, renewal, etc.).
How to Apply for the Pilot
- All candidates looking to participate in the pilot program must apply and receive a 2018 pilot approval letter from BPI prior to sitting for the exam(s).
- 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 and Prerequisites for Quality Control Inspector documents.
- Read the 2018 Pilot Certification Scheme Handbook(s) for the Energy Auditor and for the Quality Control Inspector certifications.
- Fill out all information requested in the Energy Auditor application and Quality Control Inspector application , and gather documentation verifying you meet the prerequisite criteria.
- Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) Professionals: Please ensure you review the Official DOE WAP Memorandum 036: Energy Auditor and Quality Control Inspector Certification Scheme Updates for more specific information.
DOE encourages WAP program staff to participate in this critical part of the process. DOE will pay 100% of the recommended list price* for the online exam fees for the first 100 approved WAP applicants of each of the EA and QCI online exams. DOE will also subsidize 50% of the recommended list price* for the field exam fees for the first 100 approved WAP applicants taking the EA pilot field test. Eligibility for the subsidies will be included in the application process. The subsidies are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and recipients will be notified if they will receive the subsidy in their approval letter.
Additionally, in order to get this subsidy, approved applicants must take the exam at a WAP Test Center, which is denoted by WTC in this Map of BPI Test Centers Offering Exams.
*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 $500 for field. However, BPI Test Centers are able to set their own competitive pricing.
Next Steps Once Approved
- Contact a BPI Test Center to schedule your pilot exams. Bring your 2018 pilot approval letter with you to take the exam(s). The pilot only runs until 9/30/2018, so schedule your exam as soon as possible! Click here to view Test Centers that are offering the pilot exams.
- Take your EA online/field and QCI online pilot exams.
- Once the pilot period is complete, a cut score study will be performed to determine the passing score for the new EA and QCI exams. This process could take several months.
- Once the cut score is set, you'll be notified of your results through your candidate account.
Documents for Review
- DOE's General Home Energy Professional Brochure
- Energy Auditor Pilot Certification Scheme Handbook
- Energy Auditor Pilot Application
- Energy Auditor Pilot Field Guide Coming soon!
- Quality Control Inspector Pilot Certification Scheme Handbook
- Quality Control Inspector Pilot Application
- Map of BPI Test Centers Offering Exams