Take Your Career to the Next Level with Home Energy Professional Certifications

Offered by BPI and supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), BPI’s Home Energy Professional (HEP) certifications demonstrate advanced competency through rigorous written and field exams and work experience prerequisites. They meet the global benchmark for quality personnel certifications across all industries - the International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) 17024 standard, as accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Energy Auditor

Evaluate the energy efficiency, health, and safety of a home, and use diagnostic equipment to identify areas for energy savings. Use modeling software to produce an audit report and develop a prioritized scope of work for the customer. [Earning the EA automatically earns BA certification as well. Candidate receives two certifications.]
Application  |  Prerequisite criteria  |  Certification Scheme Handbook

Retrofit Installer

Ensure proper installation of products and services related to existing home energy efficiency. Install residential envelope air sealing, HV/AC duct sealing, insulation, windows and doors, mechanical ventilation and roofing upgrades in single family homes and small multi-family housing.
Application  |  Prerequisite criteria  |  Certification Scheme Handbook

Crew Leader

Ensure quality and supervise the installation and performance of weatherization measures defined in each project’s work scope developed during the auditing/estimating process.
Application  |  Prerequisite criteria  |  Certification Scheme Handbook

Quality Control Inspector

Verify compliance of retrofit work performed based on work plans and standards. Use diagnostic equipment to conduct audits and inspections, and develop reports that specify corrective actions to achieve optimal whole house home performance.
Application  |  Prerequisite criteria  |  Certification Scheme Handbook

Steps to becoming BPI certified.
  1. Review the Registration Instructions for the Home Energy Professional Certification Exams.
  2. Review the Certification Scheme Handbook (above) and field guides for each certification being considered.
  3. Because the HEP certifications are for experienced professionals, candidates must meet prerequisite criteria to be eligible to take the exams. Review the prerequisite requirements in the Certification Scheme Handbook and determine if your background meets the criteria.
  4. Review the application (above) for each certification being considered.
  5. 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. If you have been approved previously for one or more of the HEP designations, you may use that approval notice for the HEP exams.
  6. Save the application form, and email, fax or mail it to BPI together with supporting documentation. See application form for contact information.
  7. BPI will contact all applicants by email to notify them of their approval status. Once approved, you will receive a list of participating BPI Test Centers. You may also view the list of approved test centers here. Please choose a test center and contact them directly to schedule your exam.
  8. Determine if training is required prior to attempting certification.

    While BPI does not require training prior to attempting certification, individuals completing training typically perform better on BPI exams. Candidates can find training from Independent Training Organizations using our Training Organizations Locator Tool. BPI does not directly perform any training services.
  9. Take the written and field exams, and complete them successfully according to the passing scores listed in each certification’s Certification Scheme Handbook

    The processing time for exam results is four to six weeks.
  10. Receive your certification.
  11. Recertify every three years. See each certification’s Certification Scheme Handbook for more information.
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Learning the health and safety issues that go hand and hand with home performance was eye opening for me. Pairing the energy efficiency aspect of home upgrades with health and safety makes the BPI training very valuable for people.

- Amanda Hatherly, Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, NM

I love how BPI as an organization is both transparent and accessible. If you have any questions or just want to discuss home performance with experts, it isn’t hard to get a hold of somebody willing to have these discussions with you.

- Amanda Hatherly, Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, NM

As I learned more from the BPI trainings and on the job experience, my reason for staying in the field is that I feel like I help people every day. And in doing so I help ensure their families’ health and safety through all of the safety checks I’m required to perform. I love my work and feel so very fortunate to work in the energy efficiency field.

- Mark Hensley, Building Doctors, Los Angeles, CA

ANSI Accredited Program PERSONNEL CERTIFICATION #0985 Energy Auditor | Quality Control Inspector | Crew Leader | Retrofit Installer