Certified professionals: frequently asked questions.

Who can be a Certified Professional?

Anyone may sit for BPI exams. While no formal experience is necessary to participate in most exams, we strongly recommend that you seek training from an independent training organization and have some experience in the building performance industry before attempting any BPI certification designations. To achieve certification, candidates must pass both online and field exam as set by BPI or one of our BPI Test Centers.

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What happens if I fail the exam?

When we say that we are “raising the bar in home performance contracting,” we are serious. We want to challenge technicians to get the skills necessary to help homeowners diagnose and solve their home’s problems. The written exams and field exams are challenging. Not everyone passes. Those who fail the exam can schedule to retake it.

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How many times can I take the test?

You have three attempts at both the written and field exam in one year. The year starts at your first attempt followed by two additional attempts. If you have tested three times you must wait until a year past your first initial attempt.

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Can I see my results online?

Yes, by logging into the candidate portal you can see your testing history, CEU count, update your personal information and much more.

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What is BPI’s recertification policy?

BPI’s policy recognizes the value of work experience, as well as training and education, in maintaining competence in home performance contracting. The policy eliminates field exam requirements in certain circumstances according to verified work experience. For complete information see BPI Certification Renewal Policy.

BPI’s Continuing Education (CEU) policy places a premium on updating knowledge, skills and abilities with latest industry best practices. The CEU policy waives or reduces written exam requirements in lieu of earned continuing education units.

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Will I still need field training after my initial certification?

BPI recommends recertification candidates seek field training from an approved BPI Test Center prior to their first and second recertification cycle (time certified: 3 to 6 years). Field training refreshes knowledge of critical field practices and gives you confidence that the procedures you’ve been following are correctly executed.

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To waive the field exam requirement for recertification, how can I prove my work experience?

Practitioners must prove a minimum of 3,000 hours of relevant technical field experience within the past three (3) years related to the designation being renewed. Print out a copy of the sample template letter provided on page 4 of the Application for BPI Certification Renewal with your company letterhead. Quantify and describe your technical field experience there. This letter must be signed by a supervisor. Self employed individuals should use the sample template letter provided on page 5 of the Application for BPI Certification Renewal.

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What is relevant technical experience?

The 3,000 hour requirement must be satisfied by proving technical experience in the field relevant to each certification. Examples are below:

Building Analysts and Envelope Professionals:

  • quantify the number of energy audits completed
  • describe the types of diagnostic measurement(s) typically conducted during the audits
  • quantify the number of work scopes developed for clients
  • describe installation oversight performed
  • quantify the number of QA test in/test out procedures completed


Heating / AC and Heat Pump / Manufactured Housing Professionals:
  • describe the types of diagnostic measurement(s) typically conducted
  • quantify the number of work scopes developed for clients
  • describe installation oversight performed
  • quantify the number of QA test in/test out procedures completed


Multifamily Building Analyst:
  • quantify the number of energy audits completed
  • describe the types of diagnostic measurement(s) typically conducted during the audits
  • quantify the number of work scopes developed for clients
  • describe installation oversight performed
  • quantify the number of QA test in/test out procedures completed

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How will BPI verify work experience?

To prove technical competency, BPI takes the 3,000 hour work requirement seriously. BPI performs QA audits of random candidates’ documented work experience.

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How does the recertification policy apply to proctors?

BPI Proctors who remain in good standing during the entire certification cycle are not required to take a field exam upon recertification. Proctors should consult the BPI Proctor Certification Renewal Policy located in their portals for complete information. To apply for renewal, proctors should use the Application for BPI Certification Renewal - Proctors, located in their BPI portals. Click here to login to your proctor portal.

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To waive the written exam requirement for recertification, how can I earn Continuing Education Units?

Continuing education is an integral aspect of BPI’s certifications. Continuing education permits BPI certified professionals to keep up with a constantly evolving industry rather than re-prove already demonstrated knowledge. You can receive CEUs at any national or regional conferences, by participating in courses or webinars, and in a variety of other ways (see list below). View approved courses. Proof of attendance and a course outline are required to review courses that are not approved.

The following types of continuing education are accepted by BPI:

  • Technical Conferences
  • Field Trainings
  • Classroom Trainings
  • Webinars
  • Conducting training
  • Participation on BPI Committees (i.e., Certification Scheme Committee(s), Subject Matter Experts, Standards Technical Committee, Working Groups)
  • Reading articles verified by publisher exam
  • Author of Related Published Book
  • Author of a Related Educational Article
  • Presentation of Pre-reviewed Material
  • Surveys

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If my certification has expired, am I still eligible to apply for recertification under the policy?

Individuals whose certification has expired must retake the relevant written and field exams for each certification.

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Does BPI provide software?

No, BPI does not provide any software. You should check with your local program implementer or independent training organization.

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What if I want to order more patches?

You can do that by filling out the BPI Patch Order Form.

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What if I want to order reprints of my certificate or ID card?

Reprints may be subject to a small fee and can be requested by filling out the BPI Replacement ID and Certificate Order Form.

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Where can I get the Certified Professional Logo?

Contact BPI directly by sending an email message to: certification@bpi.org.

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