Free exams offered through Weatherization Training Centers that qualify for subsidy
The Building Performance Institute (BPI) is inviting current and former Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) personnel and contractors to take BPI’s new pilot Home Energy Professional certification exams for FREE when they take the exams at qualified Weatherization Training Centers (WTCs).
These advanced certifications are designed for experienced home performance professionals, and focus on the most important jobs in the home energy upgrade industry: energy auditor, retrofit installer, crew leader and quality control inspector. The new certifications are offered by BPI and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
The results of the pilot test cycle will be used to set passing scores for the national exams. Candidates who take these exams and meet passing requirements will be among the first group of professionals to earn these advanced certifications. BPI expects to roll the exams out nationally in the fall of 2012.
The standard price for the pilot exams is $250 for the written exams and $500 for the field exams. Current or former WAP personnel and contractors are eligible to take the exams for free at WTCs that qualify for the DOE subsidy. To qualify for the free exams, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- An applicant must have been employed by a WAP agency or contractor for at least six months from the period beginning March 31, 2009 to March 31, 2012
- The applicant must provide BPI with proof of that employment by way of a letter from the employer, or pay stubs covering a six-month period
- The employer must provide BPI with proof of their association with the WAP either as a sub-grantee or as a contractor to a WAP sub grantee
To apply to take the exams, candidates should fill out an application by July 31, 2012. After BPI approves the application, candidates should schedule their exam by contacting a qualified WTC or BPI Test Center participating in this pilot.
Note: If you cannot find a qualified WTC near you, some WTCs have agreed to travel to candidates’ location if there is a group of candidates to be tested at once.