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Jumpstart Your Career as an Energy Advisor with Our Comprehensive Energy Advisor Course

Updated: Nov 24, 2023

In a world where energy conservation and sustainability are becoming increasingly critical, the role of an Energy Advisor has gained significant importance in Canada. Canada, a country known for its diverse landscapes and changing weather patterns, has made substantial efforts to promote energy efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint, with a commitment to achieving net zero emissions by 2050. In this blog, we will delve into what it's like to work as an Energy Advisor in Canada and explore the challenges and rewards of this evolving profession.


What Energy Advisors Do


Energy Advisors play a pivotal role in helping homeowners make informed decisions about energy consumption and sustainability. They are licensed by natural Resources Canada to conduct Home Energy Audits in Canada, using the EnerGuide Rating System. Their primary responsibilities include:


  1. Energy Audits: Comprehensive energy assessments of residential properties to determine areas of energy inefficiency and to provide recommendations on how to improve energy efficiency.

  2. Renewable Energy Solutions: Energy Audit Reports provide homeowners with recommendations on how they can work to a net zero future as well. They can recommend renewable energy sources such as solar panels that reduce reliance on energy grids.

  3. Government Incentives: Energy Advisors educate homeowners on how to access available government rebates and loans that help offset the costs of energy-efficient upgrades. This helps make going green more accessible and affordable. An Energy Audit is required to participate in these government and utility rebate programs.

  4. Carbon Footprint Reduction: Energy Advisors generate energy audit reports that detail retrofit solutions that help lower energy costs and emissions. These solutions can include installing energy-efficient mechanical systems and new insulation.


Flexible Career


Being a Registered Energy Advisor allows you to be your own boss and join a well-paid career. The job involves a combination of office work and fieldwork, as Energy Advisors typically visit client sites to assess energy efficiency and recommend improvements.


Education and Certification


To pursue a career as an Energy Advisor in Canada, you need a strong educational foundation and relevant certifications. Many Energy Advisors have a background in engineering, environmental science, or a related field. However, being a Registered Energy Advisor is not restricted to these previous educational experiences.


Registered Energy Advisors must demonstrate knowledge and experience in the following areas:


● EnerGuide Rating System

● Residential Construction Practices for Low-Rise

● Energy Efficiency Renovation Practices

● Building Science

● Basic Math, Geometry and Computer Skills

● Data Collection

● Energy Simulation Modeling (HOT2000)

● Good Client Relations


There are two Energy Advisor Exams candidates must pass in order to become certified, the Foundation Level Exam and the Energy Advisor (House) Exam, as well as being affiliated with an NRCan-licensed service organization (such as EcoLogic Energy Advisors).


The Foundation Level Exam


The first qualifying exam is a prerequisite for taking the Energy Advisor (House) Exam. It tests your competency in seven categories:


● Communication and Computer Skills

● Numeracy

● Construction & Renovation of Low-Rise Housing

● Safety Considerations

● Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning

● Building Science Principles

● House-As-A-System Concept


Successful candidates will receive a trainee version of HOT2000 software, which includes a watermark to denote that they are practice reports.


Energy Advisor (House) Exam


Once you have completed the Foundation Level Exam, you can take the second Energy Advisor Exam. To prepare for your Energy Advisor Exam, EcoLogic Energy Advisors provides a comprehensive online Energy Advisor Course. Our course features thorough and rigorous training for aspiring professionals.



Energy Advisor Course


Energy Advisor Course

Our online Energy Advisor Course includes everything you need to know to be prepared for the Energy Advisor Exam, as well as completing your probationary energy audits.


Our Energy Advisor Course curriculum includes modules on:


  1. EnerGuide Rating System: This is the nationally recognized rating standard used to provide homeowners with a report of the energy efficiency of their home. Our course teaches you how to effectively evaluate the energy efficiency of your client’s houses and the knowledge to provide solutions for improvement.

  2. HOT2000 Energy Modelling: We take an in-depth look at the HOT2000 software used for energy simulation modelling. We teach you how to properly model all aspects of a house and how to interpret those results. We give you the skills you need to properly make practical energy-efficient home retrofit recommendations.

  3. Online Demonstrations: Our course also features online demonstrations of the latest energy auditing techniques, so you have the tools to conduct energy audits following the EnerGuide rating system standard. We provide students with a virtual on-site energy audit learning experience so you can view the entire process from start to finish.

  4. Hands-On-Experience: Lastly, we provide hands-on experience in modelling EnerGuide pre-retrofit and post-retrofit energy audits. With handy practice files, you can perfect your skills and gain the confidence you need to not only pass your exit exam but be successful in this field.


Completing EcoLogic’s online Energy Advisor Course is required before starting your probationary energy audits.


By the time you finish our course, you will have learned the following fundamentals:


● How to Conduct an EnerGuide Energy Audit

● How to Conduct a Blower Door Test

● HOT2000 Competency

● How to Develop Retrofit Recommendations

● How to Complete EnerGuide Reports


Completing Your Probationary Energy Audits


After completing our online Energy Advisor Course, you can complete your probationary home energy audits with EcoLogic Energy Advisors, which give you the hands-on experience you need to become registered.


Our probationary energy audits are mentor-reviewed solo audits, where you tackle an Energy Audit from start to finish on your own. You must complete 5 solo probationary energy audits within three months of enrolling in the training program.


Once you’ve completed our course and feel ready, you can take the Energy Advisor (House) Exam. This exit test assesses four competency categories: EnerGuide Rating System, HOT2000 Modelling, the ability to administer and deliver the EnerGuide Rating System, and the ability to perform general quality assurance on house files.

Once you are affiliated with EcoLogic Energy Advisors, and passed both NRCan Energy Advisor Exams, you will be able to deliver the EnerGuide Rating System and become fully registered with NRCan. With our help, you can become a fully registered Energy Advisor and join a growing network of experts promoting energy efficiency.



Energy Advisor Training


Challenges and Rewards


Working as an Energy Advisor in Canada can be both challenging and rewarding. Here are some of the key aspects to consider:


Challenges:

  1. EnerGuide Standard and Incentive Program Changes: Staying up to date with changing EnerGuide standards and incentive program changes can be demanding, but it's essential to provide clients with the most accurate and beneficial advice.

  2. Varied Client Needs: Clients come from various sectors, each with unique requirements. Meeting these diverse demands can be challenging but also offers a dynamic work environment.

  3. Technical Knowledge: The field involves constant learning as energy technologies evolve. Energy Advisors must stay abreast of the latest developments to offer the best advice.


Rewards:

  1. Impactful Work: Energy Advisors contribute to a greener, more sustainable future by helping clients reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprint.

  2. Career Growth: With the growing emphasis on energy efficiency and sustainability, the demand for Energy Advisors is on the rise, offering excellent career prospects.

  3. Job Satisfaction: Guiding clients toward energy-efficient solutions and witnessing positive changes can be highly rewarding.

  4. Environmental Awareness: As an Energy Advisor, you'll develop a deeper understanding of environmental issues and contribute to positive change in your community.


Conclusion


Working as an Energy Advisor in Canada is an exciting and fulfilling career choice for those passionate about sustainability and energy efficiency. With the ongoing commitment to reducing carbon emissions and conserving energy resources, the role of Energy Advisors is more critical than ever. If you have a knack for problem-solving, an interest in technology, and a desire to make a positive environmental impact, this profession may be the perfect fit for you in the Canadian job market.


Get started on your journey and register for EcoLogic Energy Advisors’ Energy Advisor Training, as we work together on a net-zero future.

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