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NRCan Energy Advisor Training

EcoLogic Energy Advisors is a licensed service organization authorized by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) to train Registered Energy Advisors. Our training ensures that candidates have the necessary knowledge and skills to perform as an Energy Advisor.

Our subscription video online NRCan Energy Advisor courses are designed for both current aspiring NRCan Energy Advisors.

 

With the flexibility to study at your own pace, you can easily fit the courses into your busy schedule without disrupting your current commitments. 

Career Opportunities for Registered Energy Advisors

Are you ready for a well-paid career where you can be your own boss and enjoy the flexibility of choosing when, where and how much you earn? 

 

A career where you can support the global transition to a net-zero emissions future and build a transferable skill set for the growing clean energy sector? 

With the acceleration of the clean energy transition underway, NRCan-Registered Energy Advisors are in demand across Canada.

Energy audits conducted by Registered Energy Advisors are a requirement for participation in numerous government and utility energy efficiency rebate and loan programs.

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What Energy Advisors Do

A Registered Energy Advisor is licensed by Natural Resources Canada to conduct home energy audits in Canada using the EnerGuide Rating System. 

 

The EnerGuide Rating System is a nationally recognized rating standard that provides homeowners with customized information about the energy performance of their homes.

Energy Advisors conduct energy audits of residential buildings, provide expert advice to homeowners about making energy retrofits to their homes, collect data onsite according to NRCan procedures, perform energy modelling using HOT2000 software and develop custom reports with impartial upgrade recommendations to help homeowners save energy, improve comfort and reduce GHG emissions.  Energy Advisors also provide homeowners with guidance on how to access available rebates and loans to help offset the upfront costs of home energy retrofits.

  • Can EcoLogic complete my probationary energy audits? Are you currently hiring Energy Advisors?
    We are not currently taking on new Energy Advisors for probationary energy audits. However, once you’ve completed our online Energy Advisor course, you can work with any service organization in Canada to complete your probationary energy audits. EcoLogic Energy Advisor's subscription video online course is designed for both current and aspiring Energy Advisors. With 18 sections, over 200 video modules, and 4 practice EnerGuide home energy audits, our all-in-one course will give you the knowledge and skills you need to prepare for the Foundation Level Exam, Energy Advisor (House) Exam, and probationary energy audits at a highly competitive price.
  • Do I need to have a specific educational or work background to become an NRCan-Registered Energy Advisor?
    There is no specific educational or work background required to become an NRCan-Registered Energy Advisor. Anyone with an interest and drive can become an Energy Advisor. Candidates with the following background and skills will typically find the training to become an Energy Advisor easier: • Have a background in building science, engineering, the construction trades, or related fields. • Have analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • What costs are not included in the Online Energy Advisor Course?
    · Canadian Home Builders Association Builders Manual cost (Foundation Level Exam – approx. $85) · NRCan exam costs (approximately $150 per exam) · Probationary energy audits costs (costs vary among service organizations)
  • How much do NRCan-Registered Energy Advisors get paid?
    While some Energy Advisors in Canada work as employees, the vast majority work as independent contractors (own their own business – sole proprietor or corporation). Full-time Energy Advisors working as independent contractors can make $75,000 to $100,000 per year. Energy Advisor compensation is typically paid per energy audit. The more energy audits you complete, the more money you make. The amount of work an Energy Advisor gets depends on: · How frequently they choose to complete energy audits. · The relationships they build with contractors, real estate agents, builders and service organizations to generate leads for themselves.
  • What steps do I need to take to become an NRCan-Registered Energy Advisor?
    To become an NRCan-Registered Energy Advisor, candidates must complete the following steps: 1. Pass the NRCan Foundation Level Exam 2. Pass the NRCan Energy Advisor (House) Exam 3. Complete 6 probationary energy audits with any NRCan licensed service organization (2 observed, 2 solo, 2 supervised) 4. Get registered as an Energy Advisor with NRCan and start working with a service organization
  • Is there a demand for NRCan-Registered Energy Advisors in Canada?
    With the acceleration of the clean energy transition underway, NRCan-Registered Energy Advisors are in demand across Canada. There are numerous home energy retrofit loan and rebate programs available federally, provincially and municipally across Canada, including the Canada Greener Homes Loan, that require homeowners to complete an EnerGuide home energy audit to participate. An Energy Advisor’s ability to generate energy audit leads is dependent on the relationships they build with contractors, real estate agents, builders, renovators and service organizations.
  • What home energy retrofit rebate and loan programs are available in my region of Canada?
    You can find a list of home energy retrofit rebate and loan programs in your region at the following link: https://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/residential/programs/programs.cfm
  • What is included in the Online Energy Advisor Course?
    EcoLogic Energy Advisor's subscription video online course is designed for both current and aspiring Energy Advisors. With 18 sections, over 200 video modules, and 4 practice EnerGuide home energy audits, our all-in-one course will give you the knowledge and skills you need to prepare for the Foundation Level Exam, Energy Advisor (House) Exam, and probationary energy audits at a highly competitive price. Study at your own pace and fit the course into your busy schedule without disrupting your current commitments. Online Course Overview ​ Foundation Level Exam Includes a recommended Foundation Level Exam self-directed study approach and study resources that cover the Foundation Level Exam core competencies, including: o Numeracy (geometry, calculations and unit conversions) o Construction and renovation of low-rise housing o Safety considerations o Building envelope o Mechanical systems, including heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems o Building science principles and the house-as-a-system concept Energy Advisor (House) Exam Includes a recommended Energy Advisor Exam (House) study approach, study resources and over 200 video modules that cover the Energy Advisor (House) Exam core competencies, including: o A comprehensive introduction to the EnerGuide Rating System o Online demonstrations of the latest energy auditing techniques, including a virtual on-site energy audit from start to finish o Blower door test demonstrations o In-depth HOT2000 software energy modelling demonstrations, including how to model all aspects of a house, from foundations to mechanical systems and how to interpret results o Instruction on developing and modeling home retrofit recommendations in HOT2000 o Administration and delivery of the EnerGuide Rating System o Quality assurance of the EnerGuide Rating System o Includes 4 practice EnerGuide energy audit files that you can model at home, so you can perfect your skills and gain the confidence you need to excel in the field o Sketchup instruction and demonstrations
  • What does an NRCan-Registered Energy Advisor do?
    A Registered Energy Advisor is licensed by Natural Resources Canada to conduct home energy audits in Canada using the EnerGuide Rating System. Energy Advisors conduct energy audits of residential buildings, provide expert advice to homeowners about making energy retrofits to their homes, collect data onsite according to NRCan procedures, perform energy modelling using HOT2000 software and develop custom reports with impartial upgrade recommendations to help homeowners save energy, improve comfort and reduce GHG emissions. Energy Advisors also provide homeowners with guidance on how to access available rebates and loans to help offset the upfront costs of home energy retrofits.​
  • What are the equipment and potential expenses of an NRCan-Registered Energy Advisor?
    Energy Advisors require the following, at a minimum: · Blower door kit (gauge, frame and fan) · Ladder · Tools (flashlights, screwdrivers, toolbelt, measuring tools, etc) · Face mask or half-mask respirator · Cell phone and data plan · Computer with Windows operating system (HOT2000 only works on Windows) · Internet access · Printer · Business insurance (independent contractors only) · Reliable vehicle with valid driver’s license, a good driving record and insurance. The total cost of all equipment (not including vehicle expenses, computer and cell phone) is approximately $7000. The blower door kit, including frame, gauge and fan, costs about $6000. However, the total equipment cost can vary depending on the tools the Energy Advisor chooses to purchase.
  • What is included in the Intro to HOT2000 & Sketchup Course?
    The Intro to HOT2000 & Sketchup Course includes study resources, 9 sections and 70 video modules that cover HOT2000 and Sketchup modelling, including: Introduction and context Sketchup instruction and demonstrations In-depth HOT2000 software pre-retrofit energy audit modelling demonstrations, including how to model all aspects of a house, from foundations to mechanical systems Instruction on developing and modelling home retrofit upgrades in HOT2000 In-depth HOT2000 software post-retrofit energy audit modelling demonstrations Includes 4 practice EnerGuide energy audit files that you can model at home, so you can perfect your skills and gain the confidence you need to excel in the field​​​​​​​ Note: This course is focused on HOT2000 and Sketchup modelling and does not include a comprehensive introduction to the EnerGuide Rating System, instructions on how to complete on-site energy audits, data collection, geometry calculations, completing the data collection form, blower door testing or administration, delivery and quality assurance for the EnerGuide Rating System. If you are interested in learning about these subjects, as well as HOT2000 and Sketchup modelling, our Online Energy Advisor Course covers all of these topics.
  • What costs are not included in the Introduction to HOT2000 & Sketchup Modelling Course?
    The cost of a subscription to Sketchup is not included in the cost of the course. Available Sketchup plans and pricing can be found at the following link: https://www.sketchup.com/en/plans-and-pricing
Energy Advisor Course

EcoLogic Energy Advisors is a Natural Resources Canada licensed service organization.

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