Malta, N.Y., September 4, 2012 -- Due to strong contractor participation in BPI's pilot Home Energy Professional certification exam program, BPI will hold an open application period to accommodate demand. Candidates interested in challenging BPI's pilot exams should file applications as promptly as possible to ensure their participation in the pilot program. Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) workers are encouraged to act quickly to take advantage of free exams for WAP personnel only during the pilot period.
The Home Energy Professional 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. These advanced credentials are offered by BPI and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The results of the pilot test cycle will be used to set passing scores for the national exams, scheduled to roll out this fall.
To take the exams, all candidates must fill out an application and meet work experience prerequisite criteria. Once the application is approved by BPI, candidates should contact a BPI Test Center directly to schedule their exam.
The new certifications will not replace BPI's existing certifications. Rather, they will complement and build upon BPI's existing credentials in the home performance career ladder, where increased knowledge and skills lead to advancement.
The new credentials will meet the international benchmark for personnel certifications across all industries - the International Organization for Standardization's (ISO 17024) standard. Under ISO 17024, each new certification is developed and administered using international best practices, such as cross-disciplinary peer review and industry validation of technical materials.
Go to www.bpi.org/pilot for full information on the pilot Home Energy Professional certifications, and to view a free recorded webinar.