What course is right for me?

There are no set pre-requisites for course enrolment, but if you’re concerned that your background or qualifications are not sufficient please contact us at info@passivehousecanada.com to discuss your situation. If you are looking for an introduction to the concept of Passive House, we recommend taking the one day Introduction to Passive House. Whether you are a planner, builder, policy maker or curious homeowner, this course will provide a valuable overview of Passive House design.

If you want a more advanced introduction and detailed understanding of the Passive House high performance building standard, we recommend part A of the Complete Passive House Design and Construction course. This is a 4 day in-class course and covers the technical, social, economic and policy elements of the standard. This course is suitable for architects, building designers, engineers, technologists, contractors, product manufacturers, building inspectors, municipal planners, educators, government policy planners, developers or realtors.

If you are planning to design or build a Passive House building, you will need to take Parts A and B of the Complete Passive House Design and Construction course. Part B is dedicated to using and understanding the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) software, a crucial tool for designing to the Passive House standard.

Part C is an online exam prep module that is self-paced. This module provides slides and exercises to help prepare you to write the Certified Passive House Designer / Consultant exam. Feedback will be given on your design exercise.

If you are a tradesperson or building contractor, the five day Tradesperson course has been developed to provide the knowledge and practical skills required to build to the world’s most efficient energy standard.

If you have completed the Passive House Design & Construction course and/or are already design and building to the Passive House standard, and wish to deepen your knowledge, we offer master classes in PHPP, designPH and thermal bridging calculations.

What will I need to bring to a course?

We provide participants with handouts and printed material for all of our courses. You may also want to bring a notebook and pen. No laptop is required  for the one day Introduction to Passive House course, however for the Complete Passive House Design  and Construction course and master classes, you’ll need a laptop with a 2004 or later version of MS Excel/Open Office in order to run the PHPP design software. You will receive an email shortly before the start of each course outlining what you will need to bring.

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How do I become a Certified Passive House Designer or Consultant?

There are two routes to achieving the International professional designation ‘Certified Passive House Designer or Consultant’, and our Complete Passive House Design & Construction Course (Parts A, B and C) is a key stepping stone. Once you’ve completed the course you must either pass the 3-hour formal exam set by the Passivhaus Institut in Germany (and offered by Passive House Canada) OR act as the Passive House designer on a house or building that achieves the energy performance and other requirements to be approved as a Certified Passive House.

Upcoming Exams

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Can I get support on my Passive House project after my course?

Passive House Canada does not offer consulting services but we encourage you to connect you with professionals in your area and get involved with Passive House socials for knowledge sharing.

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Can I get professional development learning credits?

Yes. Passive House Canada is accredited with several professional associations, including: Planning Institute of BC (PIBC), Homeowner Protection Office of BC (HPO), Architectural Institute of BC (AIBC), Architectural Association of Alberta (AAA), Saskatchewan Association of Architects (SAA), Manitoba Association of Architects (MAA) and Ontario Association of Architects (OAA). AIBC, AAA, and SAA require that attendees sign an attendance form at each course. We then submit these forms on the attendees’ behalf. MAA and OAA allow their members to self-report their learning units directly. HPO offers an online portal where we list our courses. HPO members should report their attendance at a course through the portal. PIBC members are also expected to self-report their learning units. We try to advertise our courses through the above professional institutions where possible. We also are in the process of working with other professional associations to become accredited educational providers with them. If you are a member of a professional institution that is not listed above and wish to receive credits, please get in touch with us.

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Why should I learn with Passive House Canada?

Passive House Canada has been teaching Passive House design and construction across Canada since 2010, and is distinguished as a leading Passive House education provider. We offer a comprehensive program for a wide audience that can be tailored to individual or organizational needs and interests. We have partnered with the Passive House Academy and Peel Passive House Consulting to create a training program that is cutting edge and customized to the Canadian industry.

Our course conductors are industry professionals immersed day to day in Canadian Passive House projects, and are accredited by the Passive House Institute. We continuously incorporate participant feedback and apply what we learn to create an in-depth training program that thoroughly equips graduates to begin designing Passive House buildings.

As a non-profit organisation, we strive to keep our prices accessible while offering first rate material and industry expert course instructors.

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How many times a year are the exams offered?

The Certified Passive House Designer / Consultant exam is offered four times each year in various cities across Canada. The Certified Passive House Tradesperson exam is offered three times a year. Please check our calendar for upcoming dates and locations.

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When will I know if I passed the exam?

You will receive notification of your exam results approximately two months after the date of writing. Please note, the Passive House Institute will contact you directly with your results; Passive House Canada do not receive exam participants results before participants. If you do have questions about your exam results please contact education@passivehousecanada.com.

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What does the exam preparation course cover?

The exam preparation course is an in-class, instructor-led review of the topics covered in the Passive House Design and Construction course. It will also provide guidance on how to prepare for the exam. The instructor will be available to answer any questions you may have.

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What is your refund policy?

We strive to make our high-quality education program available to as many people as possible. As a non-profit organization, this includes keeping the cost of courses as low as possible while still earning enough to cover operating costs. We understand that unexpected events occur, and sometimes this may result in you needing to cancel your course registration. If you are able to find someone to take your place, please contact us to alter the registration information. Unfortunately, Passive House Canada must be able to recoup basic expenses and thus cannot offer full refunds*. As the course draws near, more expenses and deposits must be paid and as such, we adhere to a sliding scale for refunds:

Up to two weeks prior to start of course
> 90% refund, or transfer of registration to alternate date

One week prior to start of course
> 60% refund, no transfer to alternate date

Up to day of course
> 30% refund, no transfer to alternate date

*Full refund will be offered in case of course cancelation

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How do I renew my Passive House Designer or Consultant Certification?

The Passive House Institute requires you to renew your Passive House Designer or Consultant certification every five years. There are two ways you can do this:

1. If you are designing and constructing Passive House buildings, including EnerPHit, you can submit project documentation for assessment. You can find details of the process here.

2. Via credit points attained through courses, events or teaching activities. For renewal, it is necessary to provide proof of 100 credit points, which must have been acquired within the validity period of the previous certificate i.e. 5 years. One learning unit (45 minutes) equates to 1 credit.

Passive House Canada master classes, as well as our 2013 and 2015 conferences, are approved for PHI credits towards re-certification. See here for more details. The credits associated with our courses can also be found here.

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