ONLINE: Pathway to Passive House Trades Certification (150P) – Jan 2024

Learn how to build a Passive House building! Gain a good understanding of the interactions and interdependencies of building components in a Passive House project. This course also enables you to understand the impacts on energy efficiency of any change orders and to collaborate with designers to solve problems involved in the construction process.

The Pathway to Passive House Trades Certification is the perfect combination of three courses:

  • 150A: Passive House Construction Training Course for Trades – Theoretical
  • 150B: Passive House Construction Training Course for Trades – Practical
  • 150C: Exam Preparation

Our Pathway to Trades Certification has proven to be the most effective program to get participants ready to pass the tradesperson exam.

Please see descriptions below for more information on each course


This three-part course teaches practical Passive House building techniques and theory about this high-performance building standard.

Day 1: Tuesday January 9, 2024 from 9am to 1pm PT (online)
Day 2: Thursday January 11, 2024 from 9am to 1pm PT (online)
Day 3: Tuesday January 16, 2024 from 9am to 1pm PT (online)
Day 4: Thursday  January 18, 2024 at 9am to 1pm PT (online)
Day 5: Monday February 5, 2024 from 9am to 1pm PT (online)

*Dates are subject to change

Special member pricing for this bundle is $1654, a savings of over $750!

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Passive House Construction Training Course for Trades – Theoretical (150A)

It is essential that those working on Passive House buildings can properly install components, accurately implement design details, and also assess the impact that changes from planned work will have on the performance of the building. Mistakes during construction can be costly, especially in high performance buildings where certification is being pursued. This online three-day course teaches the theory of Passive House building techniques and prepares participants for the Certified Passive House Tradesperson exam. It is delivered as live online classes, incorporating actual building of Passive House details relevant to the Canadian construction industry.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Passive House criteria and principles
  • Building ecology, comfort and economic efficiency
  • Introduction to Passive House design tools (e.g. PHPP)
  • Construction process and quality assurance
  • Thermal insulation
  • Thermal bridge-free construction
  • Windows and airtightness
  • Ventilation and heat supply
  • Building envelope specialization

Day 1: Tuesday January 9, 2024 from 9am to 1pm PT (online)
Day 2: Thursday January 11, 2024 from 9am to 1pm PT (online)
Day 3: Tuesday January 16, 2024 from 9am to 1pm PT (online)

*Dates are subject to change


Passive House Construction Training Course for Trades – Practical (150B)

It is essential that those working on Passive House buildings can properly install components, accurately implement design details, and also assess the impact that changes from planned work will have on the performance of the building. Mistakes during construction can be costly, especially in high performance buildings where certification is being pursued. This included pre-recorded sessions with lessons learnt from the industry as well as a live session.

Topics covered:

  • Airtightness test
    • How to set up a building to do an Airtightness test
    • We will look for leakage and how to prevent them
  • Windows installation
  • Ventilation system

Day 4: Prerecorded videos + Thursday  January 18, 2024 at 9am to 1pm PDT (online)

*Dates are subject to change


Exam Preparation (150C)

The Passive House Trades exam is challenging, even for experienced building professionals. This one day exam preparation course is specifically designed for those who have completed courses 150A and 150B (or equivalent), and who wish to write the exam to become a Certified Passive House Trades Person. It gives participants the tools required to write a successful test.

Overviews of each topic that could potentially be tested in the exam will be presented and participants will be able to complete example test questions, and will learn to identify common mistakes and discuss exam time management.

*Please note: This course teaches the skills and knowledge required for the Certified Passive House Tradesperson – Building Envelope Specialization exam. We do not currently offer the curriculum necessary for the Certified Passive House Tradesperson – Building Services Specialization exam.

Day 5: Monday February 5, 2024 from 9am to 1pm PT (online)

*Dates are subject to change


Course Instructors

The instructors for this course will be confirmed soon.

Recommended for

  • Tradespeople, site supervisors and general contractors who will be involved in the construction of Passive House building.
  • It may also be of interest to designers, architects, architectural technologists and developers. All theoretical components of this course are covered in 120A: Passive House Design & Construction.

Participants should have prior knowledge/experience in the construction industry or related fields.

Learning resources provided

  • Digital copy of course slides
  • Access to webinar recordings for exam preparation (up to 3 months)

Course Fee

PHC Member – $1654*
Non-Member – $2426

*Member prices will be displayed for current members once added to the cart

**The exam needs to be purchased separately

If you are interested in our pathway course bundles, but need some payment flexibility, we can help. You can now pay 50% of the course fee when you register and pay the balance within 30 days (Full balance must be paid prior to starting the course).  Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Register soon

If insufficient registrations are received by 14 days before this course is scheduled to start, it may be canceled. While we do our best to plan our course schedule well in advance, course dates, venues and instructors are subject to change.

Funding Opportunities

At Passive House Canada we are committed to supporting our community in a number of ways. As a potential course participant, you might qualify for government funding that could be applied to any of our courses and certification exams. Please consult the links here to find out more about funding available in your province.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Important: please read our refund policy, available in our Course and Exam FAQs page.


Professional development

Total number of learning hours: 18.75 (based on attendance of live course)

  • BC Housing (HPO): 16 CPD Informal (based on attendance of live course)
  • AIBC:  18.75 Core Learning Units (based on attendance of live course)
  • ALBNL: 18.75 Core Learning Hours (based on attendance of live course)
  • AANB: 18.75 Core Learning Hours (based on attendance of live course)
  • NSAA: 18.75 Core Learning Hours (based on attendance of live course)