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BPI Accredited Building Science Courses

6 BPI CEUs | 8 NATE CEUs | 8 NARI CEUs | 6 IL Inspector CEUs

Would understanding the interactions of building systems and their effects on home comfort, efficiency, and durability benefit you or your business? 

Understanding Building Science Principles is your first step into the world of energy-efficient home performance.

The Building Science Principles course demonstrates how various components of the home interact to affect the home’s overall performance.  Understand the relationship between the building enclosure, heating, AC, insulation, mechanical ventilation, lighting, appliances, and other home systems.  Learn how all of these systems affect comfort, health & safety of occupants, and the home’s durability.  This non-technical BPI certificate is the first step toward understanding and improving whole-house building performance and is now a prerequisite course for more advanced BPI certifications.  It is perfect for salespeople, admin personnel, architects, or anyone who needs to know about building science, but may never need to perform home diagnostic testing.

BPI Building Analyst - Technician

8 BPI | 8 NATE CEU's

The BPI Building Analyst Technician (BA-Tech) certification is an early-career credential for workers in the home performance industry, providing a clear path for professional growth.  A BA-Tech evaluates existing homes, collecting data and performing diagnostic tests to identify issues and opportunities for improvement for whole-home assessments in compliance with industry standards.  BA-Techs are frontline trades-people, helping make homes better.  Most utility and weatherization home efficiency incentive programs require BPI certified technicians to evaluate homes and install efficiency measures.

BPI’s BSP Certificate of Knowledge is a prerequisite for the BA-Tech certification exam.  The BA-Tech certification is earned by passing a field exam with oral questions.

BPI Building Analyst - Professional

8 BPI CEU's

Insight offers a 6-day training class for Building Analyst Professional (BA-Pro).  BA-Pro is an advanced certification for home performance professionals.  A BA-Pro is a certified BA-Tech who also conducts energy modeling, building analysis, and data evaluation in order to provide a comprehensive report with a list of prioritized home performance recommendations. 

The BA-Tech certification is prerequisite for the BA-Pro certification exam.  The BA-Pro certification is earned by passing an online, multiple choice exam.

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Home Performance Field Experience

3 BPI CEUs

Has it been a while since you’ve performed a BPI Energy Audit on a house? If you need refresher training or are looking to earn additional BPI CEUs, this is a great BPI training opportunity! You can join one of Insight’s Field Proctors at the home of one of their customers or one of yours.

Insight’s proctor will provide any necessary test equipment and will guide you in testing the home. This evaluation will follow the BPI 1200 standards and will include generating a Home Energy Score and actionable work scope.

This course will consist of following the Home Performance Testing Procedure of completing a Homeowner Interview, an Exterior Walk-around, an Interior Walk-through, an Attic/Crawlspace Inspection, and inspecting the mechanical equipment. Then the class will test for gas leaks, perform applicable combustion safety testing, and measure & evaluate mechanical ventilation. Building infiltration testing will include blower door testing, infrared surveying, zone-pressure testing, and pressure panning. Finally, there will be data gathering for generating a Home Energy Score.

FOR CERTIFICATION: ​Your completed Home Energy Score and a prioritized work-scope will be submitted and evaluated in order to complete the training and earn BPI CEUs.

Quality Control Inspector

10 BPI CEUs

In Illinois, a weatherized home must receive a final inspection by a QCI certified individual. The goals of this training course are to teach you the basic principles and techniques of proper Weatherization Quality Control Inspections. Our training class will cover the Quality Control Inspection process as a check and balance system in the areas of In-Progress Inspections and Final Quality Inspections of the Weatherization work with regard to various topics.

You must have BPI approval to take this class and the exams!

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BPI Air Leakage Control Installer (ALCI) Training

4 BPI CEUs

If you are interested in a career as a professional air sealing technician or insulation installer, this course is for you or your crew.  This multi-day hands-on course covers the house as a system, air sealing basics & testing, insulation types & installation,  and dense-pack training.  Courses can vary in length depending on experience.

The ALCI certification is earned by passing a hands-on skills demonstration exam.

Air Leakage Testing Training - Pending Renewal

2 BPI CEUs

We will explore these and other issues and show how uncontrolled airflow can be the common link among many problems in homes. Air sealing solutions will also be presented. While “homes have to breathe”, we will discuss what that means in a practical sense rather than it being a justification for sloppy installations and poor assemblies.

Attic & Crawl Space Ventilation - Pending Renewal

2 BPI CEUs

Ventilation is used to manage moisture and heat in attics and crawlspaces, yet most ventilation is undersized and poorly incorporated.  As many as 4 different trades must coordinate on a new home to properly ventilate the attic.  A lack of coordination results in most attics being poorly ventilated – leading to mold growth and structural deterioration.   While attics and crawlspaces are physically connected to a home, the air, moisture, and pollutants in these spaces should not be exchanged with the rest of the home.  The attic and crawlspace ventilation must be separate from the fresh air exchange to the living space.