Certified BPI Training Lab

Our next BPI & RESNET Training
is Sept. 9 - 13
, 2019.
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Priority Energy is a certified BPI Test Center and offers the following BPI building science certification training, certification renewal and continuing education classes. Click to see our training calendar.

How Do You Get a Training Rebate?

Illinois residents who live in the Nicor or ComEd service territory are eligible for a $250 - $750 rebate on BPI training.  

In order to encourage a high-quality home performance workforce and participation in the Illinois Home Performance program(IHP), IHP rebates are available to help pay for training and testing that leads to Building Performance Institute (BPI) certification. Funding in the amount of $250 per designation will be awarded for completion of the Building Analyst, Envelope Professional and Healthy Home  Evaluator designations. 

Priority Energy will reserve your rebate money when you register for our 2019 BPI classes, while funding is available.

How Do You Get FREE BPI Training?

Local employers in Cook County, DuPage County and Lake County can apply for the Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) Grant, which would allow them as much as $25,000 to train their staff. IWT was developed to help both the employer and the employee gain skills, attain certifications or re-certifiy a professional designation that will ultimately help to grow and develop the business.
Training must be done with an approved BPI Training Center.

How Do Empoyers Qualify for the FREE/PAID Training?

Certain criteria must be met, but we have been told most builders, HVAC contractors and/or trades companies will qualify to up-skill their staff. Employers must have an interview with their county IWT coordinator and complete an application. Priority Energy has spoken with the program coordintors for Cook, DuPage and Lake County and can help connect you with the appropriate resource.* 

The following links will provide more information:

IWT for Cook County Business Owners
IWT for DuPage County Business Owners
IWT for Lake County Business Owners

* Priority Energy is not affiliated with IWT and cannot answer questions on eligibility or make any decision on employer approval.

BPI Infiltration and Duct Leakage (IDL)

Builders, remodelers, HVAC, insulation, and other contractors can use this training to better understand the IECC code compliance testing process or use their new skills/certification to offer duct leakage and blower door tests for new home construction or existing home remodels.

This 5-hour Infiltration and Duct Leakage (IDL) training will prepare students to measure whole-house infiltration, total distribution system  leakage and total leakage-to-the-outside, to test a home for BPI and IECC compliance.  Training will be a combination of classroom lecture and hands-on equipment use in our BPI-approved test house. 

Candidates have up to 1.5 hours to complete their field exam in the test house where they must demonstrate their knowledge with a score of 85% or better to earn this BPI certification. Exams will be scheduled during the training session, usually within one week of training. 

This is NOT a whole house building science based certification. Course offers 1.25 CEUs.

IDL CertificationTraining and Exam: $875.

BPI Residential Building and Whole House Air Sealing Installer (RBE)

Students will learn how to tighten the building envelope in existing residential homes in order to reduce energy loss and improve indoor air quality by sealing air leaks. Comfort and energy efficiency improvements will be attained by proper installation of dense-pack insulation.

Priority Energy’s two-day session includes one day of classroom instruction and one day of lab training. Instructors will lead candidates through proper sealing techniques at each of BPI’s seven required structural props.

The RBE certification exam is a hands-on demonstration of a student’s weatherization knowledge and air sealing ability at each of the seven props. Students must be able to explain why and how they approach each task.  

RBE Certification Training and 7-hour Exam: $2095

BPI Building Analyst (BA)

Priority Energy’s BA training is usually held over 5 consecutive days (customized sessions are available). This interactive training will take students through all the categories they need to know to successfully pass BPI’s Building Analyst Exams, including:

  • Building Science Fundamentals
  • BPI’s Health and Safety Guidelines
  • Airflow & Ventilation Assessments per ASHRAE 62.2
  • Blower Door and Duct Leak
  • Building Evaluations for Heat Loss and Savings Calculations
  • BPI’s Building Safety Standards-Combustion and CO measurements
  • Ductwork Evaluation
  • BPI’s Work Scope Development Process

Students will learn to use the latest diagnostic equipment and have ample practice time in our on-site training lab.

Our training concludes on the fifth day when the written exams are administered. A passing score is 70%. Once the written exam has been mastered, the Building Analyst Field exam will be scheduled. 

BA Certification Training and Exam: $2395
BA plus IDL Dual Certification Training and Exams: $2995


BPI Envelope Professional (BE)

The Envelope Professional training focuses specifically on the exterior shell of a building and its ability to adequately protect its inhabitants. An important component to the energy efficient, house-as-a-system equation, Priority Energy recommends that students train and test for both the BA and Envelope certifications during the same session. In this way, the BA and Envelope Field exams can be conducted at the same time. A passing score is 70%.  Once the written exam has been mastered, the Field exam will be scheduled. This is highly recommended as an Add-On certification. This is our most popular Energy Auditor certification.

Envelope Professional Training and Exam $2395
BA plus ENV - Dual Certification Training: $2995 Most popular!

BPI’s Advanced Home Energy Professionals (HEP) Certifications

Required by some state and utility-run programs, a BPI advanced certification will distinguish the industry’s highly skilled and experienced home energy professionals. The HEP certifications are recognized nationwide and supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

BPI’s Home Energy Professional (HEP) certifications require candidates to demonstrate their advanced competency through experience prerequisites, and more challenging written and field exams.

Priority Energy can help you attain or renew any of the following HEP certifications:

  • Energy Auditor (EA)
  • Quality Control Inspector (QCI)
  • Healthy Home Evaluator (HHE)
  • Retrofit Installer (RI)
  • Crew Leader (CL)

Interested in a RESNET HERS Rater certification?

Earn both the BPI and RESNET Certifications during the same week!

We know it's hard to get time away from your business. Priority Energy's combined training curriculum will prepare you for both the BPI and RESNET certifications. Allow one full week of instruction in our office and a few additional days for field work and exams.

BPI BA, ENV plus RESNET Certification Training: $6295
(You Save $500!)

Call us at 800-737-2299 for more information.

  • Thank you again and you will be the first person I call if I need additional part or service from your company.
    Anonymous
  • I just wanted to send this message to all you and say GREAT JOB!  We had a rough inspection today and passed for the Woodward Ave. house. The inspector told us "if every house I inspected looked like this one I would be out a job".

    Anonymous Builder
  • We were so impressed with the amount of information the Priority Energy technicians gave us during our ENERGY AUDIT.  If you are buying a house, I would strongly recommend having them do an energy audit on it, in addition to your usual home inspection.

    P.I.
  • Thanks for a super intelligent and deep seminar expertly handled by a staff which was a pleasure to be around. Lunch was superbly and subtly handled.

    A.S. Architect
  • I wanted to thank you for all of your extra time and energy during our BPI training over the last few weeks. You really helped put things in perspective. You are an awesome crew and your facility is a valuable resource for students and the community

    BPI Student, L.E.
  • There is much less dust in the house and the monthly gas and electric charges have been reduced by 10 to 15%.....I'm sure I will see greater savings over a twelve month period......thanks again.

    Aeroseal Client, R.N.
  • Just completed my BPI Field exam for my Quality Control Inspector (QCI) certification renewal at Priority Energy.
    Such a convenient and well-set-up training and test center with caring and knowledgeable staff and proctors! Thanks folks!

     

    P.R., Ottawa, IL
  • It's been cold here for the past few days and I really feel the difference in heating since the building was Aerosealed! My apartment is so much warmer now. Thank you Priority Energy!

     

    Miruna; Tenant at Country Manor Apartments, Peru, IL
  • Anytime I can be a reference for all the great work on my (new) house, please let me know.  Priority Energy is outstanding at what they do!

    Executive at Medline Industries, IL
  • I have a two story home built in the mid seventies. Lots of temperature fluctuation between the floors. The Aeroseal process dramatically increased the air flow to the second floor. Good experience. The company was very informative, answered a lot of questions.

    Vince from Oakbrook, IL
  • "It's been cold here for the past few days and I really feel the difference in heating since the Aeroseal, my apartment is so much warmer now. Thank you!"  

    MP from Peru, IL
  • Thank You so much for the super-fast turn around of our Manual J, D and S reprt for the Village of Glen Ellyn. Our original Manual J kept getting kicked back to us for corrections but your calculations/report got approved instantly-no questions asked and no more permit delays!

    Kim, Glen Ellyn, IL
  • Thank you. Truly. I appreciate you taking the time to clarify things for me and then going above and beyond to ensure that my CEUs are handled for our current RESNET cycle. You’ve always been kind to me and this is another shining example of that.

    Craig, HERS Rater, Batavia, IL
  • (Aeroseal) is a GREAT Product! Really made our townhouse more comfortable!

    Gordon; Chicago, IL
  • We are having less ice on roof since the Aeroseal duct sealing! Thanks!

    Bill; Downers Grove, IL
  • Duct sealing (with Aeroseal) was the smartest thing I ever did! Our home is sooooo much more comfortable! We were so very pleased with Priority Energy and their technicians!

    Richard; Lake Forest, IL
  • On to the Radon issue - Excellent results with Aeroseal!  From 5 + to a .4.  Before sealing like we discussed, I had warm air coming out of the sump basket with the furnace running. Even with the furnace running, it is still pulling air in now.

    Bill; Belvidere, IL

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