Become an Energy Advisor
Ridge Energy is always looking for qualified people to join our team. Currently, we are training Energy Advisors in every Province and Territory across Canada.
How to become an Energy Advisor in Canada
An Energy Advisor must pass two exams before Ridge Energy will invite them to experience the practical aspects of being an Energy Advisor: The Foundation Exam and the Energy Advisor Exam. After a trainee has passed the the practical training, Ridge Energy will invite them to become a Registered Energy Advisor.
Before you contact us be sure to read the following description and requirements to become an Energy Advisor. Do not contact us until after you have passed both exams.
Go to NRCan web site first:
What does an Energy Advisor do?
An Energy Advisor is trained to follow the NRCan protocol of performing an Energy Assessment in residential homes up to three storeys high and built under the Part 9 building code.
An Energy Assessment is a measurement of how heat is created and how well the heat is kept in. This involves measuring and taking photos of the house, including how much insulation is in the attic and walls, as well as how efficient the heating/cooling system is.
The house is also checked for its air tightness. The Energy Advisor uses a Blower Door to depressurize the air in the house and measure the air changes per hour at specific pressures. This test also allows the Advisor to show the homeowner where all the main drafts are located.
After the initial Energy Assessment, the homeowner receives two reports and an EnerGuide label. The report will show the homeowner the recommendations made by the Advisor as to which items the homeowner could consider upgrading. Where there are incentive programs available, the homeowner will perform some upgrades and the Energy Advisor returns to verify the changes and present the homeowner with the proper forms, the Advisor always applies for the incentives on behalf of the homeowner.
The Energy Advisor acts as an independent self-employed contractor and many Advisors have other work such as Home Inspections, Design work, HVAC, etc.
Steps to become an Energy Advisor
To be considered as a candidate for our Registered Energy Advisor practical training program you must possess knowledge and skills in the following areas:
- Proof of passing the entry level exams
- Construction Practices for existing low-rise housing,
- Energy-efficient renovation practices,
- Residential building materials,
- Residential heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems,
- Building science including the principles of the ‘house as a system’,
- Basic arithmetic and geometry,
- Use of a computer, the internet and email
- Excellent client relations
If you do not have experience in these areas, you can take the following inspection courses at your local Technical College: Exterior Inspection; Structural Inspection; Interior Insulation Inspection; Heating Inspection 1. Note there may be Energy Advisor training in the near future from colleges across the country.
The use of a computer is imperative, you must have good knowledge on using a computer. Using a browser and email is not sufficient. You must know how to scan, print, upload to a cloud server, maintain records in file folders and sub-folders, download and unzip program software, create PDF’s and understand the basic concepts of how a computer works i.e. memory, storage, USB, C-Drive, and so on. We do not teach these skills, you will need to take classes at your local community school.
STEP 2: Practical Training Program
If you are selected as a qualified candidate, our training program is a month-long training program consisting of the following:
- Week 1 → Field placement with an experienced Energy Advisor
- Week 2 → HOT2000 in-class training
- Week 3 → Additional Field training
- Week 4 → Completion of Five solo energy audits and Two Supervised Energy Audits
At the end of the training program your performance will be reviewed. You will need to provide your driving licence, a second government ID and a background check.
You will attend a 2 day session on the inner workings of Ridge Energy and how to go about day to day activities.
Once you are registered and working, you will be closely monitored while you gain experience, after which you will be audited on a regular basis to ensure consistency of delivery of the program.
Note this training is for a registered Energy Advisor providing Energy Assessments for Existing Homes only.
All work done for Ridge Energy is covered under Ridge Energy’s insurance.
Equipment Required to perform Energy Assessments
- Blower Door (this is expensive and can be provided whereby 10% of your payments will be reduced until the equipment is paid for)
- Computer (Laptop or PC)
- Digital Camera
- Step Ladder