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BPI Announces Program Changes

HVAC Professionals Have More Time to Upgrade Building Analyst Certification

MALTA, N.Y. — Building Performance Institute Inc. (BPI) is adapting criteria requirements for its Building Analyst (BA) certification upgrade due to collaboration and feedback between BPI and practitioners in the field.

This will allow BA professionals more time and flexibility to upgrade their certification.

In November, BPI announced it would update the BA certification exams and fast track renewal criteria to Feb. 1 to verify that Building Analysts have command of the latest, best practices in whole-house energy audits. New topics covered include the principles of using computer software to model the energy upgrade potential of a home, and developing a scope of work for customers. Existing topics updated in the written and field exams include assessing whole-building ventilation, measuring airflow, combustion safety, and testing/data collection.

The new requirements state that all eligible BAs whose certifications expired on or after Nov. 13, 2013, will have until April 13, 2014, to apply for BA certification renewal. (If written or field exams are required for renewal, they must be taken between Feb. 1 and April 13. After April 13, all individuals who wish to renew must do so before their certification expires. Individuals do not need to update certification until they are up for renewal.

Additionally, all renewal candidates seeking to waive the BA written exam must earn 30 CEUs over a three-year certification period.

BPI is making these changes to allow BA professionals more time to acquire software modeling and work-scope development training or work experience, and to give training organizations time to develop curricula, classes, webinars, and other modules on the same.

Publication date: 2/17/2014 

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