Energy Auditor Certificate Program

Certificate Program for the NREL and DOE Energy Auditor Body of Knowledge

Course Details

NST offers an advanced certificate program based on the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's job task analysis for Energy Auditor professionals.  It is designed to be an intensive training on the skills needed by professional energy auditors without the need for existing experience that would be needed by a certification.

What’s the difference between an Energy Auditor and a BPI Building Analyst or Envelope Professional?

Contrary to popular belief, the BPI small homes certifications, such as Building Analyst or Envelope Professional, were designed to certify knowledge of specific areas of Building Science.   They are not training programs that are designed to cover the entire body of knowledge for Energy Auditors created by the Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.  These certifications cover the fundamentals of building science, or certify knowledge in specialized areas.

Course Description

The Energy Auditor Certificate Program allows new professionals to take a third-party verified, well rounded program to cover the entire skill set they will need professionally, rather than getting certified in one or two narrow specialties.  This covers the entire body of knowledge identified by NREL and the DOE for professional energy auditors.  This proprietary curricula has been developed by leading subject matter experts and goes through rigorous independent review by top employers and leaders in the building science industry.


  • Covers the Entire Body of Knowledge Identified by the DOE and NREL for Energy Auditors
  • Intensive Training with No Pre-Requisite Experience
  • Well recognized and independently verified training certificate.
  • Written Exam
  • Field Exam


Course Modules
  • EE-101: Introduction to BPI

    • Overview of BPI
    • Testing & standards for BA & EP
    • Geometry primer

  • EE-110: Physics of Heat & Energy

    • Laws of thermodynamics 
    • Potential energy
    • Kinetic energy
    • Power
    • Temperature
    • Heat Transfer
    • Convection
    • Radiation
    • Heating & Cooling degree days

  • EE-210: Science of Moisture & Airflow

    • Forms of moisture
    • Humidity
    • Moisture movement
    • Types of moisture problems
    • Damage & control
    • Air movement
    • Pressure & thermal boundaries
    • Pressure differences
    • Stack, wind & mechancial effect
    • Pressure plane
    • Infiltration & exfiltration
    • Causes of air leaks
    • IAQ
    • Thermal & pressure bypass

  • EE-211: House as a System

    • Building elements
    • Foundations
    • Framing & Wall roof
    • Lighting
    • Electrical appliances
    • Peak demand
    • Types of insulation
    • R & U value
    • Calculations for dense pack
    • Ventilation defined
    • Distribution systems
    • Water heating
    • IAQ

  • EE-212: Site Evaluation

    • Evaluating structural integrity
    • Energy usage
    • HVAC system
    • Mechanics of ventilation

  • EE-220: Blower Door Testing

    • Blower door test
    • Measuring airflow
    • Identifying air leaks
    • Pressure diagnostics

  • EE-221: Combustion Safety Testing For BA

    • Common problems & solutions
    • Air sealing
    • Cost effectiveness
    • Solution
    • Familiarize real life situations with a home
    • Appliances walk through

  • EE-230 : Energy Audit Process

    • Homeowner interview
    • Inspection
    • conflict of interest
    • Field testing hints
    • Business management in energy auditing
    • Business model
    • Software
    • Equipment

  • EE-310 : Data Collections & Calculations

    • Assessment of all openings, doors, window & attics
    • Mathematics based on data collected
    • Mathematics for R & U values

  • EE-320: Installation Hands-On Lab

    • Hands on Blower doot testing
    • Hands on CAZ testing
    • Hands on HVAC testing
    • Site assement
    • Health & safety
    • IAQ
    • Ventilation