Wednesday, February 14, 2018

FAQ: BPI Building Analyst and IDL Certification Combo

BPI Building Analyst and IDL Combo Certification Combo

The BPI Building Analyst and IDL Combo Certification course is a popular way for energy professionals to earn two certifications in one class. Although this option simplifies certification, perspective students often have questions about how it works. Below we've answered some common questions to help you decide if this course is right for you:

What is the difference between the two certifications?
A BPI Building Analyst (BA) is a technician certified to perform BPI energy audits. A BPI Infiltration and Duct Leaking (IDL) technician is certified to perform blower door and duck leakage tests and offer remediation for faulty duct systems. The BA course is a more general course while the IDL course offers more specific training.

Why should I consider having both the Building Analyst and the IDL certifications?
A Building Analyst performing an energy performance audit might find that a huge source of energy drain is from a faulty duct and poor insulation; however, without the IDL certification, the analyst may not have the tools to offer in-depth solutions to duct issues. The applied knowledge from the IDL course can allow the analyst to test and remediate a problem.

Furthermore, professionals with a BPI Building Analyst certification and a BPI specialty certification can apply for a BPI Accredited Home Performance Contractor title for their business. This title can generate more revenue for their business.

What topics are covered in the BPI BA and IDL Combo Course?
The course covers everything in the Building Analyst and Infiltration and Duct Leaking courses. Topics addressed include:
  • Construction Math
  • Airflow
  • Blower Door and Pressure Diagnostics
  • Ventilation
  • Tightness Verification
  • Duct Testing
  • Energy Audit Process
  • Principles of Energy
  • Basics of Heat
  • Insulation
  • Moisture
  • Mechanical Systems
  • Combustion Safety
  • Carbon Monoxide Detection
  • Building Structure
Will I need to bring my own equipment to this course?
No, all equipment that BPI BA and IDL technicians can expect to use in their work - including the gas leak detector, combustion analyzer, blower door and pressure test kits - will be provided by the instructor for demonstrations.

What else is included with this course?
Depending on the trainer, students can receive:
  • Math Review Videos
  • Field Exam Prep Videos
  • Online Building Science Training
  • Hands-on Field Training at a Real House
  • Equipment Discounts from Retrotec and The Energy Conservatory
Is there an exam I have to pass to earn my certification?
Yes, there are three exams in this combo course and students must pass all three to earn both certifications:
  • BPI Building Analyst written exam
  • BPI Building Analyst field exam
  • BPI IDL field exam
What are the exams like?
The BPI BA written exam is a 2 hour exam testing on BPI evaluation standards and diagnostic procedures. The field exams test students in a hands-on manner, focusing on the safety protocols and energy audit procedures.

Do I have to pay for the exams?
No, the exam fees are included in the cost of registration so there's no need to purchase anything besides the BPI BA and IDL Combo course.

How long is the course?
Typically, the course is 5 days in length. Below is an example of a typical combo course schedule.

BPI Building Analyst and IDL Combo Certification Combo Schedule

Are there any prerequisites for taking this course?
No, there are no prerequisites for taking the BPI Building Analyst and IDL Combo Certification course. However, students with a background in construction or remodeling will be more familiar with the concepts taught in class.

The BPI Building Analyst and IDL Combo Certification course can be a great timesaver for professionals looking to boost their service offerings. You might say we've made energy efficiency certification quite efficient.

Learn more about getting certified today.

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