Why is there such a high demand for Energy Advisors?
In 2021, the federal government launched the Canada Green Homes Grant to encourage homeowners to make energy efficient upgrades to their homes. To gain access to the grant, homeowners must have an EnerGuide evaluation completed by a certified Energy Advisor. Currently, the province does not have enough Energy Advisors to fill the demand.
What you’ll learn
To become a certified Energy Advisor, you must complete two exams required by Natural Resources Canada: the Energy Advisor Foundation Level Exam and Energy Advisor (House) Exam.
This program will teach you the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully pass the exams. You’ll learn:
- Building Science: Gain an understanding of building science principles, building materials, construction methods, mechanical systems, and building envelopes.
- Energy Foundations: Learn about the house as a system and how each building component interacts with the other.
- Energy Advisor: Understand the processes required to perform EnerGuide energy assessments.
- Virtual Probationary Files: Learn how to assess the overall energy efficiency and energy performance of homes, perform data collection and energy modelling, and provide upgrade recommendations based on each house model.
Who should take this program?
NorQuest’s Energy Advisor program is designed for contractors and professionals with knowledge of building science and residential construction, including:
- Former building contractors or construction professionals
- Engineers and architects
- Home Inspectors and /or related fields
- HVAC Experts, electricians, and other technicians
- Individuals who might do home renovations, upgrades, fixing of their own homes and have a passion /interest in home upgrades /energy efficiency
This career is most suited for individuals who are self-motivated, can work well with little supervision, are attentive to detail, and enjoy a combination of working with people and solitary tasks.
If you’re interested in making homes more energy efficient, saving homeowners money on energy costs, and want to contribute to a healthier planet, an Energy Advisor career is the perfect fit!
Gain on-site experience
On-site training has numerous benefits. It gives you the chance to take the theoretical knowledge you learned in the classroom and apply it to real-life situations. Plus, it gives you tangible work experience you can use when applying for jobs.
In this program, you’ll attend two field sessions with an experienced Energy Advisor. During these two days, you’ll gain experience collecting data from a residential home while interacting with the homeowner and practicing client communication. You'll also have an opportunity to provide upgrade recommendations and energy modelling.
What to expect as an energy advisor
As an Energy Advisor, you’ll enjoy a meaningful career with flexible hours. For those with an entrepreneurial spirit, you can work as an independent contractor and be responsible for setting your own schedule. For those who enjoy working for employers, there's a wealth of opportunities for you. As an Energy Advisor, you have the freedom to choose your path.
Tuition and fees
For a limited time only, Natural Resources Canada is fully covering tuition fees for qualifying learners. This funding also covers your exam fees. Take advantage of these training supports and join an in-demand industry with high median pay and plenty of job opportunities.
To be successful in this program, we recommend you have the following academic background or equivalent:
Language Arts – this requirement can be met with any of the following, or an equivalent course:
- 60% in English Language Arts 30-1
- 60% in English Language Arts 30-2
Mathematics – this requirement can be met with any of the following, or an equivalent course:
English language proficiency requirements
To be successful in this program, we recommend you have the following level of English language proficiency or equivalent.
Test scores we accept:
- IELTS Academic: 6.5; no section score below 6
- CLBA: no section score below 8
- TOEFL iBT: 84; no section score below 21
- Cambridge English Language Assessment: 180; no section score below 165