Nevada Now Requires BPI Certification

Last Updated:
Fri, 2018-04-20 10:11

The Real Estate Division of the Department of Business and Industry recently announced that individuals in the state of Nevada must achieve education and experience requirements prior to performing a home energy audit. The organization clearly lists approved programs, including BPI Certification, RESNET HERS Rater Certification, and Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) Certification.

The organization goes on to define the terms “energy audit,” “energy assessment,” and “limited energy audit.” Essentially, an “energy audit” refers to a consultation that leads to an energy efficiency improvement within one’s home. A written report follows the energy audit and offers suggestions to the homeowner on what retrofit improvements he or she can make to reduce energy consumption in the home.

Nevada now requires licensure to perform an “energy assessment,” which is defined as an evaluation of one or more of the appliances or systems specified in Assembly Bill 432. Additionally, a “limited energy audit” is an evaluation of a home that includes less than the entire home but includes the provision of at least one of the services specified in Assembly Bill 432.

Man testing an air conditioning unit during an energy auditThis new licensure requirement supports the understanding that certified home energy auditors improve the energy efficiency in a home without causing harm to the homeowner. The potential for creating a dangerous situation exists when an energy auditor mistakenly recommends a retrofit improvement but actually creates a larger problem. One such example would be sealing a home’s thermal boundary too tight, therefore creating indoor air quality problems. Sufficient training, followed by a certification, eliminates this problem and demonstrates that the energy practitioner is a moral and qualified individual.

The energy auditor licensing requirement in Nevada also mandates that individuals complete a 40-hour training course. Naturally, BPI training and RESNET HERS Rater training include the official exams at the end of the course. Individuals must pass the BPI Building Analyst exam with a score of at least 70%, pass the National Rater Competency Test and at least three probationary ratings, OR pass the four-hour AEE written exam with a score of at least 70%.

Lastly, an individual must submit an application for licensure, available on the Real Estate Division’s web site at (Form 663). A certificate of completion must be provided with the application.

Fortunately, Everblue has already had success training and qualifying individuals in the state of Nevada. Students who enroll in our BPI Building Analyst or RESNET HERS Rater training courses benefit from 40 hours of intense training, followed by the official exam process. Students receive a certificate of completion from Everblue that can be easily uploaded and submitted to state continuing education boards.

For more information, please visit our Energy Auditor training pages.

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