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Performance Systems Academy FAQs

General Questions

What is the pass rate for the BPI written and field exams

 Overall we have a 93% pass-rate on the written test, and 91% on the field test. 

How much time is spent in the field

Approximately 40% of our class time is spent in the field. This is very important for increasing practical experience and knowledge.

How many students are in each class?

For BPI trainings, our maximum class size is 12. Rater trainings have a capacity of 16, with two groups of 8 students for the field sessions.

What fees are included?

For BPI and Rater trainings, the training fee includes student manuals, and proctoring and fees for the written exam. BPI trainings have an additional field proctoring fee, and Rater trainings have a fee for probationary ratings through a service provider.

Questions about BPI & RESNET

What is the difference between a BPI Certified Building Analyst and a RESNET Certified Rater?

Analysts do diagnostic energy audits on existing buildings (often in conjunction with the Home Performance with Energy Star program). Raters do energy audits primarily on new homes for the purpose of generating a rating which can earn the Energy Star designation. RESNET Certified Home Energy Raters are qualified to process Energy Efficient Mortgages, Energy Improvement Mortgages, New Home Tax Credits, and Energy Star Qualified Homes.

Is the RESNET Certified Rater designation focused on existing homes as well?

A Certified Home Energy Rater has skills associated with energy, health and safety that apply to both new and existing buildings. Historically, the focus of a rating has been on new construction, however, the emphasis is changing and RESNET is now developing a standard for existing home audits.

What about the merging of BPI and RESNET - How will this impact the curriculum requirements?

The merging of BPI and RESNET will probably be more of an overlap than a merge, although we have been migrating the curriculum towards a merged certification for more than a year.

Does the RESNET Certified Rater designation apply only to residential properties or can it be used to conduct energy audits on small and medium sized commercials properties?

The HERS standard applies to residential buildings three stories and under. The skills can also be applied to small commercial.