Testing and Training Requirements

All Energy Rater Agreements Expired on September 30, 2010

The amendments to the Alaska Home Energy Rating System regulations established additional training and background information requirements. These requirements must be met to renew your Energy Rater agreement with AHFC.

Advanced Blower Door or Pressure Diagnostics

All energy raters must complete either an AHFC-approved Advanced Blower Door course or Anthony Cox's Pressure Diagnostics course and submit a copy of their training certificate to AHFC.

Documentation Requirements for Renewing Energy Rater Agreements:

  • BPI Certification Card – Not Required
  • Passing Test Score – Not Required
  • Training Certificate – Required
  • Residential Endorsement – Not Required

Advanced AKWarm™

All energy raters must pass the online Advanced AKWarm™ test. The test covers the AKWarm™ Version 2 software and advanced elements of reporting, modification and addressing atypical component features. All energy raters, regardless of tenure or experience, are required to pass the exam. A passing test score of 70 percent or higher is required to renew energy rater agreements. Completion of the Advanced AKWarm™ training course is strongly encouraged, however a passing test score meets this course requirement.

Documentation Requirements for Renewing Energy Rater Agreements:

  • BPI Certification Card – Not required
  • Passing Test Score – Required for ALL energy raters
  • Training Certificate – Strongly encouraged
  • Residential Endorsement – Not required

BEES/Alaska Ventilation

This course requirement can be met by submitting either:

  • Option 1 - a copy of a current passing test score or

  • Option 2 - a copy of a current BEES training certificate

A test is available online through Wisdom & Associates. A passing test score of 70 percent or higher meets the BEES education requirement. A copy of your test score or the course training certificate meets the documentation requirement.

Documentation Requirements for Renewing Energy Rater Agreements:

  • BPI Certification Card – Not Required
  • Passing Test Score – Meets Requirement
  • Training Certificate – Meets Requirement
  • Residential Endorsement – Not Required

Cold Climate Exam

All energy raters, regardless of tenure or experience, are required to pass the exam. A passing test score of 70 percent or higher is required to renew energy rater agreements. 

Cold Climate Building Science Training

All energy raters are required to maintain a current BEES Compliance Certification and must submit a one-time proof of completion. Submit one of the following to AHFC:

  • Option 1 - a copy of the training certificate for an AHFC-approved Cold Climate building science course 

  • Option 2 - a copy of an Alaska Residential endorsement certificate

Documentation Requirements for Renewing Energy Rater Agreements:

  • BPI Certification Card – Not required
  • Passing Test Score – Required for ALL energy raters
  • Training Certificate – Meets requirement
  • Residential Endorsement – Meets requirement

Combustion Safety

AHFC strongly recommends that Energy Raters complete a Combustion Safety course. However, possession of the BPI certification card will meet the Combustion Safety training requirement, because Combustion Safety is covered extensively in the BPI qualification exams. Submit one of the following to AHFC to meet this requirement:

  • a copy of a current BPI Building Analyst certification or

  • a copy of the training certificate for Combustion Safety training certificate.

Documentation Requirements for Renewing Energy Rater Agreements:

  • BPI Certification Card – Meets requirements
  • Passing Test Score – Not required
  • Training Certificate – Meets requirements
  • Residential Endorsement – Not required

BPI Certification Card

All AHFC-authorized energy raters are required to obtain and maintain BPI Building Analyst certification. Proof of BPI certification can be met by:

  • Option 1 - a copy of the BPI Building Analyst certification card with expiration information

  • Option 2 - a copy of the BPI Building Analyst paper certificate

  • Option 3 - Copies of both written and field test scores

Documentation Requirements for Renewing Energy Rater Agreements:

  • BPI Certification Card – Required
  • Passing Test Score – Not required
  • Training Certificate – Not required
  • Residential Endorsement – Not required