Certified Passive House Consultant & Designer Course

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Target Participants:

This course is aimed at ALL Building Professionals, including Architects and Mechanical, Civil, Structural and Electrical Engineers, Contractors and Builders. Please see footnote to this leaflet for further details or visit www.passivhausplaner.eu.


Seven days  (eight in NYC) of direct contact classroom training, from 8.30am to 5:30pm. The reason for the longer course in NYC is to facilitate a full day visit to the Passive House Tradesperson Lab where participants can see a wide range of envelope and mechanical systems.


Combination of lectures by leading Passive House experts, group design and calculation exercises, workshops, and exchange with experienced contractors. 

PHPP Software:

As part of this program, 1 day (or equivalent thereof) will be dedicated to hands-on introductory training in the use of the PHPP software (Passive House Planning Package). Furthermore, throughout the course the trainers will demonstrate key elements of the software as it pertains to energy balancing of Passive House projects. For those that wish to gain a full working knowledge of the software, PHA delivers a separate 3-day PHPP course which is best taken on completion of the Certified Passive House Consultant / Designer program.

Training Materials: 

Two high quality color training manuals (in both inch-pound as well as metric units) comprising 800+ pages are provided at course commencement, including test-prep material.

Class size:

Class size is typically between 10 and 20 persons.


The CPHCD exam is set by the Passivhaus Institut and takes place all round the world on four pre-determined dates per year. PHA schedules the training to allow sufficient study time between course completion and the exam dates (see below).

Course Accreditation:

On successfully passing the exam, Participants will receive the internationally recognized accreditation as Certified Passive House Consultant / Designer, joining a rapidly expanding global community.

This program has been accredited by:

American Institute of Architects (AIA) and is worth 45 Learning Units
Building Performance Institute (BPI) and is worth 28 CEUs

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objectives for Module 1:

  • Define the Passive House Standard;
  • Calculate the energy balance of Passive House buildings, considering transmission and ventilation losses as well as solar and internal heat gains;
  • Outline the principles of designing Passive House buildings;
  • Specify the performance characteristics of opaque envelope detailing, including insulation, airtightness and thermal bridging;
  • Specify Passive House window systems, including performance assessment and fitting details;
  • Summarize the fundamentals of thermal comfort during the summer; and
  • Understand the issues used to calculate Primary Energy consumption, including electrical energy, in Passive House projects

Learning Objectives for Model 2:

  • Outline key indoor air quality issues assured in Passive House buildings;
  • Understand mechanical ventilation with heat or energy recovery including system design, detailing, sizing and layout;
  • Summarize space heating and hot water generation and distribution options for Passive House buildings;
  • Highlight important principles of cooling and dehumidification for summer comfort;
  • Complete the basics of economic efficiency calculation and profitability of deep retrofit measures;
  • Describe information to be considered in invitations to bid, construction site management and quality control;
  • Outline key information and support for occupants of Passive House projects; and
  • Successfully complete exam style exercises, designs and multiple-choice challenges.

See below for a list of Consultant & Designer courses...


Certified Passive House Consultant & Designer Course

New York, October 2015

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We are extremely grateful to NYSERDA for the generous funding provided for the 100's of persons that have taken training with us. Sadly, the funding is now winding up and will soon no longer be available. We wish to advise all prospective trainees, therefore, that from this point onward we cannot guarantee the availability of further NYSERDA tuition assistance. Please check back frequently in the event additional funds become available.

There is limited funding still available. If you qualify for funding please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we can assist you in your booking.

Discounted Fee:  $520
Regular Course Fee:  $1,300

Only employed individuals living in the SBC service territory or working for companies participating in SBC or EEPS programs are eligible for the reduced tuition provided by NYSERDA.
SBC service territory consists of areas with electric service provided by one of the following: Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corporation, Consolidated Edison Company of NY, Inc., New York State Electric and Gas Corporation, National Grid, Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc., and Rochester Gas and Electric Corporation. If you are not sure if you live in or work for a company participating in SBC or EEPS programs, or if have any questions please contact Michael McCarthy on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Regular Course Fee


Includes Module 1 & Module 2.

Module 1:  October 27th to 30th 2015

Module 2:  November 16th to 19th 2015

* We also invite you to register for the CPHCD exam at an additional fee of $350. You can register for the exam separately here.

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Vermont, November 2015

Special Discount

Burlington Electric will reduce the costs of the course by $650 for any business that resides in Chittenden County. $650 will be reimbursed upon receiving an invoice for registration and completion of the class.

Course Fee


Includes Module 1 & Module 2.

Click here to view course information.


Burlington Electric Department
585 Pine Street
VT 05401

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Course Dates

Module 1:  November 3rd to 6th

Module 2:  November 17th to 20th

Exam:  December 4th

* We also invite you to register for the CPHCD exam at an additional fee of $350. You can register for the exam separately here.


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