Certified Passive House Designer and NZEB Specialist

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CPHD Designer EN

Course Fee

There are three cost elements to this programme, as follows (All VAT exempt):

  • Course Fee = €1,200 and includes training manuals, in-class, online course and coffee breaks
  • Optional Passive House software (PHPP Version 9) = €150 - This is a requirement, if you wish to take the exam 
  • Optional Exam Fee = €350, including international accreditation and listing for 5 years by Passive House Institute.  95% of attendees elect to sit the exam. 

Exam Fee

€350 (also VAT exempt), including 5 year listing on the international PHI database

Target Participants:

This course is aimed at ALL building design and consulting professionals, including Architects and Engineers, Contractors and Builders. 


5 days of direct contact in-class training, from 8.30am to 5.00pm plus 3 days-equivalent e-learning that participants complete in their own time and at their own pace. The online element reduces lost time from the office and costs for travel and accommodation.

The 5 days in-class is typically split into 2 sessions as detailed below.


Combination of lectures by leading Passive House experts, group design and calculation exercises and workshops. The programme is structured into 5 days in classroom, with 3-days equivalent on-line using the Learning Management System (LMS) Moodle with tech assistance from our staff. The on-line material is fully geared towards assisting the study process to pass the PHI examination. PHA staff will remotely assist and monitor progress of all students through the on-line material and only those that have satisfactorily completed the assessments will be allowed to sit the exam.

PHPP Software + DEAP:

As part of this program, 1 day will be dedicated to hands-on introductory training in the use of the PHPP software (Passive House Planning Package).  Key tips and tricks in the use of DEAP (Dwelling Energy Assessment Procedure) in meeting NZEB will also be covered.

Training Materials: 

High quality colour training manuals are provided at course commencement. Access will also be provided to our on-line learning platform, including modules of interactive test-preparation materials.

Class size:

Class size is typically between 10 and 20 persons.


The CPHCD exam is set by the International Passive House Institute and takes place all round the world on four pre-determined dates per year. We aim to schedule our training to allow sufficient study time between course completion and the exam dates.

Course Accreditation: 

On successfully passing the exam, set by Passive House Institute, participants will receive the internationally recognised accreditation of Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant, joining a rapidly expanding global community.

This course is also accredited by the RIAI and is worth 45 CPD points.


If you have any queries on the above or should you wish to reserve your space.  Please contact Edel Tinsley: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Dublin Course September 2019


  • Part 1 + 2: Inclass on Mon to Fri, September 16th - 20th;
  • Part 3: Online;
  • Part 4: Exam on Friday, October 11th


  • Sheldon Park Hotel, 131 Kylemore Road, Inchicore, Dublin 12
  • Google map coordinates: 53.3295526,-6.4138234