This June, the Building Performance Institute (BPI) will introduce four new Home Energy Professional certifications for weatherization and home performance contractors.

Funded by the DOE and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory , the four certifications focus on the most common job classifications in the home energy upgrade industry: energy auditor, retrofit installer, crew leader, and quality control inspector.

"The weatherization and home performance industry has long seen the need for nationally recognized, transferable certifications for workers employed by the Weatherization Assistance Program and the broader home performance industry," says Larry Zarker, CEO of BPI.

With the new programs, building pros nationwide will be verified as having the same knowledge and skills no matter their location, allowing certified professionals to go wherever the work is, Zarker adds.

“The development of a single, consistent set of national certifications for home performance professionals will help to remove any existing confusion in the marketplace."

The new credentials will meet the international benchmark for personnel certifications across all industries?the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 17024 standard. BPI will pilot written and field practical exams during the month of June. The results of the pilot test cycle will be used to set passing scores for the national exams. Candidates who take these exams and meet passing requirements will be amongst the first group of professionals to earn these certifications. BPI expects to roll the exams out nationally in the fall.

Registration for the pilot certification exams is now open online at
www.bpi.org/pilot.