Core Certification Exams2023-04-24T15:22:22-04:00

Core Certification Exams

Become a Certified Passive House Professional!

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Exams Overview

The Passive House Network currently offers two professional PHI Passive House certification exams; the Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant exam and the Certified Passive House Tradesperson exam.

Why certification?

  • Gain world-wide recognizable credentials
  • Show off that you have core knowledge and skills in Passive House design or construction
  • Test your understanding of core Passive House knowledge and skills
  • Get prerequisite credentials for advanced Passive House skills development and certifications
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Certified Passive House Designer / Consultant

Who should consider taking the CPHD/C exam?

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Planners
  • Designers
  • Project Managers
  • Consultants

The exam is 3.5 hours and is live-online.

Registration in the CPHD/C exam also includes exam preparation activities. Exam preparations start about 5-6 weeks prior to the exam. The activities are:

  • Practice Design Assignment (required)
  • Trainer-led Review (optional)
  • Tech setup (required)

To complete your registration for the PHI exam you will need a valid Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) license. The PHPP (and license) is included in our CPHD/C course registration.

Learn more about the CPHD/C certificate and continuing education.

The Designer or Consultant designation is awarded by PHI after passing the CPHD/C exam.

To receive the Designer designation:

  • You must be an architect, engineer, or similar qualifying profession,
  • AND submit academic transcripts, diploma, or license, indicating your professional background.

The Consultant designation is awarded to those professionals not within a qualifying profession. *Note: The CPHC abbreviation is not used for this designation due copyright issues.

After the CPHD/C exam, you will receive exam results directly from PHI in about 6-8 weeks. The exam is difficult and we have a 87% passing rate with the new online format of this exam.

The leading reason for failing the exam is insufficient time to complete questions. Those individual retaking the online exam have all passed on their second attempts.

Certified Passive House Tradesperson

Who should consider taking the CPHT exam?

  • Architects
  • Construction Managers
  • Tradespeople
  • Construction Estimators
  • Contractors
  • Building Operations

The CPHT live-online exam is 3 hours. The multiple choice exam is structured in into 3 parts.

  1. Passive House Basics
  2. Building Envelope
  3. Building Services

Passive House Basics is required by all exam participants.
Exam Participants can choose to take either the Building Envelopes, Building Services, or both sections.

Learn more about the CPHT certificate and continuing education.

The CPHT designation is awarded by PHI after passing the CPHT exam.

The designation will also indicate the specific area(s) passed within the exam; Building Envelope or Building Services, or both.

After taking the CPHT exam, PHI directly emails the results within about 4-5 weeks.

Exam Schedule

Listed below are upcoming exams only. If you are planning to become certified, it is best to choose the course + exam bundle option to receive a discounted course price. You can find the bundles on the Certified Passive House Designer / Consultant or the Certified Passive House Tradesperson pages.


Other Exam Fees

  • Rescheduling less than 30 days before the start date (of the exam), there will be a $50 administrative fee.

    Please add the exam registration to your cart along with this item, then check out, to complete your exam re-scheduling.

    Any questions? Contact [email protected].


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Things to Know

Course Completion Requirements

For PHN On-Demand courses all lessons, topics, and quizzes must be marked complete; any required webinars must be attended; AND the post-training survey must be completed.

For In-Person & Live-Online single day courses, 100% attendance is required to receive a course completion certificate.

For In-Person & Live-Online multi-day courses, no more than 2 hours can be missed to receive a course completion certificate.

Continuing Education Credits

Courses with continuing education credits (AIA or PHI) are noted in the course details section.

AIA credits for Live-Online and In-Person Courses will be reported to AIA by PHN if a participant provides their AIA number during registration. All other participants can use the certificate of completion to report continuing education credits either to AIA, or other agencies that recognize the AIA CE credits.

PHI credits are self-reporting. Find out a courses PHI course number. Report PHI credits.

Technical Requirements

Live-Online and On-Demand courses require a personal computer or laptop with a good internet connection speeds and audio listening capabilities. A web-camera is optional but preferred for Live-Online sessions.

In-Person courses do not require laptops or other devices, unless specifically mentioned. Although a laptop, or other note-taking equipment (pen and paper) are encouraged.

Learning Platform

The PHN learning platform provides instant access to almost all On-Demand courses and some Live-Online courses.

Transfers, Cancellations, & Refunds

Education & Training FAQs

For more information about PHN education, training, and courses, check out our FAQs. (Coming soon)

Group Training

Want to bring one of our courses to your company or organization? Many of our courses are ready to be delivered In-Person, Live-Online, or On-Demand to groups and teams. For more information, including group pricing and quotes, please contact [email protected].

Training Questions?

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