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Courses and Descriptions

TRAD-9032Energy Advisor Foundation Level Training

This course covers fundamental competencies such as low-rise housing construction and renovation, building envelope, heating, ventilation, air tightness testing, house energy computer modelling, and air conditioning, building science principles and the house-as-a-system concept. It will also prepare students for the NRCan exam.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate how to maintain courteous and professional relations with clients (e.g., dependability, timeliness, clear and polite communication).
  2. Explain the blower door technology for air tightness test.
  3. Explain the HOT2000 software for modelling a home.
  4. Explain the process how homes are built and renovated. 
  5. Explain the factors that would make a home function efficiently.
  6. Describe safety considerations when accessing home construction or renovation sites (ladder safety, pilot lights, etc.)
  7. Describe building envelope barrier systems (air barrier, vapour barrier, moisture barrier, weather/wind barrier, thermal barrier, etc.) in homes. 
  8. Describe windows, skylights, doors, and other transitions found in a building envelope.
  9. Use the Glossary of Housing Terms for communications with clients and air testing and modelling software.
  10. Explain the operations of mechanical heating, cooling and ventilation systems.
  11. Describe renewable energy systems and their properties.
  12. Identify the elements that make up a building and recognize their interdependence (house-as-a-system concept).
  13. Describe the diagnostic indicators (i.e. moisture, radon, carbon monoxide) of indoor air pollutants. 
  14. Explain the physical processes for heat, air, and moisture flow that occur within a building.
  15. Explain the interdependence between heat, air and moisture in a home.


  • 40 hours of instruction time (includes self-paced content and virtual meetings)
  • One synchronous evening session per week

The following textbook is require for the program:

Note: the textbook is not available at the RRC campus Store. Follow the link above to purchase the textbook.

Manitoba Environmental Industries Association (MEIA) Bursary:

If you are interested in more information on the bursary, please email

Manitoba Construction Sector Council (MCSC) Bursary for Newcomers:

The MCSC is pleased to partner with Manitoba Environmental Industries Association and Red River College Polytechnic for delivery of the Registered Energy Advisor training program. The MCSC will further support interested newcomers enrolling into this training program with an additional bursary award upon acceptance into the program. Exact percentage to be determined depending on newcomer enrolment.  

For more information, contact Ramir Diaz with the MCSC via email at or phone at 204.272.4595. Please apply as soon as possible as spots are limited.


Organizations looking to register their employees for the course should use the Sponsorship Authorization for Part-Time Students form.

Note: A discount is available to RRC alumni. If you are an alumnus, please register by calling 204.694.1789 (Mon-Thu 8:00am-5:00pm, Fri 8:00am-3:30pm).

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