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Courses and Descriptions

TRAD-9035Energy Advisor Foundation Level Training Alumni

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:

•Canadian Home Builder's Manual | ISBN: 978-0-86506-066-1 | Price: $89.25
Note: the textbook is not available at the RRC campus Store. Follow the link above to purchase the textbook.

Efficiency Manitoba Award:

Five awards of $560 established by Efficiency Manitoba are available for students enrolled in the Energy Micro Credential Foundation Level Course. The award is available to support students within the following under-represented groups, as defined by Natural Resources Canada: women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, racialized individuals and individuals who identify as LGBTQ+.

To be considered, please submit the Application for Awards, Bursaries and Scholarships form (PDF) and a statement outlining how you meet the criteria of this award (member of underrepresented group) to The application deadline for this award is October 4, 2021. Applications will be considered based on the date/time received.


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

Note: The discounted course fee that appears on this page is only available to RRC alumni. If you are not an alumnus, please register using this page.

Textbooks and Booklists

Students enrolling in Part-Time and Online Education courses may be required to purchase textbooks and materials at participating Campus Store locations or online at Student booklists will be available approximately 3 weeks prior to scheduled course start dates. Please ensure materials are purchased in advance, to be available for the start date.

Note: Courses requiring a textbook will show "TR" in the Delivery field.

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