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The Passive House Institute offers the Certified Passive House Designer / Consultant certificate. There are two ways to acquire this certificate:
Either one of the two mentioned conditions needs to be fulfilled in order to acquire the certificate and be registered in the database of Certified Passive House Designers. Once every five years, the certificate must be renewed by presenting a Quality Approved Passive House construction project.
The Certified Passive House Designer certificate shows potential customers that the holder has acquired the knowledge and experience needed to successfully plan and build Passive Houses.
Please see the Events calendar for information on upcoming courses and exams offered.
The difference between Passive House Institute certified Designers and Consultants depends on your background. Designers come from highly relevant fields and their prior knowledge must be somehow proven by their degree etc, in order to get the Designer label. Click here for a list of typical professions. Consultants, on the other hand, can come from any background. More information and examples can be found here.
Anyone with an intimate knowledge of the Passive House concept, preferably as a Certified Passive House Designer or with experience building Passive Houses but also with a proper technical or architectural background, is eligible to become a Certified Passive House Designer Trainer upon completion of a two day "Train the Trainer" course.
Upon completion of a two day “Train the Trainer” course, a licensing agreement can be signed allowing the Certified Passive House Designer course materials to be used “as is”, for the purposes of preparing others to take the Passive House Designer exam.