BPI Building Science Principles Certificate

This introductory course will help you gain a comprehensive view of why energy auditing and retrofit work are important components to improving efficiency, air quality, comfort, and occupant safety and health. You'll also learn why improving home energy efficiency is the first step toward solar or other renewable energy upgrades.

  16 HOURS
BPI Building Science Principles training

Benefits of a BPI BSP Certificate

By understanding basic building science principles, you will acquire the valuable skill of speaking the same language as your home inspectors, general contractors, and field technicians.

Gain Respect

By learning industry jargon, you'll be able to speak the same technical language as your field technicians. This improvement in communication will cause you all to be more efficient. Improve your credibility around the office and take the initiative to better understand your industry!

Better Help Your Clients

Although you don't work in the field, you still have to understand basic building science concepts in order to convey the importance of your company's services. By understanding how insulation issues affect your potential clients, you can better guide them to the appropriate products and services that your company offers.

Grow Your Business

As you learn more about building science, you'll feel more comfortable and confident taking sales calls and upselling your clients. By knowing the fundamental concepts, you won't feel intimidated talking to industry professionals and answering their technical questions. The more you know, the more the company can grow.

"I learned so much. This course was laid out well. I really appreciated how organized the content was. It's incredible how you can summarize and package a career's worth of knowledge into such a simple and straightforward course."

- Rebecca Collinsworth


How to Get the BPI BSP Certificate

Earn the BPI Building Science Principles certificate in just three steps!
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1. Take Our Course

Our self-paced online program consists of several short video presentations. Simply follow along on your computer.
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2. Study Our Practice Questions

Included with the course
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3. Register for the BSP Exam

Purchase from BPI.org for $100

Get 6 Months Access

To help you prepare for your exam, we provide 6 months access to our secure online learning portal.
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What You'll Learn

  • The "house-as-a-system" approach to home performance
  • How to improve the safety, comfort, and health of building occupants
  • Why you should focus on energy efficiency before solar
  • How to communicate technical issues to your field technicians
  • The expertise to know when to call in a BPI-certified professional

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BPI Building Science Principles



Program Highlights
Start Now & Access Self-Guided Content
Log In & Participate Any Time 24/7
Watch from a PC, Mac, or Mobile Device
16 Hours of Online Building Science Training
Includes Downloadable Printed Resources
Includes 200+ Online Practice Questions
Access to Course Materials for 6 Months
Everblue Certificate of Completion
Instructions for how to register for the exam

"I now have a new appreciation for my field technicians and the services that we offer to our clients. I feel so much more confident explaining how our services help homeowners."

- Molly Jones


Quick Answers to Your BPI BSP Questions

Who is this class intended for?

This class is ideal for many different people, such as someone considering a career change into green building, sustainability, or energy efficiency. This class is also helpful for home inspectors, appraisers, realtors, mortgage officers, sales reps, marketing professionals, product manufacturers, and installers who work for insulation, HVAC, window, etc. type of companies.

Is this considered a BPI Certification?

No, when you pass the online exam, you'll earn a BPI Certificate of Knowledge. This means that you will possess the knowledge to understand building science but not physically be able to conduct an energy audit. If you want the knowledge and technical skills to perform a home energy auditor, you should pursue the BPI Building Analyst Certification.

Do the course topics apply to international candidates?

Yes, this course covers universal building science principles, such as how energy flows through a home.

Does the BPI Building Science Principles certificate expire?

No, once you pass the exam, you can showcase your BPI Building Science Principles certificate forever. There is no expiration or renewal requirement.