In our previous post, we summarized the BPI Certification 2023 changes. Put simply here, when we refer to the updated BPI Certifications, we’re speaking about the fact that the Building Performance Institute (BPI) is sunsetting the BPI Envelope Certification and instead bulking up the BPI Building Analyst Certification.
Specifically, Building Analyst is being split into two work-ready credentials: Building Analyst Technician (BA-T) and Building Analyst Professional (BA-P).
The best part about the updated BPI Certifications is that BPI has baked prerequisites into the process. Before, some people had to bat above their average – ie, those new to the industry had to go all-in on a technical certification that was beyond their work experience. While it was great from an aspirational standpoint, I can see how it would also be overwhelming. With the updated BPI Certifications, candidates have a very clear path for professional growth.
How the Updated BPI Certifications Provide Career Milestones
Everyone new to home energy efficiency must now start with the BPI Building Science Principles certificate of knowledge. This is where a person gains a strong foundation for building science.
After passing the BPI Building Science principles exam, a candidate can pursue the BPI Building Analyst Technician, which is an entry-level certification for those who do data collection and diagnostic testing.
After passing the BPI Building Analyst Technician exam, a candidate can pursue the BPI Building Analyst Professional, which is for the experienced practitioner whose work includes energy modeling and work scope development.
Although the updated BPI Certifications now have prerequisites baked into them, a person can jump off the train wherever it fits their career. Some people may be satisfied with just the BPI Building Science Principles knowledge (eg, office staff, customer service, program administrators, marketing professionals). For those who plan to work in the field, the BPI Building Analyst Technician certification is the natural next step to build on the foundational knowledge from BSP. And likewise, for those who want to hold more senior positions in the field, the BPI Building Analyst Professional certification is the natural next step. There’s a place for every person, and each step in that process provides valuable knowledge.
What if you earned BPI Certification under the old structure? BPI has provided direction for those who already hold an active Building Analyst and/or Envelope certification. They can re-certify to the existing certifications before the May 31, 2023 sunset OR transition to the new certifications as they’ve been designed. For more information about this, give us a call at 800-460-2575.