Certified Passive House Tradesperson (CPHT) Exam

Join the growing community of construction professionals, trained to use international best practices to cost-effectively implement Passive building standards in any climate.

Professional accreditation increases your credibility with clients and colleagues in the industry alike. After passing the exam, CPHTs are given membership and are listed in the database on the International Passive House Institute (PHI) website for 5 years.

96% of Emu CPHT students pass the PHI CPHT Exam.

It’s ok. No one likes exams. We’re here to help you through it, though. The Passive House Institute wants to see that you, as a construction professional, can identify red flags when you get a drawing set, and that you know where and how to seek the correct resources. You’re not expected to memorize formulas or tables. You ARE expected to understand what you need to look up when red flags arise on the construction site, and who to ask for help in modeling potential impacts on the Passive House criteria.

Professionals armed with this knowledge often find that Passive building science guidelines inform decisions made in every other “sustainable” or “green” certification or building code requirement that exists.

Exam Format

Whether online or in-person, the exam is open book and graded as a pass/fail at 50% correct answers per section. You will be armed with our Emu CPHT Textbook that is shipped to every student who signs up for an Emu Crew, and throughout your course we will coach you on what items are likely to come up in an exam. Our textbook has all of the slides we cover in class, plus Recap pages to summarize the learning objectives from each Unit.

The exam is mixed format questions, some multiple choice, some calculations, and some identification. It is structured in three sections. For in-person exams, you have 2 hours and 15 minutes. For online exams, you have 3 hours:

  • Passive House Basics – this covers questions about the basics of Passive House requirements
  • Building Envelope – this includes questions about assemblies and the thermal envelope
  • Building Services – this section covers mechanical ventilation, heating, cooling, etc.

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Why is taking the exam important?

You just did all that hard work for a week! Why would you not want the badge to prove it?

From marketing yourself and your business to making sure you are listed in the right places for potential customers to see your Passive House expertise, getting the CPHT credential is the natural next step in pursuing the kinds of clients to likely want. It also shows Passive House architects, designers, and consultants that you speak their language – a KEY aspect to growing a project team that has high-performance building science as a goal.

The CPHT professional accreditation empowers members of the construction industry to engage and participate in the integrative and interdisciplinary approach necessary to implement Passive House principles on site, which is absolutely fundamental to the success of a quality build.