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The Performing Comprehensive Building Assessments (PCBA) Online Training Program will give you a thorough understanding of the building assessment process. This intermediate program focuses on the skills you need to professionally conduct visual building inspections, perform diagnostic testing, determine residential building improvement opportunities, document a home's performance, prioritize improvements, and prepare a work scope that will guide the homeowner's decision-making process for making the improvements.
Upon successful completion of this program, you'll be able to:
The Performing Comprehensive Building Assessments program features a task-oriented format that applies practical, real-world situations in each module. This program is intended for students who are engaged in conducting building assessments, energy audits, performance testing, energy ratings, green ratings, rating verifications, quality assurance, quality installations, building inspections, home inspections, home tune-ups, or any other related building improvement, evaluation, or repair services that make changes to the building as a system.
You'll start out learning the systems, tools, and techniques commonly encountered during visual observations, including evaluation of envelope components, mechanical systems, and base loads such as appliances and lighting. You'll then move on to diagnostic testing, with an emphasis on safety. You'll learn how to set up and use the blower door for building pressurization and depressurization testing and how to use the data you obtain. The program will cover combustion safety testing, basic duct diagnostic testing, and CO testing for appliances. Finally, you'll learn how to use assessment information and diagnostic results to develop a work scope which you can then present to a customer.
The Performing Comprehensive Building Assessments Online Training Program will help you prepare for BPI Building Analyst Certification and NATE HVAC Efficiency Analyst Certification (Senior Level). This program will refer to the BPI Building Analyst as well as to various industry codes and standards. Instruction aligns with ANSI/ACCA Quality Installation and Maintenance Standards. Both BPI and NATE recognition of continuing education hours (30 CEHs) applicable to recertification is pending. You must obtain a 75% or higher to obtain CEH recognition.
This program is open-enrollment and self-paced. Upon registering, you're given ninety (90) days to complete this program.
The Performing Comprehensive Building Assessments Program contains six learning modules covering:
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This intermediate-level program is intended for those who are seriously pursuing a career in building, remodeling, or HVAC, or a trade industry related to home performance. We recommend that you take our Principles of Green Building program or have a solid understanding of building science concepts and house-as-a-system prior to enrollment.
The PCBA Program is also for you if you're seeking NATE, NARI, BPI, RESNET, and other industry credentials related to green-building performance.
Keith Conrod brings over 30 years of experience in the construction and installation of HVACR systems in a variety of settings to the HVACReducation.net faculty.
Upon graduating from high school, he attended the University of Calgary for two years (studying Mechanical Engineering), later transferring to the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, where he received certification in plumbing and first class gas fitting. Keith has also received certification in Cross Connection Control and Backflow Prevention, Mechanical Estimating, and Hydronic Heating Design (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology). He is also a member of the AWWA , WCWWA, and Local 496 ( United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters).
After becoming a certified journeyman, Keith installed the plumbing, heating, medical gas, and HVACR systems in such buildings as hospitals, schools, high-rise office and apartment buildings, food production
facilities, sewage treatment plants, and many homes. He has a broad range of acquired knowledge and experience in the light industrial, commercial, and housing disciplines. Presently employed as a Site Superintendent/Project Manager for a major mechanical contractor (in the Calgary, Alberta, Canada area), he oversees the onsite design and installation of all mechanical systems and provides a jobsite link to the engineers and architects. He is also responsible for the training of apprentices and giving guidance and direction to the certified tradesmen in his charge.
Keith is well versed in all aspects of the HVACR industry and provides us with a valuable link as well as hands-on insight to the HVACR practices and procedures in the field.
1. Can I register for programs if I am an international student?
Yes, because ed2go programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.
2. How long does it take to complete a program?
All of our programs are self-paced and open-enrollment. You can start and finish the program at your own pace. Upon registering, you're given ninety days to complete this program.
3. Do I have to buy additional materials?
All the materials you'll need are included, and their cost will be covered by your tuition. ed2go will ship all materials ground service upon enrollment.
4. Can I get financial assistance?
ed2go courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses.
5. What happens when I complete the program?
Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.
6. Am I guaranteed a job?
ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don't provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
7. Who will be my instructor?
Each student is paired up with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.
8. What software or hardware do I need in order to take online programs and what are the system requirements?
In order to take our online programs, you must have access to a computer and the Internet (high speed internet access is recommended). You can access the program contents from any Web-enabled computer. While high-speed Internet is recommended, you can still take programs online using a dial-up connection. Computers that support the following browsers are adequate:
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9. Can I use a Mac?
No, this program must be accessed from a PC or IBM-compatible computer.
10. How can I get more information about the program?
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11. When can I start the program?
Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.
Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.
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too much about not completing in time. If, after a concerted effort,
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work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee may be
charged for an extension.
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