Why Become an IGEA | Investment Grade Energy Auditor Certification
Investment grade energy auditors (IGEA) are in demand and at the top of the energy auditing industry. Their recommendations are what corporations, industries, and investors in the Fortune 500 seek when they want to build or improve their facilities.
By being an IGEA, you have the authority to make trustworthy recommendations that can help companies generate more profit while reducing their carbon footprint by becoming more energy efficient.
Your IGA (Investment Grade Audit) or DFS (Detailed Feasibility Study) will be vital for all your clients’ success.
Become an authority in your field through our Investment Grade Energy Auditor Certification, boosting your resume and unlocking new paths that lead to better pay and positions in both private and government.
Enjoy a significantly higher salary or be able to conduct freelance energy audits with high pay, ensuring financial stability while making businesses more eco-friendly. This awaits your after completing our Investment Grade Energy Auditor Certification.
Be a core part of the sustainability movement to reduce the global carbon footprint while upholding the three pillars: economy, society, and the environment. Make that possible with Investment Grade Energy Auditor Certification.
Our Investment Grade Energy Auditor Certification Will Get You There
To become an investment grade energy auditor, you will undergo comprehensive and rigorous energy auditor training and assessment through this Investment Grade Energy Auditor Certification program. This intensive process ensures that companies can trust your investment grade audit (IGA) report.
By completing our IGEA program, you can conduct energy audits that facility owners and financial institutions can trust, providing them with the expected financial savings and greenhouse gas reduction.
When you undertake an energy audit, following the thorough process taught during the Investment Grade Energy Auditor Certification training, all parties can have confidence in the business case presented in the audit.
The energy auditor training we provide increases the certainty of the outcome of energy efficiency upgrades from your IGA — leading to increased investment in energy efficiency and increased financial and carbon savings.
Comprehensive Investment Grade Energy Auditor Certification Training
To successfully become an IGEA, you need to complete eight training modules, totaling 177 lessons. The Investment Grade Energy Auditor Certification training is not passive; you will need to respond to a minimum of 214 questions throughout the training.
The Investment Grade Energy Auditor Certification is based on a blended assessment process that tests knowledge with questions and makes the student conduct an actual energy audit of a real site. The process ensures that both skills and knowledge are satisfactory to undertake an investment grade energy audit.
Ensured Quality Learning
The eight individual modules in our Investment Grade Energy Auditor Certification (courses | All accredited by ESTA Energy Services and Technology Association) that need to be completed before undertaking and submitting the IGA have questions throughout them. You need to answer all those to progress while, of course, getting feedback from your instructor.
The testing throughout the eight individual modules is not limited to just multiple-choice questions. There are various other question types, including free text entry for numerical questions.
There is no element of chance in taking the Investment Grade Energy Auditor Certification assessments; you either enter the correct number or not. In fact, there are many more assessment questions across these eight modules than there are in other certifications based on a high-pressure exam environment after an intense energy auditor training program.
Competency Criteria for Investment Grade Energy Auditor Certification
|Can commission, manage, and review an energy audit.||⁃ Plan for an energy audit.|
⁃ Scope the energy audit.
⁃ Identify the resources required to act on the audit’s recommendations.
⁃ Manage the audit and assist the energy auditor.
⁃ Review the audit’s findings and decide on the energy savings measures to implement.
|Follows a systematic process when undertaking an energy audit.||⁃ Engage effectively with the energy user.|
⁃ Develop an energy use baseline.
⁃ Develop a breakdown of site energy use.
⁃ Accurately identify tariffs to apply to savings calculations.
⁃ Benchmark site energy usage.
⁃ Follow a systematic process to identify & quantify savings and costs.
|Uses energy audit tools effectively.||⁃ Select tools that are fit for purpose.|
⁃ Extract data from tools and convert into a form suitable for analysis.
⁃ Identify common problems with the use of tools and how to avoid them.
⁃ Layout an energy audit spreadsheet.
⁃ Value the importance of communication and presentation tools.
|Understands the fundamental physics and thermodynamics of energy use and conversion.||⁃ Apply the first law of thermodynamics.|
⁃ Determine the overall efficiency of a process or system.
⁃ Determine energy use associated with mass transfer.
⁃ Calculate electrical and thermal energy transfer.
⁃ Apply characteristics of water and air to energy calculations.
⁃ Understand the impact of AC voltages and power factor.
|Understands the fundamentals of energy efficient lighting.||⁃ Identify energy inefficiencies in a lighting system.|
⁃ Evaluate lighting control systems for effectiveness in saving energy.
⁃ Assess daylighting systems for energy saving impact.
⁃ Understand efficiencies of different light sources and expected future ⁃ efficiency improvements of LED lighting.
⁃ Consider desirable and undesirable co-benefits associated with a lighting upgrade.
⁃ Calculate expected annual and lifetime savings from a lighting upgrade.
|Understands the fundamentals of energy efficient HVAC||⁃ Identify energy inefficiencies in a HVAC system.|
⁃ Evaluate HVAC control systems for effectiveness in saving energy.
⁃ Understand the vapor compression cycle and what determines the energy usage of the vapor compression cycle.
⁃ Analyze an HVAC system and calculate its overall efficiency
⁃ Identify and understand the energy impact of technologies used for heating, cooling, ventilation, and air filtration.
⁃ Develop a business case for measures that reduce HVAC energy usage.
|Understands the fundamentals of domestic hot water and water usage in buildings||⁃ Identify energy inefficiencies in a domestic hot water system.|
⁃ Calculate energy and water savings from lowering flow rates.
⁃ Assess direct flow and ring-main systems for savings opportunities.
⁃ Understand the energy using characteristics of instantaneous and storage hot water systems, including natural gas systems, electric resistive, electric heat pump, and solar hot water systems.
⁃ Calculate expected savings from a domestic hot water upgrade.
|Has an introductory understanding of energy efficiency in Industrial Systems||⁃ Understand the basic energy using characteristics of industrial systems covering electric motors, compressed air systems, steam systems, and refrigeration.|
⁃ Calculate simple efficiency parameters of industrial systems.
|⁃ Apply the energy efficiency hierarchy to industrial systems to identify energy savings opportunities. Identify more energy-efficient alternatives to highly inefficient industrial systems.|
⁃ Calculate expected savings from simple industrial system upgrades.
Proof of Certification
Your Investment Grade Energy Auditor Certification has a QR code linking to a database on the Sustainability Education Academy website, signifying that you have indeed completed the training.
How to Be Certified as an Investment Grade Energy Auditor
Becoming an investment grade energy auditor is a three-part process:
Part 1: Undertaking an Energy Audit
Every energy auditor should undertake this course to see the audit from the other side of the fence, thus improving their ability to engage with energy users effectively.
Presents a process that, when followed, results in successful audits being delivered. You can apply this process to deliver an Investment Grade Audit (IGA) / Detailed Feasibility Study (DFS).
This course will teach the fundamental concepts of physics and engineering that energy auditors must know.
This course introduces energy auditors to tools, both essential and nice-to-have, for undertaking energy audits.
Part 2: Energy Using Technologies and Savings Opportunities
Learn the fundamentals of energy-efficient lighting in this course, and save more lighting energy!
Knowing how to minimize HVAC energy use is core knowledge every energy manager, energy auditor, HVAC contractor, or consultant needs.
This course covers both domestic hot water and water use more extensively.
This course covers electric motors, compressed air, refrigeration, and steam, and it provides an introduction to these technologies and energy efficiency opportunities.
When you pass all the assessments presented in parts one and two, we require you to submit an Investment Grade Energy Audit and supporting evidence to complete the final assessment task for being eligible to become an IGEA.
What Do We Do With Your Submission
An expert energy engineer assesses your submitted documents to verify that your audit process/methodology and technical knowledge show satisfactory competence per our Investment Grade Energy Auditor competency criteria.
Should the audit be at an acceptable standard, you will be eligible to apply for Investment Grade Energy Auditor Certification as IGEA.
If the audit is unacceptable, we will provide detailed feedback, and you will be again required to submit an IGA of another site.
You need to provide proof of identification, the investment grade audit, and supporting evidence that the IGA is your work.
Failure Is Not Final
Many energy efficiency certifications delivered in a “cram plus exam” environment are expensive, and the results are final. Fail to pass the exam, and you’ve lost a lot of money – not to mention time away from work.
Failure is not final across the eight training modules that comprise the Investment Grade Energy Auditor Certification training. Fail an assessment, and:
You are provided feedback on each wrong answer.
You are free to retake the assessment immediately.
Questions are randomly drawn from a large pool of questions to avoid asking the same questions again. And providing feedback will enhance learning and knowledge retention.
If you still don’t get the correct answers, you won’t pass but will get additional feedback. By providing fast feedback and a “safe” learning environment, students can learn from their mistakes and will eventually pass a module.
Learning from our mistakes is one of the best ways to learn. With over 200 questions in the Investment Grade Energy Auditor Certification assessment, you are sure to make some mistakes – but you’ll get expert feedback straight away – and thus learn.