March 17 – 21, 2014
**PLEASE NOTE: BPI Certification Exam is NOT given during this training. To view and register for the Certification Exam, please see scheduled certification dates at www.bpctrain.org**
This course is designed to prepare an individual for certification as a Quality Control Inspector.
Prerequisite Verification Requirement
The following are prerequisites for attending the Quality Control Inspector course:
1. Students must be 18 years of age or older.
2. Students are expected to undertand basic math, possess a basic level of literacy, and understand basic building science. Students must pass the Quality Control Inspector (QCI) Pre-Test with a grade of 80% or higher. The link to the online pre-test will be emailed to you after registration.
3. Must be OSHA 10 certified.
4. Must be EPA RRP certified.
Quality Control Inspector (QCI) is based on a National Renewable Energy Laboratory/U.S. Department of Energy Job Task Analysis (JTA) of the same name. The course is broken down into a week of instruction focusing on the job description/duties outlined in the JTA. Students will be exposed to and practice the skills needed to become a successful QCI. These skills include: conducting a precise audit of the building, verifying the work performed against the work plan, observing the retrofit work, understanding specifications and standards, performing building and safety diagnostics, recording/reporting findings and concerns, specifying corrective actions, communicating effectively with the client, and determining the final pass/fail of the work performed. This course is designed to prepare qualified students to take the Home Energy Professional Quality Control Inspector certification exam. State-of-the-art technology is used in both the classroom and the labs to provide students with a high quality learning environment. Students will take one written and three hands-on tests of their QCI skills. Upon successful completion of these tests, each student receives a certificate of completion.
Student learning will be assessed using quizzes, instructor observation, and a 50-question exam. This assessment is to benefit both the instructors and students in identifying areas requiring additional improvement.
Conduct work-in-process visual/sensory quality checks
Conduct post-work visual/sensory quality checks
Perform post-work diagnostic inspections
Evaluate and ensure worker professionalism
Inspect and assess the building envelope
Ensure program or project compliance
Skills You’ll Take Home
Blower door testing
Pressure pan testing
Exhaust fan flow verification
Client, crew leader, & technician interaction
Combustion appliance diagnostics
Worst case scenario draft testing
Total leakage duct testing
This is a lecture-lab course. Topics will be presented in a classroom setting and then followed up with student involvement in the lab. The class will be geared toward those that have had experience in the field as auditors or crew leaders. Student participation is very important. Testing for this course will involve both a written and field practical.
Grading Criteria and Passing Score
The exam consists of four sections: one written and three hands-on. Students must pass each section with an 80% score or higher. If a student does not pass a section, he or she may be allowed to retake a particular section provided time and logistics permit along with the instructor’s consent.
Written Section — 65 points (52 points to pass)
Blower Door Hands-On Section — 21 points (17 points to pass)
CAZ Hands-On Section — 35 points (28 points to pass)
Duct Tester Hands-On Section — 15 points (12 points to pass)