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Certification Program Overview

Residential Energy Analyst Program (REAP)
REAP® is the certification system designed for use by the Oregon weatherization assistance network to enhance and augment the building performance skills and knowledge of staff, contractors and consultants who serve in participating agencies, businesses, utilities and organizations. It was developed in cooperation with experts and specialists from Oregon Housing and Community Services, the Oregon Energy Coordinators Association, and Saturn Resource Management.
 
REAP® is designed to be used in any organization that wishes to develop its staff and increase capacity.  Highly trained personnel and staff instruct and test students. The "needs-based training" approach is developed and used within the REAP® system.  Training is based on the ACTUAL discovered needs of the participants, not based on assumptions.
 
REAP®  has become the vehicle by which best practices and Oregon standards are taught and established for weatherization programs.  Successful implementation of standards involves a process of interpretation, application, assessment, and quality assurance. It is critical that organizations have in place an effective training framework and infrastructure as the platform for growth and flexibility in an ever-changing market and industry. The benefits of training can increase job satisfaction and morale among employees, employee motivation, efficiencies in processes, capacity to adopt new technologies, innovation in strategies and reduce employee turnover.
 
The REAP®  process offers another opportunity for you and your employee to work collaboratively to improve or build on his or her performance and to contribute to organizational effectiveness.  Employees, too, recognize that it is essential for them to continue to learn so that they will be effective in their current jobs and able to move into other positions or accept new responsibilities as circumstances demand.  Developing employee performance furthers the mission of an organization and enhances the overall quality of the work.
 
The REAP® Flow Chart (.pdf)

 
The Core Courses
Energy Analyst I
This is the first step towards becoming a state certified auditor and inspector. This course is designed for the comprehensive evaluation and documentation of a performance based energy audit specifically of the building shell, assessment of the efficiency and safety of the mechanical systems, and to establish the most cost-effective weatherization strategy using skills learned in the course.  These include principles of energy, energy and the building shell, energy auditing, air leakage and the dynamics of pressure differentials , insulation types, windows and doors, heating and cooling systems, indoor air quality, lighting and appliances, water heating, and health and safety. This course provides a sound knowledge of building science principles, air leakage testing, furnace and combustion appliance inspection procedures, and performance based energy auditing. It also provides hands-on training in the field with  state-of-the-art diagnostic tools, including the blower door, duct blaster and combustion analyzer equipment.  It also includes overviews of the State of Oregon Site-built Housing and Mobile Home Specifications and the Bonneville Power Administration Regional Technical Forum Site Built Housing and Mobile Home Specifications. This is an intensive, full-week training course.  An open-book exam is given with a 75% or better as a passing grade to receive state certification.
 
Core Requirements:
  • Energy auditing
  • Baseload energy use
  • House & duct diagnostics
  • Sealing air leaks
  • Insulation
  • Windows & doors
  • Mobile homes
  • Health & safety IAQ (indoor air quality)
  • Building physics
  • Heating & cooling
  • Lighting & appliances
  • Water heating
  • Blower door basic
  • Oregon Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) specs
  • Evaluating homes efficiently
  • Selecting energy improvements
  • Producing a home energy analysis via REM/Rate certification

Shell Technician I
This course includes basic installation theory, application techniques and methodology for the installation of weatherization materials. This course will focus on demonstration and hands-on application with one full day in the classroom and over three days of installations on actual job sites.  This includes site-built and manufactured homes.  Weatherization training includes lecture material on building science, home energy principles and construction technology, as well as lab exercises on high density wall insulation and insulation blower maintenance and operation. In this class you learn to install attic, wall and under floor insulation, window and door replacement, basic blower door, furnace testing and duct sealing on both site-built and manufactured (mobile) homes. This class will spend one full day in the field on mobile weatherization including insulated roof caps (EPDM) installation and belly retrofit. Students will be given a written exam and must pass with a 75% or better.  Students will also need to pass all field and basic installation requirements which students need to demonstrate successfully in front of a field exam proctor.  Both the test and field proctoring must be passed each with a 75% or better to receive state certification.
 
Core Requirements:
  • Home energy principles
  • Healthy homes indoor air quality (IAQ)
  • Air leakage
  • Insulation
  • Window & doors
  • Avoiding hazards
  • Mobile home weatherization
  • High-density installation
  • Duct sealing
  • Lead-safe work practices
  • Basic installation theory
  • Tools & equipment
  • Occupational Safety and Heath Administration (OSHA) requirements
  • Oregon Weatherization Assistance Program specs
  • Material use
  • Consumer education

Diagnostic Technician I
This course exceeds standards for the PTCS (Performance Tested Comfort Systems® certified) duct sealing program of the Bonneville Power Administration Regional Technical Forum. In this class you will learn the basic protocols, requirements and standards for duct leakage and combustion safety testing including: combustion theory and venting principles, pressure balancing, heating appliance repair and tuning, IAQ and mechanical system performance, and using state-of-the-are diagnostic tools. Students will learn how to use a duct tester and a combustion analyzer for diagnostic purposes.  The course will involved one day in the classroom and three full days in the field with trainers and field proctors at actual job sites. A written, open book exam will be given by which a score of 75% or better is required to pass.  Field proctors will also be testing students who demonstrate on two homes the ability to perform furnace, duct, building, and combustion safety tests proficiently. The field exams must be passed with a score of 75% or better. Both the field and written exams must be passed to obtain Diagnostic Technician I Certification. Passing students will also qualify as Certified Technicians and/or contractors PTCS (Performance Tested Comfort Systems®) duct sealing.
 
Core Requirements:
  • Combustion safety
  • Venting combustion gases
  • Combustion gases
  • Combustion air
  • Hydraulic specification
  • Force-air specifications
  • Cooling systems
  • Replacing heating & cooling equipment
  • Cooling equipment
  • Duct testing & sealing
  • Blower door & duct blaster
  • Pressure pan
  • Ventilation strategies
  • Oregon WAP specs
  • Consumer education

 
Continuing Education
The Oregon REAP® continuing education requirements to maintain annual certification are six hours of pre-approved and/or OHCS/OECA sponsored classroom, tutorial, seminar, field training or workshop time.
 
The core certifications are as follows:
Energy Analyst I  -  6 hours
Shell Technician I  -  6 hours
Diagnostic Technician I  -  6 hours
 
Certifications are good for three years from issue.  Just prior to the end of that time period, a brief refresher course will be given with a written exam.  Staff education development classes and other educational opportunities are also available in continuing education courses and partnering programs such as:
  • On the job cross training
  • University/college course work
  • Extension course work/certificate programs
  • Course work from external providers, schools, etc.
  • Attending or participating in institutes/conferences
  • Working with a mentor/peer exchange
  • Management development programs
  • Internships
  • Self-study or reading assignments
  • Computer based training
  • Participation in projects
  • Participation on teams, task forces or committees
  • Job rotation

 
Advanced Certification
Inspector
This designated level is acquired by maintaining the three REAP® core certifications (Energy Analyst 1, Shell Technician 1, Diagnostic Technician 1).  Maintaining these three core certifications provides the required proficiency in skills and knowledge that Oregon weatherization programs prefer to see in a well-rounded energy auditor.

Building Performance Specialist
This designation level is acquired in the Building Performance Core by maintaining both certifications (Shell Technician 1 and Diagnostic Technician 1) plus one year demonstrable field experience with both certifications.  Maintaining this designation provides the required proficiency skills, knowledge and experience that Oregon Weatherization programs prefer to see in well-rounded weatherization technicians, HVAC technicians, and crew lead/supervisors.

Senior Energy Analyst Lead (SEAL)
This is the master level in the REAP® state weatherization certification programs.
Maintaining your Inspector and Building Performance Specialist 1 certification consecutively for one year would make the candidate eligible.

 
Accomplishments and Goals
Students receive regular feedback on a quarterly basis in student report cards that provide them with updated information, tips, recommendations and goal setting so that the participant and/or their supervisor can work to develop a performance plan.
 

 
For More Information
For specific information concerning Residential Energy Analyst Program, Core Courses, Continuing Education or Advanced Certification contact the Oregon Training Institute at
 
Oregon Training Institute
27501 SW 95th Ave, Suite 980
Wilsonville, Oregon  ​97070
Phone:  503.990.8221
Website:  http://www.warmandsafenow.com
 
 
 
For all other non-education related matters you may contact
 
Steve Divan
Weatherization T&TA Coordinator
Oregon Housing and Community Services
503.986.0979
 
 
To talk with someone about developing affordable housing in your area, contact a Regional Advisor to the Director or call 503.986.2000.

 
Related Resources
National Partners
US Department of Energy 
National Association for State and Community Services Programs Weatherization Assistance Program 
Weatherization Assistance Program Technical Assistance Center  
 

Regional Partners
Regional Technical Forum
Northwest Power and Conservation Council
Energy Outwest 
 

Statewide Partners
Oregon Department of Energy 
Community Action Partnership of Oregon 
Oregon Energy Coordinators Association 

Related Topics
  Weatherization Specifications for the Oregon Weatherization Assistance Program 
  Oregon State Performance Evaluation Tool