This online course has only one goal – to prepare you for the challenging international Certified Passive House Designer Exam, run up to 4 times annually by the Passivhaus Institut in Germany, and offered by CanPHI and other exam providers worldwide. If you’re investing CAD $500 or more in sitting this exam, it only makes sense to prepare once, and prepare properly!

Course Duration:

The course contains over 100 exam-type questions – depending on your background we recommend up to 2 weeks of evening study for the challenging CPHD exam

Designed for: 

Architects, builders, designers, trades persons, planners, municipal officials, students … anyone who wishes to get the world’s most elite qualification in energy-efficient building design

CPHD Exam Prep

Course Details

What will I learn in this course?

This is a superb resource for getting you through the highly challenging international CPDH exam. It will give you the best preparation available anywhere for getting a pass…you will learn:

  • How PHI sets its exams – the format, duration and tools needed, and what you need to do to pass
  • What to expect from every type of question – from engineering-type calculations to PHI’s approach to Multiple Choice questions
  • How to approach the exam to maximize your chances of passing
  • How to get up to speed on the many types of calculation in this exam
  • How to approach the (famous) Passive House Design Question, including real examples of successful candidates’ submissions
  • Links to essential exam prep tools
  • If you’re investing $500 or more in sitting the CPHD exam, it only makes sense to prepare once, and prepare properly, getting up to speed with this carefully structured Prep Course, which has helped many Canadians qualify as CPHDs

What can you expect from this course?

  • We’ve slashed the cost of this course by over 60% – to just CAD $99 – for anyone who signs up when purchasing our main training course in Design & Construction. Our goal is to make Passive House qualification realistic and affordable for everyone.
  • Expect a LOT of Q&A! The course includes 150+ exam type questions, each with worked solutions
  • This course has 10 non-narrated videos covering every aspect of Passive House, as required for the CPHD exam; most people will cover all the material in 3-5 full days of study
  • The suggested approach is to work through the questions one by one in each category, stopping the video to write down or calculate an answer, then checking the solution provided
  • See the course Online Training Course FAQs for more information

How much time do I need for this course?

Upon signing up for this course, you will have 3 months unlimited access to these 10 videos. Study time for the CPHD exam depends on your background – architects and engineers will likely be more used to these kinds of questions than other candidates. We recommend you make a serious effort to study for up to 2 weeks before the exam.

Who delivers the course material?

Malcolm IsaacsMalcolm Isaacs is a Civil Engineering graduate of the University of Ottawa, who’s worked in the energy efficiency field as a professional engineer, designer, builder, researcher and writer for over 25 years. He’s a Passive House pioneer in Canada, and in 2005 he designed and built the first house in the country to Passive House specifications.

Malcolm co-founded CanPHI in 2010, having worked extensively at the Passivhaus Institut in Germany. He’s since become the most experienced and accomplished Passive House educator in Canada, having taught the CPHD course across the country since 2010. His current specialties include the economics of the Passive House approach, particularly affordable design solutions. He has consulted on Passive House projects across the country, and he’s the principal of a Quebec-based construction and consulting company which delivers affordable prefabricated solutions in CLT and other natural materials.

Malcolm is a vigorous promoter of radical energy conservation, and in this capacity he has presented at many international Passive House, sustainable building and architectural conferences. In 2017 he became a PHI-accredited Passive House Certifier, and is currently developing affordable designs for co-housing projects.

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