Why did CanPHI put its new 2020 training program online? Don’t people learn best in a classroom setting?

It’s true that a classroom course can offer advantages of group discussion and networking that are unavailable online… but classrooms also have many disadvantages. If you miss a session, or get tired, or want to repeat a learning topic, then there’s no repeat button! In an intensive classroom course over 6 full days need you to keep concentration levels high at all times, or run the risk of missing important information….it’s hard work for you and for us.

 

Online you can access the material at the pace you need, fit learning sessions in around your busy schedule and there’s no requirement to take 6 days off work, nor any added costs and time commitment for travel and accommodation to and from the sessions.

 

Best of all, moving our courses away from the classroom and online has allowed us to reduce the price of our training by 70%, bringing this important curriculum within affordable range of all Canadians

How does the online learning experience compare with classroom training?

Firstly, the range of material is now significantly broader than our former 6 day classroom course, and it’s solely focused on North American-appropriate construction solutions. Overall, our new online training format, with video streaming via the industry-leading Wistia platform, can significantly increase the quality, speed and retention of your learning for the extensive and challenging Passive House curriculum.

The use of pre-recorded and edited training videos means the material is more focused than is possible in any classroom – where sessions are often interrupted, leading to frustration from attendees of widely different educational backgrounds and learning speeds.

What is the format of this online course?

The new Passive House Design & Construction online course has 13 separate Modules which cover every aspect of Passive House design and construction, via a collection of over 90 videos, each of which is between 3 and 45 minutes in length.

How does the cost of CanPHI’s new online Passive House Design & Construction course compare with other Passive House courses?

At CAD $499(+GST) it compares pretty well with courses costing over $2000 plus travel and accomodation. We’re sure this is by far the most comprehensive and best value Passive House learning option available anywhere!

Can I submit questions to the instructors via the online learning platform?

Yes – each of our videos include a Comments section, where any participant can submit questions to the trainer. These Q&As will remain on the platform for the benefit of all.

Do I have to watch all the videos in each Module?

No – it’s up to you how you use the material within your 35 day registration period. Some of the Modules include relevant background videos (e.g. YouTube material) which have been popular in previous Passive House courses, and these are included to give a wider perspective, but you can choose not to watch them…

Are there any tests or exercises included in the online training program, so I can assess my learning as I go?

Yes, unlike classroom sessions, we’ve included a quiz at the end of each major course Module, (8 in total) so you can check and assess your own learning progress. In addition, there are also learning exercises in most of the Modules, to give you practice with this material.

Do you offer any course notes or handouts for the online courses?

Yes, each Module contains a downloadable pdf of some selected course slides, as an aide-memoire.

What are the other Passive House courses included in your online program, and what do they cost?

With the main course, we also offer a PHPP Introduction as an add-on, which contains exercises designed to familiarize you with this important tool for all Passive House design (1-day course). We also offer an updated version of our acclaimed Exam Prep Course. Both these extra courses can be purchased for $99 when you register for the main course – otherwise they are priced separately at $199 each.

Can I get professional learning credits for my taking the online program?

Yes. For all course participants who do sign up for the full training course, watch the core videos and take the online quizzes, we’ll email you a course attendance certificate, assuming you score above the 60% threshold mark overall. We need to assess your quiz answers in this way to be fair to the professional associations who are seeking proof of attendance and learning.

Can I repeat-watch any of the videos or repeat the quiz questions?

Yes, you can watch any video a second time, and we also recommend you stop the video during viewing, where necessary, to complete any course exercises. We also recommend you take separate notes on the main parts of the course material, to improve your retention. You can repeat any quiz until you achieve an 80% mark.

How long will I have access to the online material after registering ?

The full course is available to you for 35 days from time of signup. Because there is a lot of material to cover (i.e. 7 days equivalent classroom time), we recommend that you sign up only when you are ready to commit to the course, not leave it all to the last few days!

Do you offer discounts for students?

Yes – CanPHI is well aware that students of architecture, technology and engineering represent the future of design and construction, therefore we offer discounts to any group of registered students on accredited courses, who sign up together. Email us for details: info@passivehouse-staging.wlxyml6-liquidwebsites.com

Do you offer discounts for companies signing up multiple staff members?

Yes, if a company signs up 3 or more staff we can offer a discount – contact info@passivehouse-staging.wlxyml6-liquidwebsites.com for details.

Can I take just part of the course at a lower price?

You can take the separate Building Science for Passive House short course (i.e. Module 13 in the full course) at a cost of CAD $149.

Can I access the course material from multiple devices?

No, each registration is person-specific, like any classroom course, and you sign up for one device only, so you cannot transfer a course registration between your smartphone and your laptop. Therefore it’s important that you log into the course initially with the device you intend to use throughout.

Can I share my course registration with friends or colleagues?

No, each registration is person-specific, so you cannot share a single course registration  between colleagues. We have already dropped the price of Passive House training drastically for your benefit, so we ask you to respect this policy, and to sign our Terms and Conditions stating that your registration is person-specific.

Will the course help me qualify as a Certified Passive House Designer?

Yes, that’s one of the main goals of this training program. We’ve had great success in preparing candidates for the official international CPHD exam since 2013. To prepare specifically for the exam we recommend our separate Exam Prep Course, which is offered at a 50% reduction in price when purchased with this course.

Do I need a registered and current copy of the PHPP design software to take this course?

No, we’ve made the PHPP Introduction into a separate course, since not everyone will want to use it in modeling Passive House buildings.

What exactly is this PHPP course, and how long is it?

It consists of 6 videos and a range of hands-on exercises. Most people should manage to view the videos and complete the exercises in approximately one full day.

What is the cost of this course?

We’ve cut the price of this PHPP Introduction by 50% for those who sign up with the main training course – it’s now just CAD $99, or it’s available separately for CAD $199.

How long will I have access to the online material after registering?

You have 30 days to complete the PHPP Introduction course.

Is there any assessment during this course?

No, but participants are provided with solutions to all the exercises.

Does this course involve hands-on use of the PHPP design software?

Yes, that’s the point – we provide you with an unlicensed early version of the software which is adequate for the exercises, or you can of course use a current registered version of PHPP.

Will this course make me a PHPP expert?

No – it is simply an introduction to the software. Some advanced PHPP courses are now available from other Passive House organizations, including PHI.

Do I need a registered and current copy of the PHPP design software to take this course?

No, you do not need a licensed version of PHPP, since we provide design exercises using a non-licensed early version of the software. However we encourage everyone to purchase a current licensed version (available here) and try PHPP modelling since it is at the heart of all Passive House design, and it’s a modest investment for such a powerful and globally-used tool.

Will this course make me a PHPP expert?

No – it is simply an introduction to the software. Some advanced PHPP courses are now available from other Passive House organizations, including PHI.

Can I access the course material from multiple devices?

No, each registration is person-specific, like any classroom course, and you sign up for one device only, so you cannot transfer a course registration between your smartphone and your laptop. Therefore it’s important that you log into the course initially with the device you intend to use throughout.

Can I share my course registration with friends or colleagues?

No, each registration is person-specific, so you cannot share a single course registration  between colleagues. We have already dropped the price of Passive House training drastically for your benefit, so we ask you to respect this policy, and to sign our Terms and Conditions stating that your registration is person-specific.

What exactly is this Exam Prep course?

This is an amazing resource for getting you through the highly challenging international CPDH exam – it contains over 150 exam-type questions and full solutions, which will give you the best preparation available anywhere for passing the official PHI exam.

What is the course format?

The exam prep course consists of 10 non-narrated videos, covering each of the major Passive House topics covered in the international CPHD exam. Each video contains a wide range of typical exam-type questions, together with full solutions. Users are encouraged to try answering each question, before looking at the solution – this will give you the best outcome for your studying.

How long will it take me to study for the CPHD exam?

That depends on your background – many engineers and architects will be more familiar with these kinds of exam questions than others. We recommend you make a serious effort to study for the 2 weeks preceeding the exam, as it is highly challenging for every participant.

What is the Certified Passive House Designer (CPHD) qualification?

This is without doubt the world’s leading qualification in energy-efficient building design, and is now recognized on every continent. See here for more information.

How do I register to sit the exam?

The exam is set four times annually by the Passivhaus Institut in Germany, and normally offered twice per year by CanPHI in both Ottawa and Calgary (typically in mid-June and in early December). You can register here online via CanPHI, or with any other learning organization which offers it – it’s always the same exam on any given date, no matter what your location worldwide. Note that you need to register for the exam at least one month before the scheduled date, as we need a threshold number of participants each time.

How long do I get access to this material on signing up?

On signing up you get unlimited access to the Exam Prep course for 3 months, so we suggest you plan and register to sit the Exam during this period

Can I share my course registration with friends or colleagues?

No, each registration is person-specific, so you cannot share a single course registration  between colleagues. We have already dropped the price of Passive House training drastically for your benefit, so we ask you to respect this policy, and to sign our Terms and Conditions stating that your registration is person-specific.

Can I access the course material from multiple devices?

No, each registration is person-specific, like any classroom course, and you sign up for one device only, so you cannot transfer a course registration between your smartphone and your laptop. Therefore it’s important that you log into the course initially with the device you intend to use throughout.

What exactly is this Building Science short course?

This Module is presented by wood engineer and experienced Passive House designer Tomaz Stich, and it consists of 5 videos with exercises. It clearly shows the theory and practice required for the design and construction of safe and durable building assemblies, and introduces you to a powerful online tool to easily model the hygrothermic performance of any type of wall or roof, in any climate zone.

Why are you offering Building Science with your Passive House training program?

Because sound building science knowledge is very rare in our wood-based construction industry, despite its importance – it is barely mentioned in most trade or professional schools. And yet this knowledge is critical for ensuring building durability, especially in superinsulated assemblies as needed for Passive House construction.

Is there any assessment included in this short course?

No, this course does not have any quiz at the end.

What is the duration of this short course?

Most people will get through the videos and tutorials in half a day, but most previous participants of this Module find the online software tool quite addictive, and are motivated to spend a lot more time developing their skills with it.

What’s the cost of this Building Science short course?

This Module is already included in our main online course in Passive House Design & Construction. However it can be purchased separately for CAD $149 (+GST)

Is there any software involved in this course?

Yes, we introduce you to a powerful and useful free online hygrothermic analysis tool which can be easily learned and used to model the vapour diffusion characteristics of any type of building assembly.

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