Overview

The Home Energy Professional (HEP) Quality Control Inspector certification is offered by BPI, and is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

By earning the HEP Quality Control Inspector certification, you prove that you can verify the compliance of retrofit work performed based on work plans and standards, conduct audits and inspections using diagnostic equipment, and can develop reports that specify corrective actions to achieve whole house performance.

Certification Scheme Handbook

Please read the Quality Control Inspector Certification Scheme Handbook PDF mini icon prior to applying for the certification.

Steps to Get QCI Certified
  1. Prerequisites required: Candidates must meet certain education and experience prerequisites prior to taking the online and/or field certification exams. Please review the Prerequisites  for Quality Control Inspector Certification document.
     
  2. Read the Certification Scheme Handbook PDF mini icon and Field Guide PDF mini icon for the Quality Control Inspector certification.
     
  3. Fill out all information requested in the application PDF mini icon, and gather documentation verifying you meet the prerequisite criteria. Your supporting documentation is critical to meeting prerequisite criteria.
     
  4. Save the application form, and email, fax or mail it to BPI together with supporting documentation. 
     
  5. Approval Status: BPI will contact you to notify you of your approval status. Then, you may find a BPI Test Center to schedule your online exam. Click here to view BPI Test Centers that provide the Quality Control Inspector field exam.
     
  6. Training (optional): BPI does not require training and is not affiliated with any training centers. However, individuals who complete training typically perform better on BPI exams. Most BPI Test Centers offer training.
     
  7. Take your Quality Control Inspector exams (online and field).
     
  8. Test Scores: After taking the online exam at the BPI Test Center, you will see your exam score on the screen. You can also log in to your candidate account to see your score.
     
  9. Certification: If successful, you will receive your certification in the mail.
Field Guide

Please review the Field Guide PDF mini icon for the Quality Control Inspector certification.

Exam Preparation

Prior to applying and testing for the Quality Control Inspector certification, you must meet the specific prerequisites .

Candidates must take both an online and field exam to become Quality Control Inspector certified. In addition to the documents mentioned above, study the Weatherization Program Curricula for the QCI, including the addendum. 

Online exam: 100 multiple choice questions
Time limit: 2 ½ hours
Passing score: 71% or 67% or higher (depending on form of exam)

Field exam: Hands-on field portion
Time limit: 3 ½ hours
Passing score (field total): 85%

Two (2) of the field exam line items are gated items and must be completed successfully in order to pass the exam, regardless of any other exam score:

  • Proper manometer setup
  • Candidate calculated minimum draft pressure based on existing weather conditions

The passing mark on the remaining tasks is 85%.

Processing time for exam results: 2-4 weeks

Exam Fees

The cost of the online and field exams depends on the BPI Test Center providing the exams. BPI’s recommended list prices for the exams are $250 for online and $700 for field.

Recertification

BPI Quality Control Inspectors must recertify every three (3) years.

If you have accumulated and submitted at least 24 relevant BPI Continuing Education Units (CEUs) over the course of the time you were certified, you may bypass the written exam when it comes time to recertify. All candidates must re-take the field exam when it comes to recertify, and must also re-attest to the Code of Ethics.

Please refer to the recertification section in the Certification Scheme Handbook for more information.