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CPHC Certification Exam Dates & Registration

PHIUS established the Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC®) credential to distinguish accomplished passive house professionals in the marketplace. CPHCs are listed in the PHIUS CPHC database and join a robust community of passive building practitioners across North America.

The CPHC exam covers basic building science, the principles of the PHIUS+ 2015 Passive Building Standard, and passive building calculations and design principles. To achieve CPHC certification, candidates must: 

  • Take and pass (70 percent or better) a three-hour in-class computer-based exam. Candidates are required to use their own computers for this component of the certification exam.
  • The exam will be offered in the afternoon on the last day of CPHC in-class training. The exam may also occasionally be offered independently of training sessions; refer to the table below for upcoming test dates.
  • Candidate must also complete and pass a take-home design exercise within four weeks of taking the computer-based exam.
  • Please note, registration for both In-Class and Take-Home exam closes 48-hours prior to your selected location's exam time.

Exam Day

The exam lasts three hours, however please allow four hours to accommodate computer set-up, test instructions, and other administrative details.

In-Class Exam Content and Scoring

The CPHC exam consists of four sections with the following weightings:

  • Online portion:
    • Basic Building Science Principles (multiple choice) - 10%
    • PHIUS+ 2015 Passive Building Standard (multiple choice) - 30%
    • Passive House Calculations (multiple choice) - 30%
  • Take-Home portion:
    • Passive House Design exercise - 30%

The exam is open-book and you are allowed to bring any notes, slide printouts and/or books you feel will be useful. You may also bring a non-programmable calculator. Calculation precision is critical for the exam, so if you do use your own calculator be sure that it is not set to round your results. The use of smartphones or internet resources is not permitted during the exam.

Take-Home Exam

The Take-Home portion of the CPHC exam will be distributed via the Online Training Platform on your scheduled In-Class exam date. The Take-Home is due back (uploaded to the Online Training Platform) 4-weeks from the date of distribution. If you are unable to complete your exam within the allotted 4-weeks, re-registration for a future exam date will be required, unless post-ponement is requested no less than 48-hours prior to the scheduled in-class exam date. 


Examinees who score 70 percent or higher overall on the combined in-class and take-home exam will receive the CPHC® credential from PHIUS. 


Fall/Winter 2017/18 Locations, Dates and Times

Location Class Dates In-Class Exam Date In-Class Exam Time Take-Home Exam Due Date

Hosted by Yestermorrow Design/Build School at Burlington Electric Department

585 Pine Street, Burlington VT 05401

Nov 27 - Dec 1 Dec 1 1:00 - 5:00 pm Jan 7, 2018

DVGBC Philadelphia, PA

 2401 Walnut Street, Suite 103
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Dec 4 - 8 Dec 8 12:00 - 3:30 pm Jan 14, 2018

Master Builders Association, Bellevue, WA (Seattle-area)

335 116th Ave. SE
Bellevue, WA 98004


Dec 11 - 15 Dec 15 1:00 - 5:00 pm Jan 21, 2018

WeWork, New York City

 Grand Central Location
450 Lexington Ave. NYC 10017


Jan 15 - 19, 2018 Jan 19, 2018 1:00 - 5:00 pm Feb 18, 2018

Hosted by Yestermorrow Design/Build School

7865 Main Street, Waitsfield, VT 05673


Jan 20 - 28, 2018 Jan 28, 2018 1:00 - 5:00 pm Feb 27, 2018


Exam Registration Fee: Full Exam

  • Pro-Level PHAUS Members*: $275
  • Non-Members*: $300 
  • Non-CPHC class participants (WUFI Passive Training required)*: $400

If you wish to re-take/re-register for only one portion of the exam, pricing is as follows:

  • In-Class Exam*: $150 USD
  • Take-Home Design Exercise: $150 USD

* The Practice Exam is included with the noted exam registrations above, otherwise pricing is as follows:

  • Practice Exam Only: $25


Use the link below to register for the full exam or either portion of the exam.

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