CPHC® CEU Program
Providers: How to Submit Events for Qualification of CPHC CEUs
Events must be submitted and approved by PHIUS for CPHC CEUs in advance.
In general, to qualify, a program should address:
- Building science topics pertaining to passive house
- Design and construction techniques pertaining to passive house
- Materials updates (generic, not promotional) pertaining to passive house
- Apply at least three weeks before the event.
- Upon approval you will receive a self-report link and verification code, which must be provided to your attendees at the completion of your event.
- Qualifying events will be listed in the CEU Opportunities/Self-Reporting page.
First launched in 2008, PHIUS established the CPHC® credential to distinguish accomplished passive house professionals in the marketplace. The CPHC designation is a registered certification mark for professionals working in the field of passive building design and consulting.
- Professionals with CPHC status have taken the PHIUS CPHC training and passed a rigorous two-part exam consisting of a computer-based examination and a take-home design exercise.
- CPHC status is valid for three years. For administrative purposes, expiration dates are set at either January 15 or July 15, whichever follows the date of the certification exam passed by the CPHC.
In response to the ongoing evolution of the passive building industry since the CPHC program was first implemented, PHIUS instituted the CPHC Continuing Education (CEU) program in 2012. The CEU program enables practitioners to keep their skills relevant and up-to-date by requiring ongoing education on the latest tools, standards, materials, and advancements in the industry.
Maintaining/Extending CPHC Status
A nominal maintenance fee will be billed on a yearly basis starting on January 15, 2018. One listing fee will be due per professional regardless of the number of certified credentials held by that professional. (For example a CPHC® who is also a Builder, will be subject to a single maintenance fee.)
The fee will help maintain and improve the listing database and assist in the development of the continuing education programs for all professionals.
Additionally CPHCs can maintain/extend their certification status through either one of the following methods:
1. Accumulate 36 PHIUS-approved Continuing Education Units before the expiration date.
Successfully completing the required CEUs will maintain/extend the CPHC’s professional credential status by three years. Approved continuing education activities include the programs listed below.
Programs presented by PHIUS and PHAUS:
- Attend the 2-Day Core Conference at the Annual North American Passive House Conference (~14 CEUs).
- Attend pre-conference workshops at the Annual North American Passive House Conference (1 CEU per hour of instruction).
- Take PHIUS training programs such as PHIUS Certified Builder Training, PHIUS+ Rater Training, PHIUS+ Verifier Training, and WUFI Passive Workshops (1 CEU per hour of instruction).
- Participate in the CPHC Online Refresher Course that comprises the Phase I Online portion of the CPHC training program. This program is especially valuable for any CPHCs that attended CPHC training prior to the introduction of the PHIUS+ 2015: The New Climate Specific Passive Building Standard (44.5 CEUs).
- Participate in other PHIUS courses (1 CEU per hour of instruction).
- Watch PHAUS Webinar presentations. Webinars are available in the Members-Only Webinar Archive (PHAUS Professional level log-in required), or through the PHAUS Pay-Per-View Webinar page (1 CEU per hour of instruction).
Programs presented by providers other than PHIUS and PHAUS:
- Participate in PHIUS-approved CEU programming. Upcoming CPHC CEU-eligible events are listed on the CPHC CEU Self-Report page (1 CEU per hour of instruction).
2. Complete a PHIUS+ Certified Passive Building project.
Acting as the CPHC on a PHIUS+ project will earn CEUs as outlined below. Notes below go into effect as of January 1, 2019.
- A CPHC that has completed the review process with PHIUS and whose project been designated *Pre-Certified will earn 18 CEUs at the time of pre-certification for that project.
- All CPHCs will be retroactively awarded CEUs for pre-certified projects dating back to January 15, 2018.
- Projects Pre-Certified prior to January 15th, 2018 will not receive CEUs until they reach the status of Certified.
- A CPHC that completes a project with PHIUS that has been designated *Certified after the project has been Pre-Certified as noted above will earn 18 CEUs at the time of certification for that project.
- Any CPHC that completed a Certified project with PHIUS prior to January 15, 2018 earned 36 CEUs at the time of certification.
- Any CPHC that completes a project that receives Pre-Certification & Certification on the same day will earn 36 CEUs on that day.
- Any PHIUS+ project can earn CEUs for up to two CPHCs working on the same project in tandem. Each CPHC is entitled to the full CEUs associated with the project, granted that both CPHCs acknowledge the other's contribution.
Example 1: John Doe designed a PHIUS+ single family home and the project earns the status of Pre-Certified on May 5th, 2018. John would receive 18 CEUs towards his renewal on May 5th. John's project then proceeds into construction and earns the status of Certified on November 18th, 2018. John would then receive an additional 18 CEUs towards his renewal on November 18th, for a total of 36 CEUS, for completing the PHIUS+ project.
Example 2: Jane Doe designed a PHIUS+ single family home and the project earned the status of Certified on October 2nd, 2017. Jane would receive 36 CEUs towards her renewal on October 2nd for completing the PHIUS+ project.
Example 3: John and Jane Doe work together on a PHIUS+ apartment building and the project earns the status of Pre-Certified and Certified on the same day, June 2nd, 2018. John and Jane would each receive 36 CEUs towards their renewals on June 2nd for completing the PHIUS+ project.
*All PHIUS+ Pre-Certified & Certified projects appear on PHIUS' Certified Project Database.
Qualifying an Event for CPHC CEUs
To submit a webinar, presentation, training, or other educational event to qualify for CPHC CEU credits, please follow the steps below.
- Submit programs at least three weeks prior to the event date to allow enough time for approval of CPHC CEUs and AIA CES (if applicable) and marketing of the event. Please note that programs cannot be approved for CEUs after they have occurred.
- Refer to the inset on this page for instructions on how to submit your event for CPHC CEUs.
- Upon approval, the program will be listed in the CPHC® CEU Opportunities & Self-Reporting page, and via social media. If submitted sufficiently in advance, the event may be advertised in the monthly PHIUS newsletter. PHAUS Chapter events will be promoted via the PHAUS Newsletter or special PHAUS Announcement.
- If you are attending an event you would like to qualify for PHIUS CEUs but are not the organizer, please contact the organizer and ask them to fill out the request form.
Keeping Track of Your CPHC Status
CPHCs will receive a quarterly email update that includes their current certification expiration date and total CEUs accumulated to date. It will also include all CEU-eligible events (and whether the CPHC participated and earned CEUs for them) dating back to the previous email update. Any discrepancies or issues should be reported to PHIUS as soon as possible by emailing email@example.com.
What To Do if Your CPHC Certification Expires
A CPHC whose certification status has expired can reactivate their certification by re-taking and passing the in-class portion of the current CPHC exam. Exam dates fall at the end of each scheduled CPHC Training, and can be found in the CPHC Exam schedule. This exam can be re-taken remotely; travel to the class location is not required. The examinee has a 24-hour window to start the exam re-take, beginning at the in-class scheduled start time. The exam itself has a 3-hour time limit and must be completed in that 24-hour window.