The Complete Passive House Designer Certification Package

Your pathway to becoming a fully certified Passive House designer or consultant

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About the package

The Passive House movement is transforming the way Australians build houses. Smart Plus Academy’s Complete Passive House Designer Certification Package is designed for anybody involved in building planning, designing, engineering and construction who wants to master this internationally proven design approach. The package combines all the study components you need to gain a comprehensive, working knowledge of Passive House design, plus the examination components necessary to achieve internationally recognised certification.

The Complete Passive House Designer Certification Package is designed to support you fully across your certification journey. Before the course begins, you will be given access to course materials, and our PaLaMa pre-course will bring you up to speed on the underlying concepts of Passive House. You will receive the highest level of teaching support during the main course and be encouraged to review the study and course materials at your own pace.

We then help you to get ready for the exam with preparation and useful tools like our Passive House formula sheet. Our students boast a +95 per cent certification success rate, and our certification guarantee means you don’t pay for your exam unless you graduate. Terms and conditions apply.

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Course Content

Learning objectives

Passive House Basics

  • Overview of Passive House principles and certification
  • Health and comfort considerations
  • Economics of Passive House design and construction
  • Quality assurance and building certification
  • Introduction to PHPP software (Passive House Planning Package) and DesignPH
  • Sustainable construction and design

Building Envelope

  • Airtightness and weather- and vapour-control systems
  • Designs and solutions to address thermal bridging
  • Materials and approaches for creating the thermal envelope
  • Construction detailing
  • The properties, components and installation of windows
  • Systems and strategies for managing shade
  • Retrofit of existing structures

Building Services

  • Design, components, distribution and operation of heat-recovery ventilation systems
  • Techniques and strategies for managing heating and cooling
  • The use and optimisation of domestic hot water systems
  • Ventilation, heating and cooling of existing buildings
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Package price must be purchased 30 days prior to course start

Passive House Designer Certification Package

$4,647 (including GST)
  • Certification GUARANTEE. If you don’t pass, you get your exam fee back.*
  • PaLaMa Preparation Course
  • Certified Passive House Designer Course
  • Passive House Designer Exam Prep Course
  • Passive House Designer/Consultant Exam
  • Webinar Support BEFORE the course
  • Webinar Support AFTER the course
  • Discount $194**

PaLaMa Preparation Course

$ 147 (including GST)
  • Passive House Language & Mathematics Prep-Course
  • Recordings equivalent to 2 x half-day sessions to prepare you for the certification course
  • Prime yourself to get more out of the certification course

ONLINE Passive House Designer Course

$ 3,497 (including GST)
  • Live ONLINE Passive House Designer Course (8 days)
  • 1-3 hours of homework per day
  • 1 hour of exercises per day
  • Access to homework reading, exercises and recordings until the exam***
  • Workbooks and handouts****
  • SPA formula sheet*****
  • PHPP Software Licence ******

Passive House Designer Exam Prep Course

$ 397 (including GST)
  • ONLINE Passive House Designer Exam Preparation(2 days)
  • 2 PDF-format mock-up exams
  • Access to course recordings***
  • Handouts relevant for the exam****

Passive House Consultant/ Designer Exam

$800 (including GST)
  • Certified Passive House Designer / Consultant EXAM
  • Listing as a certified Passive House Professional on the international PHI website for 5 years*******
  • PHPP Required! ******

* Applicable only to students who have completed all training modules and subsequently failed three exam attempts. Terms and conditions apply.
** Fees must be paid in full 30 days prior to course start date to qualify for package discount.
*** Recordings are based on live sessions in which Smart Plus Academy teachers answer student questions in class. You can watch and re-watch the sessions in your own time, when and where it suits you. Access for up to 6 months (90 days before and 90 days after the course starts).
**** Workbooks including additional explanatory notes are provided in printed form, with free delivery available across Australia. Handouts and exercises are provided as downloadable PDFs to allow students to print and complete them multiple times if desired.
***** Smart Plus Academy’s ‘formula sheets’ condense the key teachings of the Passive House approach into a simple format, greatly assisting at exam time.
******Passive House Planning Package Software (PHPP) is a pre-requirement for sitting the final exam. Each examinee needs a personal PHPP registration number.
******* Upon successful completion of certification exam.


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18.02.2022 – 25.-03.2022
(every Friday)
Time: 09:00 – 17:00
AEDT (GMT+10:00)+ 1-3 hours of homework daily
Thu, 31.03.2022 
Fri, 1.04.2022
23.05.2022 – 17.06.2022
(every Monday and Friday)
Time: 09:00 – 17:00
AEDT (GMT+10:00)+ 1-3 hours of homework daily
Fri, 24.06.2022CLOSED
22.08.2022 – 06.09.2022
(every Monday and Tuesday)
Time: 09:00 – 17:00
Mandatory half-day exam prep session on Tue, 20.09 9am
AEDT (GMT+10:00)+ 1-3 hours of homework daily
Thu, 22.09.2022
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* Due to COVID-19, the final exam may not be provided in the face-to-face format.

What’s included in the Complete Passive House Designer Certification Package

  • PaLaMa Prep Course (8h)
  • Passive House Course (64h)

  • Practice questions and recorded solutions (24h)
  • Passive House Exam Prep (12h)

  • Over 100 training hours

  • Passive House Exam
  • Certification guarantee

  • SPA formula sheet

  • PHPP licence

  • Support across your journey

  • 2 PDF-format mock-up exams and solutions
  • Pre-course access to webinars

  • Access to resources before, during and after your course
  • Finance options

  • Potential for scholarships

  • 50 pc full-time student discount
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Smart Plus Academy:
Australia’s leading provider of Passive House education
The best sustainability course for the building industry.

Knowledgeable teachers that inspire and engage with local knowledge in live online sessions

Certification guarantee and Australia’s highest first attempt pass rate

Businesses supported with advice and certification
Happy Passive House professionals trained
Certification pass rate on first attempt
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Daniel Kress

Daniel started his career in the construction sector as a carpenter employed on sites in his native Germany. He next worked in Ireland on what was then the world’s biggest modular residential project. After 10 years on the trades side of building, Daniel completed a Master of Civil Engineering and worked as a researcher on EU sustainable building projects.

Daniel has been based in Australia since 2015, and in 2017 he founded the Smart Plus Academy. His vision is to help build a more sustainable construction sector and to promote dwellings that are comfortable and liveable while using minimal energy.

Daniel is a Certified Passive House trainer and through his work at the Smart Plus Academy and other institutions has helped train more than 50 per cent of the certified Passive House professionals in Australia today. Daniel’s philosophy is to “inspire and lead with passion and love” and “to contribute to society through teaching that inspires growth”.

Julia Kiefer

After studying architecture in her native Germany, Julia moved to Australia in 2006. She then worked for leading architectural practices in Melbourne, Perth and Darwin, along the way gaining an understanding of Australia’s different geographic zones and the extremes of its climate.

Deeply passionate about sustainability and energy-efficient building design, Julia graduated as a Certified Passive House Designer in 2018. She has since made it her mission to bring about change in the building sector and to educate Australians about comfortable, healthy and sustainable living spaces.

In 2020, Julia joined Smart Plus Academy as assistant Passive House trainer. She has since become a certified trainer and lead teacher at Smart Plus Academy and educates building professionals across Australia about the Passive House standard.

Course details


This course is intended for anyone involved in design and planning who wishes to gain Passive House certification. The standard of teaching and coursework is approximately university level.

A solid understanding of basic design and construction principles is recommended. There are no academic prerequisites, but potential students should be self-motivated and able to undertake independent study and material review.

Materials Required for class

This course is conducted remotely with students participating and accessing study materials via the internet. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they have an adequate data connection. Speeds of 3 MBPS are required for the online course and 16 MBPS are required for the final online exam. Students need to supply their own PC or Mac computer. Other materials required include: a scientific calculator and black A4 two-ring binders.

It is recommended that students have coloured pens, post-it notes, plus web camera and microphone capabilities in their device.

Materials provided for class

In addition to having access to live online sessions, students will be given access to session recordings in which Academy founder Daniel Kress and lead teacher Julia Kiefer explain Passive House principles and answer questions. Students can watch and re-watch these as required, at a time that suits them. The slides used in the course will be provided as a printed workbook, with free delivery available across Australia. Handouts and exercises are provided in a downloadable PDF format to allow students to print and complete them multiple times if desired. Both workbooks and printed handouts will be required for the final exam.

Passive House Planning Package Software (PHPP) is essential for exam registration. Each student undergoing the exam must have a personal PHPP registration number. (Included in Package price)

Is this course for you?

This course is aimed at architects, building designers, engineers, contractors, builders, policymakers, salespeople and teachers. i.e. anybody in building design or engineering.

(This course is suitable for owner builders wanting to learn more about Passive House. However, sitting the final exam is not recommended or necessary for individuals who do not plan to work in the building sector.)


The Passive House Designer Certification Course runs over six days, during which time students have live access to teachers. Additionally, there are 2 days that are only available as recordings.

Students are further supported via pre-recordings of the course. Access can be provided up to 3 months before the start date of the course, and 3 months from the starting date of the course. Access can only be provided after full payment.

The printed materials include the core units of the course that are exam-relevant. However, PDFs are provided for all units, formula sheet, homework, and exercises.

The Complete Passive House Designer Certification Package additionally includes the 2-day self-paced preparation courses, 2-day self-paced exam preparation and the exam with up to 3 attempts.

Your Journey with us

Our approach to Passive House education involves

supporting students before, during and after their studies

and ensuring each individual proceeds at a pace that is right for them.

Here’s how your Passive House journey might take shape:

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Are you keen to learn more about the options for studying Passive House Design? Reach out and register your interest, so we can answer all your questions. You can also make an appointment to speak to one of our team.

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Book your Certification Package

Once you have decided to begin your Passive House certification journey, the next step is to book a course date that works for you. The SPA team will provide the support you need including arranging your exam dates and providing you with immediate access to online resources.

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Enjoy pre-course access

The learning begins as soon as you commit to undertaking a course. Once you have paid your deposit, you will be given access to the Smart Plus Academy learning centre, an online database. Watch a webinar or take an introductory course to put yourself in the best possible position to benefit from your course.

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Complete the ‘Passive House Language and Mathematics’ (PaLaMa) pre-course

Mastering any new field of knowledge means coming to terms with new concepts and terminology. The PaLaMa pre-course aims to familiarise you with a variety of Passive House terms and key mathematical principles.

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Complete the certification course

Learn the principles of Passive House and how to apply them to projects in any climate zone through our intensive eight-day certification course. We make the process as easy as possible by providing practical tools and practice exercises. More than 95 percent of our students pass the certification exam set by the Passive House Institute, the international governing body for Passive House.

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Prepare for your exam

It can be hard to know what to focus on when preparing for an exam. Smart Plus Academy makes subject review easy with a preparatory course that helps you identify the key areas of knowledge that will be tested in the exam – and ensures you understand them. It’s one of the reasons we have helped hundreds of professionals to achieve certification.

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Sit the exam

The certification exam is academically rigorous, and you will need to work hard to pass. Smart Plus Academy helps by ensuring you have the tools needed to pass, including our handy Passive House formula sheet. We pride ourselves on the standard of our education. If you fail to achieve certification after three attempts, we will give you your money back. Terms and conditions apply.

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Join the Smart Plus Community

The Passive House movement is gaining enormous traction in Australia. As you put your new skills into practice by designing and building sustainable, energy-efficient dwellings you will find yourself supported by the wider Passive House community. Meet up with other graduates to share experiences and collaborate on projects.

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Continue your education

The most inspiring design professionals are those who remain hungry for knowledge throughout their careers. Now that you are certified, continue your Passive House education with our mastery courses and study options.

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What our students say

Tess S
Tess S
I had such a wonderful experience and felt completely supported every step of the way during the course. Highly recommend if you're looking to become a Certified Passive House Designer!
Pablo Shopen
Pablo Shopen
A comprehensive and challenging course providing a very strong foundation for your passive house journey. Julia and Daniel are knowledgeable, inspirational and understanding teachers who are very good at explaining complex topics and condensing the huge volume of information. I would highly recommend this wonderful course.
srinitha raju
srinitha raju
Daniel Kress brings this amazing energy to class, seeing how passionate he is and his belief in passive house has motivated me all the more! The passive house designer course is very well curated to the T, they have left no stone unturned and ensured they detailed every aspect keeping in mind that learners from various levels of experience undertake this course. As a sustainability graduate with very little industry experience I found it rather easy to navigate through the course because of their systematic approach.They provide you with all the required study materials and their 6-day online course delivered by Julia gives you a complete walkthrough of all conceps. Julia and the support team are very helpful whenever you need assistance in any way! It's been an honour to undertake this course with SPA and I couldn't recommend it more! To anyone looking to start their Passive house journey, THIS IS THE PLACE TO COME!
Stuart McKenzie Hall
Stuart McKenzie Hall
Excellent, detailed and thorough course, well presented perfect for a serious step in improving your Passive House Designer journey and obtaining a valuable qualification. Highly recommended.
sam foutoulis
sam foutoulis
Great course tought by a passionate experienced team!
Madhu Priya
Madhu Priya
I can say with utmost confidence that I made the best use of the Sydney lockdown by enrolling myself in the Passive House Designer course by the Smart Plus Academy. Initially I was a bit skeptical about undertaking the course since I had just completed my Masters degree and had no prior industrial experience in this field and hence was not sure if I will be able to understand the concepts. But the course material was designed in such a way that it explained in great detail about every aspect of Passive House design. The effort put in by Daniel and Julia in delivering the concepts and engaging with the students through the homework tasks and exercises ensured a great level of understanding. The support team was also very prompt in answering our queries. Clearing the final exam was a cake walk with the level of preparation that we were put through. Overall, it was a very knowledgeable experience and I highly recommend this course for those who aspire to bring about a positive change in the built environment.
Wei-Chih Lin
Wei-Chih Lin
I enrolled in the Certified Passive House Designer Course and I highly recommend the course. The course tutors Daniel and Julia, and the team were very helpful, professional, and knowledgable.
Nick J
Nick J
Good course and content in preparation for examination. Supportive team prior to enrolling to discuss course suitability for my needs.
Andy Armstrong
Andy Armstrong
Highly recommend! Efficient, passionate and professional educators who go the extra mile to provide Passive House courses for designers and builders. Students gain more than just a qualification, but also continued communication and support from the SmartPlusAcademy family!
Whisker Architecture
Whisker Architecture
I wish I'd done it sooner. My only advice to future students is to make sure you have the time to study without interruptions. Running a new business whilst doing the course was a challenge!

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