Passive House Designer
Exam Preparation

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Get comfortable with the certification exam

Sitting an exam is hard enough without having to deal with surprises around the format and level of difficulty of the test.

This course aims to familiarise you with the types of questions you will encounter during the certification test, so you will be in the best position possible to pass and achieve certification.

As part of the course, you will receive two mock-up exams structured just like the real exam. You will be able to review live recordings of Daniel Kress and Julia Kiefer answering the questions. You will not only see the answers but gain an understanding of how they were arrived at.

Course Content

Learning Objectives

Students should:

  • Gain confidence and skills to pass the certification exam
  • Increase response time and gain an understand of exam pace
  • Become familiar with the type of questions in the exam
  • Become familiar with the 10 points that are often missed
  • Lean the power of priming and gain up to 20% more points


  • Exam preparation
  • Exam execution
  • Exam structure
  • Tips and tricks
  • Priming

Course fees

Please note that Passive House Designer Exam Preparation can only be booked in combination with The Complete Passive House Designer Certification Package.

$ 397 (including GST)
  • Passive House Designer Exam Preparation
  • 2 days x 6 hours/day
  • Access to course recordings for three months

Save on your tuition fees and receive a certification guarantee by booking The Complete Passive House Designer Certification Package now.

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What’s included in Passive House Designer Exam Preparation?

  • Course hours: 12 hours (2 days x 6 hours/days)
  • Full-time student discount available of up to 50%
  • 2 mock-up exams in PDF format
  • Three months’ access to course recordings
  • Handouts with tips and tricks relevant for the exam

Course details


Completion of the Certified Passive House Designer course is a prerequisite for this course.

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 coursework. Students need to supply their own PC or Mac computer. Other materials required include: a scientific calculator.

Materials provided for class

You will be provided with recordings of live sessions from either your course or a previous course in which Daniel Kress solves the questions in the mock-up exams. You will be able to review these at your leisure as often as you need to. You will be provided two mock-up exams in PDF format to print and solve as often as you like.

Is this course for you?

This course is aimed at professionals who wish to become a fully certified Passive House designers or consultants by sitting the certification exam.


Students will have access to course recordings for three months.

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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 now educates building professionals across Australia about the Passive House standard.

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How it works

1. Book The Complete Passive House Designer Certification Package

2. Arrange your dates with the SPA team

3. Complete the course

4. Lead your industry

Save on your tuition fees and receive a certification guarantee by booking The Complete Passive House Designer Certification Package now.

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