Passive House Tradesperson Exam

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About the exam

To gain certification, students at Smart Plus Academy sit an internationally recognised exam provided by the Passive House Institute – the world governing body for Passive House. You can sit the exam in one of two ways, either at a designated exam location or online.

The exam takes two and a quarter hours if you sit it at an official examination centre or three hours online. It includes calculations and multiple-choice questions.

Should you not pass within three attempts, we will refund your exam fee. (Applies only to students who have completed the full certification package, not individual components.)
But relax. If you have done the coursework, you have a great chance of gaining certification. Over 95 percent of our students pass the exam on the first attempt.

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Earning your certification

You gain Passive House certification by passing an internationally recognised examination administered by Smart Plus Academy.

The Passive House Institute provides us with all the examination documents and files. Once you have sat the exam, SPA will conduct an initial assessment and then send your paper to the Passive House Institute. The Institute then carries out the final marking ahead of issuing certification to those who have passed.

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Renewing your certification

To remain certified as a Passive House tradesperson your certification must be renewed after the first five years and then again every two years.

You can do this in two ways:

Earn further education credit points
Not every graduate is actively involved in Passive House projects and able to present evidence of this work. It is possible to renewing your certification by instead teaching Passive House courses, attending related events or undertaking advanced training.


Work on a certified Passive House (NOT offered by SPA)
You can renew your certification by documenting your work on a highly energy efficient building or a certified Passive House project. This work must meet some technical requirements, which will depend on the trade discipline, as well as on the location and climate of the building.

If the building has not been certified by the Passive House Institute, please make sure that the energy relevant criteria for your trade discipline work have been achieved. Because these criteria are specific to the trade discipline, your con­struction work does not have to be carried out in a Passive House building.

Exam dates & fees

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

Passive House Tradesperson

$ 750 (including GST)
    3.0 hours
    2.15 hours

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04.11.2021 – 12.11.2021
(every Thu and Fri)
09:00 – 17:00
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Fri, 19.11.2021(TBC)FULLY BOOKED
07.02.2022 – 28.02.2022
(every Mon)
09:00 – 17:00
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Tue, 08.03.2022(TBC)
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05.05.2022 – 13.05.2022
(every Thu and Fri)
09:00 – 17:00
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Thu, 19.05.2022(TBC)
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* Due to COVID-19, the final exam may not be provided on a face-to-face.

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Course details


Completion of the certified Passive House Tradesperson Course.

Materials Required for exam

Materials required for exam
Materials required include: a scientific calculator and coloured pens. Note that course notes, manuals and any printed material can be used.

Online exam specific:
Students need to supply their own PC or Mac computer for the exam. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they have an adequate data connection. Speeds of 16 MBPS are required for the final online exam. A mobile phone or tablet with web camera and microphone capabilities is required in addition to the computer with speed of Speeds of 4 MBPS.

Face-to-face specific:
If fewer than seven people attend the course in your location additional changes apply.
1 – 3 people at the location + $500,
4 – 6 at the location + $250,
7 + at the location no extra charge.


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 Tradesperson Certification Package

2. Arrange your dates with the SPA team

3. Complete the course

4. Lead your industry

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

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