Certificate in Home Energy Awareness

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The Certificate in Home Energy Awareness is a Level 1 course designed to help professionals and volunteers working with households to become better equipped to support their clients to achieve a healthy home.

In this one-day course, participants will become aware of the main components of a healthy home and key issues related to energy use in New Zealand homes. Course participants will also learn when and where to refer clients to other services.

Please note, this course is a pre-requisite to the Home Performance Advisor course.


Course outline

The Certificate in Home Energy Awareness introduces participants to the following topics targeted to someone in their role:

  • Household energy use in New Zealand including the main ways energy is used in a home, different fuel types, healthy indoor temperatures, electricity prices and fuel poverty,
  • Key elements that contribute to a healthy home: Reducing heating loss, adequate heat, and moisture management (i.e. moisture control and ventilation), and describes some key principles of and common solutions to each
  • Hot water heating, energy efficient appliances and lighting
  • Understanding power bills and retail ‘switching’
  • Other services and where else to get help.


  • One day course 8.30am - 5.30pm.  Attendance is expected between these hours
  • Course manual is provided on the day
  • Open book exam is completed at the end of the course
  • Pass rate is 85%.  If achieved, a certificate of comprehension is provided
  • There is no further course work outside the one day requirement.


Who should attend this course?

The Certificate in Home Energy Awareness is targeted towards to the following two groups of practitioners:

1.  People who work with households on health, social and environmental issues that are related to housing performance, and whose role will be enhanced by greater awareness of the relationship between energy, housing and health.

This might include:

  • Social housing providers (including Housing New Zealand staff),
  • City council and Local Authority staff involved in housing or environmental health,
  • Public health professionals (e.g. nurses, outreach staff),
  • Community-based organisations involved in housing, environment and health,
  • Iwi-based organisations involved in housing, environment and health,
  • Energy retail/lines company call centres,
  • Insulation installers and other energy efficiency businesses

2.  People who wish to pursue a career as a Certified Home Performance Advisor and need to attain foundational knowledge and meet the pre-requisites for Certified Home Performance Advisor Training (Level 2). 

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Certificate appeals to public health workers

Check out this Beacon Blog “Training for healthy homes advice”

Vicki Cowan says “It’s a course that has been particularly appreciated by the health sector.  District Health Boards from the Far North to Bay of Plenty have booked staff to upskill their understanding of how houses work and how they can be made healthier.“