On-Demand Tradesperson Training

This course is for all building professionals: tradespeople, site supervisors, general contractors builders, and construction managers, who will be involved in the construction of Passive House building. This course can also be appropriate for architects,  MEP and structural engineers, developers, and owners’ representatives. NAPHN currently offers the CPHT training online, in collaboration with our partner, Emu Systems.

This course has 10 units and is structured as an online on-demand training. The dates below correspond to the live online webinar unit reviews with our expert trainers. The May course is over a 7 week period and the September course is a shorter schedule over a 4 week period.


May 20, 27 & June 3, 9, 17, 24 & July 1, 2021: ONLINE

Most Thursdays (and one Wed), 5 – 6 PM EST Each Day

Registration is closed.

Sept 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2021:

Thursdays, 3 – 5 PM EST Each Day

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Please contact [email protected]  for all inquires.

Partner Trainings: ONLINE

APR 1 – MAY 13 | JUN 24 – AUG 5 | SEP 30 – NOV 11

Certified Passive House Tradesperson (CPHT) Training

What is a CPHT?

CPHT = Certified Passive House Tradesperson. The CPHT training ensures participants are equipped with the necessary framework and interdisciplinary skills to effectively convey the international Passive House (PH) standard. After passing the exam, CPHTs are given membership and are listed in the database on the International Passive House Institute (PHI) website for 5 years.

An online course that teaches practical Passive House building strategies with theory – that incorporates actual building of Passive House details relevant to the US construction industry.
Topics include:

  • Passive House criteria and principles
  • Construction process and quality assurance
  • Thermal insulation and thermal bridge-free construction
  • Airtightness
  • Windows and doors
  • Ventilation and heating and cooling systems
  • Building envelope specialization

Curriculum Outline

  • Unit 1: Passive House Basics
  • Unit 2: Passive House Economics in North America
  • Unit 3: Thermal Insulation
  • Unit 4: Thermal Bridges
  • Unit 5: Windows + Transparent Components
  • Unit 6: Existing Buildings
  • Unit 7: Air Tightness and Moisture Management
  • Unit 8: Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery
  • Unit 9: Efficient Heating, Cooling and Domestic Hot Water
  • Unit 10: Quality Assurance


The exam is a multiple-choice, structured in three parts:
• Passive House Basics – 45 minutes
• Building Envelope – 45 minutes
• Building Services – 45 minutes
The first section, Passive House Basics, is required. Each participant may choose to take the exam specifically for Envelopes, Services, or both.

Additional Information about Tradesperson Courses in the U.S.

Generally speaking, PHI sets Tradesperson exams in Feb, May, and Nov, of each year, and these are the months when it is most likely a training will be available.

For most up-to-date information, with our Partner’s Trainings please check here: www.emu.systems and here https://emu.systems/calendar/