Tradesperson Training

Certified Passive House Tradesperson (CPHT) Training Schedule

November 2021
NAPHN CPHT Training (New York City)

Partner Trainings

July 15th, 2020
Deadline to enroll in Emu’s Summer CPHT 2020 Crew
(ONLINE) – $475
If you sign up for the online platform before July 15th, you get one year access to on-demand CPHT course plus 6 weekly online Q&A sessions, starting July 29, 2020, and running through until September 2, 2020.  

September 10 + 11, 2020
Emu’s 2-day Passive Pod Workshop
(DENVER, CO) – $850
Hand-on application of CPHT coursework, open to anyone who has already taken an Emu course, is currently enrolled in our online platform, or holds a Passive House professional accreditation OF ANY TYPE OR STANDARD. You will be able to receive PHI CE hours for this. 

September 12, 2020
PHI Exam to become a Certified Passive House Tradesperson
(DENVER, CO) – $350
For those wishing to obtain the CPHT designation, the exam will be held in Denver, CO. More details as we get them. 

November 10-13, 2020
Emu’s 4-day CPHT Course + Passive Pod Workshop
(DENVER, CO) – $1400
This is our usual in-person format – combining classroom CPHT content with integrated Passive Pod Workshop units. 

November 14, 2020
PHI Exam to become a Certified Passive House Tradesperson
(DENVER, CO) – $350
For those wishing to obtain the CPHT designation, the exam will be held in Denver, CO. 

Get advanced building science training and become a PHI Certified Passive House Tradesperson (CPHT). Learn about the most advanced construction standard in the world, how to implement passive principles in your projects, and everything necessary to become a Certified Passive House Tradesperson (CPHT) through the International Passivhaus Institute (PHI). Open to all tradespeople and project team members with working knowledge of construction.

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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.

A 4 day course that teaches practical Passive House building strategies with theory – with a  combination of in-class exercises and hands-on workshop experience, incorporating 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

Who is this for? This course is for all building professionals: tradespeople, site supervisors and general contractors who will be involved in the construction of Passive House building – as well as architects,  MEP and structural engineers, builders and construction managers.

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 Envelope, Services, or both.

NAPHN currently offers the CPHT training in collaboration with Emu Systems.

Thank you to our Partners:

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: and here