Be­come an ac­cred­ited

Pass­ive House Cer­ti­fi­er for Build­ings


Build­ing cer­ti­fic­a­tion is an es­sen­tial part of the qual­ity as­sur­ance pro­cess. To ad­dress the grow­ing amount of re­quests for cer­ti­fic­a­tions, the Pass­ive House In­sti­tu­te has de­ve­loped a concept to train Pass­ive House Cer­ti­fi­ers for Build­ings. Build­ing Cer­ti­fi­ers are ac­cred­ited by the Pass­ive House In­sti­tu­te to cer­ti­fy Pass­ive House build­ings, En­erPHit ret­ro­fits and Low En­ergy Build­ings any­where in the world on be­half of the Pass­ive House In­sti­tu­te and in ac­cord­ance with the build­ing cer­ti­fic­a­tion cri­ter­ia.


Minimum requirements to be considered for the accrediation


  • In-depth Pass­ive House ex­per­i­en­ce: Par­ti­cip­a­tion in at least three cer­ti­fied Pass­ive House/En­erPHit pro­jects. The can­did­ate's in­volve­ment in the pro­jects must be clearly evid­ent. Pref­er­en­ce will be giv­en to can­did­ates who have worked on at least one non-res­id­en­tial pro­ject.
  • PHPP know­ledge, as this tool is used to as­sess the en­ergy per­form­ance of the build­ing. The PHPP ex­pert seal is the pre­ferred way to de­mon­strate this.
  • Suc­cess­fully passed Pass­ive House De­sign­er/Con­sult­ant ex­am with val­id cer­ti­fic­ate.
  • Flu­en­cy in Eng­lish or Ger­man: Train­ing and most dis­cus­sions with cer­ti­fi­ers take place in Eng­lish, and most Pass­ive House In­sti­tu­te re­sources are pub­lished in Ger­man and/or Eng­lish. There­fore, flu­en­cy in one of these lan­guages is also re­quired.

Please note that these are the min­im­um re­quire­ments to be con­sidered for ac­cred­it­a­tion. The Pass­ive House In­sti­tu­te re­serves the right to ac­cept or re­ject ap­plic­a­tions if it is in the in­terest of the de­vel­op­ment of the Stand­ard in a par­tic­u­lar re­gion or coun­try.


Accreditation procedure

Sev­er­al steps are re­quired to be­come an ac­cred­ited Pass­ive House Cer­ti­fi­er for Build­ings - click on each box for more de­tails!

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Certifier course
Training at PH Institute
with PHI

The Passive House Institute publishes a call for candidates for the accreditation through different channels (e.g.: iPHA Newsletter). Candidates must then send their CV to the contact person indicated on the call. The CV must clearly state the fulfillment of the minimum requirements.

Selected candidates must take part in the building certifier’s course. The course consists of approximately 42 training units (*) of 45 minutes each, and includes the following topics:

  •     Building certification
  •     Climate data
  •     Ventilation
  •     Certification of residential Passive Houses
  •     Certification of non-residential Passive Houses
  •     Renovation with Passive House components: EnerPHit projects
  •     Passive House Standard in different climate zones
  •     iPHA - The International Passive House Association: Passipedia
  •     PHPP exercises

The course is usually offered in one of two formats:

  •     Online: split into 13 sessions of 2-3 hours each, once a week (*)
  •     Hybrid: 2 full days in-person, usually at the Passive House Institute (Location Darmstadt, Germany) and the rest of the modules as 2-3 hour sessions, online, once a week.

Selected candidates also need to complete a take-home exam after the course. Instructions for the exam are given during the course.

The accreditation as a Building Certifier is linked to a contract with PHI, offered to successful candidates after the course. If you have any questions please contact

Passive House certifier course


Accredited Passive House Certifier for Buildings

You will find in this list all the ex­perts who have been ac­cred­ited by the Pass­ive House In­sti­tu­te to cer­ti­fy Pass­ive House build­ings, En­erPHit ret­ro­fits and Low En­ergy Build­ings world­wide on be­half of the In­sti­tu­te and in ac­cord­ance with their cri­ter­ia.