Be­come a cer­ti­fied Pass­ive House Trades­per­son

Certified Passive House Tradesperson certificate

How to earn the cer­ti­fic­ate

How to re­new the cer­ti­fic­ate



Pass the Passive House Tradespeople exam

After fix­ing the ex­am­in­a­tion dates, the Pass­ive House In­sti­tu­te pre­pares the ex­am: It lasts 120 minutes and must be taken at an ac­cred­ited ex­am pro­vider. The ex­am is con­duc­ted on­line as in-class or home-of­fice ex­am by the course/ex­am pro­vider, us­ing the on­line ex­am plat­form of the Pass­ive House In­sti­tu­te

Com­pleted ex­am­s will be first marked by the ex­am­in­a­tion host along a sample solu­tion. Later the mark­ing will be cross checked at the Pass­ive House In­sti­tu­te for qual­ity as­sur­ance. The cer­ti­fic­ate will then be is­sued and sent to suc­cess­ful par­ti­cipants in di­git­al form via e-mail.

Re­quire­ments re­gard­ing the ex­am con­tents can be found in the exam regulations and in the catalogue of learning objectives. The ex­am in­cludes mul­tiple choice ques­tions, build­ing site pic­tures, as well as small cal­cu­la­tion and draw­ing ex­er­cises. Take a ded­ic­ated course to be pre­pared!

Some course pro­viders also of­fer a prac­tic­al test on their own re­spons­ib­il­ity, in ad­di­tion to the ex­am­. Par­ti­cip­a­tion and suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of the prac­tic­al test can be men­tioned in the cer­ti­fic­ate but is not a pre­re­quis­ite to at­tain it.


Passive House Tradespeople Exam

> Register for the exam!

Here you can re­gister on­line for the ex­am via the Pass­ive House data­base. All you need is a user ac­count and to fol­low these steps:

I already have a user account!

Then you can register for the exam directly on this page. We wish you every success with your exam!

I first need to create a user account!

Then you must first visit the following page.

After you have filled out this page, you will receive an email with a link. Please click on this link to activate your account.

You can then use this page to register for the exam, or alternatively select the Certificate tab in your user area and click on Register for next designer exam.

Good luck with your exam!


Moodle Shutdown


Sum­mer 2024

The Moodle shut­down will be from 15 Ju­ly 2024 un­til 25 Au­gust 2024

Winter 2024

The Moodle shut­down will be from 16 Decem­ber 2024 un­til 19 Janu­ary 2025


No on­line ex­ams can be sched­uled dur­ing this time.

> In-class Exam dates


Many ex­am pro­viders of­fer on­line ex­ams which are avail­able on the oth­er dates. For in­form­a­tion on the dates of the on­line ex­ams, please con­tact your course pro­vider or ex­am pro­vider.



Work on a Passive House and document it

Re­new your Pass­ive House Trades­per­son cer­ti­fic­ate by doc­u­ment­ing your work on a highly en­ergy ef­fi­cient build­ing or a  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.


Your work doc­u­ment­a­tion can be sub­mit­ted to any Passive House Institute ac­cred­ited as­sess­ing body for a cer­tain fee. It can be sent in any lan­guage they are of­fer­ing, but must in­clude a sum­mary in Eng­lish. For more in­form­a­tion, you can have a look at this sample file and at the requirements for project documentation.


Find out the cri­ter­ia spe­cif­ic to your cer­ti­fic­ate re­new­al by click­ing on these links:

1. Determine the climate zone

Check out this map to find out in which climate zone your project is located.

2. Select trade discipline

Different requirements apply for the different trade disciplines depending on the climate zone. You can select your specific trade discipline with the relevant link:

3. Prepare the documentation

Please send these documents to any Passive House Institute accredited assessment body:

Passive House Work Documentation



Earn further credit points to renew the certificate

Vis­it Pass­ive House rel­ev­ant courses and events, or en­gage in Pass­ive House teach­ing act­iv­it­ies to col­lect fur­ther train­ing cred­it points (CP). 30 CP must be achieved al­to­geth­er to re­new your trades­per­son cer­ti­fic­ate; 20 CPs at the most may be ob­tained in one of the pos­sible areas (teach­ing, events or ad­vanced train­ing courses).


The Pass­ive House In­sti­tu­te will check your ap­plic­a­tion for a cer­tain fee and after suc­cess­ful re­new­al of the cer­ti­fic­ate, send the cer­ti­fic­ate in di­git­al form via e-mail.

In ad­di­tion, the con­tact data of the cer­ti­fied trades­per­son will re­main in the Pass­ive House pro­fes­sion­als data­base if de­sired. Any fur­ther train­ing course that was at­ten­ded can also be lis­ted there, un­der the per­son­al de­tails.



Passive House Tradespeople Credit Points
Check the required documents!

You need to sub­mit Ap­pendix II b (Ap­plic­a­tion - re­new­al through cred­it points) to the PH In­sti­tu­te:

  • If you attended an event or advanced training: Please fill in the re­spect­ive event ID num­ber* which can be found on the list of ap­proved courses/events. One learn­ing unit (45 minutes) equates to 1 CP. Don't forget to attach the respective confirmations of participation.
  • If you gave a course: Please first fill in this formular.

*Can’t find a spe­cif­ic course or event? Then please con­tact the hosts. They may sub­mit their courses/events (also back­dated) to the Pass­ive House In­sti­tu­te to be re­cog­nized as suit­able for cer­ti­fic­ate re­new­al.

The re­new­al through cred­it points is sub­ject to a fee 34.8 KB .