Quality Control Inspector
Cost: $2,375 (General Public); $1,675 (Contractors Associated with a WA State Wx Agency); $975 (WA State Wx Agency Staff)
Instructors: Chris Clay and Jim Harmon
BPI CEUs: 7.25
Prerequisite Verification Requirement
The following are prerequisites for attending the Quality Control Inspector course:
- Students must be 18 years of age or older. We will need photo identification emailed to us upon registration. You can take a picture of your photo ID or scan it, then email the photo to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Students are expected to undertand basic math, possess a basic level of literacy, and understand basic building science. Students must pass the Quality Control Inspector (QCI) Pre-Test with a grade of 80% or higher. The link to the online pre-test will be emailed to you after registration
A Note About Ticket Types:
There are three different Ticket Types. You will need to choose the appropriate one in order to register.
Weatherization (WX) Agency, Tribal, or WA State Department of Commerce Staff:
Those who are employees of a Commerce-recognized Wx Agency, a staff member of one of WA State's Tribes (with approval by Commerce), or Commerce staff. The list of Commerce-recognized Weatherization Agencies can be viewed here.
Wx Agency-Associated Contractor:
Contractors working under one of the Wx Agencies (see above). At registration, you will be required to list the Wx Agency(ies) you are associated with.
General Public/Non-Associated Contractor:
Those who neither work for nor under (as a contractor) one of the Wx Agencies (see above).
Quality Control Inspector (QCI) is based on a National Renewable Energy Laboratory/U.S. Department of Energy Job Task Analysis (JTA) of the same name. The course is broken down into a week of instruction focusing on the job description/duties outlined in the JTA. Students will be exposed to and practice the skills needed to become a successful QCI. These skills include: conducting a precise audit of the building, verifying the work performed against the work plan, observing the retrofit work, understanding specifications and standards, performing building and safety diagnostics, recording/reporting findings and concerns, specifying corrective actions, communicating effectively with the client, and determining the final pass/fail of the work performed. This course is designed to prepare qualified students to take the Home Energy Professional Quality Control Inspector certification exam.
State-of-the-art technology is used in both the classroom and the labs to provide students with a high quality learning environment. Students will take one written and three hands-on tests of their QCI skills. Upon successful completion of these tests, each student receives a certificate of completion.
Student learning will be assessed using quizzes, instructor observation, and a 50-question exam. This assessment is to benefit both the instructors and students in identifying areas requiring additional improvement.
- Conduct work-in-process visual/sensory quality checks
- Conduct post-work visual/sensory quality checks
- Perform post-work diagnostic inspections
- Evaluate and ensure worker professionalism
- Inspect and assess the building envelope
- Ensure program or project compliance
Skills You'll Take Home
- Blower door testing
- Pressure pan testing
- Zonal diagnostics
- Exhaust fan flow verification
- Client, crew leader, & technician interaction
- Combustion appliance diagnostics
- Worst case scenario draft testing
- Work verification
This is a lecture-lab course. Topics will be presented in a classroom setting and then followed up with student involvement in the lab. The class will be geared toward those that have had experience in the field as auditors or crew leaders. Student participation is very important. Testing for this course will involve both a written and field practical.
Grading Criteria and Passing score
The exam consists of four sections: one written and three hands-on. Students must pass each section with an 80% score or higher. If a student does not pass a section, he or she will be allowed to retake that particular section in accordance with CHP Energy Solutions Research and Training's retesting policy.
Written Section --- 65 points (52 points to pass)
Blower Door Hands-On Section --- 21 points (17 points to pass)
CAZ Hands-On Section --- 35 points (28 points to pass)
Duct Tester Hands-On Section --- 15 points (12 points to pass)