Quality Control Inspector

Instructor-led course (211)

Course description

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 BPI 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 get feedback about learning progress by taking online quizzes via our Learning Management System (LMS) throughout the course. Students will take one written test, also delivered through the LMS, and one hands-on test of their QCI skills. Upon successful completion of these tests, each student receives a certificate of completion.

Course objectives

  • 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
  • And much, much more!


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 two sections: one written and one hands-on. The CAZ hands-on section is a timed exam with a time limit of one hour. 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.

Grading plan

  • 75 points(60 points to pass)
    Written Section (delivered via our LMS)
  • 35 points(28 points to pass)
    CAZ Hands-on Section

Course topics

  • 2
    Worker compliance with safety rules
  • 12
    Worker professionalism
  • 2
    Addressing work problems
  • 10
    Determining client satisfaction
  • 7
    Reviewing work scope
  • 8
    Exterior and interior visual/sensory inspection
  • 8
    Determining pass/fail of the work
  • 2
    Comparing installed measures against guides and work scope
  • 13
    Conducting health and safety tests
  • 14
    Conducting diagnostic tests
  • 13
    Identifying post-work problems
  • 1
    Communication skills
  • 2
    Professional credentials
  • 2
    Funding allocations
  • 4
    Close out of project (files/records)

BPI Continuing Education Units


Course cost


February 18, 2019 at 8:30 am to February 22, 2019 at 4:30 pm

Location: 550 Industrial Dr, Christiansburg, VA 24073
Cost: $1,825.00
Credit hours: 32.00
BPI units: 10.00
Space is available

Additional information

Note: The BPI Home Energy Professional Quality Control Inspector certification is a separate test with an additional fee.

To enroll in this course, students must be 18 or older and pass a Quality Control Inspector prerequisite pre-test which assesses their literacy levels, understanding of basic math, and understanding of basic building science.

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Additional Info

Quality Control Inspector JTA Document (340 kb)
Quality Control Inspector JTA Document

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