Agents Continuing Education

Provided by International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI). You must register before you will be able to take the course. Enter NACHI19073022 when asked for an InterNACHI ID for a Member Referral.

Home Energy Efficiency for Real Estate Professionals Course (4 CE Credit Hours)

Goal:
The goal of this course is to teach real estate professionals how to help their clients in saving money by saving home energy.
Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this training course, the individual be able to:

  • understand the value of Home Energy Reports™ for current and prospective homeowners;
  • understand and provide informative options to help homeowners cut their energy use, reduce their carbon footprint, and increase their homes’ comfort, health, and safety; and
  • help homeowners make informed decisions about purchasing new HVAC equipment or improving existing equipment for more efficient operation.
This course will also help:
  • protect the general public and registrants in real estate transactions;
  • enable registrants to better serve the objectives of the consumer in real estate transactions; and
  • develop and enhance the competence and professionalism of registrants in a changing marketplace.
The typical home buyer purchases a home without first fully understanding what it costs to operate it. Most homeowners do not understand where energy (and, therefore, money) is being wasted in their home. For the average American homeowner, heating and cooling accounts for over 55% of annual energy usage.
There are many approaches to reducing the heating and cooling costs of the utility bill, including:
  • properly maintaining the existing HVAC system;
  • improving the energy efficiency of a system in need of repair; and
  • picking the right heating and cooling equipment when replacement is needed.
And, in keeping with InterNACHI’s commitment to Continuing Education, this online training course is open and free to all real estate professionals, and can be taken again and again, without limit.
Note:
The course requires the student to sign a written statement under penalty of perjury that the participant enrolled in the course is the personal completing the course, and ensures the course can not be completed in less time tan the approved credit hours by controlling the participant’s navigation through the course content.
This course has been approved by:
The Home Energy Efficiency for Real Estate Professionals course includes:
  • 4 Continuing Education credit hours;
  • 27,400 words in the course;
  • 24,000-word, downloadable course book;
  • one 3-minute video;
  • 30 questions within four quizzes;
  • a 40-question, 45-minute, final exam (drawn from a larger pool);
  • instant grading;
  • a downloadable, printable Certificate of Completion; and
  • accreditations and state approvals.
The course covers the following categories and chapters:

Student Verification and Interactivity     

  • Introduction
  • Learning Objectives
  • Acknowledgments
  • Throwing Money Away

Whole-House Approach    

  • Energy Upgrades
  • Home Performance Energy Assessment
  • How to Find a Certified Energy Contractor
  • Space Heating and Cooling
  • Federal, State & Utility Incentive Programs
  • Typical U.S. Homeowner’s Energy Bill
  • Building Permits and Codes

Heating Systems    

  • Introduction
  • How Much Does it Cost?
  • Decision Chart for Replacing Heating System
  • Common Heating System Options

Furnaces      

  • Furnace Efficiency
  • Furnace and Boiler Equipment Efficiency
  • Low-Efficiency Furnaces (Less than 78%)
  • Mid-Efficiency Furnaces (80% to 82%)
  • High-Efficiency Furnaces (90 to 98%)
  • Bigger isn’t Always Better
  • Repair or Replace?
  • A Furnace Tune-Up Checklist
  • ANSI/ACCA HVAC Standards
  • Ducts
  • Existing Ducts
  • New Ducts
  • A Word about Chimneys
  • Quiz 1

Electric Heaters      

  • Electric Central Furnaces
  • Room Heaters slide
  • Zoning

Heat Pumps 

  • Heat Pump Heating Efficiency
  • Central-Air-Source Heat Pumps
  • Central-Air-Source Heat Pump Checklist
  • Ductless Heat Pumps
  • Ground-Source Heat Pumps

Boilers and Hydronic Heating       

  • Introduction
  • Steam & Hot Water Radiators
  • Radiant Floor Heating
  • A Boiler Tune-Up
  • Repair or Replace?

Wood and Pellet Heating   

  • 2.9 Million
  • Traditional Open
  • Pellets
  • Check Codes
  • Consider Upgrading

Solar Heating           

  • Introduction
  • Passive Solar Heating
  • Active Solar Heating
  • Quiz 2

Cooling Systems    

  • Introduction
  • Cooling Efficiency
  • Decision Flow Chart for New AC System
  • Common Cooling Systems Options

Central Air Conditioning   

  • Introduction
  • Sizing Up Old Air Conditioners
  • Bigger is Not Always Better
  • Repair or Replace?
  • ANSI/ACCA HVAC Standards

Room Air Conditioning      

  • Room Air Conditioning Information
  • Efficiency Ratings

Heat Pumps             

  • Introduction
  • Central- and Ground-Source Heat Pumps
  • Ductless Heat Pumps
  • Absorption Heat Pumps

Evaporative Coolers          

  • Introduction
  • Indirect Evaporative Cooler
  • Water-Cooled
  • Photovoltaic PV

Radiant Cooling       

  • Information

Dehumidifiers         

  • Dehumidifiers

Natural Cooling Strategies           

  • Introduction
  • Fans & Ventilation for Cooling
  • Central Fan-Integrated Night Cooling
  • Natural Draft
  • Window Fans
  • Attic Vents
  • Whole House Fans
  • Passive Cooling
  • Windows
  • Window Rating
  • Shading
  • Replace Roof with a Cool One
  • Radiant Barriers

Ventilation   

  • Introduction
  • How Much Ventilation?
  • Exhaust-Only Ventilation
  • Supply-Only Ventilation
  • Balanced Systems
  • Semi-Balanced System
  • Ventilation System Types, Cost & Performance
  • Quiz 3

The Home Performance Energy Assessment 

  • Introduction
  • Certified Energy Contractors
  • The Energy Assessment Process
  • Step 1: Assessment
  • Step 2: Making Energy-Efficiency Upgrades
  • Step 3: Testing
  • Quiz 4

References  

Conclusion  

Final Exam    

Saving Home Energy for Real Estate Professionals Course (3 CE Credit Hours)

Goal:
The goal of this course is to teach the student how easy it is to reduce a home’s energy use.
This course will teach you how easy it is to reduce your energy use at home, including tips you can use today. There are easy, practical solutions for saving energy throughout your home—from the roof, walls, and insulation that enclose it, to the appliances and lights inside. Please take a few moments to read the valuable tips to start saving energy and money today.
Right in your own home, you have the power to reduce energy demand, and when you reduce demand, you cut the amount of natural resources, such as coal and gas, that are needed to make energy. That means you can create less greenhouse gas emissions, which keeps air cleaner for all of us… and saves on your utility bills! Plus, reducing energy use increases our energy security.

Objectives:

 

Upon successful completion of this course, the real estate professional will:

  • understand the value of home energy inspections for current and prospective homeowners; and
  • be able to provide informative options to help homeowners cut their energy use, reduce their carbon footprint, and increase their homes’ comfort, health, and safety.
This course has been approved by:
The course includes:
  • 2 or more Continuing Education credit hours (depending upon your state);
  • 14,000 words in the course;
  • 16,500-word downloadable course book;
  • 9 videos;
  • 23 quiz questions;
  • a 25-question final exam (drawn from a larger pool, 20 minutes);
  • instant grading;
  • a downloadable, printable Certificate of Completion; and
  • accreditations and state approvals.
The course covers the following topics:
  • Introduction
  • A Home’s Energy Use
  • What’s a Home Energy Report?
  • Start Saving Energy and Money Today
  • How We use Energy in Our Homes
  • Heat Loss from a House
  • Should I Insulate My Home?
  • Air Leaks and Energy Loss
  • Heating and Cooling Systems
  • Ducts
  • Heat Pumps
  • Solar Heating and Cooling
  • Natural Gas and Oil Heating Systems
  • Air Conditioners
  • Programmable Thermostats
  • Landscaping
  • Keep Your Energy Bills Out of Hot Water
  • Windows
  • Lighting
  • Appliances: What’s the Real Cost?
  • Dishwashers
  • Refrigerators and Freezers
  • Energy-Saving Kitchen Tips
  • Laundry Appliances
  • Major Appliances Shopping Guide
  • Home Office Equipment and Home Electronics
  • Solar-Powered Outdoor Lighting
  • Do-It-Yourself Home Energy Assessments
  • Professional Home Energy Audits
  • Low-Cost and No-Cost Ways to Save Energy

Upon completion of this course and passing the 25-question final exam (drawn from a larger pool), the student can download and print his/her own Certificate of Completion, which is auto-generated in the student’s name.

Home Energy Score for Real Estate Professionals Course (3 CE Credit Hours)

Goal:

The goal of this course is to teach real estate professionals about the United State’s Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score and how it helps homeowners understand the energy performance of their homes and how they compare to other homes nationwide.

Objective:

Upon successful completion of this course, the real estate professional will be able to:

  • describe the information Home Energy Score provides;
  • state the type of house data required to be collected in order to generate a Home Energy Score;
  • communicate to homeowners the energy efficiency upgrades that are recommended by the Home Energy Score.
This course has been approved by:
The course includes:
  • 2 or more Continuing Education credit hours (depending on your state);
  • 4,400 words;
  • 85 minutes of training video;
  • 6-question quiz;
  • a 20-question final exam (drawn from a larger pool);
  • instant grading;
  • a downloadable, printable Certificate of Completion; and
  • accreditations and state approvals.
The course covers the following topics:
  • Home Energy Score
  • Background
  • Qualified Assessor
  • Information for Homeowners
  • Assessment vs. Audit
  • When Should a Homeowner Get a Score?
  • What Homeowners Need to Know
  • Specific Guidelines
  • Home Energy Score Partners
  • Calculation Methodology
  • Home Energy Score Accuracy
  • Home Energy Scoring Tool for an Asset Rating

Upon completion of this course and passing the 20-question final exam (drawn from a larger pool), the student can download and print his/her own Certificate of Completion, which is auto-generated in the student’s name.

The student’s information is recorded on InterNACHI’s servers for compliance verification, and automatically logs completion into InterNACHI’s online Continuing Education log.  It counts as two InterNACHI Continuing Education hours (2 CEU).
This course is open and free to all real estate professionals. And, in keeping with InterNACHI’s commitment to Continuing Education, this online training course is open and free to all real estate professionals, and can be taken again and again, without limit.

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