Passivhaus Designer Course Certification Package – Smart Plus Academy

For Architects, Designers, Eng., and Policymakers

Passivhaus Designer / Consultant
Online Course
Your Path to a Sustainable Future
Dive into our comprehensive Passivhaus Designer Course and become a certified expert. With a curriculum tailored to the latest industry standards and a community of passionate professionals, you’re not just gaining a certificate, but a transformative experience.
A proud designer holds a Smart Plus Academy certificate, marking their success in Passivhaus training.

 80 Hours / 2 Months

(6h pre-learning, 60h course, 10h exam prep, 4h exam)


Original price was: AUD $2,700.Current price is: AUD $2,200.

Fully Online

Course, Support, Community and Exam 


Satisfaction and Certification Guarantee


Watch & Learn

Tap to see what’s inside the course and how our platform works.

Next Course:


Starts: 18.06.2024

Passivhaus Designer / Consultant

Online Course
[18.07.2024 - 29.08.2024]

Prefer more structure? Join our next cohort and immerse yourself with just 10 weekly hours over two months.

Our Passivhaus Designer Course

With five years of refinement, our Passivhaus Designer Course is crafted for professionals eager to drive change in the building design world. Dive into a curriculum that offers a perfect balance of self-paced study complemented by expert guidance, positioning you at the forefront of sustainable design.

Benefit from consistently updated and visually engaging content, reflecting the latest knowledge and the newest Passivhaus standard 10.

Get introduced to all relevant construction details and build-ups for the most common construction methods such as timber framing, CLT, concrete, masonry, and steel construction. We ensure you understand the required details for each method across all climate zones and also introduce you to alternative techniques like SIPS, straw bale, and rammed earth.

We provide you with a retrofit masterplan that goes beyond standard Passivhaus teachings. Learn the key considerations to assess before offering advice, and understand when and to what extent a retrofit is truly beneficial.

Our optimized formula sheet simplifies complex concepts with easy-to-understand examples and tricks, invaluable for both the exam and real-world applications.

Get your queries addressed directly in the live sessions for all six modules by our certified Passivhaus trainers. Plus, you can reach out to the teacher anytime via our chat room for additional support and clarifications.

Engage in lively discussions with classmates, teachers, and mentors in our chat room. It’s not just about learning; it’s about building a community of like-minded professionals.

Various devices displaying an online Passivhaus class, showing Smart Plus Academy's digital learning flexibility.

Required Components to become Certified ​

Certification Package - All-Inclusive

What Our Designers Say

Five-star icon representing top-rated Passivhaus education and customer satisfaction at Smart Plus Academy.
I had such a wonderful experience and felt completely supported every step of the way during the course. Highly recommend if you’re looking to become a Certified Passive House Designer!
Tess, an enthusiastic learner at Smart Plus Academy, engaging with innovative Passivhaus concepts.
Tess S
Five-star icon representing top-rated Passivhaus education and customer satisfaction at Smart Plus Academy.
“I am based in the UK. I completed the Bronze Passivhaus Designer Course over a 4 week period in the evenings after work. It took about 80 hours to prepare for the exam. The course is excellent! They cover a lot of ground, methodically and in a way that an ‘average’ student like myself can grasp. They ensure that you are well prepared. Highly recommended!”
Thomas Charles, a student at Smart Plus Academy, deeply engrossed in a Passivhaus design task
Thomas Souster

Tailored for the Busy Professional

How Long Have You Wanted to Take This Passivhaus Designer Course?

We understand that many professionals have had this course on their radar for quite some time. If that sounds like you, our tailored course structure might be the key to finally diving in.

An interchange icon at Smart Plus Academy, symbolizing the exchange of ideas and knowledge in Passivhaus learning.

Independet and Interactive

Enjoy the flexibility of studying at your own pace, but also benefit from six live Q&A sessions. Additionally, engage with classmates, support teams, teachers, and mentors via our interactive chat room.

Teamwork icon illustrating collaboration and unity in Passivhaus education at Smart Plus Academy.

Round-the-Clock Teacher Support

While the primary content is pre-recorded, our dedicated team is always available. Reach out to our expert teachers and support staff anytime for clarifications and guidance.

Icon representing financial growth and investment in Passivhaus education, crucial for Smart Plus Academy.

Extended Access for Paced Learning

With a year-long access to materials, you can spread out your learning journey and still participate in live sessions.

An icon symbolizing online marketing, integral to Smart Plus Academy's strategy in promoting Passivhaus education.

Optimized Learning Experience

Access top-tier content from our best live sessions over the past three years. Whether you're a novice or an advanced learner, customize your viewing experience. Slow down, repeat, speed up, or even skip sections based on your expertise.

Icon depicting a light bulb in paper, symbolizing innovative ideas in Passivhaus education at Smart Plus Academy.

Structured Yet Flexible Timeline

Our recommended structure spans six weeks, with weekly live Q&A sessions, followed by two weeks for exam prep. On average, allocate 5-10 hours weekly for a comprehensive learning experience.

A dynamic icon of a person running, representing progress and forward momentum at Smart Plus Academy.

Pro Tip

For those preferring a more gradual approach, consider our step-by-step program. Purchase modules as you progress, easing the financial commitment.

An architect student from Smart Plus Academy engrossed in sustainable design, embodying the academy's educational ethos.
Five-star icon representing top-rated Passivhaus education and customer satisfaction at Smart Plus Academy.
Srinitha Raju
Master of Architectural Science
Certified Passivhaus Designer
A white quotation mark icon from Smart Plus Academy, symbolizing open dialogue and exchange of sustainable ideas.
Daniel Kress brings this amazing energy to class, seeing how passionate he is and his belief in Passivhaus has motivated me all the more! The Passivhaus designer course is very well curated to the T, they have left no stone unturned and ensured they detailed every aspect keeping in mind that learners from various levels of experience undertake this course. As a sustainability graduate with very little industry experience, I found it rather easy to navigate through the course because of their systematic approach. They provide you with all the required study materials and their 6-day online course delivered by Julia gives you a complete walkthrough of all concepts. Julia and the support team are very helpful whenever you need assistance in any way! It’s been an honour to undertake this course with SPA and I couldn’t recommend it more! To anyone looking to start their Passivhaus journey, THIS IS THE PLACE TO COME!
A white quotation mark icon from Smart Plus Academy, symbolizing open dialogue and exchange of sustainable ideas.

Your certified Passivhaus

Here to make you succeed
Head trainer Daniel Kress at Smart Plus Academy, exemplifying leadership in sustainable building education.
Daniel Kress

Daniel, founder and head trainer at Smart Plus Academy, is known for his engaging, conversational teaching style. As a visionary engineer, entrepreneur, and educator, he excels at simplifying complex concepts and connecting industries.

With experience in construction and sustainable building, Daniel has a dual master’s degree in Civil and Structural Engineering, specializing in building physics and science.

His passion for sustainability led him to contribute to a European Union research project on sustainable building practices. At 37, he founded Smart Plus Academy (SPA), which has educated the majority of Australia’s certified Passivhaus professionals.

Daniel’s mission is to make Passivhaus knowledge accessible globally, promoting sustainable building practices and creating a lasting, positive impact on the construction industry and a greener, more sustainable world for all.

Read More
Read Less
Julia Kiefer, a renowned Passivhaus trainer at Smart Plus Academy, shares her expertise with eager learners.
Julia Kiefer
Julia is a senior trainer and passionate architect who has been sharing her expertise in Australia since 2006. She has worked for leading architectural firms in Melbourne, Perth, and Darwin, gaining invaluable insights into Australia’s diverse geographic regions and unique climate challenges.

Julia is deeply committed to sustainability and energy-efficient building design and became a Certified Passivhaus Designer in 2018. Since then, she has been dedicated to driving change in the building industry and educating Australians on creating comfortable, healthy, and eco-friendly living spaces.

In 2020, Julia joined Smart Plus Academy as a senior Passivhaus trainer, expanding her impact by educating building professionals across Australia about the Passivhaus standard. She shares her passion and expertise to inspire a new generation of sustainable building practitioners. Julia is excited about the global expansion and impact envisioned by SPA and remains committed to empowering others with the knowledge and skills needed to make a lasting, positive difference in the building industry and the world at large.

Read More
Read Less

What Is Included In The Certified Passivhaus Designer Course - Package

Our Passivhaus Designer Course is our comprehensive program designed to give you the working knowledge required in becoming a Certified Passivhaus designer. 
You will learn 6 in-depth modules that are specially designed to prepare you for sitting your accreditation exam and
prepare you to start your first Passivhaus design project. 

  • Overview of Passivhaus principles and certification.

  • Health and comfort considerations.

  • Quality assurance and building certification.

  • Sustainable construction and design.

  • Materials and approaches for creating the thermal envelope.

  • Airtightness, vapour and weather-control systems.

  • Designs and solutions to address thermal bridging.

  • Solutions for air tight and thermal bridge design.

  • Construction detailing and systems.

  • The components and installation of windows.

  • Systems and strategies for managing shading.

  • The Magic Formula – the one formula that covers 80% of your calculations in Passivhaus design.

  • Systems and strategies for ventilation and heat-recovery.

  • The components of heat-recovery ventilation systems.

  • Design and sizing of heat-recovery ventilation systems.

  • Commissioning of  ventilation system and regulations.

  • Heating concepts, generation and distribution.

  • Cooling introduction & strategies.

  • The use and optimisation of domestic hot water systems.

  • Passivhaus certification & standard.

  • Working with your Passivhaus certifier.

  • Economic basics in Passivhaus design.

  • Dynamic economical calculations.

  • Passivhaus vs conventional buildings

  • Profitability calculations.

  • The Passivhaus Standard.

  • The retrofitting masterplan.

  • When does retrofitting make sense?

  • Retrofitting the building envelope.

  • Retrofitting the mechanical systems.

  • Introduction to PHPP software (Passive House Planning Package) and DesignPH

Prepare for the Passivhaus Designer Exam with comprehensive training from Smart Plus Academy, enhancing your chances of success.

Passivhaus Designer Examination Preparation Training

This course aims to familiarise you with the types of questions you will encounter during the certification exam, so you will be in the best position possible to pass and achieve certification.

This course also includes two mockup exams to prepare you for your exam.

Online Passivhaus Designer / Consultant Examination

Become internationally Recognised as a Passivhaus Designer or Consultant. The exam takes three hours. It includes design and mathematical components as well as multiple-choice questions. 

Candidates immerse in the Passivhaus Designer exam at Smart Plus Academy, a crucial step toward certification.
The Passivhaus planning package icon, a toolkit for comprehensive sustainable building design at Smart Plus Academy.

Plus If You Register With Smart Plus Academy, You Get Lifetime Access To…

The Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP) is an MS Excel-based energy balance and efficiency design tool for highly energy-efficient buildings and retrofits. It provides all relevant calculations and verifications clearly and simply. With PHPP version 10, several new functions are released in addition to feature extensions.

A comprehensive info pack on Passivhaus principles available for designers at Smart Plus Academy.

The Passivhaus
Info Pack For Designers

Next Live Q&A sessions

Module 01 – Opaque Building Envelope

Fri, 27.10.2023

Module 02 – Build-ups, Details and Windows

Fri, 27.10.2023

Module 03 – Magic Formula and Ventilation

Fri, 27.10.2023

Module 04 – Conditioning and Certification

Fri, 27.10.2023 

Module 05 – Economics and The Standards

Fri, 27.10.2023 

Module 06 – Retrofit and PHPP

Fri, 27.10.2023 

Engaged students at Smart Plus Academy collaborate and learn about Passivhaus design, fostering a community of knowledge.

Exams Dates

We offer a range of exam dates, allowing you the flexibility to progress through the course at a pace that suits you best.

It takes 50 – 80 hours to complete the course, including homework and exam preparation.  

Time until the next exam date:

Can you make it? 


Thu, 21.03.2024 

Thu, 30.05.2024 

Thu, 27.06.2024 

Eager students immerse themselves in a Passivhaus designer course at Smart Plus Academy, forging a greener future.

What You Get When You Register Today for the
Passivhaus Designer Course

Esteemed Passivhaus Designer Certificate from the Passivhaus Institute, obtained through Smart Plus Academy
Smart Plus Academy offers a money-back guarantee, ensuring satisfaction and confidence in our Passivhaus courses.
Invest with Confidence:
Elevate Your Career, Assured Value Guaranteed

At the heart of our Certified Passivhaus Designer Course lies a commitment to delivering the highest quality education. We’ve empowered countless professionals to elevate their careers, and we want you to join them with complete confidence.

1. Satisfaction Guarantee: If, within a week of access or before completing the first module, you find that the course doesn’t provide the insights or tools you anticipated, simply inform us. We’ll facilitate a complete refund, ensuring your investment is risk-free.

2. Certification Guarantee: With our track record of close to a 100% pass rate on the first attempt, we ensure your success is our priority. Should you need it, we offer up to 3 exam attempts under our Certification Guarantee. This is our commitment to your educational journey, making sure you invest with confidence.

Select your currency
Ready to Become Certified Passivhaus Designer?
Register Your Interest Book a Call