Certified Passivhaus Designer Course

For Architects, Designers, Eng., and Policymakers

Certified Passivhaus Designer / Consultant
Online Course

All-in Package

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.

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Why is Our Passivhaus Designer Course Tailored for You?

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.

What our designers say

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 S
“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 Souster

Tailored for the Busy Professional

How Long Have You Wanted to Take This 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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Pro Tip

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

Srinitha Raju
Master of Architectural Science
Certified Passivhaus Designer

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 passive house 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 Passive house journey, THIS IS THE PLACE TO COME!


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

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. 

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.

The Passivhaus
Info Pack For Designers

Download Your Free Info Pack Here

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 

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? 


Fri, 08.12.2023 

Wed, 31.01.2024 

Thu, 29.02.2024 

Inclusions with each Certified PASSIVHAUS Designer Course - Package

The Certified Passivhaus Designer course provides a complete and transparent package, encompassing all necessary components, including exam and software fees. This ensures participants have all the resources required to achieve certification as a Passivhaus Designer/Consultant. For individuals interested in the course content without the certification component, an alternative option is available here.

AUD $2,700


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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. Price Match Promise:  Should you find another Certified Passivhaus Designer course at a lower price, inform us. We commit to matching that price, guaranteeing you the highest quality education at the most competitive rate.

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