ONLINE Passivhaus
Tradesperson Exam

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The way to gain the Passivhaus Tradesperson certification is to pass an internationally recognised exam provided by the Passive House Institute, Passive House’s international governing body. Students at Smart Plus Academy can take the Passive House Institute exam with us remotely at a location with a suitable internet connection (such as a home or office).

The exam takes three hours. It includes mathematical components as well as multiple-choice questions. Please allow for five hours so that we can set up and you can submit your workings.



To ease your mind when you take the exam, we offer a unique certification guarantee with our certification courses. Should you not pass within three attempts, and you complete all classes live or as recordings and score +80% in all your quizzes we will refund you:

  • two times what you paid for the GOLD Passivhaus Tradesperson Course or,
  • in full for what you paid for the SILVER Passivhaus Tradesperson Course.

But relax. You will be in the best possible position to gain certification with the world governing body, the Passive House Institute.

With us, no one ever needed 3 attempts to pass!
(Over 98% succeed in the first attempt) 





Passive House Institute (PHI) Certification

The easiest way to become Internationally recognised as a Certified Passive House Tradesperson.




Trial exam

(2 hours)

Last questions: Q&A plus tips and tricks

Setup of exam software:(if not done on your own)

Trial exam: test exam platform

Online Exam 

(5.0 hours)

Setup for the exam (1 hour)

Exam (3.0 hours)

Submission (1 hour)



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How to gain certification?

Pass the international written exam provided by Smart Plus Academy (SPA).
Germany’s Passive House Institute provides us with all the examination documents and files. Once you have sat the exam, SPA will conduct an initial assessment and then send your paper to the Passive House Institute. The Institute then carries out the final marking ahead of issuing certification to those who have passed.


How to renew your certification and how often

To remain certified as a Passive House tradesperson, your certification must be renewed after the first five years and then again every two years.

You can do this in two ways:

Earn further education credit points
Not every graduate is actively involved in Passive House projects and able to present evidence of this work. It is possible to renewing your certification by instead teaching Passive House courses and attending related events and advanced training.


Work on a certified Passive House (NOT offered by SPA)
You can renew your certification by documenting your work on a highly energy efficient building or a certified Passive House project. This work must meet some technical requirements, which will depend on the trade discipline, as well as on the location and climate of the building.

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ONLINE Passivhaus
Tradesperson Exam
$697.00 AUD excl. Tax
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