Hey all, business is a little slow for me these days and I've been considering going through a BPI certification program. 

I'm in Washington state and have a small weatherization and residential energy services company. So far the utilities in my area don't require it to work on their programs. They also haven't designed any programs around the certification. Does anyone out there have an opinion on the certification and it's marketability they'd like to offer up? 

Thanks, Andrew

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If you like to be able to differentiate yourself as a pro, BPI certification CAN be an asset. However, it brings several demands of your time or time from someone you are paying. That is expensive enough to, in most cases, result in increased cost of doing business. You will not be able to absorb it. The question to ask is will the certification increase your business enough to justify the higher cost of doing business? In a state with no incentives for consumers to use BPI professionals I would expect this would be a ill advised move. Instead, spend the money and time to attend training events and trade association events. RESNET, ACI, SPRAY FOAM, ICAA, EEBA, and events staged by Building Science. Com (Joe Lstiburek) Advanced Energy (John Tooley) Habitat X, or may others are much more worth your investment. BPI will charge you to be certified, then require you to attend some of these events to get CEU's, so you pay more.

If all you're looking at is the marketability of the certification, and if it can increase your business, than I would agree with Pat somewhat. However, I would suggest that if you're actually doing weatherization and residential energy services, you're doing your customers a serious disservice if you don't understand and do combustion testing. BPI is the nationally-recognized credential for that skill set. I seriously try to avoid walking into a home if I can't do combustion testing. I would also suggest that if you sit around waiting for an incentive program to make your business successful, you're probably in the wrong line of business or you should sharpen up your marketing skills.

I would agree with Pat

There are plenty of certifications in several disciplines that would be nice to have, but we are in the Mid-Atlantic where all this stuff is prevalent and we see no marketing advantage to having any of them.  

There are several combustion safety standards out there, each a little different.  If you are currently in weatherization and have an energy services company, I am sure you are doing something to some standard.  If it makes sense to you and you are legally covered, don't add anything,

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