SIPs 301 Certified Installer Course Satisfies SIPA BEST Program Training Requirements

Here’s SIPA’s June 24, 2011 Press Release on the new BEST Program.  It outlines three different paths to becoming a SIPA BEST Builder, and SIPschool’s SIPs 301 Installation for SIP Professionals Certified Installer Class is one of them.

SIPA is excited to announce the launch of the SIPA Certified Builder Program.  For homeowners and general contractors, working with a SIPA Certified Builder means that they are working with a licensed contractor who has received training and demonstrated competency in the field of SIP installation.

For builders, the SIPA Certified Builder Program presents an opportunity to market your company as a trained and qualified installer of structural insulated panels.  Certified Builders can use the SIPA Certified Builder logo in their marketing materials and indicate their designation on their membership profile on the SIPA website.  SIPA will also undertake an initiative to communicate the advantages of working with SIPA Certified Builders to consumers and the design community.

There are three different ways to become a SIPA Certified Builder:

Option A – Builders that are new to SIPs

  • Complete the online Builder Education with SIPs Training (BEST) program at Green Builder College and pass the tests provided at the end of each lesson.
  • Attend a regional SIPA BEST hands-on training class with OSHA forklift certification.  Regional classes will be scheduled in the near future.
  • Submit a blower door test result from a RESNET certified energy rater from a recently completed project with a result not to exceed 2.0 ACH50.
  • Complete the SIPA Certified Builder Checklist on the blower door tested project.

Builders will be considered a “builder in training” until the blower door test and Certified Builder Checklist are submitted.  Upon completion of Option A, the builder will receive the following year’s SIPA builder membership at no charge.

Option B – Existing SIPA members and experienced SIP builders

  • Submit an application with past builder experience.
  • Pass BEST curriculum tests with a score of 80 percent or better (registering for course not required).
  • Submit a blower door test result from a RESNET certified energy rater from a recently completed project with a result not to exceed 2.0 ACH50.
  • Complete the SIPA Certified Builder Checklist on the blower door tested project.

Option C – Certified Installer (SIPs 301) graduate

  • Submit documentation of successful completion of the SIPschool SIPs 301 course.
  • Submit a blower door test result from a RESNET certified energy rater from a recently completed project with a result not to exceed 2.0 ACH50.
  • Complete the SIPA Certified Builder Checklist on the blower door tested project.

Upon completion of Option C, the builder will receive the following year’s SIPA builder membership at no charge.
To become a recognized Certified Builder, all applicants will need to provide one of these completed options to the SIPA Education Committee.

To remain a Certified Builder, members will need to provide blower door test results every two years to the SIPA Education Committee and complete the SIPA Certified Builder Checklist on the blower door tested project.

More information on the SIPA Certified Builder Program will be available on the SIPA website (www.sips.org) in the following weeks.

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