Someone once said that the answers for building sustainability is out there, it is now a matter of ensuring there is the political will and the public demand.

And a workforce with the skills.

Training Opportunities for Energy Advisors


  • Looking for Fast-Tracked, Part-Time, and Online Education?
  • Seeking an In-Demand Career – 
  • Inclusive workforce support for Women, Indigenous Peoples, Newcomers, Persons with Disabilities, Racialized Individuals, and Individuals who identify as LGBTQ2+
  • Find a meaningful career in the Environmental Sector!

We need you to be part of Canada’s green economic recovery with the Natural Resources – Canada Greener Homes Program.

The 15-week, part-time micro-credential program was developed to meet the need for Energy Advisors to help deliver the one million EnerGuide rating services for eligible homes in Canada, as per the federal government’s Greener Homes initiative.

MEIA tuition support available to all students – get in touch!

Energy Advisors are needed in Manitoba to help Canadian homeowners save on their energy bills.

Why become an Energy Advisor?

  • Pursue an exciting, diverse, and dynamic career in energy efficiency for housing
  • Gain skills and expertise in energy modeling software and customer service while helping homeowners and builders make informed decisions when choosing energy retrofits for their homes
  • Help Canada build back better and greener by becoming part of the growing skilled energy efficiency workforce and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Relevant skills/experience include:

– Residential construction knowledge
– Some building science knowledge (but much is included in training)
– Communication and customer relation skills
– Administrative Skills
– Math skills
– IT skills (energy modelling software, spreadsheets, file management)

The process for becoming a Certified Energy Advisor includes significant training (can be independent, online, and/or in person), two 3 hour proctored exams, and completed probationary files under a Natural Resources Canada licensed Service Organization.

With the roll-out of the Greener Homes initiative and the nation-wide shortage of Energy Advisors, there’s an increased demand for specialized training, and in turn an immediate employment opportunity for skilled labourers in Manitoba. The Greener Homes program has indicated that nationwide there is already 75,000 homeowner applications, and growing.

Manitoba Environmental Industries Association (MEIA), in collaboration with Red River College (RRC), launched the Energy Advisor training program at RRC’s dynamic research facilities — including the Building Efficiency Technology Access Centre

Once NRCan-certified, EAs can also add other NRCan services to their qualification, including EnerGuide for Multi-Unit Residential Buildings and ENERGY STAR for New Homes. Click here for downloadable information about the program.

For information and listing of NRCan Certified Service Organizations click here

The EA courses are offered in a blended learning environment — a mix of online, in-person labs at RRC’s Notre Dame Campus and in-field experience (subject to Public Health guidelines). For more information, or to register now click here.

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Passive House Design

Introduction to Passive House High Performance Buildings

An Introduction to the Passive House High Performance Buildings provides an overview of the core principles of Passive House design and building energy efficiency regulations in Canada. The course also covers the history of energy efficient buildings, energy consumption data and environmental impact, case studies and the economics of creating high performance buildings.

Recommended for anyone wishing to understand the basics of Passive House high performance buildings, including:

Homeowners, developers, project coordinators, realtors, subcontractors and component suppliers, architects, engineers, architectural technologists and other design professionals.

Passive house for the trades

It is essential that those working on Passive House buildings can properly install components, accurately implement design details, and also assess the impact that changes from planned work will have on the performance of the building. Mistakes during construction can be costly, especially in high performance buildings where certification is being pursued. This course teaches practical Passive House building techniques alongside theory, and prepares participants for the Certified Passive House Tradesperson exam. It is delivered as a combination of in-class lectures and hands-on workshop experience, incorporating actual building of Passive House details relevant to the Canadian construction industry.

PLEASE NOTE: This course teaches the skills and knowledge required for the Certified Passive House Tradesperson – Building Envelope Specialization exam.

SBM Resources

SBM runs regular Lunch and Learns to help ensure that Manitoba’s building community is engaging with the most up-to-date technology and best practices to ensure Manitoba is built sustainably and resilient.

Knowing that if the codes changed tomorrow align with what is needed to build net-zero and beyond, Manitoba’s workforce would not have the necessary skills, SBM has convened a stakeholder group support education institutions in educating and upskilling trade workers. Please get in touch to learn more.

Check out SBM’s objectives to better understand the work being done.

SBM is working to compile workforce development and educational opportunities to build sustainably.  You can help by completing this form.

IRL in Manitoba

University of Manitoba

Civil Engineering

  • B.Sc. Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering – 4 years
  • B.Sc. Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering (Environmental Option) – 4 years

Environmental Science

  • B.Env.Sc. (General) Bachelor of Environmental Science (General)  – 3 years
  • B.Env.Sc. (Major) Bachelor of Environmental Science (Major) – 4 years
  • B.Env.Sc. (Major) Bachelor of Environmental Science (Major) Co-op – 4 years
  • B.Env.Sc. (Hons.)  Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) – 4 years
  • B.Env.Sc.. (Hons.) Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) Co-op – 4 years

        -Focus area: Sustainable building

Environmental Studies

  • B.Env.St. (General) Bachelor of Environmental Studies (General) – 3 years
  • B.Env.St. (Major) Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Major) – 4 years
  • B.Env.St. (Major) Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Major) Co-op – 4 years
  • B.Env.St. (Hons.)  Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Honours) – 4 years
  • B.Env.St.. (Hons.) Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Honours) Co-op – 4 years

        -Focus area: Sustainable building

Mechanical Engineering

  • B.Sc. Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering – 4 years

        -Energy system specialty

-Many mechanical engineers work in energy and environmental specialties such as building systems, engine design, oil refining, mining, and air quality control, and pollution control processes

Environmental Design

  • B.Env.D. Bachelor of Environmental Design – 4 years
    • Focus area: Landscape + Urbanism
    • Focus area: Architecture
    • Focus area: Interior Environments


  • M.Arch. Master of Architecture

Landscape Architecture

  • M.L.Arch. Master of Landscape Architecture

Interior Design

  • M.I.D. Master of Interior Design

University of Winnipeg

Bachelor of Arts

  • Bachelor of arts: Environmental Studies BA
  • Bachelor of arts: Urban and Inner City Studies

Bachelor of Science

  • Bachelor of science: Environmental Studies BSc

Red River College

Full time programs

Interest: Engineering and Construction Technology

  • Programs:
    • Applied Environmental Studies
    • Architecture/Engineering Technology
    • Civil Engineering Technology
    • Construction Management
    • Electrical Engineering Technology
    • Environmental Engineering Technology
    • Geomatics Technology
    • Introduction to Electrical Engineering Technology
    • Manufacturing Computer Aided Drafting
    • Mechanical Engineering Technology
    • Structural Engineering Technology

Interest: Skilled Trades

  • Programs:
    • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician

Part-time and Online Programs

Interest: Engineering and Construction Technology

  • Programs:
    • Building Construction Technology
    • CADD Training
    • Civil Engineering Technology
    • Civil Technician
    • Construction Management
    • Design Drafting Technician
    • Drafting/CAD
    • Industrial Electrical Maintenance
    • Mechanical Engineering Technology
    • Quality Systems Management and Applications

Frontier School Division

Continuing Education

  • community members have the opportunity to participate in programs to expand their knowledge, skills, etc. 
    • Program for the Education of Native Teachers (P.E.N.T.)
      • aims to hire and train local residents of Frontier communities to become certified teachers

Manitoba Building Trades Institute

  • Passive House
  • Aquaponics
  • Work Ready Training

Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology

Post Secondary

  • CAD Technician
  • Electrical Applications
  • Industrial Mechanical/Millwright
  • Industrial Welding


  • Electrical Applications
  • Industrial Welding
  • CAD Technician

Assiniboine Community College 

  • Construction Electrician Apprenticeship 
  • Construction Electrician
  • Geographic Information Systems (Advanced Diploma)
  • Heavy Duty Equipment Technician Apprenticeship
  • Heavy Duty Equipment Technician
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Industrial Metals Fabrication
  • Welder Apprenticeship
  • Welder

University College of the North

  • Electrical Trades Fundamental – Basic Electrical
  • Facilities Technician
  • Heavy Duty Mechanics
  • Industrial Welding

Online Training


  • Webinars
  • On Demand Courses


  • BOMA e-Energy Training for Building Operators
  • Self-Study Courses to obtain certificate or designation

Passive House Canada

  • Webinars

Construction Specifications Canada

  • Webinars
  • Online Courses

Winnipeg Construction Association 

  • E-learning courses


Offered through CAGBC

  • GPRO: Green Professional Building Skills Training
  • LEED Strategic Practices Program
  • LEED Green Associate
  • LEED AP with Specialty
  • LEED Fellow
  • Corporate Education
  • Higher Education Program

Offered through BOMA

  • BOMI Facilities Management Administrator Designation
  • BOMI Real Property Administrator Designation
  • BOMI Systems Maintenance Administrator Designation
  • BOMI Systems Maintenance Technician Designation
  • Property Management Financial Proficiency Certificate
  • Property Administrator Certificate
  • Building Systems Maintenance Certificate
  • Facilities Management Systems Certificate
  • Canadian Institute for Energy Training: Building Operator Certification

Offered through Passive House Canada

  • Passive House Designer Certification
  • Passive House Consultant Certification
  • Various Passive House courses

Offered through Construction Specifications Canada

  • Registered Specification Writer Designation
  • Certified Technical Representative Designation
  • Certified Construction Contract Administrator Designation
  • Certified Specification Practitioner Designation
  • Prerequisite courses for Certification programs

Offered through International Facility Management Association

  • Certified Facility Manager 
  • Sustainability Facility Professional
  • Facility Management Professional
  • Winnipeg Construction Association
    • Gold Seal Certification