A home energy audit can provide a roadmap to saving money on energy bills and improving the comfort of a home. Home energy auditor certification programs and professional accreditations provide the baseline education, training, and professional upskilling to implement investments authorized under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (commonly referred to as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law) and Inflation Reduction Act.
The certification programs below have been reviewed by DOE and serve as a list of Qualified Certification Programs for home energy auditors that taxpayers can use to claim the Energy Efficient Home Improvement Credit (Section 25C) for home energy audits, per criteria specified in Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Notice 2023-59. The evaluation process for the Qualified Certification Programs is based on the industry input included in DOE’s Single-Family and Multi-Family Energy Auditor Job Task Analyses. DOE intends to expand and amend this list on a rolling basis. A certification developer or owner can visit the credential recognition page to submit a new certification for consideration.
- ASHRAE (formerly the American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) Building Energy Assessment Professional
- Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) Certified Energy Auditor
- Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst Professional (BA-P)
- Building Performance Institute (BPI) Home Energy Professional Energy Auditor
- Building Science Institute (BSI) Energy Code Compliance Specialist
- Building Science Institute (BSI) ENERGY STAR Verifier
- Building Science Institute (BSI) Zero Energy Ready Home Verifier
- California Home Energy Efficiency Rating Services (CHEERS) HERS Rater
- Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) Home Energy Rater
Starting in 2024, home energy auditors will be required to provide a business employer identification number (EIN), or other type of relevant taxpayer identifying number, as part of the written report they provide to the homeowner looking to claim the Energy Efficient Home Improvement Credit (Section 25C) for home energy audits. The IRS strongly encourages home energy auditors to apply for and receive an EIN for their business if they do not already have one. For more information regarding the Energy Efficient Home Improvement Credit (Section 25C), please visit IRS website and see IRS Notice 2023-59.