About the Energy Appraiser Certification

The Insulation Energy Appraisal Program™ (IEAP) is a 2-day course that teaches students how to determine the optimal insulation thickness and corresponding energy and dollar savings for a project. The program was designed to teach students the necessary information to give facility managers a better understanding of the true dollar and performance value of their insulated systems. If you are interested in taking the IEAP course, please email training@insulation.org for more information. View a sample agenda here.

2024 Virtual Courses

November 12-13, 2024
Registration Deadline: October 24, 2024
Register online or through the PDF registration form

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About the Program

During the course you will learn how to conduct a facility walk through, use the 3E Plus® software, utilize infrared cameras during inspections, understand steam efficiencies, analyze and complete an appraisal spreadsheet, and present your customer with a final report that outlines the potential savings and emission reductions that mechanical insulation can provide.

Click here to see a Job Description of a NIA Certified Insulation Energy Appraiser. 

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The IEAP is developed for individuals who have good communication skills, experience in commercial and/or industrial construction, understand the fundamentals of insulation systems and products, can recognize basic safety concerns during a facility visit, are mathematically inclined, and have basic computer literacy.

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Registration Fees and Class Format

The course typically runs from 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. CT (Click here to view a sample course agenda). The cost of attending the course is $2,095 (discounted cash/check rate) or $2,180 (standard rate) for non-members. A discounted rate of $1,495 (discounted cash/check rate) or $1,555 (standard rate) is available for NIA members.

Click here to read about NIA's Cancellation Policy and Course Guidelines.

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Course Materials

A newly designed, full-color professionally printed course manual, 3E Plus software, Microsoft Excel custom spreadsheet, and a final report template. Students who pass the exam will also receive a certificate, lapel pin, and marketing kit.

Materials required for class participation include: laptop computer (no Macs) with Excel software, Windows operating software (XP, Vista, or version 7 or newer), and 10 MB of available space.

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Exam Details

The certification exam is 50 questions covering information discussed in the IEAP course and materials. Students must score 70% or higher to pass and become a Certified Insulation Energy Appraiser. Students who do not score at least 70% will be notified by NIA about how to retake the exam.

Computer Requirements for the Virtual Course and Online Exam

A computer (Mac, PC, or Chromebook) with a recent operating system (less than 3–4 years old) that has either Chrome or Firefox installed and a consistent Internet connection capable of uploading files larger than 3 Mbps. A web camera and microphone required for course participation and the exam, but this is standard on most laptops. NIA Exam Day Manual. 

 If for some reason a student is not able to complete the online exam, the student will be allowed to take the exam at the Prov Testing Site (visit https://tinyurl.com/y7objh2g for locations) of their choice within 3 months after the course. NIA encourages students to take the online exam.

Professional Instructors


Scott Sinclair,  is the National Specification Manager, Industrial Insulation at Johns Manville (JM). From June 2019 through March 2020, he was Regional Technical Manager for the Eastern and Midwest United States and Eastern Canada. Before joining JM, he was the National Sales Manager for Scott Manufacturing, an insulation fabricator for the OEM HVAC and appliance markets. Previously, he was the North America Sales and Technical Manager for ULVA Insulation Systems. Scott represents JM’s Industrial Insulation group on various AMPP, API, NIA, and ASTM committees. He is a NIA Certified Thermal Insulation Inspector and Insulation Energy Appraiser, and also is an instructor for both of these NIA certification-level classes.

Gordon H. Hart, P.E., is a consulting engineer for Artek Engineering, LLC, having spent more than 40 years in the thermal insulation industry. Hart is an active member of ASTM committees C16 on Thermal Insulation and F25 on Marine Technology and ASHRAE’s Technical Committees on Insulation for Mechanical Systems and on Custom Engineered Refrigerant Systems, Piping, Controls and Accessories. He has engineering degrees from Princeton University and Purdue University and is a licensed Professional Engineer.

Certified Appraisers

Students who pass the certified course exam will become Certified Insulation Energy Appraisers™. The certification will be valid for 3 years, after which the individual must recertify. After passing the exam, students will receive a certificate, lapel pin, and marketing kit. The marketing kit includes the official copyrighted Certified Insulation Energy Appraiser™ logo to promote their certification to clients.

As an added benefit to NIA members, all NIA member-certified appraisers will be listed on NIA's website and promoted through other NIA programs and publications such as NIA News, Insulation Outlook, press releases, and industry presentations.