I manage a weatherization program for a regional government in remote Alaska, and I am interested in taking it in a healthy homes direction. Next week, my field manager and I are attending a state-sponsored training for the new BPI Healthy Home Evaluator credential. Since I am the only person on my staff of 9 that holds BPI credentials, only I will be able sit for the exam.
The cost of sending my team to certification training in the Lower 48 is prohibitive. The cost of bringing in a trainer for a single weeklong training is too high for my comfort as well. My solution was to propose establishment of a BPI Test Center at our local two-year tribal college, which could also provide BPI exam prep and other relevant instruction through their trades program. (I would proctor the exams.) This would first require sending a couple of their instructors out to a “train the trainer” type course. The college accepted this arrangement, so now I’m in the market for this training.
This is where my knowledge and discernment of the available options gets thin. I’ve attended several technical trainings over the years, but haven't done BPI stuff recently, and I’ve seen quality vary widely. Does anybody have a recommendation for a good BPI train-the-trainer facility/provider, preferably in the Western U.S.? You can send me a direct message if you prefer.
To be clear, no one is currently requiring us to get BPI certification. This is strategic move that I hope will help us model a healthy housing program framework for local government (at the state level, I know Missouri just finalized a policy allowing reimbursement of home health assessments for practitioners with the HHE). Fortunately, we have a lot going for us: huge political will to improve housing, a health department eager to engage on the issue, and a budget to actually get some things accomplished.
Thanks in advance!