About the course

About the course

This one day session is a practice ‘mock’ exam for the Passive House Designer/Consultant exam. Participants will be provided with exam like questions and exercises similar to the format and type of the International IPHA exam. Your trainer will assist you with calculation exercise solutions and feedback in preparation for the exam.

To enrol, complete, scan and return the enrolment form to passivehouseenquiries@boxhill.edu.au

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Johanna Trickett and Marcus Strang

Johanna Trickett is an architect and sustainability professional who not only recognizes the many challenges but also the many opportunities in creating a more sustainable built environment. Her professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Architecture, Passive House Designer accreditation and a Master of Science in ‘ClimaDesign’, which in combination allows her to approach projects with an interdisciplinary design and engineering perspective. Johanna has worked in various architectural and sustainability roles in Australia and Germany, with various roles, including Project Architect, ESD Advisor, Lead ESD Consultant and Project Leader. Having worked in two countries and on multiple international projects, Johanna has developed a keen interest in the communication of ESD concepts across national borders and across multiple project disciplines.

Marcus Strang is a specialist sustainability engineer and experienced Certified Passive House Designer, having had the opportunity to work on many Certified Passive House buildings in Australia. His expertise is in refining building energy performance, analysing thermal envelope junctions and fenestration details, as well as identifying interstitial and surface moisture risks using hygrothermal modelling tools. Marcus’s interests encompass holistic systems design, building physics, passive design optimisation and natural building materials. Currently, also a PhD Candidate specialising in the Passive House Standard and mass timber design, which he sees as a fundamental step for striving towards net-zero carbon emission buildings and a thriving, vibrant society.

Course Content

This session and the online 'mock' eaxam will help you prepare for an exam which is challenging in terms of the skills and knowledge required which include; building physics, calculations, drawing of Passive House floor plans, sections and details and a series of multiple choice questions. The exam is time limited and correct pacing throughout the exam is required to complete all sections.

The examination which is set by the Passivhaus Institut (Germany) takes place all around the world on four predetermined dates per year. After successfully completing the exam you will receive the internationally recognised accreditation as Certified Passive House Designer or Certified Passive House Consultant (dependant on your existing qualifications).

More detail on the exam learning targets can be obtained by going to the PassivHaus website.

Exam conditions are provided in detail at the Passivhausplaner website.

To enrol complete the relevant form and return to passivehouseenquiries@boxhill.edu.au.  Alternatively, email enquiries to passivehouseenquiries@boxhill.edu.au.


It is highly recommended that participants attend the 9 day Passive House Designer/Consultant course prior to completing this one day exam preparation course.

This course is suited to qualified and experienced professionals in a building related discipline.  There are no prerequisites to become a Passive House Consultant although knowledge of building construction and building design is an advantage.

The 1 day Passive House Designer Exam Preparation Course and online resource are useful preparation before sitting the internationally accredited exam.

Materials Required for class

You will be provided with a resource which includes exam like questions and exercises.

You should use your Passive House Manuals, notes, writing materials and a calculator.  Coloured pens are recommended and final answers (including drawings) must be in ink not pencil.

The exam is open book. 

Target Audience

This course is suited to architects, building designers, engineers, thermal performance assessors and other professionals working in building construction.

Learning Pathways

More detail on the exam learning targets can be obtained by going to the Passiv Hause website.

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