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ATTMA Level 1 Airtightness Tester Course and Exam

Train and take the exam to become a Registered ATTMA Level 1 Airtightness Tester. A combination of online content and live remote exam.

Description

The course is designed to take professionals who are new to the practice of airtightness testing and make them competent in basic tests for houses and simple structures. For those with prior experience, it will also provide in-depth discussion on finer techniques of testing.

ATTMA Level 1 Airtightness Testers are qualified to carry out testing on simple structures up to 4,000 m3 requiring only one fan. Common examples include houses, apartments, and single-zone commercial buildings. The course covers:

  • Essentials of airtightness testing systems, their software, and calculations
  • Understanding what a testing system is doing and troubleshooting
  • Conducting envelope area calculations off printed and digital plans, as well as off existing buildings without plans
  • Analysing test results for quality and reporting results for different purposes

Course Schedule:

On Days 1 – 3

You will gain familiarity with common airtightness testing systems and the theory that guides their operation. You will gain an understanding of how ATTMA standards, regulatory standards and project specifications for airtightness are applied in New Zealand and Australia. You will also better understand how test results should be represented and compared, and how they relate to physical processes in real buildings.

Day 4 – Exam Day

The course will culminate on the last day in an open-book knowledge and theory exam conducted online and a test of envelope area calculations. If desired, a live in-person assessment of competency in using a common blower door system such as from The Energy Conservatory or Retrotec may be performed at the training venue, though this can be separately arranged for another day.

For more information about the ATTMA Level 1 accreditation process in Australia and New Zealand, see further below.

Course Preparation:
To be confident in preparation for the course, each candidate should possess competence in mathematics and geometry. For those who do not use these skills regularly or recently, these sometimes require in-depth review.

Because the operation of blower doors is only reviewed in a general way not specific to manufacturers, candidates should already have familiarity with standard systems by the Energy Conservatory or Retrotec, OR be comfortable learning at a rapid pace.

The entire course will be conducted by GoToMeeting, an interactive and powerful platform for dynamic training. There will be real-time questions and exercises and live video feed to keep you engaged and asking questions. The sessions will be recorded for documentation purposes. We expect your full attention for the entire course and at least occasional appearance by webcam on your device is requested.

Learning Outcomes:

  • ASTATT1 Prepare and carry out Airtightness Testing
  • ASTATT2 Prepare a Building for Airtightness Testing
  • ASTATT3 Carry out Airtightness Testing for a single dwelling or other small buildings
  • ASTATT5 Prepare and issue the Airtightness Report
  • ASTATT6 Calculate the area of building envelopes
  • ASTATT7 Manage all Calibrated Equipment
  • ASTATT8 Initiate and progress contracts with clients to carry out Airtightness Testing
  • ASTATT9 Quality Assure the Airtightness Testing Process

The nitty-gritty

  • Course Venue: Online
  • Length: 3 days + 1 day exam
  • Cost: $2,000 excl GST 
  • Special Requirements: Computer and calculator, or a phone with a calculator

 

ATTMA Level 1 Accreditation Steps:
For more information on the ATTMA accreditation process, visit this page:
https://www.bcta.group/attma/members/air-tightness-testers/join-attma/australia/entry-route/

Prerequisites

No official prerequisites, but familiarity with basic geometry and mathematics is required.

One helpful additional skill and software is SketchUp, which is a free and very powerful tool for building envelope calculations.

Another useful option is Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, which has a free version with basic but perfectly adequate measuring tools.

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