RESNET HERS Rater Certification Process

RESNET HERS Rater Certification Process

RESNET HERS Rater Certification is a 2-step process:

  • Step 1 - TRAINING with an Accredited Training Provider (which we are)
  • Step 2 - CERTIFICATION from an Accredited Rating QA Provider
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    As RESNET's top-rated Training Provider, we include all certification exams with our online program. We can also refer you to a Rating QA Provider.

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    Overview

    How to Become a Certified HERS Rater

    HERS Rater Training

    Pass Standard Exam

    Pass Practical Exam

    Pass Combustion Safety Exam

    Complete 5 Probationary Ratings

    Sign Up with a QA Provider

    TRAINING DETAILS

    HERS Rater Training

    Complete RESNET HERS Rater Training

    All HERS Rater candidates are required to complete HERS Rater training with an Accredited Training Provider (which we are). Our online course is 25 hours long.

    During the online program, participants will learn about building science principles, the RESNET standards, blower door and duct leakage testing, combustion safety testing, and computer energy modeling with REM/Rate software.

    Pass National Rater Standard Exam

    All HERS Rater candidates must take and pass the National Rater Standard Exam.

    • 2 hours
    • Open book
    • 55 questions (multiple choice & true/false)
    • Passing score is 72% or higher
    • No wait time on receiving score
    • Proctored at a local library or community college

    The fee for this exam is included in our HERS Rater Training package.

    Pass RESNET Practical Simulation Exam

    The RESNET Practical Simulation Exam requires candidates to correctly demonstrate their knowledge of field testing two homes via a 3D interactive simulation.

    • Proctored at a local library or community college

    The fee for this exam is included in our HERS Rater Training package.

    Pass National Rater Combustion Safety Simulation Exam

    After registering for Everblue's online HERS Rater training program, participants will receive login credentials to the ResCaz simulation program to begin practicing on this unique software platform.

    • We provide 30 days of access to ResCaz software
    • We recommend 10 practices before exam attempt
    • Passing score is 85% or higher
    • Proctored at a local library or community college

    The fee for this exam is included in our HERS Rater Training package.

    Complete 2 Probationary Ratings

    A HERS Rater candidate must complete 5 total ratings within 12 months of passing the National Rater Core Exam. The first 2 probationary ratings can be completed in a training environment from building plans. The final 3 probationary ratings must be supervised by a RESNET Quality Assurance Provider.

    The 2 probationary ratings from plans are included in our HERS Rater Training package.

    CERTIFICATION DETAILS

    HERS Rater Certification

    Choose a Rating Quality Assurance Provider

    The Home Energy Rating industry is governed by RESNET and is structured to ensure a high level of quality assurance. With that in mind, all certified Raters MUST work through an approved RESNET Quality Assurance Provider. HERS Raters are actually certified by RESNET Quality Assurance Providers rather than RESNET itself.

    What does a RESNET Quality Assurance Provider do?

    • Helps a Rater candidate complete three probationary ratings before earning certification
    • Ensures a Rater's on-going compliance with the RESNET standards
    • Checks 10% of a Rater’s energy modeling files
    • Performs an on-site QA review of 1% of a Rater’s rated homes each year
    • Reports results of all rating and on-site QA activity to RESNET annually
    • Maintains an accurate database of a Rater’s energy modeling files

    Several of these additional processes require fees that are paid by the Rater to the Quality Assurance Provider, including an annual membership fee.

    Complete 3 Ratings Under QA Supervision

    The final 3 probationary ratings will be completed in partnership with a candidate's selected QA Provider. These ratings must be approved one at a time so that corrections may be made.

    After completing these Ratings successfully and within the necessary timeframe, the Quality Assurance Provider will then certify the Rater and issue appropriate documentation and permissions to use software to perform energy ratings. The Quality Assurance Provider bears the right to deny certification if it doesn’t believe that the Rater candidate is prepared.

    NEXT STEPS

    Sign Up for HERS Rater Training

    Now that you have a basic understanding of the HERS Rater Certification process, it's time to sign up for training!

    Still have questions about HERS Rater Certification? Check out our RESNET FAQs page.
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