RESNET HERS Rater Certification Process

A typical RESNET training course is about a week long, with 8-hour days in the classroom and in the field. Everblue offers a 6-day training and certification program that serves as a one-stop-shop for satisfying all the RESNET HERS Rater certification requirements.

  How to Become a Certified RESNET HERS Rater

  Step 1:   Complete Rater Training & 2 Supervised Ratings   Training Portion
  Step 2:   Pass National Rater Core Exam
  Step 3:   Pass RESNET Practical Simulation Exam
  Step 4:   Pass RESNET Combustion Safety Written Exam
  Step 5:   Pass RESNET Combustion Safety Simulation Exam
 
  Step 6:   Sign RESNET Quality Assurance Contract   Certification Portion
  Step 7:   Complete 3 Probationary Ratings

HERS Rater Certification Earned!

  Step 8:   Complete Mandatory Quality Assurance & Continuing Education

Step 1: RESNET HERS Rater Training & 2 Supervised Ratings

All HERS Rater candidates must complete two energy ratings in the presence of an Accredited Rater Training Provider, like Everblue. These activities are included in Everblue’s training package.

Everblue offers two options for learning about the RESNET Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index:

  • Training Package ($2199) - 5 days of building science training (classroom & field)
  • Training & Certification Package ($2699) - 6 days of building science training (classroom & field) + Quality Assurance service

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.

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Step 2: Pass National Rater Core Exam

All HERS Rater candidates must take the National Rater Core Exam in the presence of an Accredited Rater Training Provider, like Everblue. This activity and fee are included in Everblue’s training package.

The RESNET Core exam is challenging, so if you wish to accomplish this goal, you will need to take the coursework and test seriously. Everblue’s pass rate is WELL ABOVE the national average.

  • 2 hours
  • Open book
  • 50 questions (multiple choice & true/false)
  • Passing score is 80% or higher
  • No wait time on receiving score

 


 

Step 3: Pass RESNET Practical Simulation Exam

The RESNET Practical Simulation Exam is a new requirement for getting HERS Certified (July 2016). This exam requires candidates to correctly demonstrate their knowledge of field testing two homes via a 3-D interactive simulation. This exam and fee are already included in the cost of the program.

 


 

Step 4: Pass National Rater Combustion Safety Written Exam

The RESNET Combustion Safety Written Exam is administered during Everblue’s one-week RESNET training program, with the exam fee already included in the cost of the program.

  • 25 questions (multiple choice)
  • Passing score is 80% or higher

 


 

Step 5: Pass National Rater Combustion Safety Simulation Exam

Due to the learning curve associated with the simulation software, we recommend that candidates schedule this exam after attending the one-week RESNET training course. This exam fee, however, is included in the cost of Everblue’s training package.

  • Everblue provides 30 days' access to ResCaz software
  • Recommend 10 practices before exam attempt
  • Proctored at a local library
  • Passing score is 85% or higher

 


 

Step 6: Sign Contract with a RESNET 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 typically require fees that are paid by the Rater to the Quality Assurance Provider, including an annual membership fee.

Everblue has a partnership with RATERusa to assist with the final steps of earning a RESNET HERS Rater Certification. The benefit of using Everblue’s RESNET Training & Certification program is the no-hassle transition to an experienced, responsive, and trustworthy Quality Assurance Provider – with the first year of membership included in Everblue’s training program.

 


 

Step 7: Complete 3 Probationary Ratings

A Rater candidate must submit three probationary ratings within 12 months of passing the National Rater Core Exam. These ratings must be approved one at a time so that corrections may be made.

  • 1 rating may be from plans
  • 2 must be confirmed ratings

One of these ratings is included in Everblue's 6-day Training & Certification package; candidates will be supervised by an approved RESNET Quality Assurance Designee (QAD) on the final day of the program (Saturday). The other 2 ratings will be completed outside of class, though the fees are involved in Everblue's package.

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.

 


 

Step 8: Continuing Education Requirements

Certified HERS Raters must complete a total of 18 hours of RESNET-approved Professional Development credits every 3 years. The ENERGY STAR v3 Online Training, which is included in Everblue’s HERS Rater Training & Certification package, is 18 hours in duration and is approved for this continuing education requirement.

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