RESNET HERS Rater Certification Process

A typical RESNET training course is approximatley 40 hours in duration, with on-going requirements (as detailed in the chart and corresponding sections below). Everblue offers a convenient online, anytime format that includes all training materials and certification exams.

  How to Become a Certified RESNET HERS Rater

  Step 1:   Complete RESNET HERS Rater Training   Training Portion
  Step 2:   Pass National Rater Core Exam
  Step 3:   Pass RESNET Practical Simulation Exam
  Step 4:   Pass National Rater Combustion Safety Written Exam
  Step 5:   Pass National Rater Combustion Safety Simulation Exam
 
  Step 6:   Choose a RESNET Quality Assurance Provider   Certification Portion
  Step 7:   Complete 5 Home Energy Ratings Under QA Supervision

HERS Rater Certification Earned!

  Step 8:   Complete Mandatory Quality Assurance Activities & Continuing Education

 

Step 1: RESNET HERS Rater Training 

All HERS Rater candidates must complete training administered by an Accredited Rater Training Provider, like Everblue. Everblue is, in fact, the top-rated training provider!

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.

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Step 2: Pass National Rater Core Exam

All HERS Rater candidates must take and pass the National Rater Core Exam. The fee for this exam is included in Everblue’s HERS Rater 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
  • Proctored at a local library or community college

 


 

Step 3: 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. The fee for this exam is included in Everblue's HERS Rater Training package.

  • Proctored at a local library or community college

 


 

Step 4: Pass National Rater Combustion Safety Written Exam

The RESNET Combustion Safety Written Exam tests a candidate's ability to complete combustion safety testing. The fee for this exam is included in Everblue's HERS Rater Training package.

  • 25 questions (multiple choice)
  • Passing score is 80% or higher
  • Proctored at a local library or community college

 


 

Step 5: 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. The fee for this exam is included in Everblue's HERS Rater Training package.

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

 


 

Step 6: Choose 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.

Fees associated with the Quality Assurance Provider are not included in Everblue’s training program.

 


 

Step 7: Complete 5 Home Energy Ratings Under QA Supervision

A Rater candidate must complete 5 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.

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.

Fees associated with the Quality Assurance Provider are not included in Everblue’s training program.

 


 

Step 8: Continuing Education Requirements

Certified HERS Raters must complete a total of 18 hours of RESNET-approved Professional Development credits every 3 years.

Everblue offers an 18-hour ENERGY STAR v3 Online Training, which has been approved for this continuing education requirement.

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