RESNET HERS Rater Certification is a strong career supplement for home performance professionals nationwide who:
New construction homes are becoming more energy-efficient, and the HERS Rater Certification is a great way to become part of this industry and gain new business.
The fastest way to become a HERS Rater is to enroll in Everblue's RESNET HERS Rater Training and Certification Package. Everblue is the top-rated RESNET Training Provider, and we've partnered with RATERusa, a nationwide provider of RESNET Quality Assurance, to offer a one-stop-shop solution to becoming a fully certified HERS Rater.
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 National Rater Combustion Safety Written Exam|
|Step 5: Pass National Rater Combustion Safety Simulation Exam|
|Step 6: Sign Contract with a RESNET Quality Assurance Provider||Certification Portion|
|Step 7: Complete 3 Probationary Ratings|
HERS Rater Certification Earned!
|Step 8: Complete Mandatory Quality Assurance Activities & Continuing Education|
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.