RESNET HERS Rater Training- FALL 2023

October 2-13, 2023, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST and October 30-November 3, 2023, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST
Online Modules Component (Online)/ Classroom-Field Practical Component (Some Portion Will Be Live In the Field))

Please note that the last three days of the Classroom/Field Practical Component of this training, which has been done for the last several years on Zoom due to Covid, will be live on site with the trainers and your classmates. This means that students WILL have to travel in order to attend this training. The training site will be in Sagamore Beach, MA for Wednesday, November 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Travel and lodging are not included in the registration fee.

The Alliance is pleased to offer high quality HERS rater training classes in the Northeast, approximately 2-3 times per year.  We have contracted with Performance Systems Development (PSD) to run this training. Our virtual HERS rater training classes have an online modules component, which includes all of the building science theory, and a “classroom/field” practical component on Zoom, which includes all of the hands-on practical training and testing that is necessary to prepare to pass the rater exams.  This comprehensive package has everything a student needs to be well prepared to become a HERS rater.  HERS Rater Training is the first step towards Rater Certification.  To learn more about the requirements for certification click here.  Both online and classroom components are required for Rater Certification.  Early Bird Discount deadline is September 5, 2023.  Final registration deadline is September 19, 2023. Download the flyer.

This course has been approved by the Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund, which has funds available for employee training.  Step one is to get a certificate of good standing here.  Step two is to fill in the application here (select online course application in step 1 under the Application Process Summary).  The course ID # is:1104902.  An overview of the application process can be found here.  Please direct questions about the Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund Application to Jose Ibarra at  express@commcorp.org.

Full Training Cost of $2595 Includes the Combined Online Modules and Classroom/Field Practical Components, and $525 in RESNET Testing Fees:

  • All three RESNET Exam Fees- including the new HERS Rater Exam ($525 total value)
  • The newly updated Northeast HERS Training and Reference Manual ($100 value)
  • A one-year Associate Membership in the Alliance ($50 value)

Online Modules Training Component:


Dates: Weekdays from October 2-13, 2023

Times: Monday- Friday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and Wednesdays 1:00 PM -4:00 PM (EST)

  • 36 hours webinar instruction from the comfort of your own home or office*
  • Both live and recorded presentation options
  • Assignments and quizzes to make sure you master the material

Students are encouraged to attend all sessions at the scheduled time with the live instructor, however, sessions will be recorded, and in the event that a few must be missed, they can be watched later.  However, review of the previous day's quiz will not be included in the recording, so missing classes is not recommended, as you will miss opportunities to review the previous day's material.  In addition to the hours outlined above, students should also budget time for up to 2 hours of homework per night.  *A minimum of 8 of 12 sessions must be attended live.  (Pre-approved for 36 BPI credits.)

The Alliance is now offering an online only option as a stand-alone component for anyone who wants to know about ratings but does not want to become a rater.  The online only component costs $750 and includes information about building science, energy modeling, and performance testing.  This offer also includes an NEHERS manual ($100 value) and a 1-year associate membership to the Alliance ($50 value) but does not include simulation software or RESNET testing.  Must be combined with the classroom/field practical training component for Rater Certification.

Study Period:

This training will have a two-week, instead of one-week, study period between the online and classroom/field practical components. It will be mandatory to attend at least one of these three study halls, it is strongly encourated to attend all three. 

Scheduled Study Hall Dates:  October 17th, 19th, and 24th 2023, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EST)                                    

Location: Zoom

5-Day Classroom/Field Practical Training Component:


Dates:  October 30 - November 3, 2023, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (EST)           

The training schedule for this week is as follows:

  • Monday, October 30th - Zoom 
  • Tuesday, October 31st - Travel Day
  • Wednesday, November 1st  - Sagamore Beach, MA (Field House -TBD)
  • Thursday, November 2nd - Sagamore Beach, MA 
  • Friday, November 3rd - Sagamore Beach, MA                      

Location: 180 State Road, Suite 2U, Sagamore Beach, MA 02562

  • Hands-on learning equipment usage with blower door and duct blaster
  • Two of the five Probationary Ratings overseen by a RESNET certified Candidate Field Assessor required by RESNET
  • Preparation, proctoring and fees for all three RESNET Exams.

Purchase the John Krigger Residential Energy book for an additional $81.75 (including shipping) when you register if you want a hard copy.  This is the most common reference book on building science used both to prepare for the class and as a reference for the open book exam.  This course is pre-approved for 36 BPI credits.

For students taking the full training, there is no additional modeler training necessary.

***Both online modules and classroom/field practical components are required for Rater Certification***



Have you read our Q&A section for future 'Independent' raters?

Prior to making payment, be sure you have read and understood our Cancellation Policy (below)
For questions email info@nehers.org or call/text 978-633-3013.  Office Hours are Tues 9am-12pm and 1pm-5pm/ Wed 1-5pm/ Thurs 9am-12pm and 1-5pm.

Contact: Betsy Ames at 978.633.3013