RESNET Hybrid HERS Rater Training- SPRING 2024

March 18-29, 2024, EST and April 8-12, 2024, EST
Online Modules (Weekdays 9 AM-Noon AND Wednesdays 1-4 PM on Zoom) / Classroom-Field Practical Component (Weekdays 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM - Primarily Live In the Field in Newton, MA)

Scholarship Application

The Alliance is pleased to offer high quality HERS rater training classes in the Northeast 3-4 times per year.  We have contracted with Performance Systems Development (PSD) to run this training. Our hybrid HERS rater training classes have an online modules component, which includes all of the building science theory, and a “classroom/field” practical component in person, 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 February 26th (save $300). Final registration deadline is March 4, 2024. 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 and here.  Please direct questions about the Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund Application to the Express Team at  express@commcorp.org.

Full Training Cost of $3295 Includes the Combined Online Modules and Classroom/Field Practical Components, and $525 in RESNET Testing Fees:

  • All three RESNET Exam Fees- including the HERS Rater Exam ($525 total value)
  • The Northeast HERS Training and Reference Manual ($100 value)
  • A one-year Associate Membership in the Alliance ($60 value)

Online Modules Training Component:


Dates: Weekdays from March 18 - 29, 2024

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

*A minimum of 8 of 12 sessions must be attended live. Students are expected to keep up with the class and to take initiative to get their questions answered if they miss any sessions.  The sessions will be recorded, but the review of previous day's quiz and the class Q&A time will not be in the recording.  In addition to the hours outlined above, students should also budget time for up to 2 hours of homework per night.   (36 BPI credits approved.) Please note that we recommend having a second monitor for working on the modeling and for taking the exams. 

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 $875 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 ($60 value) but does NOT include simulation software or RESNET testing.  Must be combined with the classroom/field practical training component for Rater Certification.

Office Hours

There will be office hours during the week break, times TBD. 

5-Day Classroom/Field Practical Training Component:


Dates:  April 8 - 12, 2024, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (EST)   

Location: Studio for High Performance Design and Construction at 151R Adams Street, Newton, MA 02458

  • 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 $88.50 (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