Four Steps to Becoming a Certified Rater
- Training: Start with our hybrid HERS Rater Training class, comprised of 36 hours of online study and 5 days of classroom and field instruction (some of which will be on site in the field), during which you will learn the material necessary to pass the RESNET exams. Additionally, students will complete two out of five Probationary Ratings overseen by a RESNET certified Candidate Field Assessor required by RESNET. At this stage, students are prepared to pass the exams but additional skills and knowledge about comprehensive field inspection and testing will be acquired in steps 3 and 4, under the supervision of the QA Provider.
- RESNET Exams: During the classroom session, students will take the 55-question national rater exam, the RESNET practical simulation exam, and the RESCAZ combustion safety practical exam, under the supervision of a rater trainer as required by RESNET. All exams are open book and have a two-hour time limit. Registration for re-taking an exam outside of a training with a local proctor is available through NEHERS.
- Supervision of Probationary Ratings: After passing the examinations a Rater Candidate must find a QA Provider and complete the remaining three out of five Probationary Ratings overseen by a RESNET certified Candidate Field Assessor required by RESNET. Two of these are completed during the training.
- Contract with a RESNET accredited QA Provider: Raters are actually certified by RESNET-accredited QA Providers rather than RESNET per se. RESNET Standards require the QA Provider to perform quality assurance 'desk audits' on a minimum of 10% of all energy ratings, and follow up field inspections on a minimum of 1% of your ratings. These services typically require fees that are paid by the Rater to the QA Provider.
Rating Field Inspector (RFI): RESNET also certifies professionals who wish to become Rating Field Inspectors. Learn More Here.
HERS Modeler: RESNET is also working on having a certification for those who only wish to do modeling. Learn More Here.
The NEHERS training curriculum includes all of this information for those becoming certified as a HERS rater. No additional training is needed. However, anyone wishing to pursue either an RFI or Modeler certification should contact Betsy at betsy@nehers or call/text 978-633-3013 for more information.