Energy Rater training is the middle step to becoming an expert in the field of applied building science. To earn this RESNET certification, the candidate must be able to climb ladders, carry 35 pounds, pass a National Core Competency academic exam, a Combustion Appliance Zone (CAZ) and Workscope academic exam, a graded field evaluation, produce two software energy simulation models, pass a CAZ simulator exam, and if you are going to work on ENERGY STAR New Homes verifications- an ENERGY STAR exam. You must also perform 3 probationary ratings under the supervision of a Quality Assurance Designee (QAD), or a Quality Assurance Designee Delegate (QADD).
HERS Rater Training Roadmap
I’ve designed a course that provides both the education and training needed to become a RESNET certified Energy Rater. We’ve produced one of the highest rated HERS training programs in the history of the industry- that’s not brag, that’s fact!
Our Energy Rater training program is conducted in two phases.
Phase One: Online Energy Rater Education
Phase One consists of online education modules delivered through our learning platform. These modules must be completed within 12 months- so this really is “Learn at Your Own Pace”!
These modules include:
- Industry Overview
- Energy Code
- Reference Home
- HERS Index
- Rating Types
- Quality Assurance
- Construction Math
- Building Science
- Construction Documents
- Construction & Commissioning
- Indoor Air Quality
After you have successfully completed these modules in sequence (about 23 hours of content), you will take the web-based RESNET Rating Field Inspector academic exam. When you have passed that academic exam, the next exam in our Energy Rater training is the RESNET CAZ & Workscope academic exam, also web-based.
After you have passed the Rating Field Inspector and CAZ & Workscope exams, you can move on to the next online education module, the ENERGY STAR New Homes program. Once you have completed the ENERGY STAR module (about 6 hours of content), you will take the ENERGY STAR exam.
After you have passed the ENERGY STAR exam, you will proceed through the final modules (about 6 hours of content):
- Real Estate Financing
- Energy Modeling
- A Rating Business
Upon successfully completing these final online Rater education modules, you will take the Rater exam. By passing the Rating Field Inspector exam earlier in this process, you will be extremely prepared to pass the Rater exam.
All exams must be arranged through us and administered by a local proctor (public library, technical school, college, or university) of your choice. We will need the proctor’s name, organization, phone number, email address, and physical address to make those arrangements. We will send the proctor the exam information and proctoring instructions. NOTE: All proctoring fees are the responsibility of the student.
The RESNET test fees are paid by the student directly to RESNET when logging in to the exam, using MasterCard or VISA and RESNET’s secure server. Those test fees are:
- Rating Field Inspector academic exam, $50.00
- CAZ & Workscope academic exam, $50.00
- ENERGY STAR exam, included with the Phase One Rating Field Inspector Training course fee
- Rater academic exam, $100.00
Phase One Online Energy Rater Training: $350.00
Call us at 423-838-5095 to register for the online Energy Rater Training!
Phase Two: Instructor-led Field Energy Rater Training
After you submit proof that you have passed the exams in Phase One, you will be invited to attend the instructor-led field Energy Rater training where you will learn the basics of collecting the required site data, how to perform the tests required for a HERS Rating and ENERGY STAR verification, and how to use the energy modeling software. To see our schedule for these events, please visit our Upcoming Events.
Phase Two Instructor-led Field Energy Rater Training, 3 days: $1,000.00
Call us at 423-838-5095 to register for the instructor-led Energy Rater training!
After you complete our portion of Phase Two, you will take the ResCAZ simulator training online and within two weeks, the ResCAZ simulator exam. The simulator training and exam fee is paid directly to the test vendor with MasterCard or VISA using their secure server. This exam will require a proctor. All proctor and exam fees are the responsibility of the student.
ResCAZ simulator training and exam fee: $199.00
Students will need to bring to the instructor-led Phase Two Energy Rater Training:
- Laptop computer running Windows XP or higher, with USB port and wireless Internet capability (Wi-Fi or broadband)
- USB drive
- Calculator with square root function
- 35′ tape measuree
- Hard hat
- Architect’s scale
- Pen or pencil
- Directional compass
We also provide this training for clients using our mobile training team.