Home Energy Rating System (HERS) - Core Training

Taking this course is the first step toward becoming a Certified Home Energy Rater authorized to administer the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) developed by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET). As a Certified Home Energy Rater, you will be able to produce energy rating reports that will help home buyers and homeowners qualify for financing incentives through a variety of private and government loan programs.

By applying a building science based knowledge with industry approved energy modeling software and enhanced diagnostic tools, HERS Rater is one of the highest residential energy credentials that can be earned by an individual. Home Energy Ratings can be performed on both new and existing homes and are utilized by numerous energy and green building certification programs including ENERGY STAR, EarthCraft House, LEED for Homes and National Green Building Standard, as well as many utility rebate programs and energy code compliance efforts.

This course complies with the Mortgage Industry National Home Energy Rating System Accreditation Standard, which has been adopted by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the National Association of State Energy Officials.

Number of Attendees

Class size is limited to 16 participants

Class Dates and Times

HERS class hours are as follows:

  • Monday, 8:00am to 6:00pm (Registration opens at 7:30am)
  • Tuesday, 8:00am to 6:00pm
  • Wednesday, 8:00am to 6:00pm (3:00pm to 6:00pm are in the field)
  • Thursday, 8:00am to 6:00pm
  • Friday, 8:00am to 6:00pm
  • Saturday, 7:15am to 12:30pm

Training Includes

  • A copy of Residential Energy by John Krigger and Chris Dorsi
  • A 700-page HERS Rater Manual - with copies of all slides used during the training
  • Two provisional ratings - included as part of the training with software feedback
  • Forty hours of classroom training in a green training facility with natural daylighting
  • Two site visits to existing homes for inspection and testing training
  • Hands on blower door and duct leakage testing - plus oral exam on proper usage
  • Electronic course content with additional support materials including SERH Field Takeoff Form
  • RESNET National Certification written/electronic exam
  • RESNET HERS Rater Simulation Practical Exam
  • 90-day trial version of REM/Rate™ software
  • Information on the latest energy finance and incentive programs that use HERS raters
  • Healthy lunches and afternoon snacks
  • Certificate of course completion
  • Southface post-course follow-up and technical assistance

Student Requirements

No previous training or skills are required to attend the Home Energy Rating System training; however, a background in residential design, construction, inspection, HVAC or insulation/weatherization is useful. In addition,

  • Students are expected to become familiar with basic construction terminology and with blower door and duct leakage testing equipment operation (taught as part of class).
  • Students are expected to read Residential Energy by John Krigger and Chris Dorsi and complete homework on basic geometry skills before attending this class.
  • For the written/electronic exam, students must have a laptop computer with a Microsoft Windows® operating system and Internet access capability.
  • Passing the core HERS class entails successfully completing the RESNET exam (50 questions, 2 hours, 80% or higher), successfully submitting two software files of actual rated homes, and passing the oral/field exam on using the blower door and duct testing equipment.
  • As of January 1, 2014, in addition to passing the HERS core class, new raters must also successfully complete the HERS Combustion Safety and Work Scope module

UPCOMING COURSES

Mon 25

HERS Combustion Safety and Work Scope Module

September 25 @ 8:00 am - September 26 @ 6:00 pm

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