Completing this two-part course is the necessary 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 homebuyers and homeowners qualify for financing incentives through a variety of private and government loan programs. Raters provide the documentation for home builders to receive credit for beyond-code construction, and with more modern energy codes, raters can help builders demonstrate compliance via the Energy Rating Index (ERI) pathway.
By applying a building science-based knowledge with industry approved energy modeling software and enhanced diagnostic tools, Certified HERS Rater is one of the highest residential energy credentials an individual can earn. 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 training complies with RESNET’s 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. For more information about the Home Energy Rating industry, visit www.resnet.us.
Class Structure – Dates and Times
HERS Part 1 (Core Training) class hours are as follows:
INTERIM Period of approximately two weeks between sessions
HERS Part 2 (Evaluation) class hours are as follows:
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There are multiple examinations that must be completed as part of the course. These include four mandatory RESNET online exams, software practice files, actual rating of existing home (including field take-offs + software entry), oral exam to demonstrate competency with equipment setup, operation and calculations for blower door and duct leakage testing and combustion safety diagnostic equipment usage.
The Southface HERS training includes the following RESNET charges for the three required exams ($525; Note: Southface does not mark up this fee). Proctoring fees for the initial test attempts are included in the normal class fee.
No previous training or skills are required to attend the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) training; however, a background in residential design, construction, inspection, HVAC or insulation/weatherization is useful. In addition,
Number of Attendees:
Class size is limited to 12 participants.