RESNET ® HERS Rater Training Combo – Phases 1 & 2

Phase 1 of the EnergyLogic Academy HERS Rater Training covers all of the classroom knowledge necessary to become a HERS Rater.

Phase 2 takes students into the field for hands-on training with diagnostic equipment and testing processes, providing the opportunity for one-on-one access to top-notch instructors.  Field training takes place in Denver, CO.

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Start Date: Anytime
Location: Online + Field
Cost: $2,500

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Hybrid | Self-Paced + Field | 48 – 96 hours + 4 days of field training

Program Overview

Phase 1 of the EnergyLogic Academy HERS Rater training is designed to allow participants to navigate through the knowledge base needed for a HERS Rater at the users own pace. The course prepares students for the extensive knowledge needed in building science, building materials, integrated construction processes, HVAC equipment, and diagnostic testing equipment and processes.

The HERS Rater Training online course covers the core knowledge for the HERS Rater certification. By enrolling in our self-paced, open enrollment course, you will have 90 days to complete the training. You can complete the training at your own pace, and you do not need to take the whole enrollment period if it is not needed. There are 24 modules in the course – each module will take a minimum of 2 hours to complete, with some taking over 4 hours.

Phase 2 is 4 days of field training designed to introduce the HERS Rater inspection processes and diagnostic testing. During the field training we will complete 2 practice ratings according to the RESNET training standard. Practice ratings will be performed on an existing and new home.

This is an instructor facilitated course. Students will have one-on-one instruction on the testing equipment. Much of the field work will be done in a group setting where peer to peer interaction is used to complete the practice ratings.

After completing the course Rater candidates have two steps remaining before earning certification. First, the candidate must pass three exams. The exams fees are not included in the price of tuition. These fees are paid directly to RESNET. For more information click on the RESNET Exams tab. Second, the candidate must join a provider and complete the probationary phase of certification. The provider ultimately issues the certification once the candidate completes the probationary phase.

Credits & Attendance

You will meet the listed learning objectives by completing the following activities in this course:

  • Complete all online course work.
  • Participate in the social interactions in the course
  • Assume a leadership role when necessary; help other students when you have knowledge they don’t
  • Manage your time in the course
  • Approach the course with a desire to learn
  • Successfully complete the class project
  • Participate fully in the field training labs
  • Purchase and practice using the RESCAZ Simulator prior to attending the field training.
  • Engage in the one-on-one coaching with the instructors
  • Complete the practice ratings
  • Be a full participant in all 4 days of field training

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Who Should Attend
  •  Individuals who plan to become a certified RESNET HERS Rater and would like the complete training package.
Learning Objectives

After taking this course students will be able to:

  • Describe HERS Ratings, Standards, and industry structure
  • Analyze a home based on building science
  • Diagram a complete thermal enclosure system for a home
  • Classify the mechanical systems in a home
  • Explain the diagnostic testing processes and equipment for HERS Raters
  • Perform energy modeling on a home
  • Explain the process of measuring and inspecting a home for home energy ratings.
  • Demonstrate the correct use of a manometer
  • Inspect a home using the blower door system
  • Assess a home based on the use of the duct testing system
  • Prescribe remediation based on combustion safety testing
  • Perform ratings according the RESNET Standards
Course Materials

All students taking this course are required to have the following textbook:

Residential Energy – John Krigger & Chris Dorsi, Saturn Resource Management

It is also recommended that you purchase the following supplements:

Required Field Training Materials

  • Tape Measure
  • Hard Hat & Respirator
  • Clipboard
  • Architect Scale or Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Shoe Covers
  • Computer
More Information

All candidates seeking HERS Rater Certification are required to pass four exams. These exams are not included in the purchase of this course. The exams are purchased separately from RESNET.

Earning Certification

Passing the course and national exam does not complete your certification. The final step for HERS Rater candidates is selecting a HERS provider. After the selection of your HERS provider, you are required to complete a minimum of 3 probationary ratings under the supervision of the provider’s quality assurance designee. Once those ratings are complete, the HERS provider will issue you the Rater certification. More details can be found in the The Path to Becoming an Energy Rater document.

RESCAZ Simulator & Practical Exam

Students are expected to purchase gain access to RESCAZ and RESNET Practical simulator prior to attending field training. Contact a training provider for access.

Additional Resources

Course Instructor

Ben Graham

Ben Graham RESNET® Instructor, Green Rater, Auditor Ben has been with Energy Logic as a HERS Rater since 2012 and has rated close to 1000 new homes in the Front Range. Before joining Energy Logic, Ben was a BPI Auditor working in the DC Metro area and has performed hundreds of existing home audits for utility sponsored programs. Ben’s experience working on new construction as well as existing homes, very old and not that old, has given him valuable teachable experience. Ben spends his free time outdoors in any adventurous activity he finds, ranging from rock climbing to hang gliding.