RESNET® HERS Rater Training (Phase 2)

There is nothing like spending time in the field with an experienced trainer to cement your classroom knowledge and prepare you for the “real” world of the HERS Rater. The field training provides participants with hands-on training with diagnostic equipment and testing processes, as well as one-on-one access to top-notch instructors. This is the second phase of the RESNET HERS Rater training.

Attention Mac Users

The REM/Rate program and SketchUp plugins in this course will not work on the Mac/Apple operating system. Learn more about computer requirements here.


Instructor: Ben Graham

Field | 4 days


Program Overview

The field portion of HERS Rater Training 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.

Credits & Attendance

You will meet the course’s learning objectives through a combination of the following activities in this course:

  • Purchase and practice using the RESCAZ Simulator prior to attending the field training.
  • Review the blower door, duct blaster, and pressure diagnostic, CST, and Work Scope modules prior to attending class.
  • Participate fully in the labs.
  • Engage in the one-on-one coaching with the instructors.
  • Assume a leadership role when necessary: voluntarily help other students when you have knowledge they don’t have.
  • Approach the course with a desire to learn
  • Complete the practice ratings.

To complete this course you must attend all four days of the course for the entire time.

Badge Awarded


Who Should

Who Should Attend:

  • Students who have completed EnergyLogic’s Online HERS Rater Training
  • Students who have completed online HERS Rater Training with another company
  • Building professionals interesteed in learning about the HERS Diagnostic Testing processes
  • Certified Raters who would like more mentoring or training with the equipment and testing processes.


Learning Objectives

After taking this course students will be able to:

  • 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.


Required Materials

Tape Measure
Hard Hat & Respirator
Architect Scale or Ruler
Shoe Cover(s)

Recommended Text

Exams &


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

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


Attention Mac Users

The REM/Rate program and SketchUp plugins in this course will not work on the Mac/Apple operating system. It is strongly recommended that you have access to a PC, or a Windows emulator on your Mac to use the software applications in this course.

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