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RESNET – HERS Rater Course

Brief Course Overview

This course is intended for individuals who wish to prepare for the RESNET HERS Rater certification exam.

The course will cover the following:

  • Basic principles of building science (i.e., viewing the home as a system)
  • Thermal resistance of insulation materials
  • The minimum rated features for buildings
  • Blower door and duct leakage testing procedures
  • Variations in construction types and their ramifications
  • Types and efficiencies of windows, heating, cooling, water heating, and lighting systems
  • Types and characteristics of space conditioning and domestic hot water distribution systems
  • Types of thermostatic controls
  • Determination of air leakage
  • Determination of fuels used by major appliances
  • Utility rate structures
  • On-site inspection procedures
  • Producing a scaled and dimensioned drawing of a home
  • Calculating the area and volume of various geometric shapes
  • Completing a home energy rating checklist or entering data into a home energy rating software program
  • Completing a home energy improvement analysis or entering data into a home energy rating software program that performs improvements analysis
  • Basic knowledge of financial incentive programs and energy efficient mortgages
  • Communicating the benefits of energy saving measures and practices to the consumer
  • Quality assurance

Why Take the RESNET HERS Rater Course?

Students who pass the field-testing and online exam will have a nationally recognized certification as a Home Energy Rater.


Prerequisite Requirements

Students must have basic construction knowledge.



$750 for a 3 day course


Certification Exams and Fee

Rater candidates must perform two ratings including software operations in the presence of trainers.  Candidates must also take the RESNET National Rater Test, which is an on-line 50 question true/false and multiple choice test. The test is open book and candidates have two hours to complete the test.

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