EnergySmart Institute Provides Accredited Certification Training for the Following Certifications

    More than just the training requirement, this section will walk you through all the steps you need to follow to complete your certification.

HERS Rater

Our online, on-demand HERS Rater training is very comprehensive and has been taken by students all across the country. A Certified HERS Rater is qualified nation-wide to verify residential construction for a HERS Index, for the federal tax credit, and for the IECC (as long as the code official approves the third-party HERS Rater.) To become certified:

  1. Take an accredited HERS Rater Training Course
  2. Take and pass the RESNET HERS Rater Exams
    • RESNET Combustion Appliance Zone Simulation Exam
    • RESNET Practical Simulation Exam (requires rating 2 Exam Houses)
    • RESNET HERS Rater Written Exam
  3. Join an accredited Rating Quality Assurance Provider
  4. Perform a minimum of five Probationary Ratings (Apprenticeship period - completed through the Rating Quality Assurance Provider)
  5. Obtain Certification (The Rating Quality Assurance Provider finalizes the certification with RESNET)

Here is a link to the information about our online training: https://energysmartinstitute.com/resnet-hers-rater/

This link provides more info about becoming certified: https://energysmartinstitute.com/become-a-certified-hers-rater/

HERS Modeler

The HERS Modeler performs energy modeling using accredited HERS Rating software tools.  The HERS Modeler must report to a HERS Rater and belong to the same Rating Quality Assurance Provider. A HERS Modeler may work for more than one HERS Rater and be a member of more than one Rating Quality Assurance Provider. The Certification earned is applicable regardless of what software you use. To become certified:

  1. Take an accredited HERS Modeler Training Course including the completion of three Mentored Rating Models
  2. Complete a proctored Graded Evaluation of a Rating Model
  3. Join the accredited Rating Quality Assurance Provider that the HERS Rater you are working for belongs to
  4. Perform a minimum of two Probationary Rating Models for each software tool you choose to become certified to perform modeling in (Apprenticeship period - completed through the Rating Quality Assurance Provider)
  5. Obtain Certification (The Rating Quality Assurance Provider finalizes the certification with RESNET)

Here is a link to the information about our online training: https://energysmartinstitute.com/hers-energy-modeler-certification/

Rating Field Inspector

The Rating Field Inspector (RFI) is certified to perform testing and verification field work under the supervision of a HERS Rater. The RFI must report to a HERS Rater and belong to the same Rating Quality  Assurance Provider. An RFI may work for more than one HERS Rater and be a member of more than one Rating Quality Assurance Provider. Certification does not require formal training classes, instead the HERS Rater trains the RFI in the field. However, since not all field situations are always readily available, we do provide courses that can fill in the gaps and help RFIs understand and be aware of standards, example situations, math, testing, and construction terminology. To become certified:

  1. The HERS Rater (or other Qualified Mentor) provides field training to the RFI Candidate.
  2. The HERS Rater (or other Qualified Mentor) evaluates the RFI Candidate using a Graded Field Evaluation and Photo Documentation, which are shared with the RFI Candidate. A minimum of three Graded Field Evaluations are performed.
  3. The RFI Candidate joins the accredited Rating Quality Assurance Provider that the HERS Rater belongs to.
  4. The RFI Candidate performs a minimum of one additional Graded Field Evaluation for the Rating Quality Assurance Provider's Candidate Field Assessor.
  5. Take and pass the RESNET RESCAZ Simulation Exam - We have a RESCAZ exam prep course for this to help ensure your success!
  6. Obtain Certification (The Rating Quality Assurance Provider finalizes the certification with RESNET).

ENERGY STAR Verifier

The ENERGY STAR Verifier is certified to perform verification for new homes and dwelling units to the standards of the ENERGY STAR New Homes program and/or to the ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction program. ENERGY STAR Program verification is required to obtain federal tax credits for this new construction. ENERGY STAR New Homes verifier certification is required to provide verification for the ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction program. To become certified:

  1. Take ENERGY STAR New Homes Certification training
  2. Take and pass the ENERGY STAR exam (included in the certification training)
    • This certifies you as a verifier for the ENERGY STAR New Homes program
  3. Take ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction training
  4. Take and pass the ENERGY STAR exam (included in the certification training)
    • This certifies you as a verifier for the ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction program