Our available on-demand training is listed below.
CEUs = Continuing Education Units
HERS Rater Certification
This course is designed to train students who wish to be Certified Home Energy Raters (HERS Raters) the basics of Home Energy Ratings and is designed to prepare you for the RESNET national rater, practical simulation, and CAZ (Combustion Appliance Zone) simulation exams. Once you have completed this on-line portion of the training, you will need to take the required national exams in the presence of the instructor. This is the first phase in your journey to become Certified as a HERS Rater. To complete your certification once you have successfully completed training and passed the exams, you must also gain hands-on experience with the tools and perform testing and verification under the guidance of a RESNET Rating QA Provider. You will then complete a minimum of five (5) probationary ratings with your chosen Rating Quality Assurance Provider within one year of successfully completing the exams. Your Rating QA Provider is the certifying body who will provide you with your final HERS Rater certification.
HERS Modeler Certification for REM/Rate & Ekotrope
CEUs: 36 ESC | 18 RESNET
Being a HERS Modeler is much, much more than data entry. The ability to generate an accurate energy model is one of the most difficult and critical responsibilities of a HERS Rating. This course provides information about home energy ratings, but also about the energy and construction considerations that must be made when developing an energy model. Students can expect to learn construction math and building science as well as obtain a working knowledge of where the model data comes from and why it is important. An understanding of what data are gathered in the field, what to expect from that field data gathering, and how to turn that data into modeling information and enter it into HERS Modeling tools is all included in this training. YOU HAVE THE CHOICE: This course can be used to become certified as a HERS Modeler for the Ekotrope software or REM/Rate software or both!
Insulation and Radiant Barrier Evaluation
CEUs: 0.5 ICC | 5 ESC | 5 RESNET
This online, on-demand training class will be of interest to Insulation Installers, HERS Raters, RFIs, Code Officials, and General Contractors. The amount of items and standards to be considered and evaluated when determining the quality of a residential insulation job or the installation of radiant barriers is surprising. The installation, the application, and the specific materials used all have their own set of requirements. After those have been met, the installation itself must be evaluated to determine the quality of that installation. Insulation and Radiant Barrier Evaluation walks you through all these considerations and explains how Grading works for insulation and radiant barrier installations according to the ANSI/RESNET/ICC 301 Standard.
Verifying Air Distribution and Air Barrier Systems in Residential Construction
CEUs: 0.9 ICC | 9 ESC
Understanding, measuring and diagnosing air leakage of the duct systems and the building shell is the focus of this training course. The air distribution system and the home envelope are described and investigated along with their impacts on efficiency, safety and building durability. Tools and methods for measuring duct and air leakage and duct and air leakage calculations are explained. Discussions and examples include pressure influences and pressure diagnostics. This course is an excellent introduction to residential duct and air leakage for anyone considering performing this type of testing and diagnostics; or anyone who will be approving and overseeing others to perform this type of work.
Indoor Air Quality and Mechanical Ventilation
CEUs: 0.5 ICC | 5 ESC | 5 RESNET
This online, on-demand training class is targeted to HERS Raters, RFIs and Code Officials; but will be interesting to anyone who breathes while inside their residence. You will learn all about Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), carbon monoxide production, and mechanical ventilation systems. It also explains code calculations for required ventilation air and changes to those codes over the years, including how to take measured air infiltration into account and what you need to know to test and verify the air flow of mechanical ventilation systems according to the latest residential codes.
CEUs: 0.8 ICC | 8 ESC
There are many uses for Construction Math, from Building Science to Real Estate to Construction. This course will help you dust off and expand your math skills with a focus on residential construction. You will learn how to take accurate measurements in the field and how to determine accurate measurements on plans as well as how to calculate area and volume for basic and more advanced shapes and construction features such as hip roofs and spiral staircase or turret walls. Top it all off with a primer on generating scale drawings and what should be included in those drawings. If you work with any type of construction, this course will help you ensure your calculations are accurate.
Combustion Safety and Combustion Safety Testing
CEUs: 0.7 ICC | 7 ESC
This course is about combustion safety in our homes and residences. We will define the Combustion Appliance Zone(s) (CAZ), discuss the combustion process and elements of combustion safety, understand the multiple combustion appliances we may have to evaluate as well as testing protocols and visual examination. This course covers all combustion appliances, whether they are located in a dedicated CAZ or not. Testing tools, calculations, interpretation of results, and incorporating safety into the scope of work are covered. ACCA Standards and RESNET Standards are included as a focus of this training.
ENERGY STAR Version 3 Certification Training for HERS Raters and Rating Field Inspectors (RFIs)
CEUs: 18 RESNET
This 18 CEU online, on-demand training class teaches HERS Raters what they need to know to verify homes for the ENERGY STAR Program. This course is open to HERS Raters/RFIs who are new to ENERGY STAR as well as those who are already ENERGY STAR Certified. This course includes details about the ENERGY STAR v3.0/v3.1 program using the Revision 8 Checklists. Please Note: This course does not include the new ENERGY STAR Multi-Family program - that is becoming available in a separate course. This course does include component by component verification protocols, partnering with ENERGY STAR, information about logo use, marketing materials and ongoing support. The ENERGY STAR Exam is included; which must be passed in order to become certified as an ENERGY STAR qualified HERS Rater/RFI and/or obtain the 18 CEUs.
ENERGY STAR v3/v3.1 On-Demand
Refresher Course Only | No CEUs Available
This is a course for anyone interested in learning about the ENERGY STAR program at the current v3/v3.1 level with the Revision 8 checklists. The class has an in-depth focus on in-field verification and includes many examples of correct installations as well as incorrect installations and their corrections. In-depth information is provided about static pressure testing as well as water management and water-managed building assemblies. Verification for items from the ENERGY STAR Water Management System Builder Requirements is included. A detailed look at the changes from Revision 7 to Revision 8 is included as well as a deep dive into the Revision 8 checklists and how to verify program compliance and cross-check items among the checklists themselves.
NOTE: This course does not provide any CEU's or reporting to the EPA.
CEUs: 0.6 ICC | 6 ESC
Energy Fundamentals is all about Energy! This short course covers the definition of energy including detailed energy terms and the language of energy. You will learn the laws of thermodynamics and take a deep dive into the concepts of heat flow, air flow, and moisture flow. These concepts are brought together with a discussion about how they impact human comfort, health and safety.
Building Science for EnergySmart Contractors
CEUs: 4 ESC
This online, on-demand course provides a high level overview of Building Science and is required for Contractors wishing to be certified as an EnergySmart Contractor. It is intended for the General Contractor, Crew Manager, Crew Leader, and Crew Member to provide an understanding of heat flow, air flow and moisture flow through a residential structure. Changes made to a structure intended to improve comfort and energy efficiency are discussed in terms of their potential impact on health, safety, and building durability. Roles in the energy retrofit industry and terminology used in building science, diagnostics and building performance are covered. Anyone involved in or interested in the weatherization of existing home stock will benefit from taking this course.
Building Science and the Building Envelope
CEUs: 0.4 ICC | 4 ESC
The building envelope plays a large part in the amount of energy our homes use. This course introduces you to construction terminology, takes you through a quick history of home construction and home energy use and dives into the details of building envelope energy flows. You will learn about heating and cooling load calculations, degree days, R-Values, U-Values, K-Values, heat loss, and heat gain. We complete the envelope discussion by discussing climate zones and climate zone impacts on construction decisions.
CEUs: 0.4 ICC | 4 ESC
Construction basics and building components are covered in this course. We take a tour of construction plans and learn what to expect in the plan set. We cover the components that make up the building shell in details and review alternative building materials and techniques.
This presentation covers the protocols used to certify HERS Index and qualify homes and units for programs using Sampling. The webinar covers RESNET Sampling procedures in general. The information contained is useful for builders, program managers and HERS Raters interested in RESNET Sampling.
ICC = International Code Council * ESC - EnergySmart Contractor * RESNET = Residential Energy Services Network