A certified home energy Rater must successfully complete training by a RESNET Accredited Rater Training Provider and must be certified by a RESNET Accredited Rating Provider.A Rater must successfully complete training by a RESNET accredited rater training organization. The training is conducted in accordance with a syllabus developed by RESNET. The training addresses:

  • 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 testing procedures
  • Duct leakage testing procedures
  • Variations in construction types and their ramifications
  • Types and efficiencies of windows
  • Types and efficiencies of 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 azimuth
  • Determination of air leakage
  • Determination of fuels used by major appliances
  • Utility rate structures
  • On-site inspection procedures
  • Producing a scaled and dimensional drawing of a home
  • Calculating the area of rectangles, triangles, circles, ovals and combinations of these shapes
  • Calculating the volume of boxes, pyramids, spheres, and other 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

Each candidate Rater must perform two ratings, including software operations, in the presence of trainers.

Certified Raters must also pass examinations that demonstrate a practical, working ability to effectively use the knowledge and skills set contained in Section 5.3 of Chapter Two of the national home energy rating standard to produce accurate and fair Home Energy Ratings. This examination may either follow training or it may be taken as a challenge examination.


The RESNET National Rater Test is an on-line 50 question true or false / multiple choice test. The test in open book and raters have two hours to complete the test. The test is on building science concepts and rating procedures. Raters receive the results from the test immediately after completing the test. A passing score is 80%. The test must be administered by a RESNET accredited rater training provider. Contact us today to get started. After successful completion of the Core exam a Rater candidate must complete the following and pass all required exams. 

Combustion Safety training, Combustion safety written exam, SIM exam, Practical SIM exam. Upon successful completion of the exams and any required field training the Rater is ready to contract with an accredited Quality Assurance Provider. Call us now to get started! Annual discounts on fees for all students that sign up with BPS after their training. 

RESNET NATIONAL RATING INSPECTOR Training (RFI) (mentoring to certification) 

This is a great starting point for a person that enjoys inspections but is not ready to do advance energy modeling. The requirements starts with Four required mentoring reviews by a certified Energy Rater and one final field and file review by an certified RESNET Instructor or Quality Assurance Designee (QAD) Come on down and get started today! BPS will have you mentor with a certified Rater to start then on to certification. We are here to help you get started and we will see you through the process. 



All of the questions in the national rater test were supported by publications and web sites. It would be good to familiarize or secure these resources prior to taking the test. The following are the source documents for the national rater test:

  • Builder's Guide, Energy and Environmental Building Association (EEBA)
  • Handbook of Fundamentals, ASHRAE
  • Manual J, Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA)
  • Residential Energy, John Krigger
  • Minneapolis Duct Blaster and Blower Door Manuals, The Energy Conservatory
  • RESNET, especially the links to:
    • Energy code compliance
    • Energy efficient financing/Fannie Mae product offerings
    • 2006 National Mortgage Industry Technical Standards, especially Chapter 3 and Appendix A
    • Formal Technical Interpretations

In addition to the study guide outline, it is suggest that raters review the following documents prior to taking the test:

The rater's rating provider's program's policy and procedures manual

The rater's accredited rater training provider's rater training manual Chapters

Two and Three of the Mortgage Industry National Home Energy Rating Standards

Building Performance Solutions has trained thousands of students across the country. We provide you the study materials and customize your training that is the best fit for your needs. 

Get started today email or call us to talk to our experienced staff Talk directly with the lead Instructor Learn from the best! 

RESNET HERS Rater Training Class and Certification

HERS Rater Training online or classroom. We offer small class settings, one on one personal training. 

  • Building Science for the beginner or expert 

  • “How – to” conduct a proper Energy Audit

  • HVAC training (residential) 

  • Duct Blaster, Blower door, Combustion analyzer, CO Detector, Thermography, diagnostics 

  • Energy Audit Software (REM-Rate)

  • RESNET Standards (Minimum rated features, standards of practice, etc.)

Schedule a class TODAY!

Meet John Hensley our Lead Certified Trainer. John has trained and certified thousands of students across the country. Be successful join our training program today! 

Contact us 877/831/5061 Ask for Student services, if email is more comfortable email us at / Would you like to speak to the instructor for a more personal approach/ Ask to speak to John 

  • Are you a Rater?
  • Do you need continuing education credits?
  • Perhaps you passed your Rater test but need a Provider? 
  • Did your certification expire? 
  • Have you taken your SIM Practical? 

We are here to help. Contact us and we will work with you to get you the training you need, walk you through the Provider Rater certification process. It is as easy as reaching out to us today. Call 877-831/5061 or email us at and speak to one of our certified trainers and Quality Assurance Designee 

Combustion Safety and WORKSCOPE Training

From CAZ to Written exams / and the RESNET Practical /we walk you through the process 

Requirements for Certified Raters that do not have BPI Certification – (2) Day Class

  • Field training, classroom,and two exams. (Simulation and Written) $650

Requirements for Rater with BPI Certification

  • Rater candidate must provide proof that they are current with BPI. (Provide License number)
  • BPI Certified Raters are not required to attend field training.
  • Classroom training, and two exams are required. (Simulation and Written) $550.

It is suggested by BPS that all students sign up and pay for the simulation a week or so before the class in order to become familiar with the simulation.

Rater candidates must provide evidence that they are currently a certified Rater.

Building Science Training Course Includes:

  • 2009/2012/ 2015 IECC Compliance (Understanding Code Changes), Performance modeling 
  • Duct Blaster & Blower Door Example (We will show you how it works)
  • Air Sealing and Insulation Training/Techniques

In Field Training for your Construction Team!

BPS offers Sales Training for REALTORS

  • How to market an Energy Efficient Home
  • Understanding the RESNET HERS Score
  • Understanding Energy Efficiency  / Appraisal
  • Compare Energy Star Home/ HERS
  • What is a Blower Door and what does the result mean 
  • What can I find out from a Duct Blaster Test 
  • Building Science As A System!