On Campus Courses

HERS Rater

Instructor-led course (220)

Course description

The HERS (Home Energy Rating System) Rater course teaches the concepts and skills necessary to become a certified HERS Rater. We teach comprehensive diagnostic procedures, building science, the principles of the house as a system, and rating software to show our students how to evaluate the energy performance and comfort issues of a home. Students are trained in how to setup and operate the blower door and duct leakage testing equipment. In addition, the students receive hands-on opportunities to become familiar with the equipment.

Course objectives

  • Recall building science principles of residential construction
  • Identify the principles of heat, air and moisture transfer
  • Identify air leakage, comfort and indoor air quality problems
  • Produce accurate and unbiased Home Energy Ratings, from architectural plans or from field inspection and testing
  • Produce a complete home energy analysis using REM/Rate software
  • Complete field inspections and diagnostic testing using the blower door and duct leakage testing equipment
  • Describe the services and responsibilities of a HERS Rater and HERS QA Rating Provider

Skills you'll take home

  • Run the REM/Rate software
  • Run the REM/Rate software
  • Interpret the findings of the diagnostic equipment


This one week program meets the RESNET National Standards for training and certification of HERS Rater. This is a lecture lab course. Topics will be presented in a classroom setting and then followed up with student involvement in the lab. The class will be geared to little or no previous training in the field. Student participation is very important. This class includes two of the five probationary ratings required to be conducted in the training class. The online national HERS Rater exam will be given on the last day of the class. Upon successful completion of the probationary ratings and the exam, the student will receive a certificate of completion. After the successful completion of the remaining ratings, confirmed by the instructor, the student will become a certified Rater.

BPI Continuing Education Units


Course cost


September 22 - October 1st, 2014 at 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Location: CHP Energy Solutions Research & Training, Christiansburg, VA
Cost: $2,295.00
Credit hours: 34.00
BPI units: 0.00
Space is available

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