Energy Vanguard Offers RESNET Combustion Safety Class in June

RESNET combustion safety & workscope development training for HERS raters

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RESNET will require all HERS raters to be certified in combustion safety and work scope development. All new raters trained in 2014 will need to demonstrate those skills before they can be certified. Raters who were already certified prior to this year, as well as rater candidates coming into 2014, will need to add this to their certification before 2015. HERS raters who are also BPI-certified aren't completely exempt from the requirements but do get a special pass.

To meet the requirements, a HERS rater who is also BPI-certified must pass two tests: a 25 question multiple choice test and an online combustion safety and work scope development simulation test. The RESNET Board of Directors, however, issued an interpretration earlier this year exempting such raters from the field training requirment.

The multiple choice test is in the same format as the National HERS Rater Test. You have to get 80% correct (20 out of 25) to pass. The questions cover the RESNET protocols on combustion safety and work scope development (in chapter 8 of the HERS Standards) as well as some of the basic building science underlying these skills.

The online simulation requires you to go through a house and show that you know, at least in the form of a computer game, how to test for gas leaks, set up the house for worst-case depressurization, measure carbon monoxide levels, and more. You get points for the various tasks you complete, and 85% is a passing score.

With enough practice, both tests are relatively easy. To help HERS raters who are also BPI-certified meet this new requirement quickly and affordably, Energy Vanguard has set up a one-day class to help you pass the two tests:

Class Details
Date:          23 June 2014
Schedule:   8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Included:    Both RESNET CAZ tests
Cost:          $600 ($575 for EVER raters)

You can get the full scoop and register for the class on the registration page:

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So if we're a HERS rater who is not BPI certified, is this the class for us? Or will there be another one? And if we're a non-BPI HERS rater who's nonetheless seen this stuff before and happens to learn really fast?

Leigha, we'll be offering 2-day classes in the fall for raters who aren't BPI-certified. I haven't seen their clarifications yet, but if you're not BPI-certified, you'll need to complete CAZ field training in addition to passing the tests.

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