Because RESNET has shifted to a new testing platform and encountered numerous issues with the Practical Simulation, we will be updating our course materials. Some additional information:
-) Currently certified Raters that have not taken this test are no longer required to take this exam
-) Passing this exam gives you 18 CEUs towards renewing your certification
-) Currently certified Raters can take the test anywhere with a reliable internet connection up to February 1, 2018. After that, they must be proctored by a RESNET-approved proctor.
-) Rater Candidates are still required to take the exam
RESNET Practical Simulation Training
The RESNET Practical Simulation is a new exam to become a certified HERS Rater by RESNET. It was developed by Interplay Learning, who also created the RESNET CAZ 3D Simulation. After July 1, 2016, all HERS Rater candidates must pass this exam with an 80% or higher. All existing HERS Raters certified before July 1, 2016 must pass the exam by February 1, 2018 with an 80% or higher. Upon completing the exam you will receive 10 CEUs.
The exam consists of two separate homes that you must gather field data from. After you’ve gathered the data, you have to enter it into an in-game data sheet. After completing both homes, you will receive the final score. This score is based on the average of the results from the two test homes.
Our online training is a series of thirty-three videos. These videos walk you through two separate simulation practice homes. The practice homes have different floor plans, foundations, and physical characteristics. House One is a single-story home with an enclosed crawlspace. House Two is a single story home with a below-grade conditioned basement. Both homes offer several scenarios that change equipment, test values, and more.
We’ve developed a data sheet that guides you through the simulation. This sheet provides sections for all the information you need to capture. Throughout our training we also introduce key tips that produce the greatest results. We’ve taken this sheet through many iterations to find the best form for everyone.
Once you’ve accessed the course content, we will set you up with an account to practice the simulation. The test and proctoring fees are not included in the course cost.