RESNET HERS Rater Certification

RESNET Written Exams Now Combined to Form National Rater Test

HERS Rater candidates now only have to take three certification exams, instead of four!

RESNET Written Exams Now Combined to Form National Rater Test

Last week, the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) announced that it has consolidated its RESNET written exams into one overarching written exam. Specifically, the RESNET Core Written Exam and the RESNET Combustion Safety Written Exam will be joined into one combined exam. This reduces the number of exams that a HERS Rater candidate must take from four to three.

RESNET HERS Rater Certification exams

RESNET staff have been beta testing functions within the exam, such as registration, category report, automatic e-mail notifications, and navigation. After a number of successful beta tests completed, RESNET is confident in moving forward with the new RESNET National Rater Test.

Overview of RESNET Written Exams

The existing RESNET Core exam is still available on the old platform, with the intent of leaving this option open for several months. There will be an overlap in time where the old and new RESNET written exams will be available.

That said, we are recommending that all HERS Rater candidates take the new combined exam. Some benefits for doing this include:

  • Fewer tests to take!
  • Updated exam questions
  • Potentially easier to pass

For reference, the existing Core exam has 100 questions and requires an 80% or higher to pass. The existing Combustion Safety written exam has 25 questions and requires an 80% or higher to pass.

RESNET National Rater Test

  • 55 questions total
  • Open book
  • 2-hour time limit
  • Passing score: 40/55 (72%)
  • CAZ/Workscope questions have been added to existing categories (mainly Health & Safety)

Because the exam is computer-based, Raters receive the results from the test immediately after completing it.

The test must be administered by a RESNET accredited Rater Training Provider, which Everblue is. In fact, we include the exam fees for all three HERS Rater Certification exams in our RESNET HERS Rater training program.

For more information about the RESNET exams or the HERS Rater certification process, give us a call at (800) 460-2575.

About Lesley Cowie

Lesley has been passionately advocating for and working with green building and renewable energy since 2009. She has experience with LEED certification, home energy auditing, blower door testing, solar energy, and more. She holds many certifications, including LEED Green Associate and NABCEP Certification. Her work has won numerous awards over the past decade.