Review of HERS Core Rater Certification

Posted by Stacey May on Monday, July 20th, 2009 at 3:30pm.

Green certifications of all forms are quickly becoming the most desired amongst the California workforce, but they're often very pricey and may take up more of your time then you're able to commit. Please enjoy my own personal reviews before you take the financial plunge yourself.
  • Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Core Rater Course
  • Cost: $600
  • Additional Association Membership: $130 Annual?
  • Course Length: 3 Days - 8:30am-5pm
About CHEERS®:
The California Home Energy Efficiency Rating System (CHEERS®) is the first official non-profit organization of its kind in California. Designed to educate and certify a workforce capable of testing buildings and providing an independent voice to be sure our buildings are being built efficiently. Click here to read more about CHEERS®.
About Course:
I took this course Jan of 09', prior to the updated course that's now offered so I'll need to the update course for the changes in Title-24. The Core training module must be taken before moving into any of the more specific courses like Solar or Existing Buildings.
CHEERS® appears to be a well run organization with very knowledgeable and dedicated instructors who are or have been working in the industry themselves for many years. There's a lot to say about the value of first hand experiences our instructor shared throughout the three days.
The course consists of mostly power-point slides and following along in workbooks. There were practice quizzes each day to help you evaluate how well you're doing before the final test at the end of the course, which wasn't too hard as long as you been pay attention. One of the activities I enjoyed most in this class, besides the great food they ordered for us each day, was actually using the duct blaster system on a mock HVAC system. HVAC systems, calculating a buildings efficiency, some general green building and understanding the energy rating industry is what you'll learn in this course.
Who is this course most suited for?
This course is best for those already in the construction industry who would like to keep up with "green" building science. Home improvement contractors and property inspectors looking to be more involved in the green building movement are ideal. Architects, city planners and curious sales people like myself will get a lot out of it as well. I do have a limited background in architecture and have been around construction so it's not all that unfamiliar to me, but this could be a very overwhelming course for someone seeking a simple "green" professional certification.

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