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HERS Residential Alterations Fundamentals (16 clock hours)

HERS Residential Alterations Fundamentals is an introductory course that provides an overview of the California Home Energy Rating System Program. This course will provide students with an overview of the Field Verification and Diagnostic Testing Rater certification process. This course will review the important codes and standards that define the California HERS program. This course will teach students important energy fundamentals and provide an overview of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems. These are essential to understanding the tests that must be performed by a HERS Field Verification Diagnostic Testing Rater. This class is a pre-requisite to all other CalCERTS Certification courses.

This 16 hour class incorporates the Class I – HERS Basics and Class III – Alterations to Existing Homes (T-24).

Prerequisites: None

Course Duration: 16 clock hours

Frequency of Class Sessions: Once a month

Text Book: CalCERTS HERS Title 24 HERS Certification Training Manual

Learning Objectives:

  • Introduce students to the HERS Industry
  • Identify the codes and standards that define the work that must be done by a HERS Rater.
  • Introduce students to energy fundamentals.
  • Explain the basic operation of a Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the standards the define a HERS provider and Field Verification Diagnostic Testing HERS Raters.
  • Describe the conflict of interest and quality assurance requirements for HERS Raters.
  • Explain the three methods of heat transfer.
  • Identify the “comfortable temperatures” for both heating and cooling in a home.
  • Recognize the difference between sensible and latent heat.
  • Identify the three basic steps to improving indoor air quality.
  • Identify the three ventilation strategies used for Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems.
  • Recognize single vs. dual zoned systems.
  • Recognize how to handle asbestos if encountered during a HERS test.

Topics Covered In This Class:

  • Overview of the Certification Process
  • Work Practices
  • Professional Conduct
  • Evolution of the Home Energy Rating System
  • HERS Regulations
  • HERS Rater Classifications
  • California Energy Commission (CEC) Publications, Overview
  • Title 20 – California HERS Regulations
  • CalCERTS’ Quality Assurance Policy
  • What is Energy?
  • Thermodynamics
  • Mechanisms of Heat Flow
  • Overview of Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems
  • Safety and asbestos

 

How skills are measured: Standardized exam at the conclusion of the course and during the HERS Residential Alterations Field House Exam.

HERS Residential Alterations Hands-On Lab (16 clock hours)

HERS Residential Alterations Hands-On Lab is a course that is designed to demonstrate how to perform mandatory HERS tests and how to use the equipment that is required to perform each test. This course will take place in a lab setting, either in an approved lab with stations specifically designed to train on the various tests and inspections or in an approved test house. Students will gain practical experience using the HERS Field Verification and Diagnostic Testing equipment.

Prerequisites: HERS Residential Alterations Fundamentals or HERS Basics (Class I) and Alterations to Existing Homes (Class III)

Course Duration: 16 clock hours

Frequency of Class Sessions: Once a month

Text Book: CalCERTS HERS Residential Alteration Certification Training Manual

Learning Objectives:

  • Introduce students to the mandatory HERS measurements.
  • Demonstrate the equipment that is required to perform the mandatory HERS measurements.
  • Each student to complete Hands-On Labs using HERS measurement equipment and devices.
  • Explain the protocols for each mandatory HERS measurement test.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the mandatory HERS measurements.
  • Measure building pressures.
  • Set up a manometer to measure building pressure and duct leakage.
  • Perform a blower door test.
  • Perform a duct leakage test.
  • Perform a system airflow test using a flow hood or a flow grid.
  • Measure fan watt-draw.
  • Measure refrigerant change in an active Air Conditioning (AC) system.
  • Successfully complete Refrigerant Charge and Airflow (RCA) charge calculations.

 

Topics Covered In This Class:

  • Building Pressures
  • Measuring Pressure
  • Measuring Building Air Leakage
  • Advanced Manometer Features
  • Title 24 Verification Protocols
  • Work Scope Definitions
  • Duct Leakage Test Protocols
  • Airflow and Fan Efficacy
  • System Airflow Measurement
  • Fan Watt Draw Measurement
  • Refrigerant Charge and Airflow
    • Standard Charge Verification Procedure
    • Weigh-In Charge Procedure

 

Note: This class is not a substitute for either of the required field house for HERS Residential Alterations Certification.

How skills are measured: Standardized exam at the conclusion of the course and during the HERS Residential Alterations Field House Exam.

Class I – HERS Basics (8 clock hours)

HERS Basics is an introductory course that provides an overview of the California Home Energy Rating System Program.  This course will provide students with an overview of the Field Verification and Diagnostic Testing Rater certification process.  This course will review the important codes and standards that define the California HERS program.  This course will teach students important energy fundamentals and provide an overview of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems.   These are essential to understanding the tests that must be performed by a HERS Field Verification Diagnostic Testing Rater. This class is a pre-requisite to all other CalCERTS Certification courses.

Prerequisites: None

Course Duration: 8 clock hours

Frequency of Class Sessions: Once a month

Text Book: CalCERTS HERS Title 24 HERS Certification Training Manual

Learning Objectives:

  • Introduce students to the HERS Industry
  • Identify the codes and standards that define the work that must be done by a HERS Rater.
  • Introduce students to energy fundamentals.
  • Explain the basic operation of a Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the standards the define a HERS provider and Field Verification Diagnostic Testing HERS Raters.
  • Describe the conflict of interest and quality assurance requirements for HERS Raters.
  • Explain the three methods of heat transfer.
  • Identify the “comfortable temperatures” for both heating and cooling in a home.
  • Recognize the difference between sensible and latent heat.
  • Identify the three basic steps to improving indoor air quality.
  • Identify the three ventilation strategies used for Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems.
  • Recognize single vs. dual zoned systems.
  • Recognize how to handle asbestos if encountered during a HERS test.

Topics Covered In This Class:

  • Overview of the Certification Process
  • Work Practices
  • Professional Conduct
  • Evolution of the Home Energy Rating System
  • HERS Regulations
  • HERS Rater Classifications
  • California Energy Commission (CEC) Publications, Overview
  • Title 20 – California HERS Regulations
  • CalCERTS’ Quality Assurance Policy
  • What is Energy?
  • Thermodynamics
  • Mechanisms of Heat Flow
  • Overview of Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems
  • Safety and asbestos

 

How skills are measured: Standardized exam at the conclusion of the course and during the HERS Residential Alterations Field House Exam.

Class II – HERS Hands-On Lab (16 clock hours)

HERS Hands-On Lab is a course that is designed to demonstrate how to perform mandatory HERS tests and how to use the equipment that is required to perform each test.  This course will take place in a lab setting, either in an approved lab with stations specifically designed to train on the various tests and inspections or in an approved test house.  Students will gain practical experience using the HERS Field Verification and Diagnostic Testing equipment.

Prerequisites: HERS Basics class

Course Duration: 16 clock hours

Frequency of Class Sessions: Once a month

Text Book: CalCERTS HERS Residential Alteration Certification Training Manual

Learning Objectives:

  • Introduce students to the mandatory HERS measurements.
  • Demonstrate the equipment that is required to perform the mandatory HERS measurements.
  • Each student to complete Hands-On Labs using HERS measurement equipment and devices.
  • Explain the protocols for each mandatory HERS measurement test.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the mandatory HERS measurements.
  • Measure building pressures.
  • Set up a manometer to measure building pressure and duct leakage.
  • Perform a blower door test.
  • Perform a duct leakage test.
  • Perform a system airflow test using a flow hood or a flow grid.
  • Measure fan watt-draw.
  • Measure refrigerant change in an active Air Conditioning (AC) system.
  • Successfully complete Refrigerant Charge and Airflow (RCA) charge calculations.

 

Topics Covered In This Class:

  • Building Pressures
  • Measuring Pressure
  • Measuring Building Air Leakage
  • Advanced Manometer Features
  • Title 24 Verification Protocols
  • Work Scope Definitions
  • Duct Leakage Test Protocols
  • Airflow and Fan Efficacy
  • System Airflow Measurement
  • Fan Watt Draw Measurement
  • Refrigerant Charge and Airflow
    • Standard Charge Verification Procedure
    • Weigh-In Charge Procedure

 

Note: This class is not a substitute for either of the required field house for HERS Residential Alterations Certification.

How skills are measured: Standardized exam at the conclusion of the course and during the HERS Residential Alterations Field House Exam.

Class III – HERS Residential Alterations (8 clock hours)

HERS Residential Alterations is a course that will teach the field verification and diagnostic testing requirements of Title 24, Part 6, Building Energy Efficiency Standards as they apply to Alterations to Existing Residences.  This course will provide the students with various scenarios and explain how to identify the HERS tests to be performed for each unique scenario.  This course will explain when a HERS verification is required, based on the work completed, what HERS tests will be required and how to calculate the HERS testing targets for each HERS test.

Prerequisites: HERS Basics and HERS Hands-On Lab courses

Course Duration: 8 clock hours

Frequency of Class Sessions: Once a month

Text Book: CalCERTS HERS Residential Alterations Certification Training Manual

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the Field Verification and Diagnostic Testing requirements of Title 24, Part 6, Building Energy Efficiency Standards.
  • Demonstrate how to identify the HERS tests to perform.
  • Demonstrate how to identify the testing targets for each required HERS test.
  • Demonstrate how to identify the HERS testing targets for each HERS test.
  • Explain the protocols and procedures defined in the Reference Appendices RA2 and RA3.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the HERS Title 24 Compliance Forms that are used for the collection of HERS testing data.
  • Recognize the additions, alterations and repair work that will require HERS verification.
  • Recognize and identify the 16 climate zones defined by Title 24 Compliance.
  • Explain the difference between prescriptive and performance targets for HERS tests.
  • Identify the prescriptive targets for new space conditioning system and ducts.
  • Identify the prescriptive targets for new duct systems.
  • Identify the prescriptive targets for altered duct systems.
  • Identify the prescriptive targets for altered refrigerant containing components.
  • Successfully calculate test target values based on equipment size and measured performance.
  • Identify the exceptions to the HERS Field Verification and Diagnostic Testing requirements.

 

 

Topics Covered in This Class:

  • Title 20 – California HERS Regulations
  • Title 24  –  Compliance Process
  • Title 20 – HERS Regulations Title 24 Compliance Process
  • Title 24 – Part 6 – Building Energy Efficiency Standards
  • When is a HERS Field Verification and Diagnostic Testing is required?
  • Title 24 –  HERS Verification Summary – Residential Alterations
  • Sampling Procedures for Residential Alterations
  • Title 24 Compliance Forms used for Residential Alterations

 

How skills are measured: Standardized exam at the conclusion of the course and during the HERS Residential Alterations Field House Exam.

 

Class IV – Residential new Construction (16 clock hours)

HERS Residential New Construction is a course that will teach the field verification and diagnostic testing requirements of Title 24, Part 6, Building Energy Efficiency Standards that are related to newly constructed homes.  This course will teach students how to identify the HERS tests to be performed for a newly constructed home.  This course will also identify the special tests and inspections that are required for newly constructed homes.

Prerequisites: You must be a Certified HERS Residential Alterations Rater (Complete and Pass HERS Basics, HERS Hands-On Lab, HERS Residential Alterations, and HERS Residential Alterations Field House Exam).

Course Duration: 16 clock hours

Frequency of Class Sessions: Once a quarter

Text Book: CalCERTS Residential New Construction Training Manual

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the field verification and diagnostic testing requirements of Title 24, Part 6, Building Energy Efficiency Standards for newly constructed homes.
  • Demonstrate how to identify the HERS tests to perform.
  • Perform the sampling procedure for HERS testing of newly constructed homes.
  • Complete the Title 24 Compliance Forms for newly constructed homes.

 

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the HERS Title 24 Compliance Forms that are used for the collection of HERS testing data for newly constructed homes.
  • Recognize the HERS Field Verification and Diagnostic Testing requirements for newly constructed homes.
  • Complete the documentation and reporting requirements for newly constructed homes.
  • Perform high Quality Insulation Installation (QII) Inspection in newly constructed homes.
  • Explain the requirements for the sampling procedure for newly constructed production homes.
  • Complete the Title 24 Compliance Forms for newly constructed homes.

Topics Covered in This Class:

  • Title 20, Requirements Specific to newly constructed homes.
  • Title 24 Part 6, Requirements Specific to newly constructed homes.
  • HERS Verification Requirements for newly constructed homes.
  • Special Tests and Inspections for newly constructed homes.
  • The People Involved in the process and their responsibilities.
  • The steps in the process.
  • Documentation and reporting requirements.
  • High Quality Insulation Installation (QII) Inspection.
  • High Quality Insulation Installation (QII) Inspection for Spray Polyurethane Foam.
  • Sampling Procedures for newly constructed production homes.
  • General Sampling Concepts.
  • Title 24 Compliance Forms Used for newly constructed homes.

 

How skills are measured: Standardized exam at the conclusion of the course.

 

Class V – HERS Nonresidential (8 clock hours)

HERS Nonresidential is a course that will teach the field verification and diagnostic testing that result from certain Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Alterations to existing buildings, or newly constructed of Nonresidential Buildings.  This course will teach students how to identify the HERS tests to be performed for a Nonresidential Buildings.  This course will also identify the special tests and inspections that are required for Nonresidential Buildings.

Prerequisites: You must be a Certified HERS Residential Alterations Rater (Complete and Pass HERS Basics, HERS Hands-On Lab, HERS Residential Alterations, and HERS Residential Alterations Field House Exam).

Course Duration: 8 clock hours

Frequency of Class Sessions: Once a quarter

Text Book: CalCERTS HERS Nonresidential Training Manual

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the HERS Field Verification and Diagnostic Testing requirements of Title 24, Part 6, Building Energy Efficiency Standards for Nonresidential Buildings.
  • Demonstrate how to identify the HERS tests to perform for Nonresidential Buildings.
  • Explain the special tests and inspections for Nonresidential Buildings.
  • Complete the Title 24 Compliance Forms for Nonresidential Buildings

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the HERS Title 24 Compliance Forms that are used for the collection of HERS testing data for Nonresidential Buildings.
  • Recognize the HERS Field Verification and Diagnostic Testing requirements for Nonresidential Buildings.
  • Complete the documentation and reporting requirements for Nonresidential Buildings.
  • Perform the sampling procedures for Nonresidential Buildings.
  • Complete the Title 24 Compliance Forms for Nonresidential Buildings.

Topics Covered in This Class:

  • Title 20, Requirements Specific to Nonresidential Buildings.
  • Title 24 Part 6, Requirements Specific to Nonresidential Buildings.
  • When Is HERS Field Verification and Diagnostic Testing required for Nonresidential Buildings.
  • Prescriptive vs. Performance Compliance approach.
  • Special Tests and Inspections for Nonresidential Buildings.
  • The People involved in the process and their responsibilities.
  • The Steps in the HERS Title 24 Compliance process for Nonresidential Buildings.
  • Documentation and reporting requirements.
  • Sampling Procedures for Nonresidential Buildings.
  • General sampling concepts.
  • Title 24 Compliance Forms Used for Nonresidential Buildings

How skills are measured: Standardized exam at the conclusion of the course.

 

Class VI – HERS Solar Photovoltaic (PV) (8 clock hours)

HERS Residential Solar Photovoltaic (PV) is a course that will teach Field Verification and Diagnostic Testing HERS Raters how to perform field verification and diagnostic testing of Solar (PV) systems specifically for the New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) program.   This course will explain the installation specifications that must be verified by the HERS Rater and describes the equipment that will be used for the solar verification.  Students will be taught how to verify the installation and performance specifications of Solar systems.  Finally, students will be taught which Title 24 Compliance form to fill out in the CalCERTS’ registry.

Prerequisites: You must be a Certified HERS Residential Alterations Rater (Complete and Pass HERS Basics, HERS Hands-On Lab, HERS Residential Alterations, and HERS Residential Alterations Field House Exam) and hold a HERS Residential New Construction Certification.

Course Duration: 8 clock hours

Frequency of Class Sessions: Once a quarter

Text Book: CalCERTS Residential Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Training Manual

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the field verification and diagnostic testing requirements of Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems specifically for the New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) program.
  • Demonstrate how to identify the HERS tests to perform a HERS verification of a solar installation.
  • Explain the special tests and inspections for solar systems.
  • Complete the Title 24 Compliance Forms for solar inspections.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the HERS compliance forms that are used for the collection of HERS testing data for the New Solar Homes Partnership Program.
  • Identify the equipment required to perform a HERS verification for solar installations.
  • Explain the installation and performance specifications for a solar installation.
  • Complete the Title 24 Compliance Forms for solar inspections.

Topics Covered in This Class:

  • The New Solar Homes Partnership Program
  • The People Involved in the Process and Their Responsibilities
  • Equipment Verification
  • Verify Installation Specifications
  • Verify Performance Specifications using a pyronometer and other equipment.
  • Verifying the tilt and azimuth of solar arrays.
  • Perform Shading Analysis
  • Reading and verifying kW output on different PV inverters
  • Title 24 Compliance Forms for Solar installations
  • California Flexible Install

Note: HERS Solar Photovoltaic (PV) is included in the Whole-House Home Energy Rater training course. This class satisfies the requirements for raters who took the previous version of Whole-House Home Energy Rater training course that did not include solar photovoltaic.

How skills are measured: Standardized exam at the conclusion of the course and during the Whole-House Home Energy Field House Exam.

 

Class VII – Whole-House Home Energy Rater (32 clock hours)

HERS Whole-House Home Energy Rater is a course that will teach Field Verification Diagnostic Testing HERS Raters how to perform a California Whole-House Home Energy Rating.  This course will teach students how to properly gather information on the energy-consuming features of a home.  This course will also teach students how to perform HERS Field Verification and Diagnostic Testing of a home and how to evaluate the validity of the information gathered.  Students will learn how to perform HERS Field Verification and Diagnostic Testing of Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems specifically for the New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) program.   This course explains the installation specifications that must be verified by the HERS Rater and describe the equipment that will be used for the solar verification.  Finally, this course will teach students how to use the California Energy Commission-approved CalRatepro software to estimate the energy consumption of a home using the information gathered on site and to complete cost-effectiveness evaluations.

Prerequisites: You must be a Certified HERS Residential Alterations Rater (Complete and Pass HERS Basics, HERS Hands-On Lab, HERS Residential Alterations, and HERS Residential Alterations Field House Exam), and hold a current HERS Residential New Construction Certification.

Course Duration: 32 clock hours

Frequency of Class Sessions: Once a quarter

Text Book: CalCERTS HERS Whole-House Home Energy Rater Training Manual

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the steps that are required to perform a California Whole-House Home Energy Rating or a California Whole-House Home Energy Audit.
  • Identify how to properly gather information on the energy-consuming features of a home.
  • Use the California Energy Commission-approved CalRatepro software to estimate the energy consumption of a home.
  • Explain the special tests and inspections for solar systems.
  • Complete the Title 24 Compliance Forms for solar inspections.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the steps that are required to perform a California Whole-House Home Energy Rating or a California Whole-House Home Energy Audit.
  • Properly gather information on the energy-consuming features of a home.
  • Use the CalRatepro software to estimate the energy consumption of a home.
  • Perform HERS Field Verification and Diagnostic Testing of a home and evaluate the validity of the information gathered.
  • Explain the installation and performance specifications for a solar installation.
  • Complete the Title 24 Compliance forms for solar inspections.

Topics Covered in This Class:

  • An Energy Audit’s Purpose
  • Understanding Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Energy Use, Heating Energy Use, Lighting Energy Use, Appliances, Ancillary Energy Uses, and Renewables
  • Field Data Collection and Reporting
  • Hands on Examples of performing an energy audit
  • CalRatepro™ Software
  • The New Solar Homes Partnership Program
  • The People Involved in the Process and Their Responsibilities
  • Equipment Verification
  • Verify Installation Specifications
  • Verify Performance Specifications using a pyranometer and other equipment.
  • Verifying the tilt and azimuth of solar arrays.
  • Perform Shading Analysis
  • Reading and verifying kW output on different PV inverters
  • Title 24 Compliance Forms for Solar installations
  • California Flexible Install

How skills are measured: Standardized exam at the conclusion of the course and a Whole- House Home Energy Field House exam.

 

Class VIII – Energy Efficient Mortgage Basics (4 clock hours)

Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM) Basics is class that provides the training and education necessary for candidates to be able to properly complete an Energy Efficient Mortgage Rating.  This course will describe equipment and tests necessary to complete energy efficient mortgages.  Upon successful completion, CalCERTS certified California HERS Whole-House Home Energy Raters and HERS Building Performance Contractor/ HERS BPC Rater can perform Energy Efficient Mortgage Ratings.

Prerequisites: CalCERTS certified California HERS Whole-House Home Energy Raters or HERS Building Performance Contractor/ HERS BPC Rater

Course Duration: 4 clock hours

Frequency of Class Sessions: semi-annually

Text Book: None

Learning Objectives:

  • Introduce students to Energy Efficient Mortgages
  • Demonstrate the equipment that is required to perform Energy Efficient Mortgage

Ratings.

  • Explain Energy Efficient Mortgage Ratings

Learning Outcomes: Awarded Certificate and/or Certification

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Perform the tests that are required for an Energy Efficient Mortgage Rating.
  • Create Energy Efficient Mortgage Reports

 

Topics Covered In This Class:

  • Defining an Energy Efficient Mortgage
  • Defining FHA and the history of FHA EEMs
  • Overview of the Real Estate transaction for Raters
  • Why are Energy Efficient Mortgage is important to Raters
  • Energy Efficient Mortgage’s in today’s market
  • The team players in an Energy Efficient Mortgage
  • The Energy Efficient Mortgage Rating Process
  • Energy Efficient Mortgage Programs offered
  • Creating an Energy Efficient Mortgage Report
  • Cost effectiveness, the draft report, etc.

How skills are measured: Standardized exam at the conclusion of the course.

 

Class IX – ENERGY STAR® (16 clock hours)

ENERGY STAR® is a course that describes how to inspect all ENERGY STAR® features in a newly constructed home other than the traditional HERS measures (which are covered in other classes). This verification is required for most “above-code” programs where a qualified inspector must do verification of all energy features in order to confirm a rebate or other incentives. Raters will learn how to verify energy related performance of walls, roofs, floors, windows, water heating systems and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems. This course will also provide some discussion of basic building science topics and water management.

Prerequisites: You must be a Certified HERS Residential Alterations Rater (Complete and Pass HERS Basics, HERS Hands-On Lab, and HERS Residential Alterations Field House Exam), and hold a current HERS Residential New Construction Certification.

Course Duration: 16 clock hours

Frequency of Class Sessions: Once a quarter

Text Book: None

Learning Objectives:

  • Introduce ENERGY STAR® Measures
  • Review contemporary rebate programs
  • Explain verification methods for above Code programs.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify ENERGY STAR®
  • Identify measures needed for Rebate programs.
  • Successfully calculate verifications for above Code programs.

Topics Covered In This Class:

  • ENERGY STAR® Guide
  • Federal Tax Credits
  • Utility Rebate Programs

 

How skills are measured: Standardized exam at the conclusion of the course.

 

Class X – HERS Building Performance Contractor                            (40 clock hours)

HERS Building Performance Contractor (BPC) course will introduce the concepts and principles of the HERS Building Performance Contractor program and all the responsibilities that come with this credential. The course will explain the requirements to obtain the HERS Building Performance Contractor certification. This class will define the steps that are required to complete an energy audit on a building.  Participants will learn how to use approved software to create an energy profile and to report this data.  This course will also describe how to verify the building envelope and to collect performance data.  Finally, this course will describe the unique tests and requirements that are specific to California.

Prerequisites: Students must have a current California Class-B General Building Contractor’s License to obtain this certification.

Course Duration: 40 clock hours

Frequency of Class Sessions: Once a quarter

Text Book: CalCERTS HERS Building Performance Contractor (BPC) Training Manual

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the HERS Building Performance Contractor (BPC) program.
  • Identify the training options that are available.
  • Identify Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst and Envelop Professional responsibilities.
  • Explain building envelope and how to verify performance.
  • Identify requirements that are unique for California.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of a HERS Building Performance Contractor company.
  • Explain the training options that are available to achieve HERS Building Performance Contractor certification.
  • Perform an Energy Audit of a building.
  • Create an energy profile using approved software.
  • Verify building envelope performance using HERS testing devices.
  • Collect and report building envelope data.

Topics Covered in This Class:

  • Overview of the roles and responsibilities of a HERS Building Performance Contractor (BPC) company.
  • Historical education of the California HERS Regulations.
  • Training options and models.
  • Value Propositions of becoming a HERS BPC company.
  • Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst Topics
  • Building Performance Institute (BPI) Envelope Professional Topics
  • California Specific Topics for Building Performance Contractors

How skills are measured: Standardized exam at the conclusion of the course.

Class XI – Code Cycle Updates (8 clock hours)

Code Cycle Updates is a course that is required for all certified HERS Raters.  This course will provide HERS Raters with the latest information on updates to the California Energy Codes.  This course is mandatory for HERS Raters to be certified to the updated California Energy Codes.

Prerequisites: Students must be a certified HERS Rater.

Course Duration: 8 clock hours

Frequency of Class Sessions: Once a quarter

Text Book: CalCERTS Code Cycle Updates Manual

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify changes to the California Energy Codes.
  • Explain how Energy Code changes impact performing HERS Rating tests.
  • Identify new testing criteria for HERS Rater tests.
  • Identify protocol and procedure changes to HERS Rater tests.

Learning Outcomes: Awarded Certificate and/or Certification

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify changes to the California Energy Code.
  • Identify new testing criteria for HERS Rater tests.
  • Explain changes to testing protocols and procedures.
  • Perform HERS Rater tests that comply with the updated California Energy Codes.

Topics Covered in This Class:

  • California Energy Code Cycle Updates to Title 24, Part 6 Building Energy Efficiency Standards.

 

Class XII – HERS Residential Alterations Field House Exam             (2 clock hours)

After completing HERS Basics, HERS Hands-On Lab, and HERS Residential Alterations courses, Raters must arrange to perform a rating on one HERS Residential Alterations Field House Exam in the presence of a CalCERTS Instructor.

The HERS Residential Alterations Field House Exam is meant to reveal the knowledge, skills and abilities of newly trained HERS Raters.

Candidates are no longer instructed at this event.  The Instructor is there to observe and evaluate the candidate’s performance as they conduct various HERS Field Verifications and Diagnostic Testing.

Candidates must demonstrate their ability to perform the tasks associated with a HERS Field Verification: perform diagnostic testing, collect accurate data, and correctly determine Title 24 Compliance criteria, including proper determination of pass/fail for each HERS Field Verification and Diagnostic Testing performed.

The following skills will be assessed and graded:

  1. Raters should demonstrate the ability to perform a basic duct leakage test without assistance.
  2. Raters should demonstrate the ability to perform a blower test without assistance, including setting up door frame.
  3. Raters should demonstrate the ability to perform an airflow / fan efficacy test using one of the approved methods.
  4. Raters should demonstrate the ability to perform a refrigerant charge test using one of the approved methods.
  5. Raters should demonstrate the ability to collect appropriate data.

 

Prerequisites: Complete and Pass HERS Basics, HERS Hands-On-Lab, and HERS Residential Alterations courses.

Course Duration: 2 clock hours

Frequency of Class Sessions: One a Month.

Text Book:  None

How skills are measured: By demonstrating to a proctor in a one-on-one setting that the student understands the rules, procedures and can operate the HERS testing equipment to perform required HERS Field Verification and Diagnostic Testing tests.

Learning Outcomes: Awarded Certificate/and/or Certification

 

Class XIII – HERS Whole-House Home Energy Rater Field House Exam   (2 clock Hours)

After completing the HERS Whole-House Home Energy Rater class, Raters must arrange to perform a rating on one Whole-House Home Energy Field House Exam in the presence of a CalCERTS Instructor.

The Whole-House Home Energy Field House Exam is a two-step process.  The first part involves collecting data and testing systems within a home.  The second part focuses on energy modeling skills and abilities.  It is meant to reveal the knowledge, skills and abilities of trained HERS Field Verification and Diagnostic Testing Rater.

Candidates are no longer instructed at this event.  The CalCERTS Instructor is there to observe and evaluate the candidate’s performance as they conduct various HERS Field Verification and Diagnostic Tests.

The following skills will be assessed and graded:

  1. Field data collection.
  2. Create an accurate and detailed sketch of the entire house
  3. Ability to complete field data collection forms without assistance.
  4. Enter all the data collected, including the blower door and duct leakage test results into the CalRatepro software and generate an accurate HERS index and energy use estimate.
  5. Gather energy bill history on the home and use it to compare to the simulated energy use.
  6. Generate a list of upgrades to the home.
  7. Upload the ZIP file to the CalCERTS registry and generate a HERS certificate.

 

Upon successful completion of the data collection, systems testing, and accurate energy modeling the candidate will be able to collect the credential that allows them to perform work as a California HERS Whole-House Home Energy Rater.

 

Prerequisites: Complete and Pass HERS Basics, HERS Hands-On Lab, and HERS Residential Alterations courses.

Course Duration: 2 clock hours

Frequency of Class Sessions: One a month.

Text Book:  No text book but supplemental training materials will made available to students

How skills are measured: By demonstrating to a proctor in a one-on-one setting that the student understands the rules, procedures and can operate the HERS testing equipment to perform required HERS tests.

 

HRAF – HERS Residential Alterations Fundamentals   (16 clock Hours)

This 16 hour class incorporates the Class I – HERS Basics and Class III – Alterations to Existing Homes (T-24).

Topics Covered in This Class:

  • Title 20 – California HERS Regulations
  • Title 24 – Energy Efficiency Standards
  • Advanced Manometer Features
  • Title 24 Verification Protocols
  • Work Scope Definitions
  • Duct Leakage Test Protocols
  • Airflow and Fan Efficacy
  • System Airflow Measurement
  • Fan Watt Draw Measurement
  • Refrigerant Charge and Airflow

 

*There will be a written exam at the end of each class. The exam is open book and multiple choice. The required passing rate is 80%. If you do not pass the first time, you will be given two additional attempts. Re-test fees will apply.

 

Prerequisites: None.

Course Duration: 16 clock hours

Frequency of Class Sessions: One a month.

Text Book:  CalCERTS HERS Residential Alteration Certification Training Manual

How skills are measured: By passing a written 100 question exam with a score of 80% or higher.

Technical Support

Registry Technical Support
Mon-Fri: 7am-4pm
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tech@calcerts.com

Field Tech Support
Mon-Fri: 8am-5pm
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Contact

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Folsom, CA 95630
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