Certification Pathways

Confused about which pathway to take? Consult the descriptions below the chart.

FSEC Blower Door Tester
FSEC Duct Tester
RESNET Rating Field Inspector
RESNET HERS Energy Modeler
FSEC Energy Auditor
TOTAL COSTS $349 $249 $474 $397 $701 $1,445 $3,819
Annual Certification Fee $50 $50 $50 $50 $50 $50 $50
RESNET One-Time Application Fee * $50 $50
Modeling Courses To Be Taken In Order Location Cost
Building Geometry for Energy Modeling Online $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Building Science for Energy Modeling Online $99 $99 $99 $99 $99
From Blueprints to Code Compliance Online $99 $99 $99 $99
EnergyGauge Pro Hands-On Online $99 $99 $99 $99
Entering Whole House Mech Vent in EnergyGauge Online $0 $0 $0 $0
FSEC Residential Energy Modeler Exam Online $50 $50 $50 $50
Introduction to HERS Online $99 $99 $99
Entering HVAC Grading in EnergyGauge USA Online $0 $0 $0
EnergyGauge Practice Home: Cold Climate Online $5 $5 $5
RESNET HERS Modeler Exam Proctored $50 $50 $50
First HERS Probationary Modeler File Online $50 $50 $50
Second HERS Probationary Modeler File Online $50 $50 $50
Diagnostic Courses To Be Taken In Order Location Cost
Residential Building Air Leakage (Blower Door) FSEC $299 $299 $299 $299
Residential Building Duct Testing FSEC $199 $199 $199 $199
Measurement of Mechanical Ventilation FSEC $199 $199 $199
Residential Energy Auditor FSEC $599 $599 $599
HERS Energy Rater FSEC $999 $999
RESNET Rater Simulation Practical * FSEC $199 $199
RESCaz – Combustion Simulation * FSEC $199 $199 $199
Rater Standard Exam * FSEC $125 $125
FSEC Probationary Rating (2 at $175 each) Field TBD $175 $350
RESNET Field Assessment Field TBD $175 $175
TOTAL COSTS $349 $249 $474 $397 $701 $1,445 $3,819
OPTIONAL Training Location Cost
Residential HVAC Design – 8 Course Series Online $90 $90 $90 $90 $90 $90 $90 $90
RESNET HVAC Quality Inspection Training FSEC $329 $329 $329
ENERGY STAR Single Family FSEC $500 $500 $500
ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction FSEC $500 $500 $500
* Paid Direct to RESNET

Certification Descriptions

FSEC Blower Door Tester $349

Certified by FSEC to perform RESNET Standard Blower Door Tests on residences using site performance test data.

FSEC Duct Tester $249

Certified by FSEC to perform RESNET standard Duct Leakage Tests on residences using site performance test data.

RESNET Rating Field Inspector $474

Certified by FSEC to collect RESNET Standard field data for ratings and to perform ANSI/RESNET/ICC – 380 Blower Door and Duct Tests on residences.

FSEC Residential Energy Modeler $397

Certified by FSEC to perform residential modeling using EnergyGauge software.
Note: Florida code does not require this certification, but we highly recommend it.

RESNET HERS Energy Modeler $701

Certified to model from plans and field supplied input a Home Energy Rating index in Energy Gauge software, but not a registered rating.

FSEC Energy Auditor $1,445

Trained by FSEC to conduct residential energy audits and house and duct air leakage diagnostic testing and measuring whole house mechanical ventilation airflow.

RESNET HERS Rater $3,819

Certified by FSEC to perform RESNET HERS Ratings according to the current RESNET Standards which includes the ANSI/RESNET/ICC – 380 and ANSI/RESNET/ICC – 301. Can employ RESNET Rating Field Inspector to collect rating data for ratings.

View the Minimum Physical Abilities Required

Trained by another RESNET Training Provider?

If you have taken training, either in person or online, with a RESNET Training Provider other than FSEC you must complete the steps below to be certified by FSEC as a HERS Rater through this provider-ship.

  • Take HERS Training from a RESNET Certified Training Provider
  • Pass the EnergyGauge Practice Home: Cold Climate using EnergyGauge software*
  • Pass the RESNET HERS Modeler Exam using EnergyGauge software*
  • Pass the RESNET National Core Exam
  • Pass the RESNET Combustion Simulation Exam
  • Pass the RESNET 3D Practical Simulation Exam
  • Pass the FSEC-ENERGYGAUGE Practical Blower Door and Duct Testing Exam (at FSEC)
  • Pass the FSEC-ENERGYGAUGE Combustion Practical Exam (at FSEC)
  • Pass the FSEC CAZ Practical Exam (at FSEC)
  • Submit five (5) probationary ratings using the EnergyGauge software overseen by a RESNET certified Candidate Field Assessor or Quality Assurance Designee. Probationary ratings shall not be considered Confirmed Ratings
    – At least three (3) of the five (5) probationary ratings shall be accomplished using field verification of all rated features of the home in accordance with ANSI/RESNET/ ICC 301, ANSI/RESNET/ICC 380 and Chapter 8 and shall be completed in the presence of a RESNET Certified Field Assessor. At least one (1) of these three (3) shall be completed one-on-one
    – The final two (2) may be from plans which you provide. Submit these two (2) through FSEC’s online submission courses:
    First HERS Probationary Modeler File
    Second HERS Probationary Modeler File
  • Sign the FSEC-ENERGYGAUGE Rater Agreement
  • Pay FSEC-ENERGYGAUGE certification fee

*For those with limited EnergyGauge experience we highly recommend completing the FSEC Residential Energy Modeler Certification