As many know, by the end of this year all HERS Raters & Field Inspectors (RFI’s) in good standing must complete a three prong CAZ training & testing requirement (assuming it was not part of their original training). While one can debate should they or shouldn’t they have done this, the die has been cast and the mandate has been made. In case this is news to you, you are worried about the tests or are looking for a checklist to help you through - keep on reading.
As a reminder, failure to do this means your rater status as of January 1st will be listed as suspended in the registry (i.e. you will be unable to submit homes) and by the end of May you will be listed as terminated & will have to undergo the whole Rater process again.
Field Training Requirement:
For those of us that hold an active BPI BA certificate life is much easier as one doesn't have to find a training facility as this requirement is waved (just submit the applicable documentation to your QA provider). For those not holding that particular cert (or who let it lapse), well I wish you the best as you scramble to find one hopefully in your own state or one nearby. Hint: try EverBlue, Energy Vanguard, Priority Energy (some I know of who are offering classes) or try checking with your provider / RESNET's site for others that maybe happening in your area.
The 25 Question Written Exam:
An online 25 question test similar to the Rater/RFI one took originally but based solely on the “Interim CAZ Testing & Workscope Guidelines” which ironically no longer applies after Jan. 1st. Worried about memorizing it? Don’t, as you can use a copy saved local on your computer & just use Ctrl F to search for the term. For more – Test Taking Tips
For those not taking a training class with this included - you will need to have the test setup by an authorized trainer, but that does not mean you have to go to them as numerous places can proctor not only this exam but the next one (Sylvan, local library, college, etc...) I know Energy Vanguard is offering a package like this
The CAZ Simulation: