NCAT Offers Home Energy Rater Training

NCAT Offers Home Energy Rater Training

HERS Rater logoInterested in a career in residential energy efficiency and building performance? Here’s your chance to learn about energy-related design elements and equipment for an energy-efficient home and prepare to become a certified Home Energy Rater (HERS).

NCAT is offering a week-long comprehensive residential energy efficiency and building performance training based on RESNET Home Energy Rater curriculum. This training prepares the participant to take the tests necessary to become a certified HERS Rater, an ENERGY STAR for New Homes Verifier, and a Performance Tested Comfort Systems (PTCS) technician for new homes.

The course will be held December 4 through 9, 2017, in Missoula, MT. The National Rater Exam will be administered from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, December 9.

Cost for the training cost is $1,500. A discounted registration fee of $500 is available for Northwestern Energy service area trainees. There is an additional fee of $100 payable to RESNET for the HERS rater exam.

According to Dale Horton, NCAT’s sustainable energy program manager, this is an excellent opportunity for individuals to begin a career in residential energy efficiency. He said, “HERS ratings are increasingly being used by major builders nationwide to market and differentiate their homes.”

“There is also increased need for ENERGY STAR verifiers because ENERGY STAR is the most successful ‘above code’ building standard in the country,” Horton said. He also noted that recent changes in Montana’s energy code now require house tightness (blower door) testing and duct tightness testing, and that this course will train participants in those areas.

For more information about the training and to register, visit, or contact Horton at or 406-494-8653.

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