A key to successfully preparing home energy rater candidates is for the rater trainer to have a solid understanding on how to effectively train adults. To meet this need the RESNET Board of Directors amended the RESNET standards to requires that certified RESNET Home Energy Rater Trainers have adult education training.
Section 18.104.22.168 of the RESNET standards requires that a new rater trainer besides passing the RESNET test shall have the “Ability to communicate effectively with adults in a training setting. This shall be demonstrated through completion of, at a minimum, a sixteen (16) hour RESNET approved adult education program.”
The section also has the following requirement for existing rater trainers: “Rater trainers that are currently certified have three (3) years from the effective date of this amendment to complete this training requirement.”
The RESNET Training and Education Committee on June 7, 2011 adopted the following policy on the standard amendment’s implementation:
1. The effective date of the required training is January 1, 2012 for all new rater trainers. That would mean existing rater trainers would have until January 1, 2015 to meet the requirement.
2. The following trainings will be recognized by RESNET for meeting the requirement:
- USGBC Faculty Training Certificate
- EcoBroker National Instructor
- Corporate Training Certificate
- Secondary Education Teaching Certificate
- Teacher Preparation Course from Accredited Post-Secondary Education Institution
- Other Professional Adult Learning Institution or Corporation Recognized by RESNET (this would require a prior approval by RESNET)
This policy means that effective on January 1, 2012 that a rater training provider can only add new rater trainers who have completed this mandatory adult education training. All existing rater trainers must complete the adult education training by January 1, 2015.