Rating Field Inspector Information

What is a Rating Field Inspector (RFI)

An individual certified by a Rating Quality Assurance Provider to conduct field inspections for home energy ratings. A Rating Field Inspector (RFI), under the direct supervision of a certified Home Energy Rater, may conduct the inspections and necessary basic performance tests (air tightness and duct leakage) to produce a home energy rating. This certification requires the ability to identify and quantify building components and systems.

How to become a RFI

Complete five (5) probationary inspections with a Mentor using the RESNET RFI Field Evaluation Form.  At least one (1) inspection must be a rough in inspection and one (1) must be a final inspection. Ten (10) supporting photos must be taken at each home. All required RFI tasks during the final evaluation must be successfully completed in one exam period.

Steps to become a RFI

Step 1:

Download the RFI Field Evaluation Form

Download the RFI Photo Documentation Form (optional)

Step 2: 

Qualified Mentors should record on the provided form FIVE mentored homes per candidate.

  • These forms must be kept at minimum THREE years. RESNET may request a record at any time.
  • Mentors and candidates must sign each checklist.
  • Ten (10) photos for each home are to be kept by the Rating Provider for each candidate. (See photo documentation guidelines below.)

Step 3:

Qualified Assessors should record on the provided RFI Field Evaluations Form ONE final graded field evaluation home per candidate.

  • Final graded field evaluations are conducted after the five mentored inspections are completed and must be completed in one exam period.
  • Candidate final evaluations must list “satisfactory” (100%) on all features that are present.
  • Assessors and candidates must sign the candidate’s assessment form.

Step 4:

Pass the RESCAZ simulation exam through an accredited Training Provider listed here.

Step 5:

Apply for the candidate’s RFIIN by clicking here once the candidate has

  • Completed FIVE mentored inspections,
  • Passed ONE final graded Field Evaluation,
  • Passed the RESCAZ.

The final graded RFI Field Evaluation Form must be attached to the RFIIN request form or it will be considered incomplete. Application will be processed fee is paid.

Additional Information

  • Each RFIIN application requires a processing fee of 50.00 per RFIIN application at the time of RFIIN form submission. Checks will be accepted but the RFIIN request will not be fulfilled until they arrive.
  • Applications which do not have the necessary requirements listed above will not be fulfilled.
  • Mentors must either be a certified HERS rater or a Quality Assurance Designee.
  • Assessors must either be a certified trainer, Quality Assurance Designee, or QAD Delegate.
  • Additional questions should be directed to laurel@resnet.us

Photo Documentation Guidelines

The photo documentation process creates a visual record of field performance. A minimum of 10 photos must be collected per home for each candidate. Required photos for each candidate are listed below.

  • Exterior of the home also showing the Candidate and the house number
  • HVAC system
  • Air leakage testing equipment setup
  • Air leakage test results, photo of the manometer and the ring and test setup
  • Duct leakage testing equipment setup
  • Duct leakage test results, photo of the manometer and the ring and test setup
  • Performing a building envelope measurement
  • Framing spacing with measuring tape
  • Insulation depth measurement
  • Pictures of builder failure items (if applicable)

A template for storing and uploading photos has been provided for you here