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RESNET Adopts Standard Amendment on the Assessment and Verification of Rating Field Inspectors

Dec 22, 2014

A recommendation of the RESNET National Consistency of HERS Index Scores was for more robust practical testing for HERS Raters and Rating Field Inspectors (RFI).

Currently RFIs must pass a written multiple choice test. This has created a great frustration in the rating industry because written tests are not the best way to measure a candidate’s practical skills.

Based upon the recommendations the RESNET Training and Education Committee, the RESNET Board of Directors adopted a policy for the development of a RESNET tablet based mentoring process for RFIs to demonstrate their practical knowledge on conducting rating field inspections. The RESNET Training and Education Committee established a working group to develop the tablet based tool. The result is the RESNET JOBWerks RFI tool. The tool has been tested, reviewed by the committee and is ready for deployment.

The adopted amendment has done away with the written RFI test and replaces it with completion of the field probationary inspections documented by the RESNET JOBWerks RFI tool.

The proposed amendment went through the RESNET standard amendment consensus- based public review and comment process.  After the consideration of all public comments, the RESNET Standards Management Board adopted the amendment.

New RFI candidates must successfully complete the RESNET JOBWerks RFI assessment beginning on July 1, 2015.  Existing certified RFIs must successfully complete the assessment by January 1, 2016.

There will be a breakout session on JOBWerks, “Rubber Meets the Road: RESNET’s New Rating Field Inspector Certification Field Assessment App” offered at the 2015 RESNET Building Performance Conference.  For more information go to 2015 RESNET Conference

To view the adopted amendment go to Adopted RFI Assessment and Certification Amendment