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Quality Assurance Designees

This Directory is the listing of all individuals who have passed the RESNET Quality Assurance Designee/Rater Training Test and meet the other qualifications to be a Quality Assurance Designee.

Background

RESNET has adopted the following procedure for individuals posted on the RESNET Directory of Individuals Who are Qualified to be RESNET Quality Assurance Designees:

  1. Individuals must be listed on the RESNET Directory of Individuals Who Are Qualified to be RESNET Quality Assurance Designees in order to act as a Quality Assurance Designee.
  2. Quality Assurance Designees must reapply annually to remain posted on the directory. In order to maintain the listing, qualified individuals must annually complete the form Application to Renew/Update Listing on RESNET Directory of Individuals Who Have Passed the RESNET National Quality Assurance Designee/Instructor Test and submit it to RESNET by the date posted.
  3. In the event that an individual on the list ends their affiliation or employment with the company on their listing, they must update their contact information in order to remain listed. RESNET will remove individuals upon notification by the listed company that they are no longer affiliated. Such individuals must submit the application to renew/update with updated contact information in order to reinstate their listing.
  4. RESNET standards require that all Quality Assurance Designees shall annually meet the requirements for professional development described in RESNET Standards section 904.4 and shall indicate which professional development requirements were fulfilled on their annual application.
  5. RESNET Standards section 904 requires that all Quality Assurance Designees qualified after December 31, 2010 shall meet each of the minimum qualifications listed therein prior to becoming a QA Designee.

TESTING

RESNET staff has the responsibility of administering the RESNET Quality Assurance/Instructor test. This test is required for individuals to serve as RESNET Provider Quality Assurance Designees and trainers for RESNET Accredited Training Providers.

The test must be proctored by an independent party at a neutral location. It is the responsibility of the tester to secure the independent proctor and location before applying to take the test. Tests may under no circumstances be proctored by an associate of the tester’s organization or company. The test cannot be taken at the tester’s work site or home. For more information about proctoring exams click on RESNET Proctoring Policy.

The test is a two-hour timed test with 100 multiple choice questions. The passing score is 90. The test is scored immediately upon completion of the test. The test is open book. Testers may use printed resources as well as web resources.

The cost of the test is $150, payable only by Visa or MasterCard when the tester signs on to take the test. Fees associated with the independent proctor or test facility are the responsibility of the tester.

Minimum Computer Requirements

  • Each tester must have a computer with High Speed Internet Access
    (Can not use dial up)
  • Computer can have Windows 2000 or XP or they may have Windows 98, ME if Visual Basic 6.0 SP5 is installed. You can download and install Visual Basic 6.0 SP5 from Microsoft.
  • Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher must be installed and used (Test will not work with Netscape)

Test Application

Minimum Requirements for the Qualification of QA Designees

  1. Minimum required qualifications to become a QA Designee (904.2):
    • Previous certification as a home energy rater;
    • Completion as a home energy rater of confirmed ratings on a minimum of twenty-five (25) homes;
    • Completion as a home energy rater of a minimum of five (5) ratings of a particular rating type (e.g. sampled, BOP, survey/audit, EEP) to be eligible to QA that rating type;
    • A passing score on the RESNET Quality Assurance Designee Test.
    • Per Board policy, in addition to professional development, mandatory training requirements must be met annually.
  2. Verification that QA Designee required qualifications have been met (904.3):
    • Confirmation by an established QA Designee that the minimum requirements established in Section 904, and listed above, have been met;
    • Review of five (5) of the twenty-five (25) required confirmed ratings must be individually reviewed by an established QA Designee in accordance with section 904.4.2, “On-site verification of ratings”, a maximum of three (3) of which may have been included in the annual QA review of the rater by the rater’s Provider in the previous twenty-four (24) months.
  3. Professional Development for Quality Assurance Designees (904.4):
    • Quality Assurance Designees annually shall complete a two hour RESNET roundtable on current information and complete one of the following activities:
    • Document 12 hours of attendance at the RESNET Conference – or
    • Complete 12 hours of RESNET approved CEU’s – or
    • Documented field QA reviews minimum of 25 homes

A person that is both a Rater Instructor and Quality Assurance Designee shall have to complete both the two hour RESNET roundtable for a Rater Trainer and the two hour roundtable for Quality Assurance Designees. Rater Trainers and QA Designees selecting the conference or CEU option need only comply with the 12 hour requirement one time, i.e. 12 hours is not required for each position.

Application to be Added as a Qualified RESNET Quality Assurance Designee

Effective on January 1, 2010 in order to maintain their status as a Quality Assurance Designee (QAD), QADs must complete the following professional development requirements:

QADs annually shall complete a two hour RESNET roundtable on current information and complete one of the following activities:

  1. Document 12 hours of attendance at the RESNET Conference or
  2. Complete 12 hours of RESNET pre-approved CEU’s (not rater PD), or
  3. Documented field QA reviews minimum of 25 homes

If a QAD pursues option #2, the QAD has the following options (with prior approval from RESNET):

  • Documented attendance at ACI or EBBA Conference
  • Documented attendance at a training or workshop that covers one or more of the following:
  • Review and knowledge of RESNET Standards;
    • QA requirements
      • QA of Raters and Ratings
      • QA of Providers
      • Responsibilities of QA Designee
      • Minimum requirements vs. best practices
      • Writing a realistic and effective quality plan
    • Sampling standard,
    • Meeting RESNET requirements in various Provider models
  • Ethics: how to manage Raters within the Code of Conduct;
    • Understanding RESNET Code of Ethics
    • Applying Code of Ethics to real world situations
    • Distinction between omission and commission
    • Recognizing and eliminating bias
  • Advanced building science;
    • Defining the building envelope in complex structures
    • Advanced diagnostics
    • Advanced energy modeling
  • Critical thinking skills;
    • Evaluating evidence (relevant, credible, and significant)
    • Identifying bias & subjectivity
    • Evaluating and interpreting data, and identifying illogical results
    • Qualitative vs. subjective
    • Root cause analysis
  • Communication skills;
    • Difficult topics (expectations, negative findings, ethical violations)
    • Communicating complex concepts simply
    • Effective use of different modes of communication (written, verbal, email)
    • Report writing
    • De-escalating conflict

To document Option #2, please complete the Verification Form found here: QAD Continuing Education Verification. The verification form must be submitted with the renewal form after courses were first approved by RESNET. Please also attach a certificate of completion, attendance, or receipt of payment.

Not sure if your course(s) qualify for RESNET QAD CEUs and/or need to contact RESNET for prior approval of course(s)? Please email scott@resnet.us with pertinent links, description of the course(s) and how the course(s) fit the criteria listed in Option #2.