How to select a NatHERS training provider

by | Jan 4, 2017 | NatHERS

The training industry is full of jargon and can be overwhelming and confusing. Training providers all say they can deliver what you want, but working out which provider can be best for your situation isnt easy. So to help save you time we’ve put together a quick comparison guide to help you work out which provider might be the best fit for you.

Transformed has worked over many years with many thousands of students, employers, and experienced and qualified NatHERS Assessors. We have worked closely with the NatHERS National Regulator, and both Assessor Accrediting Organisations: the Building Design Association of Victoria (BDAV) and the Australian Building Sustainability Association (ABSA). Through this experience we have seen what works and what’s important.

We have also seen many costly failures where students waste a lot of time and money for the following reasons:

  1. Once enrolled, they get little or no support from their training provider
  2. They don’t learn anything, quite often due to the materials provided being poor in structure, using outdated references or being poorly presented (in the classroom setting or otherwise)
  3. Response times to questions are slow or non-existent – so the momentum of learning is slow or lost altogether.

Ultimately nothing is learned or achieved, motivation is lost, frustration levels are high and money and time is wasted. And worst of all you give up on your dream to become a NatHERS Assessor.

Whilst the qualification is equivalent and all providers must meet the same set of standards (as detailed by the Australian Skills Quality Authority), however, according to ABSA, not all training providers are equal! Each provider will deliver the qualification in a different way and with different materials. Not all providers have any real contact with industry and most have not developed their learning resources with input and review by industry experts and peak bodies.

So, we’ve done the hard work for you to work out what each provider offers and we’ve compiled it all in the table below:

Feature TAFE institutions Other private providers Transformed
Options for recognition for existing experience and skills, meaning you don’t need to relearn what you already know



Qualification takes 12 months to complete, ensuring you have sufficient time to complete




Over 50 hours of exclusive video content, which is much easier to learn, rather than reading thousands of pages of text


Nationally Recognised Qualification issued on successful completion




Delivers material developed with extensive input from assessors, peak bodies and national policy body, ensuring it is contemporary and meets industry expectations


Training material accessible anywhere at any time, to fit in with your busy life and work schedule



Face-to-face in class training, meaning:

  • you need to wait for the next scheduled course
  • you need to take time off work to attend



You can enrol and start at any time

Training delivered by experienced, qualified and current industry experts



Free webinars to support learning and to keep you motivated to complete

Paid webinars only


Regular access to trainers and assessors via phone and email, so your questions are answered and help is accessible when you need it



Access to online software training so you can learn all the tools needed to do the job

In class software training only


Award winning provider with numerous Australian Training Awards, meaning you are learning from the best of the best


Access to comprehensive e-learning platform – everything is one place and easy to access

Limited eLearning platform

Limited eLearning platform


Online submission of assessments and feedback so you can keep track of your progress and know what else you need to do to complete

Email submission only


Well above average completion rate history, demonstrating that almost all students successfully complete



We have also prepared a Training Provider Selection Checklist that you can download

Do your research, do your homework and make sure you select the right provider. Otherwise you might walk away with no money, no outcome and no job as a NatHERS Assessor.

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