Certificate IV in NatHERS Assessment - CPP41212

CPP41212 - Certificate IV in NatHERS Assessment

Get the hands-on knowledge and skills you need to become an Accredited NatHERS Assessor.

Kickstart your career in a rapidly expanding sector or build on your current skills with the CPP41212 Certificate IV in NatHERS Assessment. We’ll give you the knowledge you need to assess residential building plans for thermal performance and potential improvements, and understand what it takes to promote thermal efficiency in today’s houses.

In 2015 there were 228,950 new buildings approved in Australia. At the same time there were 289 Accredited NatHERS Assessors operating nationally. With over 70% of new buildings being rated by Accredited NatHERS Assessors, a huge opportunity exists to earn extra income.

By becoming an Accredited NatHERS Assessor, you will join the small number of energy raters across Australia who are recognised as professionals in their field.

Become an Accredited NatHERs Assessor

The CPP41212 Certificate IV is designed to tick the boxes of assessors operating under the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS), which promotes the use of residential building materials that help to reduce heating and cooling.

Once completed, you’ll be able to apply for registration (accreditation) as an energy rater or assessor with the Building Designers Association Victoria (BDAV) and the Association of Building Sustainability Assessors (ABSA).

Only Accredited NatHERS Assessors can issue the coloured Accredited Universal Certificate and stamp plans with the official NatHERS logo – this satisfies the competence requirements to conduct ratings in all jurisdictions and complete BASIX assessments for Development Applications for multi-storey unit developments in NSW. This qualification also has the units required for the Victorian Residential Scorecard.

Study with the best

Choose to study with Transformed and be confident you’re learning from the best. To design our NatHERS program, we worked with industry experts, state and territory regulators, the national NatHERS regulator, leading international learning design experts, and the two accredited assessment organisations – the Australian Building Sustainability Association (ABSA) and the Building Design Association of Victoria (BDAV).

Fast-track your NatHERS qualification

Get up and running as an Accredited NatHERS Assessor in just 4 months. Transformed’s NatHERS Kickstart Program is the only one of its type in Australia designed to fast-track your qualification. Once you’re accredited, find out how we can help you get your own business started as an assessor.

The Certificate IV in NatHERS Assessment is designed to meet the needs of assessors operating under the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS).

During the course, you'll study best practice theory with practical workplace application. Work at your own pace using our online library filled with study notes, videos and webinars for each module. Access articles and resources on demand and watch videos when it suits you.

You’ll learn how to assess household energy use, collect information to inform a NatHERS assessment, and select high performing building materials within a set budget. This course will also arm you with the skills you need to work with clients and manage your own work performance.

By the end, you will have an understanding of the specialist skills and knowledge required to become effective as a NatHERS assessor.

Plus, learn how to use the latest software to complete planning, modelling and costing tasks with our additional FirstRate5 software course.

Informative video about the NatHERS System and how it is used

After completing this program you should be able to demonstrate competence in all the required performance criteria, required skills and knowledge and essential elements for assessment to achieve the Certificate IV.

RPL - $3,600
Distance Learning – Basic $4,995
Distance Learning – Kick Start Premium $6,974
Distance Learning – Kick Start Platinum $9,782

This qualification is subsidised through NSW Smart & Skilled Funding. Check our funding page for more information.

Take advantage of our flexible training and assessment options which allow you to fit your study around your work and personal life. Transformed offers two flexible learning pathways:

  1. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) – Assessment only, assessing evidence of existing skills and knowledge against the competency standards.
  2. Distance learning – Access your training materials via our online learning portal throughout your course. The Transformed team will support you every step of the way through training literature, videos and trainer / assessor contact.

Take our FREE quick self-assessment survey to find out if you can use RPL for the NatHERS certificate.

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1. Class A or B Building Licence Assessors in the ACT must demonstrate completion of a specific set of units in the Certificate IV in NatHERS Assessment qualification which can be found at forms downloadable here - https://www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au/app/answers/detail/a_id/3150/~/building-assessor-licensing#!tabs-2

Unit code Unit Title Available by RPL Available by Distance
BSBRSK401A Identify risk and apply risk management processes Y Y
CPPACC4015A ollow site occupational health and safety requirements Y Y
CPPCMN4008A Read and extract information from plans, drawings and specifications for residential buildings Y Y
CPPHSA4011A Collect information to support NatHERS assessment Y Y
CPPHSA4012A Conduct NatHERS assessment of planned residential buildings Y Y
CPPHSA4013A Conduct NatHERS assessment of existing residential buildings Y Y
CPPHSA4014A Meet regulatory requirements when completing NatHERS assessments Y Y
CPPHSA4015A Assess impact of building elements on thermal performance of residential buildings Y Y
CPPHSA4016A Advise on options for enhancing thermal performance of residential buildings Y Y
CPPHSA4017A Cost measures to improve thermal performance of residential buildings Y Y
CPPHSA4018A Manage own work, professional development and ethical behaviour Y Y

Choose 6 of the following units:

  • Minimum of 3 electives must be chosen from Group A
  • Maximum of 3 electives may be chosen from Group B
  • 3 of the 6 units may be chosen from other Certificate IV or Diploma qualifications in CPP07, or another current training package or state-accredited course. It's possible to choose one of those 3 units also from a Certificate III qualification.


Unit code Unit Title Available by RPL Available by Distance
CPCCBC4014A Prepare simple building sketches and drawings Y Y
CPPCMN3001B Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices Y N
CPPHSA4001A Assess household energy use Y Y
CPPHSA4002A Assess household waste generation and management Y N
CPPHSA4003A Assess household water use Y N
CPPHSA4004A Assess thermal performance of existing residences using non- rating tools and techniques Y N
CPPHSA4008A Apply sustainability principles, legislation and information on government programs Y N
CPPHSA4019A Inform clients about thermal performance of residential buildings Y N
CPPHSA4020A Operate computing systems to support NatHERS assessment Y N
CPPHSA5001A Assess thermal performance of complex residential buildings Y N


Unit code Unit Title Available by RPL Available by Distance
BSBSMB401 Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business Y N
BSBSMB402 Plan small business finances Y Y
BSBSMB403 Market the small business Y N
BSBSMB404 Undertake small business planning Y Y
CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry Y N
CPPCMN3004A Respond to enquiries and complaints Y N
CPPCMN4004B Facilitate effective client relationships Y N
CPPCMN4013A Operate a sustainable business Y N

Other Units available as Electives

Unit code Unit Title Available by RPL Available by Distance
CPCSUS5001A Develop workplace policies and procedures for sustainability Y N
CPCCBC4002A Manage occupational health and safety in the building and construction workplace N Y
CPCCBC4004A Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects N Y
CPCCBC4005A Produce labour and materials schedule for ordering N Y
CPCCBC4013A Prepare and evaluate tender documentation N Y
CPCCBC4015A Arrange building specifications and approvals N Y
CPCCBC4026A Arange building applications and approvals N Y
CPCCBC4031A Process client requirements N Y

100 hours self-directed learning
100 hours for assessment tasks
Plus, a portfolio of evidence over a period of 12 months

RPL completion time frame is 6 months

This qualification is designed to meet the needs of assessors operating under the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS).

Potential users of this qualification include NatHERS assessors, enterprises, government agencies, industry regulatory bodies, community organisations, building designers, architects and other building professionals associated with residential building thermal performance.

The qualification will also be used by national assessor accrediting organisations under the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme Protocol for Assessor Accrediting Organisations.

If you are not currently in a building design or NatHERS assessment role, we encourage you to seek work experience with a NatHERS assessor or seek industry membership (at a student level) with ABSA or BDAV.

You must also have:

  • Good literacy and numeracy
  • Access to a computer and the internet
  • Prior learning and experience – CV’s, qualifications, certificates, work history and life experience
  • Individual Assessment plans that produce a portfolio of current evidence – work samples
  • Third party verification and reports
  • Written Q&A and oral questioning by interview
  • Written tasks and reports (if gap evidence is required)

Students will also need to complete training (or be able to demonstrate current competence) using either BERSPro, Accurate or FirstRate software.

Learn the practical skills to use FirstRate5 Software with our online course.

Download the course pdf here.

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