CPP41119 Certificate IV in Home Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

Get Qualified as a NatHERS Assessor

Kickstart your career in a rapidly expanding sector or build on your current skills with the CPP41119 Certificate IV in Home Energy Efficiency and Sustainability. As Australia’s leading trainer for NatHERS Assessors, we work closely with industry experts, including the NatHERS National Administrator, NatHERS Software Providers and Assessor Accrediting Organisations (specifically Design Matters National [DMN]) to ensure you are industry ready.

Unlike other training providers, we deliver live, interactive software training (via Zoom) in NatHERS accredited software (from June 2022 only HERO will be offered). You receive extensive, detailed feedback of each thermal performance rating based on your submission showing you exactly what you need to know and do. This makes you industry ready and able to pass a mandatory QA review of your work by your accreditation body.

Our software training brings together theory and practice from industry, the NatHERS technical note and years of hands-on experience using NatHERS software. Others charge over $2500 for this type of training.

Our industry expertise is extensive. It includes:

  • Running the NatHERS Assessor Network with over 600 assessors
  • Our software trainer is Australia’s leading expert:
    • the only person accredited by the NatHERS Administrator accredited to train and undertaken NatHERS Assessments in all four NatHERS software packages
    • the only HERO support partner
    • a mentor and a member of the Technical Advisory Committee for DMN and the NatHERS National Administrator.
  • We have been engaged to write training and assessment materials by the NatHERS National Administrator and the Australian Building Codes Board.
  • Being regularly consulted on and contributing to national policy activities, including the National Construction Code, BASIX and other national initiatives by the NatHERS National Administrator.

Train with the best. Enrol with Transformed.

What our students say:

Just wanted to say thank you so much for offering such a great course. I have really enjoyed studying my Certificate IV in Home Energy Efficiency and Sustainability with Transformed.

 The course is really well organised, your videos and zoom meetings were extremely helpful, the platform functions perfectly, your response time to queries and questions is always prompt and overall, it is just been a wonderful experience.

 I’d like in particular to thank you so much for offering the live FirstRate 5 online sessions hosted by Matthew Graham. What a difference the 6 sessions have made! I have learnt so much over the last 7 weeks and feel so much more confident in my modelling skills as a result. It was wonderful to learn from someone with as much experience as Matthew, especially as he is working in the field, so not only knows his way around the software like the back of his hand but is also happy to share some of his personal tips and tricks that cannot be learned from a manual.


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      Becoming an Assessor

      Becoming an accredited NatHERS thermal performance assessor

      The CPP41119 Certificate IV in Home Energy Efficiency and Sustainability is designed to tick the boxes of assessors operating under the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS), which promotes residential building design that helps to reduce manual heating and cooling. This is generally achieved through effective passive building design and the use of residential building materials that help to reduce heating and cooling requirements.

      Once you have completed the course, you’ll be able to apply for registration (accreditation) as an energy rater or assessor with Design Matters National and the Association of Building Sustainability Assessors (ABSA).

      This course satisfies the competence requirements to conduct thermal performance ratings in all jurisdictions and to complete BASIX assessments for Development Applications for multi-storey unit developments in NSW.

      Becoming a home sustainability assessor

      The CPP41119 Certificate IV in Home Energy Efficiency and Sustainability is also designed to meet the needs of residential sustainability assessors, who provide advice to building owners on how to improve the sustainability of their homes. Home sustainability assessors not only investigate the thermal performance of a residential building, but also look at the overall energy and water efficiency of the household and may make recommendations about other areas such as waste generation and disposal.

      Course Overview

      The CPP41119 Certificate IV in Home Energy Efficiency and Sustainability is designed to meet the needs of thermal performance assessors operating under the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS), and home sustainability assessors.

      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 unit of competence. Access articles and resources on demand and watch videos when it suits you.

      You’ll learn how to assess household energy and water use, collect information to inform a NatHERS thermal performance assessment, recommend improvements to building design 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 to manage both your own work performance and your safety and security in different work situations.

      By the end of this course, you will have an understanding of the specialist skills and knowledge required to become effective as a NatHERS thermal performance assessor and home sustainability assessor.

      Plus, learn how to use the latest software to complete thermal performance planning, modelling and costing tasks using Hero software.

      Learning Outcomes

      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 any of the three streams in the Certificate IV in Home Energy Efficiency and Sustainability.

      Course Fees and Funding
      This course is subsidised in Tasmania with Keystone – contact [email protected] for more information or visit https://keystone.com.au/training/subsidy/

      Funded by Keystone Tasmania | Transformed

      NSW Smart & Skilled funded students – a student fee will be advised prior to enrolment.

      Fee for Service Students (non funded)
      Online Learning (Standard): $4,995.00

      Successful completion of the qualification within the course duration period, a completion rebate of $500 will be paid.

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



      Certificate IV in Home Energy Efficiency and Sustainability, including:

      • Over 40 hours of instructional videos
      • Customised learning materials written by leading industry experts
        o instructional videos showing how to use our e-learning system
      • Eeasy to follow, fill in templates for all knowledge and performance assessments
      • Exclusive recorded webinars on each core module and elective, providing a summary of all content as well as instructions, tips and tricks for completing assessment questions and tasks
      • All drawing sets and floor plans for you to work with and undertake NatHERS Assessments to determine the heating and cooling loads
      • Support from qualified and experienced assessors (valued at $4000)
      A customised study plan showing the units to be completed and assessment due dates (valued at $150)
      Monthly webinars with leading NatHERS industry expert (valued at $6000)
      HERO Software training course – 7 sessions over 13 weeks (value $3,750), delivered by an industry expert plus $660 HERO Certificate credits.
      Access to our exclusive NatHERS Thermal Performance Assessment community (over 360 people), allowing you to interact with other students and industry experts who will answer your questions and share their tips and tricks (valued at $1500)
      NatHERS templates, checklists and tools (valued at $500)
      Access to the NCC, NatHERS Assessor Manual and relevant Australian and International Standards and industry references (valued at $900)
      Printed and digital version of Nationally Recognised Certificate and Transcript (valued at $50)
      Opportunity to become an Accredited Assessor and earn four times more than the average Australian (priceless)
      Total Value: $16,850
      The cost to you: $4,995 
      (a whopping 70% discount)
      Support and Delivery
      Transformed’s online learning environment provides access to:

      • Study guides, videos and webinars
      • Assessment materials & submission links for completed assessment tasks
      • Online support from your assessor.

      The Transformed team will support you every step of the way through training literature, videos and assessor contact.

      Core Units

      All candidates must complete the following 4 core units of competence:

      • BSBRSK401A – Identify risk and apply risk management processes
      • CPPCOM4001 – Manage own work, professional development and ethical behaviour
      • CPPHES4001 – Research and assess impact of building elements on thermal performance of residential buildings
      • CPPHES4002 – Advise clients on thermal performance of residential buildings
      Elective Units

      Candidates must successfully complete 11 elective units under this qualification.

      Transformed offers the Home Sustainability Assessment and Thermal Performance Assessment (HSA & TPA) specialisation, under which the following elective units are required:

      Group A Electives

      • CPPCMN4008 – Read plans, drawings and specifications for residential buildings
      • CPPHES4003 – Operate and maintain computer system to support thermal performance assessments
      • CPPHES4004 – Conduct thermal performance assessment of residential buildings
      • CPPHES5001 – Conduct thermal performance assessment of complex residential buildings

      Group B Electives

      • CPPCOM4002 – Implement safe work practices in the property industry
      • CPPHES4005 – Assess household energy use and efficiency improvements
      • CPPHES4006 – Assess household water use and efficiency improvements
      • CPPHES4007 – Assess thermal performance of existing residential buildings

      Group C Electives

      • CPPHES4009 – Promote the adoption of home sustainability practices
      • CPCCBC4014 – Prepare simple building sketches and drawings
      • CPPCMN3004 – Respond to enquiries and complaints.
      Course Duration

      It is expected that most candidates can complete this qualification successfully within no more than 18 months. Estimated time allocations spread over the duration of the training are:

      • Research and learning, including software training – 385 hours
      • Work based & Industry coaching – 120 hours
      • Assessment collation, submission and feedback – 360 hours
      Student Profile

      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 and home sustainability.

      The qualification is also 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 role, a NatHERS thermal performance assessment role or a general home sustainability role, we encourage you to seek work experience with an experienced NatHERS or sustainability assessor or to seek industry membership (at a student level) with ABSA or Design Matters National.

      To complete this qualification successfully, you must also have:

      • Good literacy and numeracy
      • Access to a computer and the internet
      Career and Salary

      NatHERS Assessment / Sustainability Officer


      Source: www.seek.com.au  

      Entry Requirements

      Expected level of student skills: It is expected students have a level of digital literacy to access information, communicate and complete training and assessment activities using a computer/tablet and our online learning platform. Students will be required to complete a number of tasks independently, and to have the skills to manage their own time and study. Students are expected to be able to research and analyse information, and to apply knowledge to real world situations.

      Students will be required to independently read and understand a range of different documents including organisation policies, plans, guidelines & procedures, external documentation (may include codes, policies and articles), handbooks, instruction guides (and where applicable drawing and plans). Students are also required to develop written documentation, including risk assessments, action plans, logs, reports.

      A key skill for this program is the ability to effectively communicate with others in English.

      Technology requirements: Students should be able to access and use computer/tablet device with word processing software, internet browser, email account and webcam/microphone and speakers (or headset). An internet connection is also required.


      Assessment methods for this course include:

      • Answers to written theory questions, including multiple choice, True/False, and short and long answer questions
      • Workplace assessment tasks
      • Oral questioning, which may be used as an adjunct to other assessment methods and, when necessary, to address a learner’s literacy problems
      • Online assessments

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

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