Get the hands-on knowledge and skills you need to become an Accredited thermal performance assessor or home sustainability 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. We’ll give you the knowledge you need to assess residential building plans and existing buildings for thermal performance and potential improvements, and to advise on thermal efficiency and sustainability in today’s houses.
Only Accredited NatHERS Assessors can issue the coloured Accredited Universal Certificate for NatHERS and stamp plans with the official NatHERS logo and with over 70% of new buildings being rated by accredited NatHERS assessors, a huge opportunity exists to earn extra income.
Home sustainability is a similarly growing field in Australia, as the legal sustainability requirements for residential buildings increase and individual householders seek to reduce their personal impact on the environment.
By becoming an accredited NatHERS thermal performance assessor and/or home sustainability assessor, you can join the small number of busy recognised professionals in these fields across Australia.
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 the Building Designers Association Victoria (BDAV) 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.
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 FirstRate5.
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
Online Learning – $4,100.00 (including FR5 software training and monthly webinar with industry experts)
Premium Package: $5,100.00 (including the above plus ABSA membership, AFRC Default Windows course and five x one hour individually mentoring sessions)
This qualification may be subsidised through NSW Smart & Skilled Funding. Check our funding page for more information.
Funded students will receive the premium package as part of their enrolment
Support and Delivery
- 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.
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
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
- BSBSUS406 – Identify and apply sustainability rating tools
- CPCCBC4014 – Prepare simple building sketches and drawings
- CPPCMN3004 – Respond to enquiries and complaints.
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
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 BDAV.
To complete this qualification successfully, you must also have:
- Good literacy and numeracy
- Access to a computer and the internet
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 or FirstRate software.