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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


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 the Certificate IV.

Course Fees and Funding

Online Learning – $3.950
Online Learning – Kick Start Premium $5,975
Online Learning – Kick Start Platinum $8,950

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

Support and Delivery

Online learning – The learning environment provides access to study guides, assessment materials & submission links and online support from your assessor

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

Are you looking to upskill your employees?

Talk to us about face-to-face delivery available within organisations for groups of 8 or more.

Core Units

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 –!tabs-2

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

Choose 6 of the following units:

  • You are required to complete SIX elective units, made up as follows: AT LEAST three units must be chosen from Group A
  • NO MORE than two units may be chosen from Group B
  • THREE of the SIX units may be chosen from the “other” units


Unit code Unit Title
CPCCBC4014A Prepare simple building sketches and drawings
CPPHSA4001A Assess household energy use
CPPHSA4002A Assess household waste generation and management
CPPHSA4003A Assess household water use
CPPHSA4004A Assess thermal performance of existing residences using non- rating tools and techniques
CPPHSA4008A Apply sustainability principles, legislation and information on government programs
CPPHSA4019A Inform clients about thermal performance of residential buildings
CPPHSA4018A Manage own work, professional development and ethical behaviour



Unit code Unit Title
BSBSMB402 Plan small business finances
BSBSMB404 Undertake small business planning

Other Units available as Electives

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


Course Duration

Course Duration: 18 months

Estimated time allocations spread over the duration of the training:

  • Research and learning, including software training – 320 hours
  • Work based coaching – 120 hours
  • Assessment collation, submission and feedback – 320 hours

Study Plan:

A study plan will be provided to assist you in mapping out your learning and assessment work. The plan is a guide only, designed to help set assessment milestones and encourage a progressive approach to achieving your qualification.

Student Profile

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.

Entry Requirements

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

Assessment methods include:

  • Completion of written theory 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 questions

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.

Student Information

For more details on Transformed and student obligations, services provided and general information about your chosen course read our student information handbook.

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