Practical Simulation Test Prep

The deadline for taking the test had been extended to February 1, 2018 for all HERS raters certified prior to July 1, 2016. All current certified raters must pass the Practical Simulation Exam in order to maintain certification. Current certified raters will earn 10 RESNET CEU credits for taking the Practical Simulation test, and RESNET has approved an additional 2 CEU credits for the quiz with the webinar below. Current certified raters do not need a proctor, but will need a training provider to set the test up and provide the access codes. Please see Step 1 below for registering for the test. 

PLEASE BE SURE TO WATCH THE VIDEO TUTORIALS FROM RESNET ON THE COMPUTER YOU INTEND TO USE FOR THE TEST ITSELF. If you can run these tutorials, you should be able to run the test. If you can't run the tutorials, you will either need to try another computer or wait for further software updates from RESNET. NEHERS does not provide technical support for the software. If you run into problems with the software, please contact RESNET directly at   

There are several steps in this process, please read the following information carefully!

Step 1) Register for the Test Here

You will need a training provider to set the test up for you and send you the access codes. We charge $50 for the test set up, and you can register for the test here.

Step 2) Buy the Software

Once your training provider sets up the test for you, RESNET will send you instructions for how to login to their portal. The software was originally $250, but they are offering a $50 discount to current raters. In order to get the discount, use coupon code: currentrater. If you already purchased the software for $250, you can get a $50 refund from RESNET if you contact Emma at and send her this form. If you purchased the software before RESNET switched over to the new system, please contact Betsy at with proof of your payment to RESNET for the software and complete Step 1, and we will get everything set up for you in the new system.

Step 3) Test Preparation

The recording from April 5th is now available! This webinar will help prepare current certified raters to take the exam, and the feedback we have gotten so far is that it is well worth it. So help ensure your success at taking the Practical Simulation Exam and watch the webinar now!

QUIZ: If you purchase access to this webinar, the quiz is included at no additional charge and information about how to login for the quiz will be emailed to you. NOTE: Taking the quiz is NOT the same as taking the Practical Simulation Exam!

Step 4) No Proctor Needed

RESNET has announced that current certified raters no longer need a proctor to take the test. All group proctoring sessions that had been scheduled are canceled. This means that once we set the test up for you and you login to the RESNET portal and pay for your software, you access codes will be emailed directly to you. 

Step 5) Practice, Practice, Practice!

It is highly recommended that you take the time to practice on the tutorials that come with your software to get comfortable navigating in the simulations. Experienced raters who have been doing this a long time are finding that they need the full two hours for each house (total of four hours), so please plan accordingly.