The success of the NatHERS scheme for regulatory purposes is contingent upon consistent and reliable outcomes being achieved through the correct use of NatHERS software. Given the level of complexity of NatHERS software, it is important that those that use the software to assess the thermal performance of buildings are adequately trained in the use of the software. They also need to have a minimum level of understanding of building construction, building thermal performance and the applicable building regulations.
Protocol for Assessor Accrediting Organisations
The purpose of this protocol is to provide a national framework for the approval and operation of organisations that accredit users of NatHERS software for regulatory purposes. The protocol enables there to be a number of such Accrediting Organisations operating across State and Territory jurisdictions.
- Download the Protocol for Assessor Accrediting Organisations - 110KB)
Documents are available for downloading as PDF files. (PDF help).
Recognised Assessor Accrediting Organisations
- Association of Building Sustainability Assessors (ABSA) – granted full accreditation
- Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV) – granted full accreditation
NatHERS assessors' qualification update
As part of developing the new NatHERS assessors' qualification, the Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council (CPSISC) was engaged in mid 2010 to conduct a scoping study to consider the skill and qualification needs for assessors.
- Scoping Study: Skills and qualification requirements of NatHERS and RBMD assessors (PDF - 582KB) | (Word - 30938KB)
CPSISC then conducted nationwide consultations with industry, assessors, state and territory governments and accreditation bodies in development of the new Certificate IV in NatHERS Assessment. The new qualifications will be presented for endorsement at the quarterly meeting of the National Skills Standards Council (NSSC) on 5 September 2012.
Subject to endorsement, Registered Training Organisations (RTO's) will be able to apply for scope to deliver the course through the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).
NatHERS qualification training resources development
It is intended that training resources will be developed in-line with the new course for NatHERS assessors. Aimed to address potential cost pressures for RTO's and realise higher levels of consistency in delivery, the training resources will make available trainer, learner and assessment guides and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) applications to RTO's delivering the course.
Resources are expected to be completed toward the end of the 2012, after the endorsement of the new qualification for NatHERS assessors.
Course in Building Thermal Performance Assessment (Residential)
The Course in Building Thermal Performance Assessment (Residential) has had its accreditation in NSW extended to 30 June 2013.