Steps to Become a Home Energy Score Assessor

  1. Attend an Assessor Candidate Orientation.
    CSE will host four Assessor Candidate Orientation sessions in San Diego County. At the meetings, you will learn the value of the DOE’s Home Energy Score program and receive an overview of how to qualify as an assessor. Register for an orientation today!
  • Summer 2018 – July 17 - 18, 2018
  • Fall 2018 – November 29, 2018
  • Spring 2019 – March 7, 2019
  • Summer 2019 – May 29, 2019
  1. Complete the Participation Agreement and submit proof of prerequisites.
  2. Review, complete, and return the Participation Agreement to In addition to the agreement, please submit the following supporting documents:

  1. Complete the free Simulation Training and Test.
    DOE offers new assessor candidates an online Simulation (Sim) Training course that involves a virtual home walkthrough designed to show a variety of situations you might encounter during an energy assessment. The Sim is free and can be completed at your own pace. The training and a written exam require about 8-12 hours to complete. Watch a short Sim overview video to find out more.
  2. Score your first home with a mentor.
    Assessor candidates are required to score their first home with a mentor. This must be completed within six months of passing the Sim Training and written exam.
  3. Start scoring homes!
    Congratulations! You are now a Home Energy Score Assessor. You will be provided with talking points, marketing materials and technical support to successfully integrate the Home Energy Score into your business model. To ensure quality assurance of the program, 5 percent of the homes you score will be re-scored by CSE home energy performance experts.

Approved Building Credentials

Organization Minimum Accepted Credential
American Society of Home Inspectors ASHI Inspector; Certified Inspector
Building Performance Institute Building Science Principles Certificate of Knowledge
Build It Green Certified Green Building Professional (CGBP); GreenPoint Rater
CalCERTS Rater
California Real Estate Inspection Association Certified Home Inspector
GreenHome Institute GreenHome Professional
International Association of Certified Home Inspectors Home Energy Inspector
National Association of the Remodeling Industry Green Certified Professional; Certified Remodeler; Master Certified Remodeler
National Institute of Building Inspectors Certified Home Inspector
North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners PV Installation Professional
North American Technician Excellence Air Conditioning/Heat Pumps; Gas/Oil Heating; Gas/Oil Hydronics
Residential Energy Services Network HERS Rater
Passive House Institute US Certified Passive House Consultant
U.S. Green Building Council LEED: Green Rater or Green Associate