Certificate IV in NatHERS Assessment
1 July 2015 transitional arrangements
The states and territories have re-confirmed that after five years of development and consultation, from 1 July 2015 all existing accredited assessors will be required to upgrade their skills to the Certificate IV in NatHERS Assessment. In South Australia, the Certificate IV in NatHERS Assessment has been the minimum requirement for registration as a home energy assessor since 1 July 2014.
This follows the requirement that new accredited assessors be qualified with the Certificate IV in NatHERS Assessment from January 2014. This qualification will represent, for the first time, a national standard for the minimum qualifications of accredited assessors in all states and territories.
Due to a number of factors, the Buildings Committee has agreed to the following transitional arrangements to 31 December 2015.
- The arrangement is open only to existing assessors who are accredited with an Assessor Accrediting Organisation (AAO), ABSA or BDAV. Existing assessors need to provide proof before 30 June 2015 that they have enrolled in and fully paid all invoices issued by the RTO for the courses required to obtain the Certificate IV qualifications.
- For existing assessors applying for recognition for prior learning (RPL), they need to provide evidence (before 30 June 2015) that they have submitted some evidence of RPL and have enrolled in, and fully paid all invoices issued by the RTO for the courses/work required to obtain Certificate IV qualifications.
- If existing assessors are not able to present to the AAOs evidence that they have enrolled in and fully paid all invoices issued by the RTO for the courses to obtain Certificate IV by 30 June 2015, they will be not considered NatHERS accredited assessors from 1 July 2015. They can only be considered a NatHERS accredited assessor after they complete all course requirements and obtain the Certificate IV –; that is, they have no transition period.
- For existing assessors who have presented to the AAOs that they have enrolled in and fully paid all invoices issued by the RTO for the courses to obtain Certificate IV by 30 June 2015 but failed to obtain Certificate IV at the end of transition date, they will be unaccredited from 1 January 2016 and as such will only be able to access an unaccredited certificate. Accreditation can be achieved again only after they complete all course requirements and obtain the Certificate IV.
- No further extension of these transitions arrangements will be given after 31 Dec 2015.
As the milestone approaches, assessors are strongly encouraged to contact their Assessor Accrediting Organisation and their Registered Training Organisation to ensure the successful completion of the qualification.
Find Registered Training Organisations that delivers the course by visiting the Accreditation and training page.