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Sponsored by SoCalGas, CHEERS is providing free HERS training. Becoming a certified HERS (Home Energy Rating System) Rater is a great career choice for individuals interested in energy efficiency and sustainability within the high-demand industry of residential building and construction.

Reasons to become a HERS Rater:

  • Most HVAC system replacements require permitting and independent inspection by a certified HERS Rater. All residential new construction homes must be verified by a certified HERS Rater.
  • Becoming a HERS Rater is a great way to advance your career in the building industry. It provides opportunities for further training and certification in areas such as ENERGY STAR® and WaterSense.
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Career Advancement

Get professional-level training and certification from CHEERS


Acquire practical skills regardless of prior experience


jobs available in the energy sector


Complete the online training on your own terms in as little as

1 week

to complete the HERS certification process


Make your resume competitive with a certification


of employers prefer a certification


Connect with companies who are hiring with


average median salary

*Based on information obtained from the California Energy Commission.

What is the California HERS program?

The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) program is one of California’s primary Energy Code (Title 24, Part 6) implementation tools. Developed and overseen by the California Energy Commission (CEC), the HERS program uses third-party energy inspection professionals (HERS Raters) to verify and document compliance with California energy code.

Under the HERS program, trained and certified HERS Raters evaluate a home’s insulation, ductwork, heating and cooling system, windows, and other factors that affect energy consumption.

A HERS rating can be used to determine eligibility for various energy efficiency incentives, rebates, tax credits, and financing options. It can also help homeowners prioritize energy efficiency upgrades to maximize energy savings and reduce their carbon footprint.

Overall, the HERS program is a key component of California’s efforts to promote energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the residential sector.

Live Webinar Training

These highly interactive live webinar training classes allow you to learn at your own pace.

HERS Rater Certification 101 Webinars – Navigating the Certification Process

The trainings cover the process to becoming a certified HERS Rater, the fundamentals of what a HERS Rater needs to understand about Title 24, certification training opportunities and the CHEERS Registry.

JUL 11 @ 10:00AM PST
NOV 7 @ 10:00AM PST

Contractor/Installer Webinars – A Guide to HERS Testing and the Responsibilities of a Contractor

The trainings cover the basics of the California Energy Code, required compliance documentation and contractor/installer responsibilities.

SEP 5 @ 10:00AM PST

Energy Consultant/Architect Webinars – A Guide to HERS Features and CEA Certification

The trainings cover the basics of the California Energy Code, HERS Features, the benefits of CEA certification and the availability of above code programs.

JUN 20 @ 10:00AM PST
OCT 17 @ 10:00AM PST

Builder Webinars – A Guide to Coordinating with Subcontractors and HERS Raters

The trainings cover the basics of the California Energy Code and the importance of coordinating with your subcontractors and HERS Rater.

Learn about additional program verification a HERS Rater can provide such as EPA ENERGY STAR and EPA WaterSense.

AUG 1 @ 10:00AM PST

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Eligibility Requirements

No cost to you training available for a limited time

CHEERS offers no-cost to you training, funded by SoCalGas.

To be eligible for this FREE training and HERS Rater certification you must:

  • Reside or work within the SoCalGas territory
  • Have an interest in the HERS Rating industry
  • Have a computer and internet connection
  • Be ready to dive into your new career

You can also visit the CHEERS website to explore our centralized resource center, covering everything from CHEERS best practices, practical how-tos and most frequently asked questions.


CHEERS is a SoCalGas authorized contractor responsible for implementing this program through 12/31/2025.
This program is funded by California utility customers and administered by Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission, through a contract awarded to CHEERS. Program funds, including any funds utilized for rebates or incentives, will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis until such funds are no longer available. This program may be modified or terminated without prior notice. Customers who choose to participate in this program are not obligated to purchase any additional goods or services offered by CHEERS or any other third party. The selection, purchase and ownership of goods and/or services are the sole responsibility of customer. SoCalGas makes no warranty, whether express or implied, including the warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, of goods or services selected by customer. SoCalGas does not endorse, qualify or guarantee the work of CHEERS or any other third party. Eligibility requirements apply; see the program conditions for details.
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