Wondering what’s needed? Here are 3 key requirements:
• You must be a RESNET Building Performance Auditor or a Rater
• You must have 3 months experience using a thermal imaging system and a blower door
• You must have taken a Level I training course that complies with the standards of the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT)
If you have these three credentials, you are ready to undergo what is called Method 1 for certification! Many of our customers are ready to be certified. We especially want you to know that the “door” to this important certification is now wide open, so go head on through!
Wondering what the next steps are? You will need to prepare three reports that comply with the RESNET Interim Guidelines (see section 2.8 and Appendix A), complete the RESNET Application Form for Infrared Certification, and send it all in with a $600 fee.
The application and the reports will then be reviewed by a qualified reviewer—paid for from the application fee. Gaining your certificate will enable you to use thermal imaging to verify insulation grading (Grade II or III), as well as air leakage and thermal bypasses. This should open up important options for Raters who are unable to schedule being in the home before it is closed up.
I hope many of you will jump at this opportunity. Those who have not yet had training can go ahead and take a Level I course, or wait until the special 24-hour RESNET training is approved (probably 3-6 months) and thereby qualify under Method 2. Method 2 also requires 3 months experience and 3 reports as well as completion of a 50-question exam, which is also in the final stages of development. Method 2 will be a good path for some, but is still months away from being finalized. Method 1, on the other hand, is ready to “rock and roll” now!
If you have any remaining questions, please let me know and I will do my best to answer them.
John Snell—The Snell Group, a Fluke Thermal Imaging Blog content partner