BASIX alternative 

CPP41212 Certificate IV in Nathers Assessment

The solution to BASIX problems for Architects and Building Designers in NSW.

In NSW, BASIX regulations override the requirements of BCA for energy efficiency of new homes. BASIX online tool accepts NatHERS rating results when derived from accredited software tools and performed by an accredited energy rater.

When a developer applies for a BASIX certificate the software used for rating the thermal efficiency of the building must be licensed by NatHERS to be valid for the assessment of thermal efficiency part of BASIX online tool.

The NatHERS assessment Certificate IV qualification is designed to meet the needs of energy raters operating under the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS).

The qualification is also used by national assessor accrediting organisations under the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme Protocol for Assessor Accrediting Organisations.

Why pay for an energy rating when you can do it yourself?

NatHERS thermal performance energy rating assessments will solve your Basix problems….

Who is this course for?

This formal NatHERS qualification is designed to enhance a business that operates in fields such as:

  • Building Designers
  • Architects
  • BASIX Assessors
  • Building Certifiers
  • Builders
  • Local Council/Government agencies
  • Energy Assessors
  • Non accredited assessors

Career Pathways

Potential users of this qualification include NatHERS assessors, enterprises, government agencies, industry regulatory bodies, community organisations, building designers, architects and other building professionals associated with residential building thermal performance.

Once you have completed the Certificate IV in NatHERS Assessment course through Education In Building you will be able to apply for registration as an accredited NatHERS assessor with the Association of Building Sustainability Assessors (ABSA) and the Building Designers Association Victoria (BDAV)

NatHERS Assessment                                        NatHERS assessment regulator

Entry Requirements

To undertake the CPP41212 Certificate IV in NatHERS Assessment you are expected to:

  • Effectively read and extract information from plans, drawings and specifications for residential buildings,
  • Manage own work, professional development and ethical behaviour in a satisfactory manner,
  • Be able to use a personal computer, including basic word processing, spreadsheet, and email programs and internet search engines,
  • Have a demonstrated capacity in literacy and numeracy, and
  • Have demonstrated interpersonal communication skills.

Training or RPL?

In addition, Education in Building delivers this nationally recognised NatHERS certificate IV qualification via three (3) modes, being.

  1. A combination of online and classroom software training
  2. A combination of Recognition of Prior Learning and online & classroom training
  3. Full recognition of prior learning (RPL)

If you are uncertain which mode would suit you best contact EIB and we will advise you on the most beneficial and cost effective mode for you.

Facts about Basix Alternatives

What’s the price?

At Education In Building we believe that formal training should be affordable. As such, we offer our lowest price promise

To ensure you are given the most suitable and economical fee possible we will give you an individual quote.

As a guide, here are some of our fee examples:

Our Training fee

Many of our students are granted a number of RPL units because of their prior skills and experience and undertake the other units by self-paced learning online including software training their fee is just……


Our RPL fee

For our students that are granted full RPL for all the units of competency their fee is just……


Our price promise:

  • Our fee for this course is GST free
  • In the unlikely event, you receive a lower priced quote on the same training, we will beat it.
  • The Recognition of Prior Learning price, above, is based on RPL of the full qualification. The reason for the low price differentiation is due to the fact that RPL is an assessment only pathway. In other words, the training component is not provided where a learner is applying for RPL.
  • The total price per student may vary from the prices specified above, in instances where a portion of the qualification (measured in Units of Competency) is completed via a combination of Learning Pathway and RPL.
  • We do not accept upfront payments of more than $1,500.
  • For your convenience monthly Payment Plans are available
When can I start?

Enrolments can be made at anytime of the year with an immediate start.

To get your enrolment underway, simply complete the “Enquire now” form below and we will send you an Information book with all the details about the NatHERS course or download the “Request a quote” form and by providing us some additional details we can send you an individual quote

Online Course

Education In Building offer this Nationally recognised qualification in a combination of online, self paced learning and classroom training.

The materials will direct you to undertake your own research into key concepts, information, requirements, methods and skills, and will provide starting points for this research where useful and practical.

They contain research activities to allow you to consider and apply key concepts, information and requirements and to practice important methods and skills. Where appropriate, these activities direct you to investigate or make use of information and resources that are available at your workplace or general environment.

The materials contain content of relevance to assessors in all States and Territories and summarises the key differences between the different jurisdictions, but not describe or list every difference in detail. You are expected to research the requirements within the jurisdictions within which you typically work.

Education In Building includes software training in this course. No additional fees apply. Other providers of this course do not include software training and send their students to us to be trained.

Classroom Training may not be held in the State in which you live. Check with us for the location and dates of our next classroom training course.

Undertaking the software training with Education In Building you will receive a Nationally Recognised Qualification which is the requirement of the NatHERS administrator, not simply a Certificate of completion that other non registered providers offer.

Why not simply get it right the first time?

RPL Assessment

We will recognise your current skills through recognition of prior learning (RPL), where possible.

We recognise that most participants who wish to gain these formal qualifications have lots of life skills and experience in their current field of work,  which is why we will provide you with a free quote on what you can be credited for in recognition of your current skills and experience, what you would need to do to obtain the qualification, how you would do it and how much it would cost.

The objective of the RPL assessment process is to ensure that an individuals prior learning achieved through formal and informal training, work experience or other life experience is appropriately recognised which enables you to forego training and move directly to having your skills assessed, thus avoiding the need for unnecessary training that brings with it additional costs, including time and effort.

Our RPL skills assessment service doesn’t expect you to repeat learning that you have attained through work/life experience or prior study if it covers the same content. We offer the RPL assessment process to ensure that you may only have to do gap training in the areas you haven’t done before. This can save you time and money!

You will benefit from this RPL option if you are a:

  • Building Designer
  • Architect
  • BASIX Assessor
  • Building Certifier
  • Builder
  • Thermal Performance Assessors
Thermal Performance Software

Education In Building is the only Nationally Registered Training Organisation offering Recognition of Prior Learning in all of the rating software tools throughout Australia.

Energy Rating Software                               Energy Rating Software                                Energy Rating Software FirstRate5

To become accredited as House Energy Rating assessor you need to obtain a Nationally recognised certificate from a Registered Training Organisation.

Upon successful completion of this course with Education In Building, you will receive a Nationally recognised certificate for the Units of Competency in the Certificate IV in NatHERS Assessment (CPP41212):

CPPHSA4020A – Operate computer systems to support NatHERS assessment
CPPHSA4012A – Conduct NatHERS assessment of planned residential buildings
CPPHSA4013A – Conduct NatHERS assessment of existing residential buildings

These are the units required by the NatHERS administrator to become accredited as a House Energy Rating assessor.

Don’t get caught by other providers who only offer a Certificate of Attendance…. check to see if you will be accredited to use the software with the NatHERS administrator. Basic and intermediate courses will not allow you to become an accredited assessor

The Award

Following the successful completion of this course you will be awarded a Nationally Recognised Certificate IV and a Statement of Results bearing the unit codes and software tool you were assessed against.

Awards are issued by Education In Building.


This qualification is delivered and assessed by Paul Kearney & Associates Pty Ltd, trading as, Education in Building.

  • RTO Code: 32418
  • ABN: 16 601 505 837NatHERS online Education In Building

To participate in nationally recognised training, government legislation stipulates that all students must have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Once you have a USI, you will be able to use it for all future nationally recognised training you undertake.

Creating a USI is quick and easy. In fact, you can create one right now. To create your own USI, simply click onto the external links below. If you need our assistance, please get in touch with Education in Building. We will be happy to assist:

Complete the Enquire now form below and we will send you an Information book with all the details about the NatHERS course or download the Request a quote form and by providing us some additional details we can send you an individual quote.

The Units of Competency are

This course contains 17 Units of Competency. Click to Show.

This nationally recognised qualification consist of 17 units of competency, as itemised below:

  • CPPCMN4008A – Read plans, drawings and specifications for residential buildings
  • CPCCBC4014A – Prepare simple building sketches and drawings
  • CPPHSA4014A – Meet regulatory requirements when completing NatHERS assessments
  • CPPHSA4016A – Advise on options for enhancing thermal performance of residential buildings
  • CPPHSA4011A – Collect information to support NatHERS assessment
  • CPPHSA4012A – Conduct NatHERS assessment of proposed residential buildings
  • CPPHSA4020A – Operate computer systems to support NatHERS assessment
  • CPPHSA4015A – Assess impact of building elements on thermal performance of residential buildings
  • CPPHSA4017A – Cost measures to improve thermal performance of residential buildings
  • CPPHSA4013A – Conduct NatHERS assessment of existing residential buildings
  • CPPHSA4001A – Assess household energy use
  • CPPHSA4003A – Assess household water use
  • CPPHSA4004A – Review thermal performance of existing residences using non-rating tools and techniques
  • BSBRSK401A    – Identify risk and apply risk management processes
  • CPPACC4015A – Follow site occupational health and safety requirements
  • CPPHSA4018A – Manage own work, professional development and ethical behaviour
  • CPPCMN4004B – Develop and manage client relationships


(C) – 11 Core units; (E) – 6 Elective units

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