FirstRate5 Software Course

FirstRate5 v5.2.8 (3.13)

NatHERS Software

Education In Building is proud to be a leading Nationally Registered Training Organisation offering training in FirstRate5 Software which will allow you to practice as a NatHERS accredited House Energy Rater throughout Australia.

FirstRate5® software is an easy-to-use interactive tool with a graphic user interface. It enables designers and thermal performance assessors to generate energy ratings for a house by tracing over floor plans.

Our FirstRate5 Software Training is especially popular, because the software integrates the Chenath calculation engine to estimate the annual heating and cooling energy. It can also be used to rate an existing design or as an interactive tool to optimise the design beyond compliance.

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Understanding how to use the FirstRate5 Software is an integral part in the completion of the Certificate IV in NatHERS assessment qualification….

Who is this course for?

This formal FirstRate5 software course is designed to enhance a business that operates in fields such as:

  • Building Designers
  • Architects
  • BASIX Assessor
  • Building Certifiers
  • Builders
  • Energy Assessors
  • Pre Purchase Building Inspectors

Why pay for an Energy Rating when you can do it yourself.

What is included?

This training take you through the whole process from start to finish and include;

• Introduction to FirstRate5 Software
• FirstRate5 Manual
• Modelling of a Single storey residential dwelling
• Modelling of a Double storey residential dwelling
• Modelling of a Split level residential dwelling
• Modelling of an Apartment residential townhouse
• Modelling of a Dual occupancy residential dwelling
• Analytics Tabs
• Delegations
• Producing Certificates

All reference material and manuals are provided with the tutorials.

Our price promise

  • Our price for this course is GST free
  • At Education In Building we understand that everyone loves to scores a great deal. This is why we offer a Price Promise. In the unlikely event you receive a lower priced written quote on the identical training, we will beat it
  • Once you have completed the FirstRate5 Software training through Education In Building you will be able to use the units of competency gained as a credit towards the Certificate IV in NatHERS Assessment and become an accredited House Energy Rater
  • You can start this course immediately

Entry Requirements

To undertake the FirstRate5 software training 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.

Facts about FirstRate5 software course

What is the price?

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

BASIC Course

You can enrol in the Basic FirstRate5 course for just…..


Note – Completing the BASIC course will not allow you to become an accredited House Energy Rater. Non-accredited assessors are not recognised or supported by NatHERS.


By completing the full FirstRate5 course as the tool of choice within the Certificate IV in NatHERS Assessment you will be eligible to become Accredited as a House Energy Rater, supported and recognised by NatHERS . You can enrol in the complete FirstRate5 course for just…..


Our price promise:

  • Our fee for the complete course is GST free.
  • For your convenience, payment plans can be arranged.
  • In the unlikely event, you receive a lower priced written quote on the identical training, we will beat it.
When can I start?

Enrolments can be made at anytime of the year. You can start immediately.

This training is delivered by way of On-Line pre-recorded tutorials using the EIB Learning Management System and authored by our highly skilled and qualified trainer.

During the tutorials, students submit their work progressively for our trainers to assess ensuring that they are on the right track.

What assistance do I get?

During this training you submit assignments that one of our certified trainers will assess and provide you with feedback on your own work.

We have found that we are having more success with the tutorials than face to face training as with the tutorials you can go over them as many times as you want and the personalised feedback from our trainers achieve great results.

With our FirstRate5 course you get to talk to our trainers whilst doing the course. You will get immediate feedback on how you are going which gives you the peace of mind that you are on the right track when going forward with the course. You don’t have to wait till the end of the course to find out if you have passed or not.

Our trainer

Steve Collins is the author of our House Energy rating software training.

Steve is the proprietor of Concept Designs Australia, preparing architectural designs. He mentors students in mentoring program run by ABSA as well as Quality assurance auditing of thermal performance assessments for ABSA and BDAV. Steve has trained in home energy rating software for over ten years and his qualifications include Certificate IV in NatHERS assessment in all the NatHERS software tools (AccuRate Sustainability, BERS Pro & FisrtRate5) as well as Certificate IV in Home Sustainability Assessment and Certificate IV in Training & Assessment.

Steve is considered to be an expert in the field of house energy ratings which allows him to offer training in software that is second to none.

What is included?

Key modelling includes:
• local climate and weather (including temperature, humidity, wind and sun)
• thermal resistance and capacitance of building materials
• window glazing values
• occupancy patterns (including internal heat loads, typical occupancy times and occupancy behaviour)
• window coverings (which are standardised for all ratings, noting they are likely to change of the life of the building)
• different types of zones in the house and whether they are conditioned/unconditioned
• thermostat settings (temperatures at which artificial heating/cooling is no longer required to achieve thermal comfort, noting this varies depending on climate zone)
• shadowing/overshadowing by adjacent buildings and features
• size of the building being assessed (noting smaller buildings generally have a larger wall surface area than bigger buildings)

How do I enrol?

Download this enrolment form. Enter all the details and email it to us at [email protected]

Once we have processed your enrolment you will receive a login and password so you can start straight away.

Your Award

Following the successful completion of the course you will be awarded a Nationally Recognised Statement of Results bearing the unit codes and software tool you were assessed against. Awards are issued by Education In Building as the Registered Training Organisation.

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 the course, you will receive this Nationally recognised certificate for 3 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 Rater. Don’t get caught by other providers who only offer a Statement of Completion…. check to see if you will be accredited to use the software with the NatHERS administrator.

What comes next?

Once you have completed the FirstRate5 software training through Education In Building you will be able to use the three units of competency gained  as a credit towards the full Certificate IV in NatHERS Assessment CPP41212.

This is the requirement of the NatHERS administrator to become accredited as an Energy rating assessor.

Your next step is to achieve the Certificate IV in NatHERS Assessment.  Find out more. 

In addition you could enrol in our FirstRate5 Leading Edge software training which will take you to the next level. Find out more. 

The Units of Competency are

This course contains 3 Units of Competency. Click to Show.

This nationally recognised qualification consist of 3 units of competency, as itemised below:

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

Need more information?

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