Developed with input from leading industry experts, this 100% online self-paced course teaches you the essentials through a series of video tutorials and practical exercises. Find out how to zone and model the building, calculate heating and cooling loads, and much more.

  • Why join the course?

    Master the ins-and-outs of the FirstRate5 tool to improve the thermal performance of designs. Whether you need to use the software to rate an existing design for NatHERS Assessments, or BASIX assessments in NSW, or to optimise the thermal performance of your building designs, this course will uncover all the must-know techniques for FirstRate5. Armed with the right skills, you’ll be confident working autonomously with FirstRate5.

  • Who is the course for?

    This online course is ideal for anyone studying to become an Accredited NatHERS Assessor – especially if you want to learn how to use FirstRate5 software for NatHERS Assessments but don’t have time to spend days in a classroom .

  • 100% online + 24/7 access

    Study when you want, where you want, to get the most from your learning. This 100% online course is delivered in over 60 videos (20 hours total). With 24/7 unlimited access, you can stop, pause and re-watch the videos as many times as you need. This short course is non-accredited and there is no assessment. You will receive a certificate of completion demonstrating your skills and knowledge in using FirstRate5.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you will be able to demonstrate the skills and knowledge to:

  • Download and install FirstRate5 software (5.2.3)
  • Zone the building
  • Model walls, windows, ceiling penetrations and floor types, including insulation and various glazing types
  • Build unique wall constructions using the FirstRate5 wall builder
  • Model external shading, screens, eaves and adjacent buildings
  • Calculate heating and cooling loads
  • Calculate building star ratings for single storey homes, double storey homes and multi-storey apartments
  • Produce the NatHERS report required as evidence towards the Certificate IV in NatHERS Assessment qualification

Course curriculum

Armed with the right skills, you’ll be confident working autonomously with FirstRate5

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Learn with the experts

  • Michael Young

    Sustainability Facilitator

    Michael Young

    Michael is a multiple-award winning entrepreneur, international speaker and author. With qualifications in resource and environmental management, business and project management, Michael was instrumental in developing industry leading resources for thermal performance assessors for the Department of Climate Change. His career started by developing Australia's first biomass map and then with a move into project management, Michael worked extensively around the world developing standards to improve the practice of project managers.Michael has won Australian Business Awards in project management, innovation and sustainability. Michael’s work has been featured in BRW, the Australian Financial Review and Smart Company.Michael has edited two books and authored over 50 book chapters, academic and industry articles as well as dozens of blog posts on project, program and portfolio. He also regularly teaches at Universities in Australia and is a sought after speaker delivering keynote addresses both nationally and international. He was recently invited to the United Nations Headquarters to speak with business leaders around the world on improving sustainability in project managementHe is currently working with an international consortium to fund and deliver development projects in Costa Rica, Malaysia, Croatia and the Solomon Islands.

Flexible + Affordable Learning

Unlimited access to over 60 videos (20 hours total). 100% online learning. Start anytime and study your way. Enrolled in CPP41212 with Transformed? You're eligible for a discount!

Erkan - August 2018

“I found the course easy to follow and navigate through. I would recommend this course to others".

Student - July 2018

I found the format easy to follow, I would recommend this course to others .

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