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NABERSNZ qualifications

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NABERSNZ is the country's leading certification for businesses hoping to benchmark the energy performance of their offices. Get qualified as a NABERSNZ Practitioner or Accredited Assessor to support projects and lead assessments. 

Courses are held throughout the year for those interested in pursuing NABERSNZ qualification. Please check out our calendar of upcoming courses or register your interest here

NABERSNZ Practitioner

This is an in-person course

Practitioners are trained to have a broad knowledge about NABERSNZ and the certified rating process from a client's perspective. Although they are not fully accredited and cannot perform certified rating assessments, their understanding of the tool and its objectives enables Practitioners to take a leadership role in initiating and implementing a NABERSNZ rating and a building's continuous improvement process.

The Practitioner programme provides an overview of the principles behind NABERSNZ and office energy efficiency. It gives professionals a working knowledge of NABERSNZ's key concepts for assessment, as well as the data required to benchmark energy use.  The course includes an opportunity to conduct a self-assessment and look at what others have done to improve their building's performance.

Practitioners can:

  • add value to employers or clients through a greater understanding of energy management in commercial buildings
  • help save owners and tenants money by reducing the time needed to collect data for a NABERSNZ Certified Rating assessment, as well as providing valuable feedback to help improve energy efficiency and reduce ongoing operational costs.

Participants in the NABERSNZ Practitioner training are likely to be those who have:

  • an interest in getting a building rating for promotional purposes. (Developers, Owners, Commercial property sales & leasing)
  • an interest in improving the energy efficiency of a building ( Tenants, Property Managers, Sustainability & Energy managers)
  • a contribution to make to the design and build of energy efficient buildings ( Architects, Engineers, Construction companies, HVAC specialists, Lighting specialists, Product manufacturers)
  • an interest in energy efficiency in the commercial built environment at a policy or strategy development level. ( Councils, Professional bodies, Government bodies

The qualification costs $1025

The NZGBC Licensing agreement prohibits discounts.

Upcoming courses

NABERSNZ Accredited Assessor

This is an in-person course

Assessors are independent building energy professionals who are trained and accredited to perform NABERSNZ Certified Ratings.

To qualify as a NABERSNZ Accredited Assessor you must complete the course, pass the subsequent exam, and carry out supervised ratings. Accredited Assessors are contracted to the NZGBC to carry out rating assessments according to the rules and methodology specified by the NABERSNZ programme.

This certification is aimed at energy and technical professionals wishing to oversee NABERSNZ certifications. 

  1. Professional Qualifications The Accredited Assessor qualification requires a high level of relevant previous experience. Potential attendees will be asked to submit a declaration establishing their credentials and professional liability cover. Attendance at the training will be dependent on receipt of this document and administrator approval.

  2. Pre-reading If accepted, participants will be required to complete pre reading materials prior to attending the course.

Day 1 of the NABERSNZ Accredited Assessor training provides an overview of the principles of behind the rating tool. It also offers a working knowledge of the key concepts around a NABERSNZ assessment and the data that is required to enable the rating.

Day 2 focuses on teaching the skills necessary to assess building energy use and award a Certified rating, using the NABERSNZ rating Tool. Participants will learn how to work closely with clients to ensure the assessment process is understood, efficient and that the documentation supplied is appropriate.

Post Course: Participants are required to complete an extensive exam successful completion of which provides with a Trainee Assessor qualification and logo.

Full Assessor Status. Full Accredited Assessor status will be achieved once the Trainee Assessor has successfully completed 2 Supervised assessments.

Please note: The post course assessment is a substantial exam and it is essential that course participants have sufficient time set aside in order to complete this assessment. Participants should not plan overseas trips, major consultancy work or personal /holiday commitments for at least one month after training is completed.

The qualification costs $3115

There is a renewal fee every two years.

The NZGBC Licensing agreement prohibits discounts.

Upcoming courses

Maintaining your qualification

No further continuous professional development is required to maintain your NABERSNZ qualification. However, in the instance that the NABERSNZ rating tool undergoes significant revision, Practitioners will be required to undertake refresher training. 

Transfer your Australian NABERS accreditation

Active Australian NABERS Accredited Assessors may obtain a NABERSNZ accreditation without attending our training course. The following criteria need to be met before we can accredit you in New Zealand.

You will need to:

  1. Supply evidence of a current NABERS qualification
  2. Purchase and complete the NABERSNZ Assessor exams (Price is $330)

Upon successful completion of the exam, you will need to pay the biannual accreditation fee (Price is $910)

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Register your interest

Interested in attending one of our training courses? Register your interest now and you will be added to our waitlist and notified as soon as new courses are available.

Upcoming courses

Check our calendar of courses for the next opportunity to get qualified