Become A Green Loans Home Sustainability Assessor has been a very popular PWF article for many months now. However an assessor cap has been applied and on 24 December the Government will cease certifying assessors.
In a recent Green Loans newsletter the Association of Building Sustainability Assessors (ABSA) said:
‘A letter was sent to all trainers today advising them of a temporary moratorium on HSAS certification. ABSA needs to represent the interests of its current members and this extends to monitoring the numbers of assessors and addressing un-serviced areas. In determining a course of action ABSA considered advice from the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA) and decided to apply a temporary moratorium on the certification of new assessors. Noting there are geographic areas not yet being serviced by assessors there will be an exception to the moratorium – being for assessors intending to work in geographic areas that are not currently serviced to be determined and communicated by DEWHA’.
‘ABSA has advised all HSA trainers that as of 24 December 2009, it will cease processing applications for certification for Home Sustainability Assessors for the Green Loan Program until further notice – with the exception of assessors intending to work in currently un-serviced areas’.
You select an institution at which to do your training. This will cost anywhere from $1200 – $2000. The ABSA Home Sustainability Assessment Scheme provides a list of trainers.
Once trained you must apply for government certification to ABSA, who manage this process. This will cost you $660 plus a police check, about $40, and insurance $800 – $900. You also need your own tools – several hundred dollars.
Once certified you select ten postcodes – probably around the area you live in – and the government will pass on people wanting assessments. You can change your selection of postcodes if you wish, and quite regularly.
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