Homestar training courses

There are three levels of qualification available within Homestar: Practitioner, Designer and Assessor

Homestar Practitioners Homestar Practitioners have good knowledge of the fundamentals of Homestar and can communicate its benefits to the market, understand how their products or services will help achieve Homestar ratings and assist in the design and construction of Homestar projects.

Homestar Designers Homestar Designers are trained to design and advise on the technical aspects of Homestar and the principles of sustainable design, so that they can apply this knowledge when working on a Homestar project.

A Homestar Assessor A Homestar Assessor may also design and advise, as they will have completed the Homestar Designer qualification, but they are also trained in the Homestar assessment process to lead projects through Homestar certification. For this reason, this is the only qualification that can carry out and submit a Homestar assessment.

Homestar Practitioner Training

The Homestar Practitioner course is for people with an interest in healthy, warm homes, and their sustainability. This course is for those who want to play a key role in the sustainability of the built environment and are keen to communicate the benefits of Homestar.

This course is delivered online – training is currently suspended. Version 5 training opens in July 2021.

After the course participants can take an exam to become a qualified Practitioner, which is a pre-requisite for attending the Designer course.

Homestar Practitioner training is currently suspended - opens in June 2021. 
Please email if you would like to be added to a waitlist and we'll be in touch as soon as training opens.  

Homestar Designer Training

The Homestar Designer course focuses on teaching an in-depth understanding of the theory and application of the Homestar rating tool and principles of sustainable design. The course will have both online tutorials and in-person tutorials including the use of the Homestar Energy and Carbon Calculator for Homes (ECCHO). The use of ECCHO require a Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) licence and this is included in the course fee. If you already have this licence, please get in touch .

After the course participants need to pass an examination within 4 weeks of attending the course.

This course is delivered in person.

Attendees of the Homestar Designer training course must have passed the Homestar Practitioner exam and meet one of the  pre-requisites listed below

Homestar Assessor Training

This course covers how to conduct a Homestar Assessment, including; use of the Homestar Calculators and Scorecard, the requirements for a Design Rating and Built rating, how to collect and present appropriate evidence, and submission for audit. This qualification is required to submit an assessment to the NZGBC for certification.

After the course participants need to complete a supervised assessment where the NZGBC will provide additional support during the audit process to assist with your learning and understanding of the tool.

This course is delivered via a live webinar.

Attendees of the Homestar Assessor training course must have passed the Homestar Practitioner exam, Homestar Designer exam and meet one of the pre-requisites listed below.

Pre-requisite requirements Designer and Assessor

These are technical accreditations that require an understanding of how homes are designed and built in Aotearoa. Attendees must be able to read and interpret house plans and must have a basic understanding of building science. Therefore, one of the following qualifications and/or experience is required to attend either of these courses: Architectural designer, architect 

  • Engineer 
  • Building scientist/technologist 
  • Quantity surveyor 
  • Licensed Building Practitioner Level 2 and 3 

If you feel you have an equivalent experience, please contact us.

Benefits of a Homestar Qualification:

  • A Homestar Professional logo for use in promotional material
  • A digital certificate
  • Your details listed in the NZGBC professionals directory, which is accessed by consumers and industry
  • Ongoing technical updates, news and access to events and training



MemberNon-memberFuture Thinker
Homestar Practitioner standalone$345$595$245
Homestar Designer standalone$1395$1945$1295
HomestarAssessor standalone

*discounts available for all current professionals.


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