BER Examinations

Eligibility ID

Candidates and registered domestic and non domestic BER assessors require an eligibility ID to book an examination.

  • Registered domestic and non domestic BER Assessor will automatically receive an eligibility ID via email 3 months before their next examination due date
  • Candidates seeking to register as domestic BER assessors are automatically issued with an eligibility ID when the list of successful training course candidates is provided by the training course provider to SEAI
  • Candidates seeking to register as non domestic BER assessors should submit a completed request for non domestic BER examination eligibility number form to the BER Helpdesk

Booking an Examination

You must have an eligibility ID to book an examination.

The domestic and non domestic BER examinations are administered by Prometric on behalf of SEAI. The examination can be taken at any of the Prometric Test Centre locations throughout the country.

You can book an examination online or by phone; call 1890 340 128

Other Areas of Interest:

Special Requirements
Examination Centre Locations
Examination Fee
Rescheduling/Cancellation Policy
Identification Requirements
BER Examination Centre Rules
Examination Format
Examination Results
Examination Preparation
Examination Material
Next Steps after Successfully Completing the BER Examination
Repeat Exams
Appeals
Frequency at which BER Assessors will be re-examined

Special Requirements

Candidates with special requirements, such as reading difficulties, can be provided with extra time (extra hour) to sit their examination. The additional time is intended to limit the impact of the candidate's special requirements on their examination performance, while not giving the candidate any unfair advantage. If you have special requirements please download and complete the DBER 02 Special Requirement Application Form and submit formal evidence to the BER helpdesk. If you have received an Eligibility ID and have special requirements please complete the form above, submit it to SEAI and you will receive an updated Eligibility ID.

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Exam Centre Locations

There are 41 different Exam Centres located throughout Ireland; 16 fixed centres and 25 mobile units. The locations can be accessed on this link and are as follows:

Abbeyfeale (Mobile)
Athlone (Mobile)
Ballina (Mobile)
Caherciveen (Mobile)
Carrick on Shannon (Mobile)
Carlow (Mobile)
Castlerea (Mobile)
Cavan (Mobile)
Charleville (Mobile)
Clifden (Mobile)
Clonmel (Fixed)
Cork (Fixed)
Derrybeg (Mobile)
Donegal (Mobile)
Drogheda (Fixed)
Dublin Central (Fixed)
Dublin North (Fixed)
Dundalk (Fixed)
Ennis (Mobile)
Galway (Fixed)
Navan (Mobile)
Kilkenny (Mobile)
Killarney (Mobile)
Letterkenny (Fixed)
Limerick (Fixed)
Longford (Mobile)
Macroom (Mobile)
Monaghan (Mobile)
Mullingar (Mobile)
Naas (Fixed)
Nenagh (Mobile)
Portlaoise (Mobile)
Tralee (Fixed)
Skibbereen (Mobile)
Sligo (Fixed)
Tullamore (Fixed)
Youghal (Mobile)
Waterford (Fixed)
Westport (Mobile)
Wexford (Fixed)
Wicklow (Fixed)

Opening times for the Exam Centres may vary but most will be open from 9am to 5pm or 11:15 to 7:15pm.

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Examination Fee

The examination fee is €100 + VAT.
Payment to Prometric can be made using Visa or MasterCard. Please have your card details when booking your exam.

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Rescheduling / Cancellation Policy

To reschedule or cancel your examination click here or call 1890 340 128. The table below outlines the rescheduling / cancelation fees where applicable:

Notice of Rescheduling/CancellationRescheduling/CancellationFee
21 or more working days before Exam dateNo fee
5-20 working days before scheduled Exam date€25 (+VAT) fee
0-4 working days before scheduled Exam date*No refund available and Eligibility ID cancelled
Failure to appear for your exam*No refund available and Eligibility ID cancelled
Please arrive 15minutes before your exam time.  If you arrive late for your scheduled exam time, admission will be refused and your exam fee will not be refunded *No refund available and Eligibility ID cancelled

*NOTE: If you want to book another examination you will need a new Eligibility ID. Call 1890 252 738 (anytime after the day your exam was scheduled for) to arrange.
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Identification Requirements

The exact name and date of birth, used when booking an examination, must exactly match the details on the photo ID presented at the examination centre. Acceptable forms of photo ID are a valid passport or driving licence. Candidates who fail to present original forms of ID will not be permitted to sit the examination and will lose their examination fee. Your photograph will be taken when you register for your examination. You will then be signed in and examination centre administrator will explain the examination procedures and show candidates to a workstation to take the examination.

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BER Examination Centre Rules

All candidates will have to adhere to the examination rules. To review the examination rules click here
Examination centres are monitored and video recorded in the event that any rule is breached.

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Examination Format

The examination is taken with an easy to use touch screen, or by using a mouse and keyboard. The 2 hour computer based examination consists of 50 multi choice questions randomly selected from a question bank. There is only one correct answer to each question.

Candidates must achieve at least 50% in each section and achieve an overall score of at least 70% to pass the examination. Domestic BER Trainers must achieve an overall score of at least 86%.

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Examination results

You will be issued with a score report before you leave the examination centre. The score report gives a breakdown of the different sections in the examination and clearly outlines the mark you have achieved in each section and the overall mark achieved. SEAI will maintain all examination data and results will be held centrally and may be used by SEAI for future auditing purposes.

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Examination Preparation

An internet based test environment is now available for candidates to practice taking the domestic and non-domestic BER examinations prior to sitting the actual examinations. The samples papers are presented in a similar way to the actual test environment including exhibits, reference material and timings. Candidates are required to create a login profile to use the internet based test environment. There is no fee for candidates using the test environment. A guide is provided here to assist candidates in using the test environment.

Domestic

Domestic training specification

Non Domestic

Non-Domestic training specification

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Examination Material

Candidates are allowed the use of a calculator during the examination provided it is a silent, handheld, solar or battery-operated, non-programmable calculator (without paper tape-printing capabilities or alphabetic keypads). An onscreen SEAI Examination Manual containing the pdf documents listed below is provided to each candidate for use during the exam. Candidates may search the pdf documents using the onscreen search facility. Hardcopy manuals are not be provided.

Domestic

  1. Code of Practice for Building Energy Rating (BER) Assessors and Display Energy Certificate (DEC) Assessors
  2. DEAP Manual Version 3.2.1
  3. DEAP Survey Guide
  4. EPBD 2002-91-EC (16th December 2002)
  5. EPBD 2010-31-EU (Recast) (19th May 2010)
  6. TGD Part L - Conservation of Fuel and Energy (2007) (reprint 2008)
  7. TGD Part L - Conservation of Fuel and Energy (2011)
  8. Quality Assurance System and Disciplinary Procedure
  9. S.I. No. 243 of 2012
  10. S.I. No 666 of 2006
  11. Domestic Technical Bulletins

Non Domestic

  1. Code of Practice for Building Energy Rating (BER) Assessors and Display Energy Certificate (DEC) Assessors
  2. Non Domestic Survey Guide
  3. iSBEM User Guide
  4. SEAI Non-Domestic Technical Bulletins
  5. EPBD 2002-91-EC (16th December 2002)
  6. EPBD 2010-31-EU (Recast) (19th May 2010)
  7. Building Regulations Technical Guidance Document Part L - 2008
  8. Building Regulations Technical Guidance Document Part F - 2009
  9. Non Domestic Building Services Compliance Guide
  10. NEAP Modelling Guide and SBEM Technical Manual
  11. Quality Assurance System and Disciplinary Procedure
  12. S.I. No. 243 of 2012 |
  13. S.I. No 666 of 2006

Candidates must not write on any of the materials provided or they will be automatically disqualified. Candidates should ensure that they are thoroughly familiar with the content of these documents prior to sitting the relevant domestic or non domestic BER examination.

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Next Steps after Successfully Completing the BER Examination

SEAI will be notified immediately of all examination results. Registered Assessors who successfully pass the examination do not need to take any further action. Certified Assessors who successfully pass the examination and who wish to register as BER assessor should complete the relevant domestic or non-domestic BER assessor registration form.

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Repeat Exams

There is a minimum of 5 working days between repeat examination dates. The standard charge of €100 + VAT per examination will apply. Please call 1890 252 738 to request a new Eligibility ID for repeat examinations.

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Appeals

Candidates wishing to query their result must speak to the Examination Centre Administrator before leaving the Centre. They will be provided with a Customer Service Helpline - Cares Card to contact to request a re-mark of the test. As part of this process, Candidates must:

- Appeal within 10 working days of the date of your test
- Enclose the €15 appeal fee
- Any candidate known to be in breach of the examination rules cannot lodge an appeal.
- Failure to comply with the appeal process will forfeit the opportunity to appeal.

The Prometric Cares helpline 1890 340 128 will conduct the re-marking of all tests and will provide the Candidate with the result of this process within five (5) working days. If it is found that the original marking was wrong Prometric will:

- Refund your appeal fee
- Notify SEAI of the result of the remark

Candidates wishing to send queries to Prometric by e-mail should use the address seaitest@prometric.com.

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Frequency at which BER Assessors will be re-examined

SEAI regularly updates the Domestic and Non-Domestic BER Examinations to reflect the current methodology and software, survey guide, code of practice and technical bulletins. Registered BER assessors must pass the relevant Domestic or Non-Domestic BER Examination every two years to maintain their registration.

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