Online: FirstRate5 Introductory Workshop

Online: FirstRate5 Introductory Workshop
9 CPD NatHERS Technical

FirstRate5 Introductory Workshop

03/03/2022 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (including a one hour break at 12pm)

Design Matters National Accredited TPA Workshop - Introductory is an opportunity to upskill and better understand how to use FirstRate5 v5.31 in conjunction with the current NatHERS Technical Note.



This four-hour workshop, exclusive for Design Matters National accredited Thermal Performance Assessors (TPAs), and tailored for those accredited in FirstRate5, is an interactive session which provides consolidation of the basics of the software and confirms your ability to use and apply both software attributes and the applicable NatHERS technical note.


  • Must be an accredited TPA with Design Matters.
  • Must be accredited in FirstRate5.
  • Have access to a laptop with the version of FirstRate5 that is selected, loaded to bring to the workshop.
  • Completion of an assessment exercise prior to the workshop. Failure to do so by the designated date, forfeits your position in the workshop with no refund.


Step 1: Assessment

  • Three weeks prior to the workshop, registrants will be provided a set of documentation to complete an assessment in a specified version of the software.
  • This assessment typically takes up to five hours to complete.

Step 2: Submit File

  • The completed assessment must be submitted (Preview Certificate & FRATE file) three working days prior to the workshop.
  • Failure to lodge the assessment by the deadline, means you forfeit your position in the workshop with no refund.
  • The facilitator will analyse provided assessments and tailor the workshop to best address issues identified in the exercise.

Step 3: Workshop

  • Bring a laptop with the appropriate version of FirstRate5 loaded.
  • Bring the completed assessment also loaded.
  • The assessment exercise will be reviewed in a slide presentation by the facilitator examining all relevant features at this level.


Matthew Graham
Graham Energy

Matthew Graham is Principal of Graham Energy and an experienced subject matter expert in the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme. Matthew is a long-term accredited TPA, Trainer, TAC member and recognised Mentor in AccuRate, BERS Pro, FirstRate5 and HERO.


CPD Points: 9 NatHERS Technical CPD points. This will be recorded in Design Matters National Members' CPD Manager within 5 business days following the event.

Cancellation Policy: We know that situations sometimes arise preventing you from attending. However, Design Matters does incur costs in organising these events. If you find you cannot attend, cancellation fees may apply.

Privacy Policy: Design Matters respects your privacy. Registrant data captured at this site in not disseminated to any third party, but is used solely by the Design Matters to confirm your registration.