Domestic energy assessor

Domestic energy assessors (DEAs) work out the energy efficiency of domestic buildings like houses and flats.

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter

to

£35,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 variable

You could work

evenings / weekends as customers demand

How to become a Domestic energy assessor

You can get into this job through:

  • a specialist course run by private training organisations

Other routes

To become a domestic energy assessor (DEA) you'll need to:

  • do a Level 3 Certificate in Domestic Energy Assessment
  • become a member of an approved accreditation scheme

This qualification is accredited by City & Guilds and the Awarding Body for the Built Environment.

If you have experience in a related field like property surveying or construction, you might not have to do as much training.

Once you've got the certificate and are registered on a scheme, your details will be available on a register of accredited domestic energy assessors.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • maths knowledge
  • analytical thinking skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to read English
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • inspecting properties to collect information on their age, number of floors, building type, and heating and hot water systems
  • noting the number and sizes of rooms, corridors, windows and fireplaces
  • entering the information into a computer software programme, which will produce an energy efficiency rating and an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
  • explaining efficiency ratings to homeowners
  • giving practical advice to owners on how to improve energy efficiency 

Working environment

You could work at a client's home.

Career path and progression

With further training, you could carry out assessments on non-domestic (commercial) buildings, or move into assessor training.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a Domestic energy assessor right now.

The Find an apprenticeship service can help you with your search, send alerts when new apprenticeships become available and has advice on how to apply.

Courses In England

Energy Efficiency: Part-Time Day

  • Provider: North East Surrey College of Technology
  • Start date: 01 August 2019
  • Location: Epsom

NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Preparing to Work in Renewable Energy Engineering

  • Provider: Bishop Burton College
  • Start date: 01 September 2019
  • Location: Beverley

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