Domestic energy assessors (DEAs) work out the energy efficiency of domestic buildings like houses and flats.
Salary Range: £18,000 to £30,000
How to become a domestic energy assessor
You can get into this job through:
- a specialist course run by private training organisations
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
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 the register of accredited domestic energy assessors.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- 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
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
What you’ll do
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
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.