Domestic energy assessor

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

Salary Range: £18,000 to £30,000

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How to become a domestic energy assessor

You can get into this job through:

  • a specialist course run by private training organisations
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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

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.

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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
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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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.

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Career path and progression

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