Career outlook for domestic energy assessor

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Average UK salary

£36,920

Currently employed in Scotland

5,400

Average UK salary

£36,920

Currently employed in Scotland

5,400

"LMI for All" supplies our salary and employment status information. "Oxford Economics" supplies job forecasts and employment figures.

Due to COVID-19 the jobs market is constantly changing. Some of the information may not reflect the current situation.

What's it like?

Being a domestic energy assessor can make a great difference to people’s lives – allowing them to save money and stay warm in the winter months!  

You’ll be keeping families safe by checking that their energy systems are up to the right standards. And you’ll be making a difference to the environment. 

A domestic energy assessor is qualified to assess the energy efficiency of residential properties like houses and flats. They prepare reports and make recommendations for cost effective ways to improve energy performance in buildings.  

These reports are called Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and are carried out during the buying and selling of residential homes.  

What you might do 

  • Inspect properties to collect information on their age, number of floors, building type, and heating and hot water systems  
  • Note the number and sizes of rooms, corridors, windows and fireplaces  
  • Record the information into a computer software programme  
  • Produce Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)  
  • Explain the information collected and EPC to homeowners  
  • Give practical advice and recommendations that can save homeowners money while improving energy efficiency  

As you get more experience you may end up assessing commercial buildings or large residential buildings. 

Working conditions

Hours

You can expect to work usual office hours, Monday to Friday. Sometimes working evenings and weekends may be required if a client isn’t available during regular work hours.

Environment

You can expect to work between customers homes and an office. Your office hours could be undertaken at home depending on the company you work for.

UK employment status

Full-time

74%

Part-time

10%

Self employed

17%

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  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
  • Working with numbers
  • Attention to detail
  • Taking initiative

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Getting in

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.

Qualifications

Not all employers list specific qualification requirements but they do ask for relevant experience, usually work based. 

You will need to earn the City and Guilds Qualification to begin work as a Domestic Energy Assessor. There are no entry requirements for this course – though relevant experience is an advantage. You can take this course at a private training centre – it can be done face-to-face or through online distance learning.  

Employers might consider applicants without formal qualifications if they can demonstrate knowledge and experience of the industry. 

Useful subjects

Many colleges and universities will have required subjects that you must have for entry. They might also highlight additional subjects that they would value. Look at individual institution websites for specific entry information.   

Useful subjects would be: 

  • maths 
  • physics 
  • computing subjects 
  • English 

You will also need

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Not all employers list specific qualification requirements but they might ask for relevant experience, usually work based, that show a range of transferable skills.  

It can be useful to have previous experience in relevant trades such as: 

  • surveying 
  • engineering 
  • architecture  

Most Domestic Energy Assessors are self-employed so skills in communication and leadership are important.  

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