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How to Become a Commercial Energy Assessor in the UK

Commercial energy assessors perform the important job task of testing energy efficiency of commercial buildings. In today’s environment of being green and being aware of the world around us, commercial energy assessors ensure commercial buildings are in fact being as energy efficient as possible.

The Work

Most career experts present the case that if you’re a STEM expert (science, technology, engineer and mathematics) and you care very much about the environment then this would be the best career path for you.

Their responsibilities include but are not limited to:

-          Analyzing the current state and infrastructure of contracted commercial buildings

-          Collecting an abundance of building information, such as number of floors, type, age

-          Surveying each room and window to determine the number and size

-          Testing the energy efficiency of every aspect of the commercial buildings

-          Compiling the details and inserting the crucial data into computer software and databases

-          Presenting the gathered information to the building owner, managers and clients

-          Producing a report that consists of advice on how to reduce energy use and save money

-          Coming up with a variety of energy efficient methods to make the building green

-          Creating an in-depth invoice that includes every element to offer a reliable bill

-          Marketing your services and speaking with numerous clients (applicable for self-employed)

Salary & Hours

Median Hourly Wage

Median Annual Salary

£7.69

£16,000

Source: National Career Service

 

If you’re working full-time for a company then it is expected that you would work between 35 and 40 hours per week. However, if you’re self-employed then you have the option of working full-time, part-time, seasonal or by contract. In other words, if you work by yourself then you have to come up with the best suitable hours, working arrangements and contracts possible.

Skills

The position of commercial energy assessor will require these professionals to have the following skills:

-          Strong communication skills – both verbally and written – to explain to clients

-          Superb observational techniques that can identify all forms of energy waste

-          Impeccable computer acumen in order to produce invoices, insert data, etc.

-          Sublime accounting abilities that can allow you to balance the books and do your taxes

-          Excellent understanding of construction materials, techniques and companies

Qualifications

At the very minimum, every commercial energy assessor needs a Bachelor’s degree in any of the STEM fields as well as additional educational credentials in anything related to the environment, ecology and green technologies. Extra training in accounting, business or marketing would be a prudent step to take.

Once educational qualifications are met, commercial energy assessors need to attain a Level 3 Certificate in Non-Domestic Energy Assessment and be registered with a Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) approved accreditation program.

Career Prospects

With governments and regulatory bodies mandating that buildings need to be more environmentally sound, it is projected that there will be a growing need for commercial energy assessors. The outlook for this occupation, and its overall field, is slated to increase globally by 28 percent between the years 2012 and 2022.

Energy efficiency has been the big thing in the developed world today. From governments trying to be green to the private sector attempting to adhere to government standards and entice consumers to use them because of their green initiatives, commercial energy assessors will be in strong demand over the next couple of decades.

Photo by Hammerin Man via Flickr.

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