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How to Become An Energy Auditor

Due to the absence of training requirements for energy auditors you might pursue the career without attending a college.

If you are driven towards a meaningful and rewarding green profession, being an energy auditor is a great career choice. According to a study published by the Occupational Employment Statistics, an energy auditor is a new and emerging (n&e) occupation that will continue to flourish thanks to local and national green energy incentives. Due to the absence of training requirements for energy auditors you might pursue the career without attending a college.

Job

The job of energy auditors is to help prevent energy wastefulness by surveying buildings against several criteria including safety, comfort and energy efficiency. To identify possibilities for improvement, the energy auditor collects information about the building, tests the building and evaluates collected data. The goal of this survey is to help homeowners be more energy efficient while saving on their energy bill.

Training

Training in energy auditing is quite diverse and there are many programs nationwide serving their participants by providing them with needed credentials. As a minimum you should learn the fundamentals of energy: energy flows, HVAC systems, heat gain and loss, water conservation and insulation. There are several programs and online schools that can help you learn those skills. A practical training focuses on building inspection techniques. Some states require energy auditors to obtain certification, but, overall, nationwide requirements are not consolidated. Hence, there are many different avenues that can get you the certification. It is a smart idea, however, to make sure what training and professional certifications are required by your state programs.

Online programs in energy audit offer convenience of online learning and certification. Credit: Loughborough University Library

Online Training

If you would like to earn your degree online, there are  programs that offer convenience of online learning and certification. Denby Energy offers home, commercial and BPI-RESNET  training. The program is certified by the National Energy and Sustainability Institute. Energy Audit Institute (EAI) offers training in home and commercial energy audit. This program is certified by the Energy Efficiency Association.

Certification Bodies

Becoming an energy auditor and getting your initial training should be a first step to a rewarding career in green business. If you want to dig further into the subject and expand your business opportunities, get a certification from one of the three leading nationwide certification bodies. RESNET – the Residential Energy Services Network, AEE- the Association of Energy Engineers & BPI – Building Performance Institute all offer energy audit certification.

Important Qualities of an Energy Auditor

Training and certification matter, but to really stand out from the crowd you should know that your potential customers will evaluate you against the three important criteria:

1. Competence and professionalism
2. Willingness to share tips with people in your area about energy conservation
3. Commitment to creating sustainable futures

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