Commercial energy assessor

Commercial energy assessors test the energy efficiency of commercial buildings and produce Non-Domestic Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs).

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £16,000 to £35,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: Variable per week

1. Entry requirements

You’ll need the Level 3 Certificate in Non-Domestic Energy Assessment.

You’ll study towards this qualification if you have no experience of working in a relevant setting and are new to energy assessing. If you have experience in a related field like property surveying or construction you might not have to do as much training.

You must also belong to a Department for Communities and Local Government DCLG approved accreditation scheme.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • IT skills
  • good communication skills, to explain the contents of the EPC to clients
  • good observational skills
  • the ability to take accurate measurements
  • good time management skills
  • a thorough, methodical and consistent approach
  • the ability to keep clear, complete and accurate records

3. What you'll do

You’ll test the energy efficiency of non-domestic buildings and produce Non-Domestic Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs). EPCs are needed whenever non-domestic properties are built, sold or rented in the UK. 

You’ll also produce reports with advice on how to reduce energy use and save money.

You’ll carry out detailed inspections of properties, including:

  • collecting information on their age, number of floors and building type
  • measuring the number and size of rooms and windows
  • identifying heating systems
  • entering the information into software to produce an energy efficiency rating and EPC

You might also assess large public buildings.

4. Salary

Starter: £16,000

Experienced: £19,000 to £25,000

Highly Experienced: £25,000 to £35,000

 These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll be self employed, and can work full or part-time. 

You may need to carry out inspections in the evenings or at weekends to suit your clients.

You’ll usually need a driving licence, as your work would involve travelling to different locations to carry out inspections.

6. Career path and progression

With further training you could carry out low carbon assessments, or move into sustainability consultancy. 

You could also move into assessor training, teaching the Certificate and Diploma.

Last updated: 28 September 2016