To work as an energy auditor, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent;
- have up to one year of related work experience; and
- complete long-term, on-the-job training.
Education after high school
Some energy auditors complete a formal degree program. These programs range in length from two-year associate degree programs to more in-depth four-year programs. You study energy management, basic building principles, learn how to evaluate energy use patterns, and understand HVAC&R (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration technology) systems. You also take courses in algebra, English, and physics.
Most energy auditors take courses to become a Certified Energy Auditor. If you wish to own your own business, consider taking business classes as well.
Early in your career, you spend up to a year gaining work experience before getting a job as an energy auditor. Working alongside or in support of another energy auditor allows you to have an idea of the day-to-day responsibilities associated with the occupation.
Most beginning energy auditors learn additional skills on the job from an experienced worker. You begin as a helper and do basic tasks. During training, you learn:
- inspection techniques;
- data analysis;
- equipment use; and
- computer software programs.
Training generally lasts at least one year.