Green jobs help the environment by conserving resources and reducing waste. Jobs in this category are expected to grow rapidly in the coming decades. One in-demand green career is energy auditing. Many buildings and homes waste electricity due to leakages. This waste is not only costly in a financial sense, but also environmentally. Energy auditors help solve the problem of wasted electricity by inspecting buildings for leakages and advising clients on how to fix current problems and prevent future problems. Interested in saving people money and helping protect the environment? If so, read on for information about how to become an energy auditor.
Although there are no nationwide training or educational requirements for energy auditors, certain state require prospective auditors to take courses or earn certification. Technical schools and community colleges often offer courses on energy auditing that provide instruction on basic inspection techniques.
Certification can be acquired through organizations such as the Association of Energy Engineers. In order to obtain certification through the AEE, candidates must meet certain education and training requirements. You must either have a four-year engineering or architecture degree and at least three years of experience in energy auditing or facilities management, a four-year non-engineering degree and at least four years of experience, a two-year technical degree and at least five years of experience, or at least ten years of experience. If you do not meet those requirements, you can pursue a Certified Energy Auditor in Training (CEAIT) certification.
Certification may not be required in your area, but it greatly improves your prospects within the field. If you think energy auditing is right for you, first take courses related to energy auditing and/or pursue a degree in engineering or architecture. Then, look for internships or entry-level positions in energy auditing or facilities management. Experience is extremely important for energy auditors but getting your foot in the door of this relatively small field may be difficult. Therefore, you should be on the lookout for internships that might lead to full-time jobs. Finally, start preparing for your certification examination by attending seminars and utilizing study guides or professional reference books. Study materials and seminar information can be found on the Association of Energy Engineers website.
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