How to Become an Energy Auditor

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How to Become an Energy Auditor

The role of an Energy Auditor has gained a great deal of prominence in recent years. Qualified candidates normally are expected to have a mixture of educational credentials as well as experience, in order to secure a position of this type. Here is some background on what is required in order to become a successful energy auditor.


Different agencies and companies will set different standards for the level of education required for an energy auditor. In some cases, an undergraduate engineer with a four-year degree will be sufficient. In other situations, a graduate level degree will be necessary in order to meet the basic requirements for the job. At other times, the graduate level degree will need to be coupled with additional degrees relating to business management. The best approach is to find out exactly what level of formal education is required in the company of choice, if known.


Along with formal education, there is usually a requirement of some degree of practical experience before it is possible to obtain the position of Energy Auditor. Often, this will involve two to three years working in a role that is an adjunct, or support, to another Energy Auditor. This allows the candidate the opportunity to get to know the day-to-day responsibilities associated with the profession. The amount of practical experience required is usually more for persons with less in the way of educational credentials, and tends to decrease as the amount of formal education rises. This may be due in part to the fact that many of the degree programs include some hours of work-study.

When Experience Is At A Minimum

In the absence of experience, some positions for Energy Auditors will offer a few alternatives to candidates who meet the other requirements for consideration. For example, the candidate may be allowed to take the exam for provisional certification and employment, with the provision that a minimum amount of work experience will be logged within a given period of time. Upon presenting proof of fulfilling the requirement for practical experience, the candidate is then awarded full certification. The exact time frame for fulfilling work experience requirements will vary from one jurisdiction to another, but the normal time frame is between two years and six years.

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  1. Athira said,

    on January 3rd, 2012 at 1:33 am

    I am doing my graduation in B.TECH and after the completion i would like to join for energy auditing.I would like to know about the institutions in INDIA,offering this courses

  2. AMIT said,

    on December 24th, 2011 at 3:00 pm


  3. Subhashish Das said,

    on November 2nd, 2010 at 9:36 am

    I am a Mechanical Engineer and working in Merchant Navy as an 4th Engineer responsible for maintenance of machineries. Please guide me how to prepare for the exam? Am I eligible for the exam and where I can fill the form for the exam? Is there any site for that?

    Please guide I will be grateful

    Thanks and Regards

  4. Jhansi said,

    on August 6th, 2010 at 8:45 am

    I’m an Architect. I’m in interested in becoming an Energy Auditor. What is the best way to go about doing so? Some people have advised about doing a training at some institute. I also read about the CEA seminars & exam. Could somebody advise the best approach. Thanks.

  5. vijay Kamble said,

    on June 4th, 2010 at 3:49 am

    I have done Diploma Electrical & know I working as a mananger. Kindly give details of how I become a energy auditor

  6. tristan said,

    on March 24th, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Attaining your BPI Certification can be done very quickly and although the training is intense, it will open many doors in terms of career options especially with energy audits becoming increasingly popular with federal incentives.

  7. Lesley LEED AP said,

    on March 8th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    It’s really easy to become an energy auditor. I know Everblue Training Institute offers an energy auditor training course that lasts only 5 days. You take two days of classroom training, two days of field training, and then one day of testing and then you are certified as a BPI Building Analyst. It sounds like a pretty sweet deal. I’ve heard that energy audits are incredibly popular right now, so there’s definitely a need for this kind of training.

  8. Lesley LEED AP said,

    on March 2nd, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Becoming an energy auditor is incredibly easy. At Everblue Training Institute, you can become a certified energy auditor in 5 days! These kinds of jobs are certainly on the rise. This training will help you get a job or gain new business for years to come! Now is the time to become an energy auditor, especially with all the federal incentives aimed toward energy efficiency.

  9. Jessie said,

    on January 29th, 2010 at 8:17 am

    We did our training through BPI a few months back. From what I gathered when doing our research is Resnet is for new homes and BPI is for existing structures. With all the Obama money being thrown at weatherization of existing home/structures it was pretty much a no brainer for us to go the BPI path. We will be adding on the HERS/Resnet rating sometime in the future as well.

    Good luck in your green endevours


  10. Andrea said,

    on January 7th, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Most states are now requiring at least BPI certification to perform energy audits for rebates or tax credits. This is also the main requirement for participating with Home Performance with ENERGY STAR programs. Our company Building Science Tech has recently released a new training video to allow prospective energy auditors to practice using their equipment and prepare for the BPI field exam from home. The Building Analyst Field Training Video: How to Perform a Home Energy is 90 minutes

  11. Eric said,

    on January 4th, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    I am a regional manager for Environmental Solutions Association the Nations Premier Indoor Air Quality Training Orginization. We offer an Energy Auditing Class that is administered by a A.H.I.T. Certified Instructor our certification is approved by the Building Performance Institute otherwise known as B.P.I., Our course is 5 days total with 4 of them consisting of classroom the 5th day will be hands on with blower doors and other equipment used. If you have an interest or want to learn more we are based out of Williamsport, Pennsylvania

  12. Kanav Davesar said,

    on December 18th, 2009 at 5:33 am

    I’m doing engg in electronics and communication .. i’m in my final year & interested in energy auditing.. can u plz help me know the procedure & education qualifications required.. i reside in Chandigarh, India. thnks a lot..

  13. Bill Velke said,

    on August 25th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    I have been working for 15 years in research and technology development related mainly to gas fired HVAC heaters for commercial applications. I am fully aware of HVAC equipment BTU standards and performance levels and joule measurements. How can I be certified as a commercial HVAC energy auditor, mainly to provide an AS IS energy audit report for a commercial space based on previous energy consumed and existing equipment which uses such energy…????

    Bill Velke

  14. archana asava said,

    on August 22nd, 2009 at 7:42 am

    I am pursuing my electrical engg. I want to become energy auditor so can you please help me in this regard by giving me information regarding it and the procedure that has to be followed.

  15. matinah salaam said,

    on July 25th, 2009 at 10:07 am

    interested in becoming energy auditor.

    what companies hire for the position? how may i train to pass basic, initial testing? are apprenticeship programs available? where?

    any information you can provide is greatly appreciated

  16. Rajat said,

    on July 16th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    I have done B.Sc in computer science and i am doing MBA in infrastructure management and completed my first year .I have just finish my summer training project on POWER EXCHANGE IN INDIA from POWER GRID CORPORATION OF INDIA .I want to become an energy manager or energy auditor in U.K. . Before completing my MBA in April 2010 , i want to get information about these profiles and want to apply for that as soon as possible . so kindly let me know that what i have to do for it and also about the opportunities in this field .

  17. poly said,

    on July 7th, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Want to be an energy auditor.
    does it matter if i am not an engineer?

    have a science and busineess degree?

    based in pennsylvania.
    where can i take classes and how much will they cost?

  18. Brian said,

    on June 23rd, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    You can join other energy auditors here:

    Energy Auditor Weatherization Talk

  19. Rajesh said,

    on June 16th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    I am an Electrical engineer can you tell how to do the certification of energy auditor or to whom should I contact

  20. joe Mc Donald said,

    on June 3rd, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    couls you please send me information on where to go or how to become an energy auditor? I live in Barrie , Ontario, Thanks Joe Mc donald

  21. Sean Stites, MBA said,

    on March 10th, 2009 at 5:51 am

    I have business experience and an interest in learning more about what is involved in becoming an energy auditor or consultant. Alternative energy resources are personally important to me and I would like to learn enough to appropriately adivse consumers and businesses on their options. I have no intention on becoming an engineer of any sort as the thought of differential equations and such courses is likely beyond my ability to successfully complete and I am still paying for my MBA.
    Please let me know the opportunities and challenges that might be ahead for this pursuit. Thank you.

    Best Regards,
    Sean Stites, MBA

  22. John said,

    on February 20th, 2009 at 10:25 am

    I have always felt the best way to learn about any profession is to speak with someone that does it.
    You can find energy auditors near you at the energy audit directory,
    Good luck!