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Numbers of DEAs accredited and those waiting

Submitted by: MikeC (Admin) on 16-Jun-07 03:23:55 AM

Here are the actual numbers of accredited Domestic Energy Assessors (DEAs) by region, as released by Yvette Cooper on June 11th:

[Updates: DEA Numbers]

Government office regionAccreditations or certifications

East Midlands


East of England




North East


North West


South East


South West




West Midlands


Yorkshire and the Humber


Not known




Leaving aside the debate on regional differences (although Wales doesn't look good does it!), I wanted to dig a little deeper to see what's going on within the accreditation pipeline: IE... how many are in the system of training to become Domestic Energy Assessors (DEAs); how many have passed their exams; how many have gone on to accredit; how many have qualified but - for whatever reason - have not accredited; and the possible impact on future employment prospects.

Numbers of qualified DEAs waiting for accreditation acceptance: 1,380 (I'll refer to these DEAs as waiting)

So, one could perhaps safely assume that - along with the 1,050 DEAs currently accredited - eventually at least, they'll be a total of 2430 accredited DEAs, available for work.

But there's another number:

Number of qualified DEAs: 4,735

That's not in training, but those who have gone on and passed their exams. Of course, what we're not told is if that number includes those who have already accredited as well as those who are waiting. But the number looks large for several reasons.

If that number (4,735) doesn't include both the accredited and those waiting, it suggests a worrying amount who are holding-back in making the final step to accreditation.

But even if it does include the accredited (and waiting), although a smaller number (nearly half at 2,305), it's still large enough to be of concern.

Business Needs Better Numbers

A chronological breakdown would shed more light on the propects of fulfilling the Govt's self-proclaimed target of 3000 assessors (geographically-spread) for full Home Information Pack (HIP) implementaion, by showing us how many of those qualified-only DEAs have been holding-back because of uncertainty. The longer they have been holding back, surely, the more chance they will have moved onto other things and less likely to accredit?

Those (potential) DEAs who are watching and waiting are the same one's who will decide how the following months influence the success of HIPs (or not!).

The Govt need to break these numbers down so the industry can shape their businesses accordingly.

Training goes on

What is clear though, training companies continue to tout their courses to the general public who are (largely) unaware of the real hurdles and political positioning that's going on. So even if those currently waiting do drop out, they'll be replaced soon enough.

Oversupply of DEAs - A Real Danger

What should be worrying however, is if those currently waiting do go on to accredit, then that's already an oversupply of 1,735 DEAs - if combined with the Govt's stated need for 3,000 DEAs for full roll-out. If we add-on to that, those currently being trained and coming through the system, well...?

Put it this way, those who thought they could work either as part-time DEAs or as self-employed independants... well, they might want to reassess that decision because, let's face it, HIP providers really want reliable people at their beck and call, which is understandable because they need certainty.

So for those tempted by the high earning part-time positions advertised by the HIP-providers, know that they are mostly offering this until you can be replaced by full-timers.

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Posts: 7
Donestic Energy Assessors
Reply #1 on : Thu July 19, 2007, 11:36:56
Please could you give me some advice as I'm currently looking at doing at course at g-lec Skills Academy London, costs £2,500+VAT.

Before I go ahead and pay I would like your feedback regarding courses, this is City & Guilds, is that better then ABBE or NAEA?

Also which is the best body to be accredited to?

Thanks you for your help and look forwards to hearing your comments.
Last Edit: July 19, 2007, 14:11:42 by siteadmin  
Posts: 1
Re: Numbers of DEAs accredited and those waiting
Reply #2 on : Thu July 19, 2007, 14:42:41
Hi Anne-Marie

Theoretically, all courses should be of equal educational value, on paper. They all have to meet the National Occupational Standards (NOS).

Ultimately, it will mainly come down to those that train you. You'll no doubt receive as many oppinions on that topic, as there are people on courses.

For more info on this, start on the DEA training page:
Last Edit: July 19, 2007, 14:45:30 by siteadmin  

Posts: 7
dea work
Reply #3 on : Thu September 27, 2007, 11:57:17
i live in neath west glamorgan sa108bu i am an accredited dea but i cannot get any work yet has anybody suggestions about the best way to go about getting work

Posts: 7
ray harris - dea work reply...
Reply #4 on : Fri October 05, 2007, 11:44:48
What about this 1stopepc company... they take qualified deas and give them work in their areas... check them out at ....... hope it helps.

Posts: 7
to be accredited in DEA
Reply #5 on : Mon October 15, 2007, 22:48:41
I live in panama republic and would like to be accredited in DEA.could I get a nice work there.

Posts: 7
Re: Numbers of DEAs accredited and those waiting
Reply #6 on : Thu November 08, 2007, 17:04:48
I'm looking for a career change as a DEA.
Question 1. Should i Really bother, is there too many already?
Question 2. Who should I train with, The course costs vary from 2k to 4k.
Questio 3. Who do you accredit with.

Help Please !!!!!

Posts: 7
dea wales
Reply #7 on : Mon November 26, 2007, 20:01:50
I am nearly qualified, I live in Porthcawl S. Wales anyone know the best accreditation co. and possibly a scource of work supply?

Posts: 7
H E S Course
Reply #8 on : Sun December 02, 2007, 22:22:39
Is there anyone who is having problems completing their course through HES due to their training company (QUIDOS) unable to provide support?

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