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Certified Energy Manager (CEM)

The Certified Energy Manager (CEM®) credential has become widely accepted and used as a measure of professional accomplishment within the energy management field.
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Since its inception in 1981, the Certified Energy Manager (CEM®) credential has become widely accepted and used as a measure of professional accomplishment within the energy management field.  It has gained industry-wide use as the standard for qualifying energy professionals both in the United States and abroad. It is recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Office of Federal Energy Management Programs (FEMP), and the U.S. Agency for International Development, as well as by numerous state energy offices, major utilities, corporations and energy service companies.

By attaining the status of CEM, you will be joining an elite group of 6,000 professionals serving industry, business and government throughout the U.S. and in 22 countries abroad.

The prerequisites to qualify for the certification process have been designed to take into account the possible diversity of education and practical experience an individual may have. However each CEM candidate must meet one of the following criteria:

  • A four-year engineering or architectural degree, or a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.), or Registered Architect (R.A.) with at least three years experience in energy engineering or energy management.
     
  • A four-year business or related degree, with at least five years experience in energy engineering or energy management.
     
  • A two-year technical degree, with eight years experience in energy engineering or energy management.
     
  • Ten years or more verified experience in energy engineering or energy management.

    Letters of reference and verification of employment must be submitted.

Examination and Training Requirements


All CEM candidates must attend one of AEE's preparatory CEM training seminars, and complete and pass a four-hour written open-book exam, proctored by an approved exam administrator. (Information on seminar training options is provided below.) Of the following seventeen sections of the exam, candidates must complete at a minimum of eleven, including those indicated as Required:

  1. Codes & Standards & Indoor Air Quality - Required
  2. Energy Accounting and Economics - Required
  3. Energy Audits and Instrumentation - Required
  4. Electrical Systems
  5. HVAC Systems
  6. Motors and Drives
  7. Industrial Systems
  8. Building Envelope
  9. Cogeneration and CHP Systems
  10. Energy Procurement
  11. Building Automation and Control Systems
  12. Green Buildings, LEED & Energy Star
  13. Thermal Energy Storage Systems
  14. Lighting
  15. Boiler and Steam Systems
  16. Maintenance & Commissioning
  17. Alternative Financing

A CEM Practice Exam is now available. The Certified Energy Manager's Practice Test was developed by AEE to help candidates prepare for their high-stakes test, understand their strengths and weaknesses across pertinent CEM domains, and reduce test anxiety. The practice test simulates the certification test, contains a four hour time limit, and covers seventeen sections (three mandatory, eight of the remaining fourteen optional)

RESOURCE: Association of Energy Engineers, AEE Center


Edited by Carolyn Allen, Managing Editor of Solutions For Green

Publication Date: 9/18/2009
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