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BEP - Certified Business Energy Professional

 
  The Certified Business Energy
Professional (BEP
®Program
 

Eligibility 
Study Guide/Reference Books
Seminar Registration
Certification/Exam Application
Fees
Maintaining Certification
Use of BEP Designation

 

The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UC Davis University Extension (UCDE) to advance the knowledge and professionalism in the field of energy management.

As an adjunct to the Certified Energy Manager (CEM®) and Business Energy Professional (BEP) program and , the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) is pleased to be an official sponsor of the U.C. Davis University Energy Resource Management Certificate program. This initiative aims at enhancing student's involvement and increases their role in the growing energy management discipline. The course will serve as a solid foundation for students to move towards obtaining their CEM or BEP Certification. For more information on the U.C. Davis certificate program CLICK HERE.

UC Davis Extension is the professional and continuing education branch of UC Davis and is a link to the many resources students can only get from the University of California.

AEE's Certified Business Energy Professional (BEP) program awards special recognition to those business/marketing and energy professionals who have demonstrated a high level of competence and ethical fitness for business/marketing and energy management related disciplines, as well as laws governing and affecting energy professionals.

 

Objectives
To raise the professional standards of those engaged in business/marketing, energy management, utility account management and customer service representative.

To improve the practice of energy management by encouraging energy business professionals in a continuing education program of professional development.

To identify persons with acceptable knowledge of the principles and practices of business/marketing and energy management related disciplines and laws governing and affecting energy professionals through completing an examination and fulfilling prescribed standards of performance and conduct.

To award special recognition to those business/marketing and energy professionals who have demonstrated a high level of competence and ethical fitness for business/marketing and energy management.

 

 

Eligibility
The candidate for the BEP certification must have one of the following:

Education   Work Experience
4-year degree in business/marketing/finance, engineering or architecture OR
Professional Engineer (PE) or Registered Architect (RA)
AND 2+ years of experience in
business/marketing/sales in the energy field
4-year non-technical degree AND 3+ years of experience in
business/marketing/sales in the energy field
2-year technical degree AND 5+ years of experience in
business/marketing/sales in the energy field
NONE   8+ years of experience in
business/marketing/sales in the energy field
The status of Certified Energy Manager (CEM®)    

*If you don't yet meet the education or experience eligibility requirements for the BEP, you may be interested in pursuing our Business Energy Professional in Training (BEPIT) certification

 


Required Body of Knowledge
The effective practice of business/marketing and energy management in the energy field requires in-depth knowledge of a wide variety of subjects. However, the candidate need only demonstrate to the satisfaction of the certification board the knowledge and ability to apply the essentials of business/marketing and energy management. To aid candidates in preparing for the examination, the certification board makes available a bibliography of suggested reference materials.

Recommended Texts for BEP Exam Preparation:

 
 
 
 


Examination and Training Requirement
All BEP candidates must attend one of AEE's preparatory BEP training seminars, and complete and pass the four-hour written BEP examination, proctored by an AEE-approved exam administrator. Information on seminar training options is provided below. The examination questions are based on concepts and experiences basic to business/marketing and energy management on recognized tests, and on supplemental reading, covering such subjects as codes and standards, energy fundamentals, energy audits, energy economics, metering issues, performance contracting and project financing, measurement and verification, energy-efficient equipment and applications, building systems, and procurement of energy.

The exam is open book, and questions are a mixture of multiple choice and true/false. A passing score of at least 70% is required in conjunction with meeting all other eligibility requirements to become certified.

Click here to see an outline of the content that will be covered on the BEP examination.


Fees
Fees for the BEP certification process are as follows:

  • Certification Application and Examination:
    • $300 if exam is taken in conjunction with AEE's 5-day live BEP training seminar
    • $400 if exam is taken at a remote testing center following completion of AEE's realtime online BEP training seminar
  • Seminar Registration:
    • Live Seminar Option: $1795 for AEE members / $1995 for non-AEE members
    • Realtime Online Seminar Option: $1050 for AEE members / $1150 for non-AEE members
  • Certification Renewal:
    • $300 every three years

These fees must be paid at the time the BEP application and the seminar registration are submitted.


How to Apply for BEP Certification

Application Deadlines: Your completed application must be received by the Certification Administrator 3 weeks prior to date of the examination for which you wish to sit in order to guarantee you are pre-registered for the examination.  After this date, you may be required to complete a waiver on-site if your name is not pre-registered.


STEP ONE:
REGISTER FOR THE AEE BEP TRAINING SEMINAR OF YOUR CHOICE

All BEPTM candidates are required to complete either the Comprehensive 5-Day Training Program for Business Energy Professionals live seminar at one of its scheduled locations, or the web-based seminar, Fast Track BEP Certification Training Course for Business Energy Professionals (12 hours in 6 two-hour online sessions) offered several times each year.

Note: Registering for the seminar does not automatically register you for the BEP exam. After completing your seminar registration, return to this page, and go to STEP TWO. The links below will take you to seminar course information, current schedules and access to online seminar registration:

SEMINAR OPTION 1 (live seminar):
SEMINAR OPTION 2 (online seminar):


Comprehensive 5-Day Training Program for Business Energy Professionals
5-day live seminar
Earns 3.6 CEU

Click above link for seminar description, dates and locations, fee information, and online registration.

NOTE: If you register for the live seminar, be sure to select the live exam option under "Testing Location" on your BEP certification application if you wish to take the BEP exam at the seminar site immediately following your seminar.


Fast Track BEP Certification Training Course for Business Energy Professionals
12-hour (over 6 days) realtime online seminar
Earns 1.2 CEU

Click above link for seminar description, dates and times, fee information, and online registration.

NOTE: If you register for the online seminar, be sure to select the remote exam option under "Testing Location" on your BEP certification application. The BEP exam is administered at remote testing centers, located throughout the U.S. See detailed instructions below.


STEP TWO:
COMPLETE YOUR BEP CERTIFICATION/EXAM APPLICATION

After you have completed your seminar registration, click the link below to complete your BEP certification/exam application:

BEP Certification/Exam Application (PDF Version)
(Application covers both live and remote testing options)
 

TESTING OPTION 1:
(onsite exam with live seminar)
TESTING OPTION 2:
(exam at computer-based remote testing center
following completion of online seminar)
The procedure for those wishing to use Testing Option 1 is as follows:
  1. After registering for the live seminar, BEP applicant completes the online BEP certification application selecting the live exam option under "Testing Location."
     
  2. Applicant submits completed online BEP application to AEE for review (Your completed application must be received by the Certification Administrator 3 weeks prior to date of the examination for which you wish to sit in order to guarantee you are pre-registered for the examination.  After this date, you may be required to complete a waiver on-site if your name is not pre-registered).
     
  3. AEE reviews the application and sends an initial response letter to the applicant, either accepting the application, or requesting additional information if necessary.
     
  4. Applicant provides any additional information requested to the AEE certification administrator.
     
  5. Applicant receives verification letter from AEE that all required information has been received, and stating whether certification application has been accepted. (Acceptance of the application is required to sit for the exam.)
     
  6. Applicant completes the 5-day live seminar and takes the open-book BEP exam on the afternoon of day 5 of the seminar at the seminar site. (Completing the seminar is required in order to sit for the exam.)
     
  7. Notification of Exam Results: Applicant will receive a letter from AEE within 30 days of completion of the exam which includes the test score and applicant's status. Please do not call AEE about your test results before the end of the thirty-day period. Exam results are not available on the AEE website.
     
  8. Review by the Certification Board: If all required references are in place, the application is in order, all fees have been paid, the applicant has met all eligibility requirements and passed the exam, AEE will send the applicant's file to the BEP Board for final approval.
     
  9. Receiving Your Certification: The Board approval process usually takes 6-8 weeks. Once the approvals have been sent to AEE from the BEP Board, the applicant achieves BEP status, and will receive his/her BEP Certificate in the mail.

 

The procedure for those wishing to use Testing Option 2 is as follows:
  1. After completing the online training seminar, BEP applicant completes the online BEP certification application, selecting the remote testing option under "Testing Location."
     
  2. Applicant submits completed online BEP application to AEE for review.
     
  3. AEE reviews the application and sends an initial response letter to the applicant, either accepting the application, or requesting additional information if necessary.
     
  4. Upon initial acceptance, AEE sends the applicant's contact information to the main office for Remote Testing Centers.

    (To see a testing center locations map, Click Here; however do not contact the testing center directly. You must be approved for testing by applying through AEE first, and then the testing center will contact you upon your acceptance as a BEP exam candidate.)

     
  5. The Remote Testing Center contacts the applicant directly to arrange the testing location, explain the testing procedures and ID required, and provide a testing center password. A two business day notice is required by the remote testing facility to reschedule.  If you do not for any reason give this notice, you will be required to pay the center fee of $70 before you can reschedule.
     
  6. Applicant takes the open-book BEP exam at his/her chosen remote testing center.
     
  7. Notification of Exam Results: Upon completion of the exam, the applicant will see an INITIAL test score. The results will be sent to AEE by the remote testing center, and the applicant will receive a letter from AEE within 30 days of completion of the exam which includes the OFFICIAL test score and applicant's status. Please do not call AEE about your test results before the end of the thirty-day period. Exam results are not available on the AEE website.
     
  8. Review by the Certification Board: If all required references are in place, the application is in order, all fees have been paid, the applicant has met all eligibility requirements and passed the exam, AEE will send the applicant's file to the BEP Board for final approval.
     
  9. Receiving Your Certification: The Board approval process usually takes 6-8 weeks. Once the approvals have been sent to AEE from the BEP Board, the applicant achieves BEP status, and will receive his/her BEP certificate in the mail.

Please do not contact the Remote Testing Center for any information on your certification status.


Maintaining Certification

For information on maintaining your certification, please go to our certification renewals website.

 

Use of BEP Designation

For information on using your AEE certification designation, please go to our use of certification designation website.
 

For Additional Information About BEP Certification...

If you have any questions about BEP certification, please contact:

Helen Johnson, BEP Certification Director
Association of Energy Engineers
(770) 447-5083, ext. 218
email: Helen@aeecenter.org

 

 

 

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