To raise the professional standards of those engaged in performance contracting and energy project funding and financing.
To improve the practice of performance contracting and energy project funding and financing by encouraging professionals to partake in a continuing education program of professional development for performance contracting and energy project funding and financing professionals.
To identify persons with acceptable knowledge of the principles and practices ofperformance contracting and energy project funding and financing through completing the certification and fulfilling prescribed standards of performance and conduct.
To award special recognition to those energy professionals who have demonstrated a high level of competence and ethical fitness in performance contracting and energy project funding and financing.
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PCF Eligibility Requirements
The candidate for PCF certification must meet one of the following criteria in order to sit for the examination:
4-year engineering or architectural degree and/or the current status of Certified Energy Manager® (CEM®)
4-year business or related degree
At least 3 years of experience in performance contracting or energy project funding or financing
2-year technical degree
At least 5 years of experience in performance contracting or energy project funding or financing
At least 8 years of experience in performance contracting or energy project funding or financing
Note: Participants who pass the certification but do not meet one of the previous prerequisites may reapply for the PCF designation once education or experience requirements have been met.
Basic Skills Required for the PCF Seminar
The PCF preparatory seminar assumes basic problem-solving skills, including quick and accurate use of a hand calculator and ability to set up problem solution expressions and calculations from a written problem statement. Students should know how to perform the "Time Value of Money Calculations," such as NPV, IRR, etc. Those needing a refresher program in these skills may wish to review the free NPV webinar below:
Examination and Training Requirement
All PCF candidates must attend one of AEE's preparatory PCF training seminar, and complete and PCF examination within the allotted four-hour time frame. The exam is 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 performance contracting and energy project funding and financing professionals from recognized texts and supplemental reading. The exam is open book!
A passing score of at least 70% is required in conjunction with meeting all other eligibility requirements to become certified.
Fees for the PCF certification process are as follows:
Certification Application and Examination:$300
Certification Renewal:$300every three years
These fees must be paid at the time the PCF application and the seminar registration are submitted. No application or examination fee refunds are allowed.
How to Apply for PCF 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
REGISTER FOR THE AEE PCF TRAINING SEMINAR
All PCF candidates are required to complete the PCF preparatory seminar Strategies for Effective Performance Contracting and Energy Project Funding.
Note:Registering for the seminar does not automatically register you for the PCF 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:
NOTE: If you register for the live seminar, be sure to select the live exam option under "Testing Location" on your PCF certification application if you wish to take the PCF exam at the seminar site immediately following your seminar.
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 PCF certification application. The PCF exam is administered at remote testing centers, located throughout the U.S. See detailed instructions below.
COMPLETE YOUR PCF CERTIFICATION/EXAM APPLICATION
After you have completed your seminar registration, click the link below to complete your PCF Certification/Exam application: