CEA - Certified Energy Auditor

  The Certified Energy Auditor™ (CEA®)
Program for Professional Certification

Based on the growing demand for qualified professionals, the Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) and Certified Energy Auditor in Training (CEAIT) certifications were developed and added to the broad portfolio of professional certifications offered by the Association of Energy Engineers. Rising energy costs and inefficiency in plants and buildings is continually driving the need for trained and experienced energy auditors. The CEA certification is one that identifies professionals as having the required knowledge and experience needed to succeed in the growing field of energy auditing.

CEA in the News

New - AEE Certifications Recognized in New York City and by City of San Francisco
Local Law 87 for New York City requires all buildings in New York City over 50,000 square feet to perform retro-commissioning of systems and to submit an energy efficiency report based on a building audit performed by a qualified energy auditor. Under Local Law 87, the Association of Energy Engineers'
the Certified Energy Auditor and Certified Energy Manager certifications are approved for energy auditing, and the Certified Building Commissioning Firm, Certified Building Commissioning Professional, and Existing Building Commissioning Professional certifications are approved retro-commissioning certifications. The City of San Francisco's Department of the Environment now recognizes a Certified Energy Manager, Existing Building Commissioning Professional, and Certified Building Commissioning Professional with at least two years' experience as qualified to provide energy auditing services. Under the city's Environment Code Chapter 20 Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance, an energy audit is required every five years.


  • To raise the professional standards of those engaged in energy auditing.
  • To improve the practice of energy auditors by encouraging energy auditing professionals in a continuing education program of professional development.
  • To identify persons with acceptable knowledge of the principles and practices of energy auditing through completing an examination and fulfilling prescribed standards of performance and conduct.
  • To award special recognition to those energy auditing professionals who have demonstrated a high level of competence and ethical fitness in energy auditing. 

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 CEA candidate must meet one of the following criteria:

Education   Work Experience

A four-year degree in engineering or architecture
Professional Engineer or Registered Architect
active CEM®

AND At least 3 years of experience in energy auditing and/or participating in a team doing energy assessments
A four-year non-engineering degree AND At least 4 years of experience in energy auditing and/or participating in a team doing energy assessments
A two-year technical degree AND At least 5 years of experience in energy auditing and/or participating in a team doing energy assessments
    Ten years or more verified experience in energy auditing and/or participating in a team doing energy assessments

(Note: Letters of reference and verification of employment must be submitted.)

Energy Auditor in Training (CEAIT) Eligibility Requirements
If you don't yet meet the education or experience eligibility requirements for the CEA, you may be interested in pursuing our Energy Auditor in Training certification.


Examination and Training Requirement
All CEA candidates must attend one of AEE's preparatory CEA training seminars conducted by an approved training provider and complete and pass in a four-hour time frame a written open-book exam which is proctored by an approved exam administrator. Information on seminar options is provided below. AEE does not provide training; instead it has approved training providers, listed below.

All CEA candidates taking the exam in the United States (only) will take the revised format CEA Certification Exam. The new format exam contains the same number of questions as previous versions, 130, and the exam duration will remain 4 hours. The new exam will not include optional sections, as in the past; rather, the exam will include questions from all 17 sections of the CEA Body of Knowledge. This differs from the international version of the CEA exam, which will still contain optional sections. You must bring a hand calculator to the exam since the CEA test does not allow computers, tablets or cell phones to be used for calculations on the test.

An intensive jobs task analysis was performed for the CEA and a weighted percentage of topics was developed for the CEA Body of Knowledge. Although a specific number of exam questions for each topic will not be provided, as it may change, the number of questions on the exam will align with the content percentages listed in the following CEA Body of Knowledge.

Approved Training Providers

The following are approved training providers for the Certified Energy Manager body of knowledge:

AEE Energy Seminars provides a wide variety of training seminars. Those seminars listed below fulfill the training requirements for the CEA certification:
Fundamentals of Energy Auditing
Online - Fast Track CEA Preparatory Course for Energy Auditors
On Demand - Fast Track On Demand Course for Energy Auditors

The SLCC Energy Institute provides education and training in Energy Management, Solar Photovoltaic Systems, and the Energy Grid.  The Energy Management program focuses on energy systems in the built environment and the identification of efficiency measures. Graduates earning the Energy Management AAS Degree are eligible to take AEE’s Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) exam.

Fees for the CEA certification process are as follows:

  • Certification Application and Examination:
    • $400
  • Certification Renewal:
    • $300 every three years

The application fee must be paid at the time the CEA application is submitted. This fee covers both the application process and the examination. It does not include the cost of the required preparatory seminar programs offered in advance of each exam. Also note that this fee is in addition to the cost of any seminar program for which the candidate may choose to register. No application or examination fee refunds are allowed.  

How to Apply for CEA Certification

CEA examinations are scheduled in conjunction with the CEA required preparatory seminar programs.  Please choose which application below applies to you for either the Scheduled Testing Site or the Remote Testing Center option.  You must bring a hand calculator to the exam since the CEA test does not allow computers, tablets or cell phones to be used for calculations on the test.

The application is not to be submitted online, but must be printed, completed and emailed, mailed, or faxed to AEE Headquarters:

Attn: CEA Department
Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)
3168 Mercer University Drive
Atlanta, GA 30341

Or fax ATTN: Francine Seskin 770-447-4354
Or email to
(All CEA documentation may be either emailed, mailed, or faxed)

Your completed application (4 page application, 2 professional references, employment verification and/or client verification and college transcripts) must be received by the Certification Administrator at least 4 weeks prior to the date of the examination for which you wish to sit.

If all of your supporting documentation is not received prior to your test date, it will not preclude you from sitting for the exam.

Please note the following:

  • Registering for a preparatory live or online seminar does not automatically register you to take the CEA exam. You must submit your certification application separately (see information above).

Maintaining Certification 

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

Additional Information About CEA Certification or to File a Complaint

If you have any questions about CEA certification or would like to file a complaint against an individual CEA or the CEA Program, please contact:

Francine Seskin, CEA Certification Director
Association of Energy Engineers
(770) 447-5083, ext. 223