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CEP - Certified Energy Procurement Professional

 
  The Certified Energy Procurement
Professional
(CEP®)
Program
 
 

AEE's Certified Energy Procurement Professional (CEP) program is designed to award special recognition to professionals who have demonstrated a high level of knowledge, experience, competence and ethical fitness covering the full spectrum of activities related to the purchase, sale and marketing of electricity and natural gas. By obtaining the CEP credential, you will be establishing your status as a qualified expert in this growing area of specialized expertise within the restructured energy marketplace. The CEP certification process requires the completion of a three-day training program, followed by successful completion of a four-hour written examination.

Eligibility
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 CEP candidate must meet one of the following criteria:

  • A four-year degree from accredited university or college in science, engineering, architecture, business, law, finance, or related field, or be a registered professional engineer (P.E.), or registered architect (R.A.). In addition, the applicant must have at least three years experience in energy or building or facility management, or real estate, or procurement, or brokering.
     
  • A two-year technical degree, or four year degree in a field not specified above
    with five years experience in energy or building or facility management, or real estate, or procurement, or brokering.

     
  • Ten years or more verified experience in energy or building or facility management, or real estate, or procurement, or brokering.
     
  • The current status of Certified Energy Manager (CEM®).


Recommended Professional Reference Book

 

Examination and Training Requirement
Each CEP candidate must attend AEE's Fundamentals of Buying and Selling Energy three-day training program or the realtime online Fast Track Training Course for Energy Procurement Professionals, and complete and pass a four-hour written examination. Examination questions are based on concepts and experiences basic to purchasing, selling and marketing electricity and natural gas. The exam is open book, and questions are a mixture of multiple choice and true-false.


Fees
Fees for the CEP certification process are as follows:

  • Certification application and examination:  $300
  • Seminar registration
    • Live Seminar Option: $1,450 for AEE members / $1550 for non-AEE members
    • Realtime Online Seminar Option: $895 for AEE members / $995 for non-AEE members
  • Certification renewal:  $300 every three years

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


How to Apply for CEP® 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 SEMINAR.

All CEP candidates are required to complete the Fundamentals of Buying and Selling Energy 3-day training seminar. Note: Registering online for the seminar does not automatically register you to take the CEP exam. After completing your seminar registration, return to this page and go to STEP TWO below. The link below will take you to course information, current schedules and fee information for this program, as well as access to online seminar registration:

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


Fundamentals of Buying and Selling Energy
3-day live seminar
Earns 2.8 CEU

Click above link for full 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 CEP certification application if you wish to take the CEP exam at the seminar site immediately following your seminar.


Fast Track CEP Training Course for Energy Procurement Professionals
9-hour (over 3 days) realtime online seminar
Earns 0.9 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 CEP certification application. The CEP exam is administered at remote testing centers, located throughout the U.S. See detailed instructions below.
 

STEP TWO: COMPLETE YOUR CEP CERTIFICATION APPLICATION

After you have completed your seminar registration, click the link below to complete your online CEP Certification Application:

CEP Certification Application Form
(For both live and remote testing options. You will be asked to login or to set up a new user profile.)

 

 

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, CEP applicant completes the online CEP certification application selecting the live exam option under "Testing Location." 
     
  2. Applicant submits completed online CEP 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 4-day live seminar and takes the open-book CEP exam on the afternoon of day 4 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 CRM 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 CRM Board, the applicant achieves CEP status, and will receive his/her CEP Certificate in the mail.
The procedure for those wishing to use Testing Option 2 is as follows:
  1. After completing the online training seminar, CEP applicant completes the online CEP certification application, selecting the remote testing option under "Testing Location."
     
  2. Applicant submits completed online CEP 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 CEP 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 CEP 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 CEP 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 CEP Board, the applicant achieves CEP status, and will receive his/her CEP 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. 


For Additional Information About CEP Certification...

If you have any questions about CEP certification, or if you prefer to receive your Certified Energy Procurement Professional Application Package by mail, please write, call or email:

Francine Seskin, CEP Certification Director
Association of Energy Engineers
4025 Pleasantdale Road, Suite 420
Atlanta, GA 30340
(770) 447-5083, ext. 223
email: fseskin@aeecenter.org

   

 

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