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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 (CEATM) and Certified Energy Auditor in Training (CEAITTM) 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.

 

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.

 

Objectives
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. 
 

CEA Eligibility Requirements
The candidate for CEA certification must have (also see below for CEA in Training Requirements):

Education   Work Experience
A four-year degree in engineering or architecture OR
Professional Engineer (PE) or Registered Architect (RA)
AND At least 3 years of experience in energy auditing, energy management, facility management, or experience relating to facility management
A four-year non-engineering degree AND At least 4 years of experience in energy auditing, energy management, facility management, or experience relating to facility management
A two-year technical degree AND At least 5 years of experience in energy auditing, energy management, facility management, or experience relating to facility management
NONE   At least 10 years of experience in energy auditing, energy management, facility management, or experience relating to facility management
The current status of Certified Energy Manager (CEM®)    

 


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.


Study Guide
A study guide for the CEA exam, complete with sample question and answers, is available by clicking on the link below:

 

 

 

Recommended Professional Reference Books

 

Examination and Training Requirement
All CEA and CEAIT candidates must attend one of AEE's preparatory CEA training seminars, and complete and pass the four-hour written CEA examination, proctored by an AEE-approved exam administrator. Information on seminar training options is provided below. CEA examination questions are drawn from areas of knowledge such as energy auditing methodology; auditing instrumentation; auditing tools; economic analysis; building systems technology; lighting; HVAC; building envelope; controls; boilers and steam systems; water auditing; and reviewing auditing reports.

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.


Fees
Fees for the CEA certification process are as follows:

  • Certification Application and Examination:
    • $300 if exam is taken in conjunction with AEE's 3-day live training seminar
    • $400 if exam is taken at an ACT remote testing center following completion of AEE's realtime online CEA training seminar
  • Seminar Registration Certification Renewal:
    • Live Seminar Option: $1450 for AEE members / $1550 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 CEA application and the seminar registration are submitted.

 

How to Apply for CEA 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 CEA TRAINING SEMINAR OF YOUR CHOICE

All CEA candidates are required to complete either the 3-day live Fundamentals of Energy Auditing training program at one of its scheduled locations, or the web-based seminar, Certified Energy Auditor Preparatory Training Program (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 CEA 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):


Fundamentals of Energy Auditing
3-day live seminar
Earns 2.4 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 CEA certification application if you wish to take the CEA exam at the seminar site immediately following your seminar.


Certified Energy Auditor Preparatory Training Program
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 CEA certification application. The CEA exam is administered at remote testing centers, located throughout the U.S. See detailed instructions below.


STEP TWO:
COMPLETE YOUR CEA CERTIFICATION/EXAM APPLICATION

After you have completed your seminar registration, click the link below to complete your CEA Certification/Exam application:

CEA Certification/Exam Application
(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, CEA applicant completes the online CEA certification application selecting the live exam option under "Testing Location."
     
  2. Applicant submits completed online CEA 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 3-day live seminar and takes the open-book CEA exam on the morning of the day following 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 CEA 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 CEA Board, the applicant achieves CEA status, and will receive his/her CEA certificate in the mail.

 

The procedure for those wishing to use Testing Option 2 is as follows:
  1. After completing the online training seminar, CEA applicant completes the online CEA certification application, selecting the remote testing option under "Testing Location."
     
  2. Applicant submits completed online CEA 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 CEA 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 CEA 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 CEA 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 CEA Board, the applicant achieves CEA status, and will receive his/her CEA 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 CEA Certification...

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

Francine Seskin, CEA Certification Director
(770) 447-5083, ext. 223
email: fseskin@aeecenter.org

 

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