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REP - Certified Renewable Energy Professional

Eligibility
Reference Books
Seminar Registration
Certification/Exam Application
Fees
Maintaining Certification

The Renewable Energy Professional (REP™) certification, introduced by AEE in 2010 is designed to recognize the expertise and experience of professionals involved in the specification and application of renewable and alternative energy technologies, assessment of renewable energy projects, and development of achievable low-carbon and sustainability goals for organizations.

Since 1981, AEE has certified thousands of professionals within the energy industry. AEE's certifications are recognized by governmental agencies, including the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Agency for International Development, as well as by utilities, end users, and energy service companies.

Objectives

  • To raise the professional standards of those engaged in renewable energy.
  • To improve the practice of renewable energy professionals by encouraging renewable energy in a continuing education program of professional development.
  • To identify persons with acceptable knowledge of the principles and practices of renewable energy through completing an examination and fulfilling prescribed standards of performance and conduct.
  • To award special recognition to those renewable energy professionals who have demonstrated a high level of competence and ethical fitness in renewable energy.
Eligibility
The candidate must have:
  • 4-year degree in Engineering, Architecture, Science, Business , or related with 2 years of experience in renewable, alternative energy, biomass, biofuel, solar, or related.
OR
  • 2-year technical degree with 5 years of experience in renewable, alternative energy, biomass, biofuel, solar, or related.

OR

  • 10 years of experience in renewable, alternative energy, biomass, biofuel, solar, or related.
OR
  • The current status of Certified Energy Manager (CEM®).
  
 
The Required Body of Knowledge
The effective practice of renewable energy 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 renewable energy. See below for sample exam questions.
 
 
Recommended Professional Reference Books
 
The REP Examination
To be awarded the REP designation, candidates must attend the preparatory seminar prior to taking the REP exam and receive a pass rate of 70% on the examination. The certification director keeps examination scores on file for a period of three years. Applicants that do not receive certification status can request that their applications be resubmitted to the REP Board, if during that three-year period their education or experience level changes.
The examination will be administered by the Association of Energy Engineers.
The applicant must complete the written exam. The applicant is given four hours to complete the exam. Dates and locations are determined by the REP Board. Candidates are notified of this information by the REP Director. The examination questions are based on concepts and experiences basic to renewable energy on recognized tests, and on supplemental reading. The exam is open book!
The written REP examination deals with such subjects as
  • Renewable Energy Basics
  • Solar Energy
  • Wind Energy
  • Bio-mass
  • Waste Conversion
  • Ocean Thermal Energy
  • Installation
  • Approval Process
 
Fees
Fees for the REP 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 in a remote testing center following completion of AEE's realtime online REP training seminar
  • Seminar Registration:
    • Live Seminar Option: $1450 for AEE members / $1550 for non-AEE members
    • Realtime Online Seminar Option: $995 for AEE members / $1095 for non-AEE members
  • Certification Renewal:
    • $300 every three years 

 These fees must be paid at the time the REP application and the seminar registration are submitted. No application or examination fee refunds are allowed.  

 

 How to Apply for REP 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 REP TRAINING SEMINAR OF YOUR CHOICE

All REP candidates are required to complete either the 3-day live Fundamentals of Renewable Energy: Technologies, Applications, Strategies training program at one of its scheduled locations, or the web-based seminar, Certified Renewable Energy Professional 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 REP 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 Renewable Energy: Technologies, Applications, Strategies
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 REP certification application if you wish to take the REP exam at the seminar site immediately following your seminar.


Certified Renewable Energy Professional 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 REP certification application. The REP exam is administered at remote testing centers, located throughout the U.S. See detailed instructions below.


STEP TWO:
COMPLETE YOUR REP CERTIFICATION/EXAM APPLICATION

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

REP Certification/Exam Application
(Application covers both live and remote testing options)
 

Maintaining Certification

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

 

For Additional Information About REP Certification...
If you have any questions about REP certification please contact:

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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