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REA - Certified Residential Energy Auditor

Rising energy costs and inefficiencies in homes and residential structures are increasingly driving the need for qualified residential energy auditors. In response to this demand, AEE now offers the Residential Energy Auditor (REA™) certification program, designed to recognize professionals with energy auditing expertise and experience specific to addressing residential energy use.

Objectives
The program aims to improve the practice of residential energy auditing via continuing education and professional development, and to identify those demonstrating appropriate knowledge of the principles and practices of residential energy auditing by the completion of an examination and fulfillment of prescribed standards of performance and conduct. By earning the right to put the initials "REA" behind your name, you have distinguished yourself as a professional who has demonstrated a high level of competence and ethical fitness in the residential energy auditing field.
 

REA Eligibility Requirements
The candidate for REA certification must have:

A two-year technical degree or higher in engineering, building management, energy auditing, construction management, science, or a related specialty. No prior specific experience in residential energy auditing is required;

                    - OR -

Currently working as a residential energy auditor with at least three years of verifiable relevant experience.

                    - OR -

The status of U.S. military veteran with at least three years of verifiable relevant technical experience. No prior specific experience in residential energy auditing is required;

                    - OR -

The current status of Certified Energy Manager (CEM) or Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) in good standing.

 


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

 

 

Examination and Training Requirement
All REA candidates must attend one of AEE's preparatory REA training seminars, and complete and pass the four-hour written REA examination, proctored by an AEE-approved exam administrator. Information on seminar training options is provided below. REA examination questions are drawn from concepts and experiences basic to residential energy auditing methodology, home energy use, residential energy systems, energy conservation measures, energy auditing methodology and calculations, and diagnostic and software tools.

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.

This seminar is offered in-house or on-demand. The in-house exam fee is included with the seminar price and the exam price for those taking the On-Demand course is $400. These fees must be paid at the time the REA application and the seminar registration are submitted.

 

How to Apply for REA 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 REA TRAINING SEMINAR

All REA candidates are required to complete the web-based seminar, Certified Residential Energy Auditor Preparatory Training Program (12 hours in 6 two-hour online sessions) offered on an inhouse real-time basis or through a live inhouse seminar. Please contact Jenn Geho at (770) 279-4391 or at jenn@aeecenter.org for pricing.

Note: Registering for the seminar does not automatically register you for the REA 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 InHouse Seminar):
SEMINAR OPTION 2
(On Demand Seminar):
SEMINAR OPTION 3
(Online Seminar):


Certified Residential Energy Auditor Preparatory Training Program
3-day live seminar
Earns 2.4 CEU

Click above link for seminar description, dates, locations, and fee information.

Please contact Jenn Geho at
(770) 279-4391 or at jenn@aeecenter.org to schedule and for pricing info.

NOTE: If you register for the live seminar, be sure to select the live exam option under "Testing Location" on your REA certification application if you wish to take the REA exam at the seminar site immediately following your seminar.


Certified Residential Energy Auditor Preparatory Training Program
12-hour (over 6 modules) on demand 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
REA certification application. The REA exam is administered at remote testing centers, located throughout the U.S. See detailed instructions below.


Certified Residential Energy Auditor Preparatory Training Program
12-hour (over 6 days) realtime online seminar
Earns 1.2 CEU

Click above link for seminar description, dates, times, and fee information.


Please contact Jenn Geho at
(770) 279-4391 or at jenn@aeecenter.org to schedule and for pricing info.

NOTE: If you register for the online seminar, be sure to select the remote exam option under "Testing Location" on your REA certification application. The REA exam is administered at remote testing centers, located throughout the U.S. See detailed instructions below.


STEP TWO:
COMPLETE YOUR REA CERTIFICATION/EXAM APPLICATION

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

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

Francine Seskin, REA Certification Director
Association of Energy Engineers
(770) 447-5083, ext. 223
email: fseskin@aeecenter.org

 

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