The GOHP Certification is presented by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) and the Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE)
The GOHP training and certification program is an expansion of existing industry recognized training programs and is a collaboration of AEE and AFE. The GOHP training is designed to provide energy management, sustainability and operations and maintenance training for government personnel and contractors operating Government High Performance Buildings.
This course will assist Building Operators and Facility Managers in operating buildings in accordance with industry best practices and standards, reducing energy consumption and costs, improving the working environment, and reducing the environmental impacts of government facilities.
The GOHP Certification examination confirms core competencies necessary for facility management and operations of government high performance buildings.
To raise the professional standards of those engaged in the operation and maintenance of government high performance buildings.
To improve the practice of high performance buildings by encouraging professionals to partake in a continuing education program of professional development in high performance building operations and maintenance.
To identify persons with acceptable knowledge of the principles and practices of high performance buildings through completing the certification and fulfilling prescribed standards of performance and conduct.
To award special recognition to those energy professionals who have demonstrated a high level of competence and ethical fitness in high performance building operations.
The candidate for GOHP certification must meet one of the following criteria:
The Required Body of Knowledge
Gaining the GOHP Designation
To be awarded the GOHP designation, candidates must attend the Fundamentals of Facility Management for Government High Performance Buildings Seminar prior to taking the GOHP exam. A minimum pass rate of 70% on the examination is required. 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 GOHP Board, if during that three-year period their exam score, education or experience level changes.
The GOHP Examination
The examination will be administered by the Association of Energy Engineers.
Each applicant must complete the written exam. The applicant is given four hours to complete the exam. Dates and locations are determined by the GOHP Board. Candidates are notified of this information by the GOHP Director. The examination questions are based on concepts and experiences basic to high performance buildings for government operators from recognized tests and supplemental reading. The exam is open book!
A certification administrator will proctor the examination. This administrator may be an AEE executive, an educator, a testing expert or agency, or whomever the certification board deem appropriate. The certification will consist of multiple choice questions.
Grading is accomplished by the GOHP Director. Examinations are identified by number rather than by the candidate’s name to assure confidentiality and objective grading.
The written GOHP examination deals with such subjects as
These fees must be paid at the time the GOHP application and the seminar registration are submitted. No application or examination fee refunds are allowed.
How to Apply for GOHP Certification
Note: Registering for the seminar does not automatically register you for the GOHP 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:
For information on maintaining your certification, please go to our certification renewals website.
If you have any questions about GOHP certification, please call or email: