AEE's Certified Demand Side Manager (CDSM) program awards special recognition to those professionals who have demonstrated a high level of competence and ethical fitness for demand-side disciplines. This program is highly utilized by those working in the utility industry.
To provide professional curriculum and instruction on current demand side management program topics and issues to those energy professionals engaged in the development, implementation, management, or administration of demand side management and demand response programs or to those seeking career growth in the future into this area.
To raise the professional standards of those energy professionals engaged in the development, implementation, management, administration, or work supporting demand side management and demand response programs.
To improve the practice of those demand side managers engaged in the development, implementation, or management of demand side management and demand response programs by encouraging continuing education for professional development.
To promote the support of demand side management and demand response program methodologies that are current with the issues of today and will reduce the use of energy, power, and demand and resulting impact on emissions including carbon.
To identify persons with acceptable knowledge of the principles and practices of developing, implementing, managing, administering, or working on demand side management and demand response programs by fulfilling prescribed standards of performance and conduct and successfully completing a professional certification examination.
To award special recognition to those demand side management professionals who have demonstrated a high level of competence and ethical fitness in the area of demand side management and demand response.
The effective practice of developing, implementing, managing, administering, or working on demand side management programs and demand response programs 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 core essentials of facilitating demand side management and demand response programs.
The CDSM Exam and Training Requirement
All CDSM candidates must attend AEE’s Best Practices for Facilitating Demand Side Management & Response Programs Seminar prior to taking the CDSM exam. The candidate must achieve a score of at least 70% on the examination. The certification director keeps examination scores on file for a period of four years. Applicants that do not receive certification status can request that their applications be resubmitted to the CDSM Board, if during that four-year period their education or experience level changes. The examination will be administered by the Association of Energy Engineers. The applicant is given four hours to complete the exam. Dates and locations are determined by the CDSM Board. Candidates are notified of this information by the CDSM Director. The examination questions are based on concepts and experiences basic to demand side management and demand response programs. The material for the exam comes from the workbook associated with the Facilitating Demand Side Management & Response Programs Seminar or on supplemental reading. The exam questions are all in multiple choice format and the exam is open book and open notes! However, laptops and phones are not allowed in the exam room
An examination administrator will proctor the examination. This administrator may be an AEE executive, an educator, a testing expert or agency, or whomever the CDSM certification board deems appropriate.
Grading is accomplished by the CDSM Director. After the examination, the CSDM Director must provide the scores to the candidates within thirty days. Examinations are identified by number rather than by the candidate name to assure confidentiality and objective grading.
The written CDSM examination deals with such Demand Side Management (DSM) and Demand Response (DR) subjects as:
All applicants interested in CDSM certification must complete and submit the application below.
Use of the CDSM Designation
A Certified Demand-Side Manager (CDSM) may use the designation with his/her name on organization letterhead or business cards. Certification is for individuals only. The CDSM designation may not be used to imply that an organization is certified.
For information on maintaining your certification, please go to our certification renewals website.