CEA - Certified Energy Auditor


The Certified Energy Auditor™ (CEA®)
Program for Professional Certification


NEW - CEA® - A DOE Recognized Program
The CEA program is recognized under the Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines. The Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines were developed in collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the commercial energy performance industry to strengthen the growing energy efficiency market by certifying a highly skilled workforce. Click here for more details.

AEE is an ANSI-Accredited Certifying Body for the CEA® Program
The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) Certified Energy Auditor™ (CEA®) certification program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) based on the International Standard ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024. ANSI Standard 17024 is well-recognized within the industry as the highest standard in personnel certification accreditation.


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Based on the growing demand for qualified professionals, the Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) and Certified Energy Auditor in Training (CEAIT) 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.

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NEWS - CBCP, CEA and CEM Programs are FBPTA-Aligned
AEE's Certified Energy Manager (CEM) Program, Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) Program, and Certified Building Commissioning Professional (CBCP) Program have been reviewed by the Facility Management Institute of the U.S. General Services Administration and are all aligned with the FBPTA.


  • 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. 

The prerequisites to qualify for the certification process have been designed to take into account the possible diversity of education and practical experience an individual may have. Candidates are required to verify completion of a minimum of 2 hours of Safety Training within the last three years and participation in five commercial audits within the last three years.  Two of the audits are a minimum of 10,000 sq. ft.  Also, the audits have been of at least two different building types. Also, each CEA candidate must meet one of the following criteria:

Education   Work Experience

A four-year degree in engineering or architecture
Professional Engineer or Registered Architect
active CEM®

AND At least 3 years of experience in energy auditing and/or participating in a team doing energy assessments
A four-year non-engineering degree AND At least 4 years of experience in energy auditing and/or participating in a team doing energy assessments
A two-year technical degree AND At least 5 years of experience in energy auditing and/or participating in a team doing energy assessments
    Ten years or more verified experience in energy auditing and/or participating in a team doing energy assessments

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.


Examination and Training Requirement
All CEA candidates must attend one of AEE's preparatory CEA training seminars conducted by an approved training provider and complete and pass in a four-hour time frame a written open-book exam which is proctored by an approved exam administrator. Information on seminar options is provided below. AEE does not provide training; instead it has approved training providers, listed below.

All CEA candidates taking the exam in the United States (only) will take the revised format CEA Certification Exam. The new format exam contains 140 questions, and the exam duration will remain 4 hours. The exam will include questions from all 10 sections of the CEA Body of Knowledge. This differs from the international version of the CEA exam which only contains 100 questions. You must bring a hand calculator to the exam since the CEA test does not allow computers, tablets or cell phones to be used for calculations on the test.

An intensive jobs task analysis was performed for the CEA and a weighted percentage of topics was developed for the CEA Body of Knowledge. Although a specific number of exam questions for each topic will not be provided, as it may change, the number of questions on the exam will align with the content percentages listed in the following CEA Body of Knowledge.

Approved Training Providers

The following are approved training providers for the Certified Energy Manager body of knowledge:

AEE Energy Seminars provides a wide variety of training seminars. Those seminars listed below fulfill the training requirements for the CEA certification:
Fundamentals of Energy Auditing
Online - Fast Track CEA Preparatory Course for Energy Auditors
On Demand - Fast Track On Demand Course for Energy Auditors

The SLCC Energy Institute provides education and training in Energy Management, Solar Photovoltaic Systems, and the Energy Grid.  The Energy Management program focuses on energy systems in the built environment and the identification of efficiency measures. Graduates earning the Energy Management AAS Degree are eligible to take AEE’s Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) exam.

Fees for the CEA certification process are as follows:

  • Certification Application and Examination:
    • $400
  • Certification Renewal:
    • $300 every three years

The application fee must be paid at the time the CEA application is submitted. This fee covers both the application process and the examination. It does not include the cost of the required preparatory seminar programs offered in advance of each exam. Also note that this fee is in addition to the cost of any seminar program for which the candidate may choose to register. No application or examination fee refunds are allowed.  

How to Apply for CEA Certification

CEA examinations are scheduled in conjunction with the CEA required preparatory seminar programs.  Please choose which application below applies to you for either the Scheduled Testing Site or the Remote Testing Center option.  You must bring a hand calculator to the exam since the CEA test does not allow computers, tablets or cell phones to be used for calculations on the test.

The application is not to be submitted online, but must be printed, completed and emailed, mailed, or faxed to AEE Headquarters:

Attn: CEA Department
Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)
3168 Mercer University Drive
Atlanta, GA 30341

Or fax ATTN: Francine Seskin 770-447-4354
Or email to
(All CEA documentation may be either emailed, mailed, or faxed)

Your completed application (4 page application, employment verification and/or client verification and college transcripts) must be received by the Certification Administrator at least 4 weeks prior to the date of the examination for which you wish to sit.

If all of your supporting documentation is not received prior to your test date, it will not preclude you from sitting for the exam.

Please note the following:

  • Registering for a preparatory live or online seminar does not automatically register you to take the CEA exam. You must submit your certification application separately (see information above).

Maintaining Certification 

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

Additional Information About CEA Certification or to File a Complaint

If you have any questions about CEA certification or would like to file a complaint against an individual CEA or the CEA Program, please contact:

Francine Seskin, CEA Certification Director
Association of Energy Engineers
(770) 447-5083, ext. 223