AEE Certification Renewal Process

Renew Your Certification Renewal FAQ

Each certified professional is required to obtain Continuing Education Units (CEU) or Professional Development Hours (PDH) each renewal period.  A total of 10 renewal credits are required.  AEE does not maintain a record of your continuing education in the interim. You must maintain record of continuing education and complete a recertification form at the time of your renewal.  You will reach your recertification date on the fourth January 1st following the date of certification.  Professional credits for recertification should be accumulated during the three-year renewal period for each renewal cycle.  The seminar taken to acquire your certification does not apply towards your renewal credits. *Please allow 30 days for renewal processing.

Activities Applicable as Credits for Certification Renewal

  • Continued employment in energy management / energy engineering
    • 1 credit per year of continued work experience per year of renewal cycle (3 credits max)
  • Membership in a professional membership organization
    • 1 credit per year of membership in a professional membership organiziation per year of renewal cycle (3 credits max)
      *Having an AEE certification is not the same as membership in AEE. Membership is separate from certification. **Membership credits do not apply to the CEA certification renewal. 
  • Continuing education: energy-related seminars and college courses (includes in-house or online seminars)
    • 2 credits per: 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) earned (e.g. 1.6 CEU = 3.2 credits)
    • 2 credits per: 1 College Credit Hour earned
    • 1 credit per: 5 Professional Development Hours (PDH)
    • 1 credit per: 5 Contact Hours
      *Required information for renewal documenation includes sponsoring organization, course name and brief description, location, dates, and number of CEUs or PDHs earned
      1 Contact Hour = 1 PDH = 0.1 CEU = 0.2 credits
  • Energy conference attendance
    • If a show awards a certificate of attendance, credits will be based off what the show assigns. If no certificate is awarded, credits will be based off the number of hours attended.
      *No credits are awarded for attending a trade show.
  • Professional awards or papers presented and published (must be related to energy/energy efficiency)
    • 2 credits per: one paper or presentation
    • 2 credits per: one individual award
  • Offices held in a professional membership organization

    • 1 credit per year of renewal cycle (3 max)

The above table serves as a guideline for the 10 credits to be accumulated during each three-year renewal period.  A reminder form will be sent during the year your certification expires.  Please keep a file of your credits to assist with completing this form.

**Only college courses that are related to your certification will be accepted as credits towards your certification renewal (including MBA’s and PhD’s)**

Required information for renewal documentation:

1)     Sponsoring Organization (Name of the Training provider)

2)     Course name and brief course content description and/or skills to be addressed

3)     Location

4)     Date of Activity

5)     Duration (Hours of training)

5)     Instructor/Speaker/Facilitator’s name (if applicable)

6)     Number of Continuing Education Units (CEU) or Professional Development Hours (PDH) earned.

Renewal Reminders

  • Credits may only be used for the 3-year renewal cycle. If this is your first renewal, you can only submit credits earned after you received the certification and the preparatory course used prior to the exam is not eligible for credit.
  • The maximum credit available for membership is 3 credits (does not apply for CEA certification). Local chapter memberships and PE licenses are not acceptable forms of membership.
  • If your training certificate does not specially state CEU or PDH it will be considered a "contact hour." Any contact hours must be educational training directly related to your certification and you must be able to verify your attendance. Sales meetings and non-educational meetings do not qualify. Please use the chart above (under "Equivalencies") to calculate your training credits.
  • CEH, CEU, LEU, LS, LU, SD, CE, CPE, PDH = measurements for hours of training. Each hour of training = 0.2 credits.
    • For example: 10 hours of training (0.2 credits x 10 hours) = 1 CEU = 2 credits