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)
      • Example 1: Worked at Honeywell in energy management all three years of the renewal cycle = 3 credits
      • Example 2: Worked at Honeywell in energy management for two years. Have been unemployed the last year = 2 credits.
  • Membership in a professional membership organization
    • 1 credit per year of membership in a professional membership organization 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. 
      • Example 1: Member of AEE for 3 years and member of ASHRAE for 3 years = 3 credits.
      • Example 2: Had my CMVP for 3 years = 0 credits (This is not the same as membership.)
  • 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 documentation 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
      • Example 1: I took a 5-day CEM course in Florida. This course is worth 3.6 CEUs = 7.2 credits. 
      • Example 2: I took an energy management course at a major university that was worth 4 College Credit Hours = 8 credits.
      • Example 3: I took an energy auditing course and received 20 approved PDHs - 4 credits.
      • Example 4: I took an energy training worth 16 contact hours = 3.2 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.
      • Example 1: Attended an AEE show. A certificate of attendance will be mailed. AEE Energy Conference East = 0.8 CEUs = 1.6 credits / AEE Energy Conference West = 0.8 CEUs = 1.6 credits / AEE World Energy Conference = 1.0 CEUs = 2 credits
      • Example 2: I attended a 2-day energy conference. Each day was 4 hours long for a total of 8 hours = 1.6 credits
  • Professional awards or papers presented and published (must be related to energy/energy efficiency and cannot be given at the workplace for credit)
    • 2 credits per: one paper or presentation
    • 2 credits per: one individual award
      • Example 1: Presented the same presentation two times = 2 credits
      • Example 2: Published the same paper in two different magazines = 2 credits.
      • Example 3: Gave two presentations on two different topics = 4 credits
      • Example 4: Wrote and presented a company report = 0 credits.
      • Example 5: Taught a CMVP course 3 times = 2 credits.
      • Example 6: My company won Best Energy Efficiency 2012 Award = 0 credits.
      • Example 7: My company's Energy Management Team won the Best Energy Efficiency 2012 Award (If the certificate holder is part of this team) = 2 credits
    • Credits are only granted one time for the same presentation or publication within the same renewal cycle. For publications it should include that the certificate holder must be the author or co-author
    • Only professional editorial content is accepted (no blogs, YouTube videos)
    • Awards must be awarded to the individual or a team that the individual was a member of. Company awards do not count.
  • Offices held in a professional membership organization

    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): Instructor/Speaker/Facilitator’s name (if applicable)
    6. Number of Continuing Education Units (CEU) or Professional Development Hours (PDH) earned

    Renewal Reminders

    • 1 credit per year of renewal cycle (3 max)
      • Example 1: VP of AEE in 2016 and President of AEE in 2017 = 2 credits.
      • Example 2: On AEE's Scholarship committee in 2015 = 1 credit.
    • 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

For Course Providers
The course provider shall be an accredited college or university, nonprofit organization or continuing education department of an organization which meets the following:

  • Awards Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Hours (PDHs) to students who have completed a Learning Event. A Learning Event shall have clear objectives, include evaluation at the conclusion and incorporate review into learning activity improvements
  • Provider must maintain a list of all instructors, including qualifications
  • Provider must keep a permanent record of attendees, including course name, brief content, location, date of activity, duration, and number of CEUs or PDHs awarded
  • Each attendee shall be provided with a Certificate of Participation indicating Learning Event attended, date, location, and CEUs or PDHs awarded

The AEE Certification board will not pre-approve courses or course providers.  It is requested that course providers present certified professionals with the above information needed for documentation as proof of continuing education.  The decision of what course or activity is to be submitted AEE for credit is up to the judgment of the certified professional.  Continuing education which enhances the professional attribute of the certified professional and is beneficial in an area of practice will be considered by the Board for those who are audited.  If chosen for audit in a random selection, the certified professional will be expected to provide proof of documentation for the CEUs claimed.  Relevant courses presented by an accredited university or college or nonprofit organization are generally accepted for credit.