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Certification Recognition


Government of Alberta
The Quantification Protocol for Energy Efficiency in Commercial and Institutional Buildings requires the Protocol to be  applied either by a CEM or a CMVP.

City of Edmonton
The Association of Energy Engineers Certified Energy Manager (CEM®) certifications are approved credentials to do work under the Building Energy Benchmarking Program.

City of Atlanta
The Association of Energy Engineers Certified Energy Manager (CEM®), Certified Energy Auditor (CEA), Certified Building Commissioning Professional (CBCP), and Existing Building Commissioning Professional (EBCP) certifications are approved credentials to do work under the City of Atlanta’s Commercial Building Ordinance, as long as they have two years of experience in auditing or commissioning.

City of Austin
CBCP is one acceptable requirement for a project commissioning authority for new buildings of 10,000 gross square feet of conditioned space or greater under Ordinance- No. 20100408-051

City of Boulder
Boulder Building Performance Ordinance (Ordinance No. 8071): Minimum qualifications for energy assessors and retrocommissioning professionals – CEM, CEA and AEE commissioning credentials meet requirements found here.

City of Chicago
CEM recognized by the City of Chicago an an acceptable credential for complying with Chicago Energy Benchmarking Ordinance 

City of Fort Collins
CBCP is one of the requirements for a Building Enclosure Commissioning Authority

Montgomery County, Maryland
A number of AEE certifications are acceptable verification credentials in Montgomery County, Maryland's Benchmarking Program. AEE's acceptable credentials include the CEM, CEA, CBCP, CMVP, and EBCP.

Province of Ontario
Under the Ontario Regulation 506/18: Reporting of Energy Consumption and Water Use, an owner who is required to undertake verification under this section shall ensure that the information required to be reported in respect of the prescribed property is verified by a person who holds an accreditation or certification from an accrediting body recognized in Canada or the United States that qualifies the person to perform data verification with respect to the information required to be reported under this Regulation. This includes AEE's CEM, CBCP and CMVP certifications.

City of Orlando
CEM is recognized as an acceptable credential by the City of Orlando as a Qualified Benchmarker.

City of Philadelphia
The Building Energy Performance Policy will require building owners of large non-residential buildings to use a “qualified tune-up specialist” (defined as a qualified professional engineer or certified energy manager) to evaluate building energy and water systems and recommend corrective actions to enhance energy efficiency. Building owners must then tune-up the efficiency of the building’s energy and water systems pursuant to the specialist’s findings. AEE's CEM is an authorized qualification for this policy.

The law will not become effective until the Office of Sustainability completes regulations to fill in critical details on the program, but regulatory action is likely to be fast-tracked due to the initial September 30, 2021, deadline for the city’s largest commercial buildings.

City of San Francisco
The City of San Francisco Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance requires benchmark energy use each year and get an energy audit every five years. A Certified Energy Manager (CEM); a Certified Building Commissioning Professional (CBCP), or a Certified Existing Building Commissioning Professional (EBCP) with at least two years’ experience performing energy efficiency audits is recognized by the Department of Environment to provide energy auditing or building commissioning services.

City of San Jose
The City of San José Energy and Water Building Performance Ordinance requires an annual energy and water benchmarking report for buildings owned by the City of San Jose that are 15,000 sq ft or more, or privately owned residential and non-residential buildings that are 20,000 sq ft or more. AEE's Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Certified Energy Auditor (CEA), Certified Building Commissioning Professional (CBCP), and Certified Existing Building Commissioning Professional (EBCP) are qualified to perform this work under the ordinance.

City of Seattle
CEM is an authorized qualification for the City of Seattle's Building Tune-Up Program

City of Toronto
The CMVP certification is required for evaluators of claims for electrical savings for the Better Buildings Partnership – Existing  Buildings Program


CBCP is recognized by the California Commissioning Collaborative as an acceptable credential for Commissioning Providers who implement the commissioning process in new and existing buildings.

CEM and CEA recognized by Connecticut Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) as an acceptable contractor qualification

A technical analysis of energy saving improvements or waste minimization projects may be financed with a Dollar and Energy Saving Loan provided it will be done, as appropriate, by a Professional Engineer or Architect, Certified Energy Manager, Certified Lighting Efficiency Professional or Home Energy Rater. Use Form 30 and Form 31 to apply for a technical analysis loan through a participating Nebraska lender.

New York
Certified Energy Auditors (CEA®) and Certified Energy Managers (CEM®) are recognized as qualifying team members standards for qualified auditors under the commercial building energy auditing and building commissioning legislation.  CEM is an approved credential for auditing and commissioning under Local Law 87.

Certified GeoExchange Designer (CGD) is one of the acceptable credentials for contractors doing work for NYSERDA's Ground Source Heat Pump Rebate Initiative

CEM, CMVP and CEA are recognized as acceptable credentials for required Independent Third Party Reviewer (ITPR) audits for Texas Pace Authority Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program purposes.

CEM and CGD are two accepted requirements in order to be eligible for renewable energy investment tax credits for Solar Photovoltaic (PV) or Geothermal Heat Pump installations

Executive Order 48: All agencies and institutions shall provide adequate management support to their energy savings activities.  In order to ensure agencies have sufficient expertise in energy management, every Agency energy manager for an agency or institution with energy costs exceeding $1 million shall be certified as an energy manager by the Association of Energy Engineers


As of June 2017, the CMVP designation was inscribed into the scheme for Project Based Activities in Victorian Law. The Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (Project-Based Activities) Regulations 2017 states that any independent assessor on M&V projects must be registered as an approved Measurement and Verification Professional by the Essential Services Commission (ESC). Professionals who wish to be approved as a Measurement and Verification Professional must hold and maintain a current CMVP certification status. Any professional providing assessments on M&V projects must maintain all requirements set forth under this regulation.

CBCP and CBCP Certifications are appreciated in the French market. The High Quality Environmental Standard (HQE) is a french label for green building in France and the new management system requires commissioning.

CEM and CEA Certifications are part of the newly Ministry Decision regarding the energy audits and the engineer’s qualifications. In January 2017, the Greek Government announced and published that among the qualifications that an engineer should have and in order to register at the Registry of Energy Engineers, CEM and CEA are eligible.

Hong Kong
Carbon Auditor Professional (CAP) is recognized by the Construction Industry Council (CIC) as one of the pre-requisites in Route 1 to become a Certified Carbon Auditor

The Irish government has recognized the Certified Energy Manager International (CEMI) and Certified Energy Auditor International (CEAI) qualifications, provided by the Association of Energy Engineers, as meeting the industry qualification requirements of the Irish regulation SI426, to implement Article 8 (4-6) of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU).

The Energy Regulatory Commission in Kenya, under The Energy Act of 2012, has recognized AEE’s Certified Energy Manager under Schedule 5 (on page 10) as a requirement to obtaining an Energy Auditor License in Kenya. 

Saudi Arabia
CEM, CEA and CMVP certifications are now requirements for the licensing of energy efficiency companies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the regulation of the Saudi Energy Efficiency Center (SEEC)

South Africa
The South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) has granted Engineering Council of South Africa (ESCA) Continued Professional Development (CPD) credits for persons taking AEE's international CEM, CEA, CMVP, CWEP, and REP programs.

United Arab Emirates 
The RSB (Government of Dubai, RSB for Electricity & Water), Effective 2 September 2015, new applicants for Provisional Accreditation will require a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP) in addition to either a Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) or a Certified Energy Manager (CEM).

United Kingdom
The UK Environment Agency approved the Certified Energy Manager International (CEMI) and Certified Energy Auditor International (CEAI) certifications as meeting the requirements of the UK Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) to implement Article 8 (4-6) of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU) .


Air National Guard
Certified Energy Manager's Program is approved for continuing education units (CEU’s) for its energy and facility engineers throughout the United States. 

The Association of Energy Engineers CEM and CEA certification programs are 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.

Standard 211

AEE's CEM and CEA certifications meet the criteria of an energy auditor and are qualified to do work under the ASHRAE Standard 211-2018 for Commercial Building Energy Audits.
CEM and CEA credentials are approved to submit projects for approval using ASHRAE’s Building EQ energy audit reporting and scoring program.

Standard 209
AEE's BESA Certification meets the requirements for energy modelers under ASHRAE Standard 209-2018, Energy Simulation Aided Design for Buildings except Low Rise Residential Buildings.


BC Hydro
CEM is the first recommended certification to be qualified as an Energy Manager under the Power Smart Energy Manager Program. CEM is one of the mandatory further education requirements to be met to become an energy manager under the Community Energy Manager.

California Advanced Lighting Controls Training Program
CBCP recognized by the California Advanced Lighting Controls Training Program (CALCTP) as an acceptable qualification for Acceptance Test Technician Certification application purposes. 

Department of the Navy
CBCP recognized by Naval Facilities Engineering Command as acceptable Commissioning Specialist credential for Solicitation N6247815R2440

The Association of Energy Engineers CEM and CEA certification programs in Spain are accredited by Entidad Nacional de Acreditación (ENAC) based on the international standard UNE-IN/ISO/IEC 17024.  ENAC is the agency appointed by the government to operate in Spain as the only National Accreditation Body, pursuant to Regulation (EU) No 765/2008 that regulates the functioning of accreditation in Europe.

Fannie Mae
Fannie Mae has created a protocol for conducting energy and water audits, called the High Performance Building (HPB) Assessment. The HPB protocol provides guidance on the scope of the energy and water audit, and how to calculate and document the projected energy and water cost and consumption savings identified at the property. The energy audit follows ASHRAE Level II Energy Audit standards and requires the calculation of the property's ENERGY STAR® Score for Multifamily. The HPB Assessment is designed to be an integrated section within the Property Condition Assessment (PCA) Report, which assesses the overall condition of the property. The PCA Consultant must hold at least one of the following professional designations, in good standing: Certified Energy Manager (CEM); or Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) Multifamily Analyst.

The CEM is one of the required qualifications to be considered as part of the Energy Specialist Program. All PowerSense technical advisors for large commercial and industrial customers have the CEM designation.

Gaz Métro
Projects need to be carried out by a CMVP under feasibility studies and implementation incentives program. 

General Services Administration
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. The FBPTA Program development was led by GSA's Office of Government-wide Policy through the Office of Federal High Performance Green Buildings.

The CEM is one of the qualifications required to perform audits under the Audit Funding program and also one of the qualifications required for the funding of hiring an Energy Manager, under the Industrial Accelerator Program. The CMVP is listed as a highly advisable status under EM&V Protocols and Requirements and also recognized as a type of qualifying certification in IESO's Incentive Program for Building System Audits. The CEA is recognized as a qualifying certification in its incentive program for building system audits. 

Investor Confidence Project
CEM is one of the requirements for the Project Developer Credential, which designates that a project developer (ESCO, Engineering firm, facility manager, building owner, etc.) is qualified to develop Investor Ready Energy Efficiency™ (IREE) projects that comply with the ICP Energy Performance Protocols.

Mern (Quebec)
The CBCP certification is recognized as part of the process for certifying recommissioning agents for mechanical systems in buildings.

U.S. Department of Agriculture
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program On-Farm Energy Initiative Energy Audit Requires energy audits to be completed by NRCS-certified Technical Service Providers and one of the qualifications to be be a CEM or CEA.

U.S. Department of Energy
The CEM is the first recognized program, followed by the CEA, 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.

AEE certifications are recommended in DOE's Guide to Energy Audits as Request for Qualifications (RFQ) requirement for consultants and firms that have expertise and experience in the field of energy efficiency upgrades to buildings and building equipment.

U.S. Navy
U.S. Navy Energy Managers are required, at a minimum, to have the Certified Energy Manager (CEM) Certification. Junior energy managers can achieve this certification while employed, and have up to 1 year to complete the certification process.

CEM and CEA are recognized under the U.S. Navy COOL (Credentialing Opportunities On-Line) Program. COOL helps Navy Service members find information on certifications and licenses related to their jobs. Service members may benefit from funding under the COOL program for COOL recognized certifications.

AEE Continuing Education Programs have gained the following recognition

  • AEE is an Approved Training Provider under the U.S. Green Building Council Education Provider Program for GBCI’s Mandatory Credential Maintenance Program (CMP)
  • AEE is a registered Provider within the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education System (CES)
  • AEE is approved provider for PE license renewal in Florida, New York, and North Carolina and is recognized as a nonprofit training provider in other states requiring professional development hours (PDHs)
  • AEE continuing education units can be used for certification renewal