Certified Building Energy Simulation Analyst

AEE's Building Energy Simulation Analyst (BESA™) professional certification is designed to recognize individuals with special expertise and experience in the area of utilizing building energy simulation software to assess a facility's energy performance.

BESA Recognitions

ASHRAE 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.



  • To raise the professional standards of those engaged in energy simulation.
  • To improve the practice of energy simulators by encouraging energy simulation in a continuing education program of professional development.
  • To identify persons with acceptable knowledge of the principles and practices of energy simulation through completing an examination and fulfilling prescribed standards of performance and conduct.
  • To award special recognition to those energy simulation professionals who have demonstrated a high level of competence and ethical fitness in energy simulation.


Applicants must meet one of the following eligibility criteria:

Education   Work Experience
4-year engineering/architectural degree OR
Professional Engineer (PE) OR Registered Architect (RA)
AND 3+ years related* experience
4-year unrelated degree AND 5+ years related* experience
2-year associate degree AND 6+ years related* experience
NONE   10 years related* experience
The current status of Certified Energy Manager (CEM®)    

*Related experience in building modeling, commercial energy auditing, or energy management


All BESA Professionals have attended a BESA preparatory training seminar, provided by an approved training provider, submitted a BESA certification application, and passed a proctored open book examination on the subject areas covered in the Body of Knowledge.

*Please note this program is Renewal Only and not open to new applicants**

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Renewal Only

The Association of Energy Engineers is no longer accepting new applications for this certification program. If you are currently certified and wish to renew your certification go here.


Francine Seskin
770-447-5083, ext. 223