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 candidates must attend a BESA prepatory training seminar, provided by an approved training provider, submit a BESA certification application, and pass an open book examination, which is proctored by an approved exam administrator.

The examination is based on an approved Body of Knowledge, which includes the main subject areas and the percentages of each included in the examination.

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Step One: Register for the BESA Training Seminar of Your Choice

The upcoming seminars are listed below. For a full listing of all BESA training options, visit the Training Page.

Step Two: Complete your BESA Certification Application & Register for an Exam

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  • Certification Application and Examination Fees:
    • $300 if exam is taken in conjunction with a live BESA training seminar
    • $400 if exam is taken remotely 
    • Application and examination fees are nonrefundable
  • Certification Renewal:
    • $300 every three year
  • International Fees:
    • Fees may vary outside the U.S. Contact your local training provider for seminar, certification, examination, and renewal fees. 


Francine Seskin
770-447-5083, ext. 223