Certified Energy Manager

The Certified Energy Manager is an individual who optimizes the energy performance of a facility, building or industrial plant.  The CEM® is a systems integrator for electrical, mechanical, process and building infrastructure, analyzing the optimum solutions to reduce energy consumption in a cost effective approach.  CEM’s are often team leaders and help to develop and implement their organizations’ energy management strategies.  CEM’s have gained increased recognition within the energy industry and by companies looking to strengthen their competitive position by having a CEM on staff.

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CEM Recognition

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.

U.S. Department of Energy
The CEM is the first recognized program 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.

ASHRAE 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.

Atlanta, GA
CEM is one of the approved credentials to do work under the City of Atlanta’s Commercial Building Ordinance

City of Boulder
CEM meets requirements for commissioning credentials for Boulder Building Performance Ordinance (Ordinance No. 8071)

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

City of Edmonton, Alberta
CEM recognized by the City of Edmonton, Alberta is an acceptable credential for complying with the Building Energy Benchmarking Program

City of Orlando, Florida
CEM recognized by the City of Orlando, Florida Recognizes CEM as an acceptable credential by the City of Orlando as a Qualified Benchmarker.

Montgomery County, Maryland
CEM is an acceptable verification credentials in Montgomery County, Maryland's Benchmarking Program.

City of San Francisco
CEM recognized by the City of San Francisco Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance and 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

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

CEM is approved credential for individuals to create their own energy optimization plan under Public Act 295

CEM is one of the approved credentials to help with technical analysis of energy saving improvements or waste minimization projects may be financed with a Dollar and Energy Saving Loan

New York
CEMs 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.

CEM is one of the acceptable credentials for required Independent Third Party Reviewer (ITPR) audits for Texas Pace Authority Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program

CEM is one accepted requirement 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

CEM is one qualification an engineer must have in order to register at the Registry of Energy Engineers

CEM recognized by the Irish government 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).

CEM recognized by the Energy Regulatory Commission in Kenya, under The Energy Act of 2012 as a requirement to obtaining an Energy Auditor License in Kenya

Saudi Arabia
CEM is one certifications now required 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 CMVP in addition to either a CEM or CEA

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

Fannie Mae
CEM is an approved credential for a PCF Consultant to conduct energy and water audits, called the High Performance Building (HPB) Assessment with Fannie Mae

General Services Administration
CEM has been reviewed by the Facility Management Institute of the U.S. General Services Administration and is aligned with the FBPTA

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.

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
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.


  • To raise the professional standards of those engaged in energy management
  • To improve the practice of energy management by encouraging energy managers in a continuing program of professional development
  • To identify persons with acceptable knowledge of the principles and practices of energy management related disciplines and laws governing and affecting energy managers through completing an examination and fulfilling prescribed standards of performance and conduct
  • To award special recognition to those energy managers who have demonstrated a high level of competence and ethical fitness for energy management


Applicants must meet one of the following eligibility criteria:

Education   Experience

4-year engineering/architectural degree OR
Professional Engineer (PE) OR Registered Architect (RA)

AND 3+ years related* experience
4-year degree in technology, environmental science, physics, or earth science AND 4+ years related* experience
4-year degree in business (or related field) AND 5+ years related* experience
2-year energy management associate degree AND 6+ years related* experience
2-year associate degree AND 8+ years related* experience
NONE AND 10+ years related* experience

*Related experience in energy engineering or energy management.
**Please Note: Verification of employment must be submitted.

Energy Manager In-Training Option

If you do not meet one of the eligibility criteria above, you can still apply for the Energy Manager In-Training certification, EMIT. In order to gain the in-training certification, you must attend a CEM preparatory training seminar or obtain a degree from an approved training provider, submit the EMIT certification application under step two below, and pass the CEM certification examination. The EMIT certification is valid for six years, which allows you time to meet the full CEM certification eligibility requirements.

Individuals who have completed the CEM training program requirement and have successfully passed the CEM exam and hold a current U.S. issued P.E. license, may apply for the Green Building Engineer Certification.


All CEM candidates must attend a preparatory CEM training seminar or obtain a degree from an approved training provider, submit a CEM certification application, and pass an open book examination, which is proctored by an approved exam administrator.

An intensive jobs task analysis was performed for the CEM and a weighted percentage of topics was developed for the CEM Body of Knowledge. Although a specific number of exam questions for each topic will not be provided, as it may change, the number of questions on the exam will align with the content percentages listed in the following CEM Body of Knowledge.

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

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

Step Two: Complete Your CEM Certification Application & Register for an Exam

U.S. International

Certification Application and Examination Fees:

  • $400 if exam is taken in conjunction with a live CEM training seminar
  • $400 if exam is taken remotely
  • Application and examination fees are nonrefundable

Retest Fees:

  • $200.00

Certification Renewal:

  • $300 every three years 

CEM Application

Energy Manager In Training Application

Candidates wishing to take an international certification program should contact the local training provider for seminar, certification application, exam registration, and fees.

If there is not an AEE training provider in your country, AEE can present a training program for groups. For additional information, please complete this request form.


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Additional Information about CEM Certification or to File a Complaint

If you have any questions about CEM certification or would like to file a complaint against an individual CEM or the CEM Program, please contact Crystal Xiong.


Crystal Xiong
(770) 447-5083, ext. 218