Certified Lighting Efficiency Professional

AEE's Certified Lighting Efficiency Professional (CLEP) program is designed to provide recognition for professionals who have distinguished themselves as leaders in the field of lighting efficiency. The designation CLEP identifies individuals who have demonstrated high levels of experience, competence, proficiency, and ethical fitness, bringing to their professional activities the full scope of knowledge requisite to the development and implementation of effective lighting efficiency solutions within the commercial, industrial, institutional and governmental market sectors.

CLEP Recognition

CLEP 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

LEP Pathway to NXT Level Training
Those holding the CLEP certification can apply for NXT Level 1 Designation without taking the NXT foundational courses or exam. Click here for more information.

AEE & NALMCO Offer Reciprocal Lighting Certification
AEE and the interNational Association of Lighting Management Companies® (NALMCO) are pleased to announce their respective lighting certifications allow for cross-over/reciprocal designation. AEE and NALMCO have a long history of serving the needs of the lighting industry. These programs cover core lighting concepts and technologies putting lighting professionals at the forefront of the industry. Once you earn one of these designations, you may apply for the other organization's certification without taking another exam. If you are a current CLEP, you can earn the CLMC designation without taking an additional exam.


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


Applicants must meet one of the following eligibility criteria:

Education   Experience
4-year engineering or architectural degree OR
Professional Engineer (PE), Registered Architect (RA)
AND 3+ years related* experience
4-year degree in business (or related field) AND 5+ years related* experience
2-year associate degree AND 5+ years related* experience
NONE   10+ years related* experience
Current Status of Certified Energy Manager (CEM®) AND 3+ years related* experience

*Related experience in lighting efficiency.

In-Training Option

If you do not meet one of the eligibility criteria above, you can still apply for an in-training certification, CLEP-IT. In order to gain the in-training certification, you must attend a CLEP preparatory training seminar, submit the CLEP-IT certification application, and pass the CLEP certification examination. The CLEP-IT certification is valid for three years, which allows you time to meet the full CLEP certification eligibility requirements.

CLEP/CLMC Reciprocal Certification

AEE and NALMCO have partnered to allow their respective lighting certifications – the  Certified Lighting Efficiency Professional (CLEP™)  and the Certified Lighting Management Consultant® (CLMC® – to qualify for cross-over/reciprocal certification. AEE and NALMCO have a long history of serving the needs of the lighting industry. These certification programs cover core lighting concepts and technologies that place lighting professionals at the forefront of the industry.

Current CLEP Certified Professionals may apply for NALMCO’s CLMC Certification without having to take another exam.  Simply complete the Application for CLMC or CLEP Reciprocal Certification submit with your CLEP certificate and pay the application fee.  Once your certification has been verified, the reciprocal certification will be conferred upon you.  *Certification Renewals are required for both CLEP and CLMC certifications due to each organization upon certification expiration.  The reciprocal applies to initial certification only.

Obtaining both industry recognitions is an excellent opportunity to distinguish yourself in the highly competitive lighting field. 


All CLEP candidates must attend one of AEE's preparatory CLEP training seminars, submit a CLEP 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 CLEP Training Seminar

The upcoming seminars are listed below. For a full listing of CLEP training options, visit the Training page.

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

U.S. International

Certification Application and Examination Fees:

  • $300 if exam is taken in conjunction with a live CLEP training seminar
  • $400 if exam is taken remotely
  • Application and examination fees are nonrefundable

Certification Renewal:

  • $300 every three years 

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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 formU.S. Military, please use this request form

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