Distributed Generation Certified Professional

AEE's Distributed Generation Certified Professional (DGCP) program is designed to provide recognition for professionals who have distinguished themselves as leaders in the distributed generation field. The designation DGCP identifies individuals who have demonstrated high levels of experience, competence, proficiency, and ethical fitness, bringing to their professional activities the full scope of knowledge essential to the effective development and management to today's distributed generation projects.

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  • To raise the professional standards of those engaged in distributed generation.
  • To improve the practice of distributed generation by encouraging professionals in a continuing education program of professional development.
  • To identify persons with acceptable knowledge of the principles and practices of distributed generation 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 distributed generation.


Applicants must meet one of the following eligibility criteria:

Education   Experience
4-year related* 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 5+ years related* experience
NONE   10+ years related* experience
Current status of Certified Energy Manager (CEM®)    

*Related degree in science, engineering architecture, business, law, finance, or related field and related experience in cogeneration or distributed generation.

In-Training Option

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


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

The upcoming seminars are below. For a full listing of DGCP seminars visit the Training Page.

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

U.S. International

Certification Application and Examination Fees:

  • $300 if exam is taken in conjunction with a live DGCP 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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