Who are Certified Demand Side Managers?

  • Are you an Energy Utility Professional that plans, manages, administers, or supports demand-side management (DSM) or demand response (DR) programs?

  • Are you an energy-efficiency consultant that proposes DSM or DR projects to utilities or local, state, and federal government clients?

  • Are you involved in the process of deciding which energy procurement, energy utilization, and energy cost reduction projects get approved?


What Does a CDSM Do?

Certified Demand-Side Managers inherently understand DSM and DR program frameworks, how they are viewed by different constituents (customers, utilities, and communities), the impacts of these programs, and how they align with organizational goals. They are equally comfortable when planning and implementing projects as they are managing and supporting them. Energy professionals that specialize in this area utilize their knowledge and technical expertise to calculate and present fundamental energy principles (e.g. energy demand, load management, and demand response) and how they impact a project financially. Energy professionals may also audit DSM or DR projects using proven measurement and verification (M&V) processes.

Body of Knowledge

  • History
  • Planning & Evaluations
  • Designing
  • Implementing
  • Managing
  • Verification & Analysis
  • Future DSM Programs

Connect With CDSM

Find a CDSM in the Certified Professionals Directory, or see what they’re saying by visiting your local AEE Chapter or joining a LinkedIn group. Energy professionals continuously tell us that they stay ahead in the industry by getting involved in the community.

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Maintain Your Certification

An AEE certification can help define your status as an energy professional and help progress your career. Once complete, make sure you maintain your account and keep track of your certification requirements for renewal.