Every certification program offered by AEE is defined by strict standards to ensure the program maintains its industry-wide recognition and credibility.

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Experience

Discover the relevant experience and educational credentials needed to achieve certification.

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Training

Find an approved training program that aligns with the fundamental knowledge base of the program.

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Application

Submit your application, schedule and pass the Certification exam.

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Exam

Confirm your competencies by passing our globally developed certification exams.

Work Experience & Education Requirements

Applicants must meet one of the following eligibility criteria:

4-year engineering/architectural degree OR Professional Engineer (PE) OR Registered Architect (RA)* AND 3+ Years related* experience
4-year unrelated degree AND 4+ years related* experience
2-year associate degree AND 5+ years related* experience
Current Status of Certified Energy Manager (CEM®) AND 3+ years related* experience
NONE AND 10+ years related* experience

*Related experience in energy auditing and/or participating in a team doing energy assessments.

Industry & People, Training

CEA In-Training

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

Training Requirements

All certification candidates must attend a an approved preparatory training program. A preparatory program provides value by giving candidates a high level of understanding across a wide variety of relevant topics.

Scheduled Training Programs

Complete your Application

Submit your education, experience, and training program information, pay applicable fees, and schedule an exam.

United States

Certification Application and Examination Fees:

  • $400 if exam is taken in conjunction with a live training seminar
  • $400 if exam is taken remotely

Application and examination fees are nonrefundable.

Retest Fees:

  • $200.00

Certification Renewal:

  • $300 every three years

CEA Application       CEA-IT Application

International

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

If there is not an AEE training in your country, please complete this request form. AEE can also present in-house training programs per request for a minimum number of attendees.

Find Training

Body of Knowledge

An intensive jobs task analysis was performed for the CEA and a weighted percentage of topics was developed for the CEA Body of Knowledge. The number of questions on the exam will align with the content percentages listed in the CEA Body of Knowledge.

Resources & Study Guides

Use the available resources to prepare you for the training program and certification exam.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question? Check our FAQs to see a list of commonly asked questions and answers on certification, testing, renewals etc.

Your Certification Exam

All certification candidates must pass the associated exam to demonstrate their technical knowledge, proficiency, and abilities relevant to the certification program’s Body of Knowledge. You may schedule your exam as part of an In-Person Training program or schedule a remote proctored exam.

If you have any questions about CEA certification or would like to file a complaint against an individual CEA or the CEA Program, please contact AEE’s Certification here:

Francine Seskin
(770) 447-5083, ext. 223
fseskin@aeecenter.org