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



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



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



Submit your application, schedule and pass the Certification exam.

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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 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.

** OR equivalent degree

Industry & People, Training

Energy Manager In-Training

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.

Green Building Engineer

Individuals who have obtained the CEM Credential and hold a current U.S. or Canadian issued P.E. license, may apply for the Green Building Engineer Certification.

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:

  • $500 

Application and examination fees are nonrefundable.

Retest Fees:

  • $250 

Certification Renewal:

  • $300 every three years

CEM Application   EMIT Application


Candidates wishing to take an international certification program should contact the local training partner for training, application, exam registration, and fees. Please visit the Approved Training Partners page to see if there is an approved training partner in your country, and click on the “More Info” link under the country name to contact that partner.

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

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Body of Knowledge

An intensive jobs task analysis was performed for the CEM and a weighted percentage of topics was developed for the CEM Body of Knowledge. The number of questions on the exam will align with the content percentages listed in the CEM 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 CEM certification or would like to file a complaint against an individual CEM or the CEM Program, please contact AEE’s Certification Director
Crystal Xiong
(770) 447-5083, ext. 218
[email protected]