Every certification program offered by AEE is defined by strict standards to ensure the program maintains its 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 business (or related field) AND 5+ years related* experience
2-year associate degree AND 5+ years related* experience
NONE AND 10+ years related* experience
Current Status of Certified Energy Manager (CEM®) AND 3+ years related* experience

*Related experience in lighting efficiency


Industry & People, Training

CLEP In-Training

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 six years, which allows you time to meet the full CLEP certification eligibility requirements.

Industry & People

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.

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

Application and examination fees are nonrefundable.

Retest Fees:

  • $200

Certification Renewal:

  • $300 every three years

CLEP 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 CLEP and a weighted percentage of topics was developed for the CLEP Body of Knowledge. The number of questions on the exam will align with the content percentages listed in the CLEP 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 CLEP certification or would like to file a complaint against an individual CLEP or the CLEP Program, please contact AEE’s Certification Director here.