Who are Performance Contracting and Funding Professionals?

  • Are you a consultant specializing in energy efficiency projects for buildings and facilities looking to avoid funding pitfalls and get projects turned around faster?
  • Are you an energy manager, facility manager, or building owner that has difficulty funding your energy improvement projects?
  • Do you contract with ESCOs, Utilities, banking, financing, or government organizations to fund energy projects?
  • Are you looking to validate your experience, knowledge, and competency in funding best practices or programs, such as PC, PACE, OBF, etc?

What Does a PCF Do?

Performance contracting and funding professionals are specialists that can mitigate upfront capital cost barriers to get more critical energy-saving projects funded and completed - on time. They understand the pitfalls of financing and contracting, finding and applying smart financing options, and applying best practices for a loan, lease, or buy. In the innovative project financing arena, certified PCF professionals make the difference when “selling” a project’s financial viability and getting more projects done.

Body of Knowledge

  • Traditional Financial Arrangements & Terminology
  • Performance Contracts
  • Advanced Financial Evaluation of Financing and PC Options
  • Advanced Presentation Techniques

PCF Recognitions


For an ESCO to be approved by ICU (Istituto per la Cooperazione Universitaria) in Lebanon, one or more of its full-time staff should hold the following certifications among them:

  • Certified Energy Manager (CEM) or a Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) and
  • Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP) and
  • Performance Contracting and Funding Professional (PCF)

An ESCO will have its approval withdrawn or suspended if it doesn’t maintain the above pre-qualification requirements.

Connect With a PCF

Find a PCF 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.