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AEE Updates the Certified Energy Manager Body of Knowledge to Include Climate Change and Decarbonization Topics

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE [Atlanta, GA – April 1, 2024] – The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) is pleased to announce the update of the Body of Knowledge (BoK) for its Certified Energy Manager® (CEM®) certification, the most globally recognized certification in the energy industry. The CEM® training program and exam have also been updated to align with the new Body of Knowledge. The update, which occurs every five years, ensures that the CEM® remains relevant and reflective of the latest trends and practices in the energy industry.

“AEE is proud to offer this update to the globally recognized CEM certification, which benefits individuals and contributes to the advancement of the energy industry. The addition of climate and decarbonization in the CEM BoK is critical as we work together to transition to a clean energy future. It is imperative for professionals to stay ahead of the curve, and AEE is committed to keeping our certifications up to date and relevant,” Bill Kent, CEM, Executive Director of AEE stated.

The updated CEM® now includes a focus on decarbonization and climate action, in addition to the following topics:

  • Energy and Sustainability Policies, Codes and Standards
  • Energy Rates, Tariffs and Supply Options
  • Audits énergétiques et instrumentation
  • Comptabilité et économie de l'énergie
  • Systèmes d'alimentation électrique et moteurs
  • Systèmes d'éclairage
  • HVAC Systems and Building Envelope
  • Building Automation, Controls and Artificial Intelligence Systems
  • Energy Storage Systems
  • Systèmes de chaudière et de vapeur
  • Distributed Generation & Renewable Energy Systems
  • Systèmes industriels
  • Operations, Maintenance and Commissioning
  • Contrats de performance en matière d'économies d'énergie et mesure et vérification

“By integrating decarbonization and climate change considerations, CEMs are better equipped to drive rapid global decarbonization through advanced energy strategies. This update ensures that CEMs can critically assess and navigate the complexities of energy supply and demand, with an eye toward long-term sustainability, reliability, and affordability,” said Subject Matter Expert on the Job Task Analysis Group, Ghina Anan, M.Eng Applied Energy, CEM, LEED AP, WELL AP, LFA, Associate, Decarbonization Business Lead at Stantec state. “Today, CEMs are prepared to lead decarbonization efforts, evaluating both the opportunities and risks presented by climate change. This evolution marks a significant step in empowering CEMs to drive sustainable practices and operational efficiencies, securing a resilient energy future for all.”

A Certified Energy Manager® (CEM®) optimizes energy performance across facilities with a focus on sustainability. They integrate systems for efficiency and contribute to decarbonization efforts. CEMs lead in implementing energy strategies, lowering operational costs, and promoting sustainable practices.

“AEE is committed to ensuring that the CEM® certification reflects the latest advancements and best practices in the energy industry,” said Fredric Goldner, Chairman of the CEM Board. “The updated CEM® certification equips professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in their roles and drive innovation in energy management, with a specific focus on decarbonization and climate action.”

In addition to the updated materials, AEE has introduced a new 1-hour training class for existing certified professionals. This training is to ensure that all current Certified Energy Managers stay up to date with the latest industry best practices and technologies.

AEE maintains, updates, and validates its accredited exams through a comprehensive process. A twenty-member committee of energy efficiency subject matter experts from around the world worked closely with Authentic Testing Corporation, a psychometric and testing services company, to conduct the evaluation. The committee identified the domains, tasks, knowledge, and skills essential to the performance of a CEM®. The recommendations of the committee were then validated by a survey sent to CEM® certified professionals.

A propos de l'AEE : Founded in 1977, the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) is a global community of over 17,000 members and 32,000 certified professionals across more than 105 countries. As a non-profit organization, we are committed to advancing the field of energy efficiency, driving sustainable solutions, and contributing to a Net-Zero future. Our members are at the forefront of driving sustainable change and improving energy management. AEE hosts a variety of events, including energy conferences and expos, designed to promote professional advancement and collaborative innovation. Learn more about our mission and benefits at www.aeecenter.org.