Certification Recognitions

Atlanta, GA
The Association of Energy Engineers Certified Energy Manager (CEM®), Certified Energy Auditor (CEA), Certified Building Commissioning Professional (CBCP), and Existing Building Commissioning Professional (EBCP) certifications are approved credentials to do work under the City of Atlanta’s Commercial Building Ordinance, as long as they have two years of experience in auditing or commissioning.

Austin, TX
CBCP is one acceptable requirement for a project commissioning authority for new buildings of 10,000 gross square feet of conditioned space or greater under Ordinance- No. 20100408-051

Boulder, CO
Boulder Building Performance Ordinance (Ordinance No. 8071): Minimum qualifications for energy assessors and retrocommissioning professionals – CEM, CEA and AEE commissioning credentials meet requirements found here:

Chicago, IL
CEM recognized by the City of Chicago an an acceptable credential for complying with Chicago Energy Benchmarking Ordinance 

Fort Collins, CO
CBCP is one of the requirements for a Building Enclosure Commissioning Authority 

Los Angeles County
CEA and CEM are recognized by the Los Angeles County Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, as an acceptable credential for Energy Auditor purposes.

San Francisco, CA
The City of San Francisco Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance requires benchmark energy use each year and get an energy audit every five years. A Certified Energy Manager (CEM); a Certified Building Commissioning Professional (CBCP), or a Certified Existing Building Commissioning Professional (EBCP) with at least two years’ experience performing energy efficiency audits is recognized by the Department of Environment to provide energy auditing or building commissioning services.


California Commissioning Collaborative
CBCP is recognized by the California Commissioning Collaborative as an acceptable credential for Commissioning Providers who implement the commissioning process in new and existing buildings.

CEM and CEA recognized by Connecticut Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) as an acceptable contractor qualification

CEM is approved credential for individuals to create their own energy optimization plan under Public Act 295

A technical analysis of energy saving improvements or waste minimization projects may be financed with a Dollar and Energy Saving Loan provided it will be done, as appropriate, by a Professional Engineer or Architect, Certified Energy Manager, Certified Lighting Efficiency Professional or Home Energy Rater. Use Form 30 and Form 31 to apply for a technical analysis loan through a participating Nebraska lender.

New York
Certified Energy Auditors (CEA®) and Certified Energy Managers (CEM®) are recognized as qualifying team members standards for qualified auditors under the commercial building energy auditing and building commissioning legislationCEM is an approved credential for auditing and commissioning under Local Law 87.

CEM, CMVP and CEA are recognized as acceptable credentials for required Independent Third Party Reviewer (ITPR) audits for Texas Pace Authority Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program purposes.

CEM and CGD are two accepted requirements in order to be eligible for renewable energy investment tax credits for Solar Photovoltaic (PV) or Geothermal Heat Pump installations

Executive Order 48: All agencies and institutions shall provide adequate management support to their energy savings activities.  In order to ensure agencies have sufficient expertise in energy management, every Agency energy manager for an agency or institution with energy costs exceeding $1 million shall be certified as an energy manager by the Association of Energy Engineers


The RSB (Government of Dubai, RSB for Electricity & Water), Effective 2 September 2015, new applicants for Provisional Accreditation will require a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP) in addition to either a Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) or a Certified Energy Manager (CEM).

CEM and CEA Certifications are part of the newly Ministry Decision regarding the energy audits and the engineer’s qualifications. In January 2107, the Greek Government announced and published that among the qualifications that an engineer should have and in order to register at the Registry of Energy Engineers, CEM and CEA are eligible.

Hong Kong
Carbon Auditor Professional (CAP) is recognized by the Construction Industry Council (CIC) as one of the pre-requisites in Route 1 to become a Certified Carbon Auditor

The Irish government has recognized the Certified Energy Manager International (CEMI) and Certified Energy Auditor International (CEAI) qualifications, provided by the Association of Energy Engineers, as meeting the industry qualification requirements of the Irish regulation SI426, to implement Article 8 (4-6) of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU).

The Energy Regulatory Commission in Kenya, under The Energy (Energy Management) Act of 2012, has recognized AEE’ Certified Energy Manager under Schedule 5 (on page 10) as a requirement to obtaining an Energy Auditor License in Kenya. The Energy Act of 2012 can be found here:

Saudi Arabia
CEM, CEA and CMVP certifications are now requirements for the licensing of energy efficiency companies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the regulation of the Saudi Energy Efficiency Center (SEEC)


Air National Guard
Certified Energy Manager's Program is approved for continuing education units (CEU’s) for its energy and facility engineers throughout the United States. 

California Advanced Lighting Controls Training Program
CBCP recognized by the California Advanced Lighting Controls Training Program (CALCTP) as an acceptable qualification for Acceptance Test Technician Certification application purposes. 

Department of the Navy
CBCP recognized by Naval Facilities Engineering Command as acceptable Commissioning Specialist credential for Solicitation N6247815R2440

Fannie Mae
Fannie Mae has created a protocol for conducting energy and water audits, called the High Performance Building (HPB) Assessment. The HPB protocol provides guidance on the scope of the energy and water audit, and how to calculate and document the projected energy and water cost and consumption savings identified at the property. The energy audit follows ASHRAE Level II Energy Audit standards and requires the calculation of the property's ENERGY STAR® Score for Multifamily. The HPB Assessment is designed to be an integrated section within the Property Condition Assessment (PCA) Report, which assesses the overall condition of the property. The PCA Consultant must hold at least one of the following professional designations, in good standing: Certified Energy Manager (CEM); or Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) Multifamily Analyst.

General Services Administration
AEE's Certified Energy Manager (CEM) Program, Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) Program, and Certified Building Commissioning Professional (CBCP) Program have been reviewed by the Facility Management Institute of the U.S. General Services Administration and are all aligned with the FBPTA. The FBPTA Program development was led by GSA's Office of Government-wide Policy through the Office of Federal High Performance Green Buildings.

Investor Confidence Project
CEM is one of the requirements for the Project Developer Credential, which designates that a project developer (ESCO, Engineering firm, facility manager, building owner, etc.) is qualified to develop Investor Ready Energy Efficiency™ (IREE) projects that comply with the ICP Energy Performance Protocols.

U.S. Department of Energy
The CEM is the first recognized program, followed by the CEA, under the Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines. The Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines were developed in collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the commercial energy performance industry to strengthen the growing energy efficiency market by certifying a highly skilled workforce.

AEE certifications are recommended in DOE's Guide to Energy Audits as Request for Qualifications (RFQ) requirement for consultants and firms that have expertise and experience in the field of energy efficiency upgrades to buildings and building equipment.