The Certified Energy Manager is an individual who optimizes the energy performance of a facility, building or industrial plant. The CEM® is a systems integrator for electrical, mechanical, process and building infrastructure, analyzing the optimum solutions to reduce energy consumption in a cost effective approach. CEM’s are often team leaders and help to develop and implement their organizations’ energy management strategies. CEM’s have gained increased recognition within the energy industry and by companies looking to strengthen their competitive position by having a CEM on staff.
To raise the professional standards of those engaged in energy management
To improve the practice of energy management by encouraging energy managers in a continuing program of professional development
To identify persons with acceptable knowledge of the principles and practices of energy management related disciplines and laws governing and affecting energy managers through completing an examination and fulfilling prescribed standards of performance and conduct
To award special recognition to those energy managers who have demonstrated a high level of competence and ethical fitness for energy management
Applicants must meet one of the following eligibility criteria:
4-year engineering/architectural degree OR
Professional Engineer (PE) OR Registered Architect (RA)
3+ years related* experience
4-year degree in technology, environmental science, physics, or earth science
4+ years related* experience
4-year degree in business (or related field)
5+ years related* experience
2-year energy management associate degree
6+ years related* experience
2-year associate degree
8+ years related* experience
10+ years related* experience
*Related experience in energy engineering or energy management.
**Please Note: Verification of employment must be submitted.
Energy Manager In-Training Option
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, 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.
Examination and Training Requirement
All CEM candidates must attend a preparatory CEM training seminar and pass in a four-hour period a written open-book exam proctored by SEEC. The exam contains the number of questions 130, and the exam duration is 4 hours, with optional sections from all 15 sections of the CEM Body of Knowledge, you will be having two mandatory sections and you have to answer nine sections in your strongest areas to display the knowledge and competency.
CEM Examination Maximum Score 1040 points Minimum Score Required 704
The CEM Examination contains with the following mandatory subjects:
All candidates must answer Sections 1 and 2.
Energy Accounting and Economics
Energy Audits and Instrumentation
The candidate will choose 9 of the remaining 13 sections. If more than 9 additional sections are marked, only the first 9 will be scored. Eleven Sections Total: two mandatory and nine chosen by candidate.
Motors and Drives
CHP Systems and Renewable Energy
Building Automation Systems
Thermal Energy Storage Systems
Boiler and Steam Systems
Building Commissioning and Measurement and Verification