While the National Institute of Building Sciences is doing some work to define “energy manager,” the Association of Energy Engineers points out that it established the Certified Energy Manager (CEM) credential in 1981 and has certified more than 14,000 professionals with the CEM designation.
CEM is a registered trademark with the United States Trademark and Patent Office, and the term “Certified Energy Manager is a registered service. Individuals granted the use of this designation by AEE have distinguished themselves as earning the highest level of competency in energy management. The CEM certification follows and complies with ANSI/ISO/IEC Standard 17024 for Personnel Certification Bodies and AEE is a current applicant for ANSI accreditation.
CEM is a standard for energy management honed through an in-depth job tasks analysis of the industry which identifies the job responsibilities associated with a career in energy management, along with the minimum requirements needed for an individual to fulfill those responsibilities. 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.
The CEM training and examination is offered in multiple languages and in both English and SI units. Various training delivery methods are available, including live classroom training and real-time distance learning. The CEM examination can be taken at any of over 190 proctored remote testing centers.
AEE is an active participant with DOE and the National Institute of Building Sciences in confirming the knowledge and skills required for an energy manager. In addition to participation in the Commercial Workforce Credentialing Council, AEE has worked with the National Renewable Energy Lab in developing the initial job tasks analysis for energy managers. In addition, AEE is a training provider for the DOE Superior Energy Performance Program and has worked with the GSA on the Federal Building Personnel Training Act.