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Certified Energy Manager (CEM)

Since its inception in 1981, the Certified Energy Manager (CEM®) credential has become widely accepted and used as a measure of professional accomplishment within the energy management field.  It has gained industry-wide use as the standard for qualifying energy professionals both in the United States and abroad. It is recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Office of Federal Energy Management Programs (FEMP), and the U.S. Agency for International Development, as well as by numerous state energy offices, major utilities, corporations and energy service companies.
Certification Summary
Examination Papers & Topics
All CEM candidates must attend one of AEE's preparatory CEM training seminars, and complete and pass a four-hour written open-book exam, proctored by an approved exam administrator. Of the following seventeen sections of the exam, candidates must complete at a minimum of eleven, including those indicated as Required:






  1. Codes & Standards & Indoor Air Quality - Required
  2. Energy Accounting and Economics - Required 
  3. Energy Audits and Instrumentation - Required
  4. Electrical Systems
  5. HVAC Systems
  6. Motors and Drives
  7. Industrial Systems
  8. Building Envelope
  9. Cogeneration and CHP Systems
  10. Energy Procurement
  11. Building Automation and Control Systems
  12. Green Buildings, LEED & Energy Star
  13. Thermal Energy Storage Systems
  14. Lighting
  15. Boiler and Steam Systems
  16. Maintenance & Commissioning
  17. Alternative Financing
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Areas of Specialization
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Management
Professional Body The Association of Energy Engineers
Location of Incorporation United States