The Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) certification program focuses on audits for commercial and industrial buildings only and does not qualify participants to perform residential audits. The CEA certification is issued by the Association of Energy Engineers based in Atlanta, US, and the program is based on ASHRAE standards. CIET’s CEA training program is not related to Enbridge’s or other Ontario home energy auditing programs.
This three-day training is designed to expand participant knowledge in energy auditing as well as serve as a preparatory vehicle for the examination required to achieve AEE's CEATM credential. It provides the fundamental knowledge needed to evaluate how energy is being used in a facility and identify where consumption can be reduced. Additionally, it covers useful calculation methods and practical examples. The examination is administered on the morning of the 4th day.
- To raise the professional standards of those engaged in energy auditing.
- To provide structure to the practice of energy auditing in light of ASHRAE definitions for audits ranging from preliminary to investment grade.
- To provide the recognized CEA™ credential to professionals who demonstrate their knowledge of the principles and practices of energy auditing through the certification examination and who have appropriate related experience.
Professionals supervising and managing facility energy audits and energy management programs, including:
- Energy engineers and consultants
- Current energy auditors seeking certification
- New energy auditors
- Plant and facility engineers
- Energy managers
- ESCO professionals
- Energy performance contracting professionals
- Organizations considering energy projects
- Instructors teaching energy analysis
This course is offered in collaboration with AEE.
The class will be covering the following topics:
- The need for Certified Energy Auditors
- Overview of Energy Auditing
o Typical audit shortcomings
o ASHRAE Levels I, II and III Audits
- Methodology for Level I, II and Investment Grade Audits
- Auditing tools and computer software
o Software applications
o Introduction to RETScreen
- Project Financing
o Project financial assessment
o Basic organizational finances
o Financing options
- Energy Fundamentals for Energy Auditors
- Facility Systems and Lighting
o Overview of facility energy systems
o Lighting energy management opportunities
o Lighting audit
- HVAC and Chillers
o HVAC and chiller system EMO’s
o HVAC audit
- Electrical Systems, Motors and Drives
o Motor types and efficiency ratings
o Efficiency in driven loads
o Advantages of speed control
o Motor and drive EMOs and audits
- Boilers, Compressed Air and Industrial Systems
o Boilers and steam distribution systems
o Compressed air systems
o Overview of other industrial processes
- Operations and Maintenance
o The importance of planned maintenance
o EMOs from operations and maintenance
- Writing Successful Audit Reports
o Structure of effective reports
o Writing for the readers
A 4-year degree from an accredited university or college in engineering or architecture, or be a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) or Registered Architect (R.A.)
At least 3 years of verifiable experience in energy auditing, energy management, facility management, or experience related to energy management
A 4-year non-engineering degree
At least 4 years of verifiable experience in energy auditing, energy management, facility management, or experience related to energy management
A 2-year technical degree
At least 5 years of verifiable experience in energy auditing, energy management, facility management, or experience related to energy management
At least 10 years of verifiable experience in energy auditing, energy management, facility management, or experience related to energy management
Current status of Certified Energy Manager (CEM®)
Certified Energy Auditor in Training Option
If you don’t yet meet the education or experience eligibility requirements for the CEA, but succesfully pass the exam, you will be awarded the Certified Energy Auditor in Training (CEAITTM) certification.
The CEA is an acceptable certification allowing professionals to verify building energy use data under Ontario’s Reporting of Energy Consumption and Water Use Regulation.
STEP ONE: REGISTER FOR THE SEMINAR
All CEA candidates must complete the Certified Energy Auditor 3.5-day Training Program. After completing your seminar registration, go to STEP TWO below.
STEP TWO: COMPLETE YOUR CEA CERTIFICATION APPLICATION
The exam is administered from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on the last day of the seminar.
Notification of Exam Results
Within thirty days of the date of the exam, you will be notified of your score. Your CEA Application form must be submited before your score can be released. Do not call CIET about your test results before the end of the thirty-day period.
Review by Certification Board
If you receive a passing score and have submitted your CEA Application form, and if your file is complete including all supporting documents, your file will be sent to the Certification Board for final review. You will be notified at that time that you will receive the Board’s approval or denial within sixty days.
Use of CEA Designation
A Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) may use the designation with name on organization letterhead, business cards, and all forms of address. Certification is for individuals only. The CEA designation may not be used to imply that an organization or firm is certified.
Your completed application must be received 3 weeks prior to date of the examination for which you wish to sit in order to guarantee that you are pre-registered for the examination. After this date, you may be required to complete a waiver on-site if your name is not pre-registered.
A CEA must accumulate ten professional credits every three years and submit a completed Renewal Form to the Certification Renewal Director to remain certified. CEA renewal notices are mailed in the 3rd year of certification six months prior to the expiration date, which falls on December 31 of that year.
For Additional Information About CEA Certification…
If you have any questions about CEA certification, please contact the Canadian Institute for Energy Training (CIET) at
The course includes...
- On the first day of training, you will receive your copy of the CEA workbook. This document is included in the course fee.
- Please note that all breakfasts and lunches, as well as the morning and afternoon coffee breaks are also included in the course fee.