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Starts 14 November 2023

Certified Energy Auditor (CEA)

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Clint Christenson, Ali Farhat,

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$1,725/ Before September 19, 2023

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Program Overview

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NOTE: 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 (AEE), and the program is based on ASHRAE standards. 

CIET’s CEA training program does not cover the residential sector and thus not prepare you to become an accredited NRCan Residential Energy Advisor. Please see our two REA Prep Courses instead:

Prep Course for the NRCan Foundation Level Exam

Prep Course for the NRCan Energy Advisor Exam (House)

For more information on the difference between the two, click HERE.


An energy auditor evaluates and analyzes how energy is being used in a commercial or institutional facility, identifies energy conservation opportunities, and makes recommendations on where consumption can be reduced or optimized. There are three main types of energy audits: Level 1 audits (walkthrough surveys that allow you to rapidly identify opportunities for energy savings); Level 2 audits (energy survey analyses that are commonly used in commercial buildings); and Level 3 audits (detailed analyses of capital-intensive modifications).

The four-day Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) program provides participants with 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 methodologies through practical examples and peer exercises.

This is the right course for you if you are or will be involved in commercial building audits and want to expand your knowledge of the complete energy auditing and reporting process. The course also prepares you to challenge the exam and earn the CEA credential.


Key Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, participants will:

  • Understand the objectives of energy audits​ and the major steps in the auditing process.
  • Be aware of the different audit levels and how to plan for a successful audit​.
  • Communicate the results of energy audits effectively to client​s.
  • Understand energy forms and energy unit conversions, ​rate structures, and benchmarking​.
  • Know how to analyze energy consumption in a facility and establish energy balance​​s.
  • How to define the necessary information to collect before and during field visits​ and how to analyze the collected data and convert these into information​.
  • Be able to use methodologies and tools to analyze and decide on investment projects regardless of their nature; the main focus is on energy efficiency projects.
  • Understand the concepts and characteristics of energy consuming systems.
  • Help raise the professional standards of those engaged in energy auditing.


  • Energy engineers and consultants
  • Current energy auditors seeking certification
  • New energy auditors
  • Plant and facility engineers
  • Energy managers
  • Energy service company (ESCO) professionals
  • Energy performance contracting (EPC) professionals
  • Organizations considering energy projects

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  • Developing an Energy Audit Strategy & Plan
  • Energy Use Analysis
  • Data Collection & Analysis
  • Economic Analysis
  • Energy Consuming Systems:
    • Lighting Systems
    • Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning Systems
    • Domestic Hot Water Systems
    • Motors, Drives, & Compressed Air Systems
    • Building Envelopes
    • BAS, PAS, and EMCS
  • Alternative Generation & Storage
  • Transport


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Clint Christenson

Clint is currently a consultant and instructor providing optimization services for industrial, commercial and institutional customers. He previously served as Senior Buildings Engineer for Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, Senior Energy Engineer with NORESCO, Inc., and the Director of Advanced Solutions for Johnson Controls, Inc. Clint served as the Director of Oklahoma State University’s Industrial Assessment Center while pursuing a Ph.D. His broad experience in energy management has included the conducting of over 150 industrial, commercial, and institutional energy surveys over 20 years. He has published widely in the energy field, and made numerous presentations at national and international conferences.

Eligibility Criteria

Please click here to learn more about AEE’s eligibility criteria to obtain the certification.

Please note the eligibility criteria applies only to obtaining the certification and does not preclude you from attending the course.



Certification Process

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The course includes...

Access to a private SharePoint website with additional training material, references, and links.

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