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The Certified Energy Manager (CEM®) certification is the most recognized designation in energy management and provides a wide range of benefits to help you thrive in both your role and in the energy efficiency industry. More than 16,000 professionals from over 40 countries are now CEM® certified, including more than 4,500 in Canada. The program is also ideal for professionals who require CEM® certification as recognition of their industry expertise or as a required designation for a given position or project.
The comprehensive five-day CEM training is ideal for professionals who seek a thorough program that covers the technical, economic, and regulatory aspects of effective energy management. The CEM also provides a comprehensive forum with problem solving activities for those who want to gain a broader understanding of the latest energy cost reduction techniques and strategies. Additionally, the course has recently been improved to include:
Here is a short video about the concept of net present value (NPV), a calculation often used when selecting energy efficient technologies or projects. This is an example of one of the many concepts that are part of the CEM course:
CIET is the exclusively authorized Canadian trainer of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) for the delivery of the CEM® training and certification program.
Please note that CIET only offers the CEM training program in Canada. Should you want to attend CEM training and come from outside of Canada, please visit AEE’s website.
At the end of the course, participants will understand:
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The prerequisites to qualify for the certification process have been designed to take into account the possible diversity of education and practical experience an individual may have. However, each CEM candidate must meet one of the following criteria:
|4-year degree in engineering or architecture
Professional Engineer or Registered Architect
|AND||3+ years of experience in energy engineering or energy management|
|4-year degree in technology, environmental science, physics, or earth science||AND||4+ years of experience in energy engineering or energy management|
|4-year degree in business (or related field), or
a 3-year advanced diploma along with a CET designation
|AND||5+ years of experience in energy engineering or energy management|
|2-year energy management associate’s degree||AND||6+ years of experience in energy engineering or energy management|
|2-year technical associate’s degree||AND||8+ years of experience in energy engineering or energy management|
|NONE||AND||10+ years of experience in energy engineering or energy management|
If you don’t yet meet the education or experience eligibility requirements for the CEM, but successfully pass the exam, you will be awarded the Energy Manager in Training (EMIT TM) certification.
The CEM certification is recognized, required and otherwise supported in numerous public and private entities. See AEE’s 2013 CEM Report for more details. In Canada, the CEM is frequently listed as a key qualification on job announcements, but is most notably recognized in the following ways:
The Government of Alberta’s Quantification Protocol for Energy Efficiency in Commercial and Institutional Buildings requires the Protocol to be applied either by a CEM or a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP).
All CEM candidates must complete the Certified Energy Manager 5-day Training Program. After completing your seminar registration, go to STEP TWO below.
A specific link will be given to you through your registration email in order to access our certification platform. There you will be able to complete all required fields and submit your application to us.
The open book CEM exam will be administered remotely. You will have a period of at least two weeks to schedule your exam with Proctor U. This allows for great flexibility in finding a suitable time for you. You will receive all instructions the week prior to the course. Please wait to receive your official Proctor U invitation email in order to book your exam date and time. No other action is required from you regarding Proctor U at this time. In the meantime, you will find the information needed to conduct the exam by consulting the ProctorU Guidelines.
Should you wish to reschedule your exam under another cohort, you may do so yourself through the same link remitted by Proctor U, however you must reschedule no later than 72 hours before your scheduled exam time.
Should you wish to postpone the exam to the next session, there is a $150 + tax penalty fee unless you demonstrate medical proof. Please note that if you choose to change your registration from taking the course and exam registration to taking the course only registration, and have already received your Proctor U exam link, CIET will charge you the full exam fee of $525 if you choose to take the exam nevertheless.
You should expect to receive your exam results by email within 60 days of taking the exam. If you have successfully passed the exam and your candidacy has been approved by the certification board, you should expect to receive your certificate by mail within 45 days of receiving your exam results. If you failed the exam, you would have the possibility to retake it after at least 60 days of the original examination date.
Your CEM Application form must be submitted before your score can be released. Please do not call CIET about your test results before the end of this outlined delay period.
You must contact CIET at firstname.lastname@example.org to register for your exam retake. The costs are the following: $150 plus taxes.
If you receive a passing score and have submitted your CEM 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.
A Certified Energy Manager (CEM) may use the designation with name on organization letterhead, business cards, and all forms of address. Certification is for individuals only. The CEM designation may not be used to imply that an organization or firm is certified.
Your completed application must be received 3 weeks prior to the 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.
The continuing education of Energy Managers is essential to cope with the rapidly changing field of energy management. Upon completion of the official CEM title, a CEM must accumulate ten professional continuing education units (10 CEU’s) every three years at a cost of US $300 (converted into Canadian dollars) and submit a completed Renewal Form to the Certification Renewal Director to remain certified. CEM 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.
If you have any questions about CEM certification, please contact the Canadian Institute for Energy Training (CIET) at
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COVID-19 Information for CIET'S Fall 2021 Training Calendar – CIET will continue with virtual training!
Last Updated: May 18, 2021
CIET to continue Virtual Real-Time classroom training this fall!
With well over 100 virtual real-time courses delivered since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, and based on feedback received from more than 1,600 participants, CIET is happy to inform that all public training sessions offered this fall will be delivered through our virtual real-time classrooms.
This will allow everyone to continue to access CIET training in a safe manner, which protects both our participants and our trainers, regardless of what happens with the pandemic or public health measures. This allows you the peace of mind to register for a virtual training course today, knowing that the training will be delivered with the same quality of training that you expect from an in-person CIET course. Also, keeping the virtual real-time training sessions will ensure that our full course calendar is available to all participants across Canada and abroad, regardless of geographical location.
You can find more information about CIET’s virtual training approach:
Through all these measures, CIET hopes to provide as much flexibility as possible to training participants while respecting its commitments to other participants, trainers and partners, as well as public health recommendations.
We thank you very much for your trust and collaboration and look forward to welcoming you in our virtual classrooms!
The CIET Team