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The Certified Energy Manager (CEM®) certification is the most recognised designation in energy management and provides a wide range of benefits to help you thrive in your occupation. CIET is the exclusively authorised Canadian trainer of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) for 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.
This in-depth five-day training is ideal for professionals who seek a thorough program that covers the technical, economic and regulatory aspects of effective energy management. More than 13,000 professionals in more than 35 countries are now CEM® certified. This training provides a comprehensive forum with problem solving activities for those who want to gain broader understanding of the latest energy cost reduction techniques and strategies. This program is also ideal for professionals who require CEM® certification as recognition of their expertise. On the afternoon of day five, the Certified Energy Manager examination is administered.
This course will include tips and tricks on how to use the RETScreen Expert Clean Energy Management software to apply learnings, as well as a free 90-day subscription to the Professional mode of RETScreen Expert.
Note that the optional Guide to Energy Management, International Version reference book is no longer included with CEM courses, but you can order it online. Course fees for the CEM have been reduced accordingly in 2020. The book is not required for the exam. The book can be found on Amazon, but supplies are limited and will likely not be replenished. CIET has also negotiated a 20% discount for participants with the official Canadian distributor, Login Canada. CIET derives no revenues from book orders.
At the end of the course, participants should be able to discuss and evaluate:
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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 succesfully 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).
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All CEM candidates must complete the Certified Energy Manager 5-day Training Program. After completing your seminar registration, go to STEP TWO below.
The exam is administered from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on the last day of the seminar.
Within thirty days of the date of the exam, you will be notified of your score. Your CEM 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.
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 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 Winter-Spring 2021 Training Calendar – CIET Goes Virtual!
Last Updated: January 6, 2021
With more than 90 virtual real-time courses offered since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis under our belt, and based on feedback received from more than 800 participants, CIET is happy to inform that all public training sessions offered in the winter-spring of 2021 will still be delivered through virtual real-time classrooms.
This will allow everyone to continue accessing CIET training in a safe manner, which protects both our participants and our trainers, regardless of what happens with the pandemic. You can register for these virtual courses in confidence, knowing that they will provide the same quality of training that you expect from CIET. These real-time training sessions will be available to all participants across Canada, and abroad.
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