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.
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:
- Energy supply, uses, and management in buildings for the commercial and institutional sectors.
- How energy can be used more efficiently in buildings for the commercial and institutional sectors.
- Relationships between energy and building environments, as well as basic design concepts for constructing green buildings and facilities.
- Different systems and equipment for buildings and manufacturing plants.
- Energy management professionals
- Project engineers
- Energy managers in the industrial, building and public services sectors
- Service providers who wish to obtain the CEM® certification
- The need for energy management
- Energy management and surveys
- Energy survey instrumentation
- Building energy codes and standards
- Indoor Air Quality; Energy Purchasing
- Energy Accounting and Benchmarking; Energy rate structures; Electric rates and tariff structures
- Economic analysis and life cycle costing
- Electrical systems and electric energy management
- Lighting basics
- Lighting system improvements
- Building commissioning
- Electric motors and applications
- Motors and drives
- Compressed air systems
- HVAC systems
- Building envelope
- Boilers and steam systems
- Pump Systems
- CHP Systems and Renewable Energy
- Energy management software
- Green buildings; Practice problems
- Basic Controls
- Building automation and control systems
- Thermal energy storage, Maintenance, and Alternative financing
- CEM Examination (Optional)
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|
(Note: Verification of employment must be submitted.)
Energy Manager in Training Option
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:
- BC Hydro includes the Certified Energy Manager (CEM) as the first recommended Further Education to be qualified as an Energy Manager under their Power Smart Energy Manager Program.
- BC Hydro includes the CEM as one of the mandatory further education requirements to become a Community Energy Manager.
- FortisBC lists the Certified Energy Manager as one of the required qualifications to be considered as part of their Energy Specialist Funding.
- The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) subsidizes 50% of training fees for the CEM program under their saveONenergy Energy Manager Training Incentive.
- The IESO requires embedded and roving energy managers to be CEM.
- CEM is a desired qualification for the two key energy roles at the City of Guelph. If a candidate does not have the qualification, the intent is that they will obtain it in their first year.
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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STEP ONE: REGISTER FOR THE SEMINAR
All CEM candidates must complete the Certified Energy Manager 5-day Training Program. After completing your seminar registration, go to STEP TWO below.
STEP TWO: COMPLETE YOUR CEM CERTIFICATION APPLICATION
The exam is administered from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 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 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.
Review by Certification Board
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.
Use of CEM Designation
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 (4 page application, employment verification and/or client verification and college transcripts) must be received at least 3 weeks prior to the date of the examination for which you wish to sit. If all of your supporting documentation is not received prior to your test date, it will not preclude you from sitting for the exam.
The continuing education of Energy Managers is essential to cope with the rapidly changing field of energy management. A CEM must accumulate ten professional credits every three years 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.
Additional Information about CEM Certification
If you have any questions about CEM certification, please contact the Canadian Institute for Energy Training (CIET) at
The course includes...
- On the first day of training, you receive your copies of the CEM workbook and the supplementary CEM Exam Study Guide, which are included in the course fee.
- 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.
- 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, which you will receive at the end of the course.
- Please note that all breakfasts, lunches, as well as morning and afternoon coffee breaks are also included in the course fee.