Energy Consulting

Energy consulting helps organizations better understand how to reduce energy use while making it more cost-effective and efficient. Energy consultants are often required to collect and analyze consumption data (energy, electricity, and water) to establish baseline usage and set targets. In-depth investigations can reveal which organizational activities use the most energy and which types of mechanical and technical systems offer the best opportunities for energy savings.

Additionally, energy consultants often help organizations conduct facility audits and set reduction targets as well as provide commissioning advice on how to save money through construction and retrofit projects. They also assist organizations in selecting and carrying out decarbonization and renewable energy projects.

Your energy consulting learning path

CIET’s comprehensive training courses are designed for both current and aspiring energy consulting professionals. CIET certification programs are recognized and often listed as prerequisites in job offers from private and public organizations. Use the learning path below to identify the right courses and the best training sequence to achieve your career goals.

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Energy consulting career opportunities

Here is an overview of some typical positions you can expect to hold once you are specialized in energy consulting.

Energy Auditor

The main duties of an Energy Auditor include:

  • Conducting facility inspections to identify energy conservation opportunities
  • Assessing the energy performance of large buildings and industrial facilities
  • Developing energy modelling as well as preparing feasibility studies and detailed energy audits

Energy Modeler

The main duties of an Energy Modeller include:

  • Performing energy modelling using applicable software (RETScreen, eQUEST, etc.)
  • Developing proposed and reference case energy models in accordance with applicable codes, standards, and guidelines
  • Evaluating and analyzing the technical and financial feasibility of energy conservation measures

Measurement and Verification Specialist

The main duties of a Measurement and Verification Specialist include:

  • Developing and implementing measurement & verification (M&V) plans
  • Conducting onsite measurements and collecting energy data
  • Analyzing energy bills and preparing M&V reports

Commissioning Specialist

The main duties of a Commissioning Specialist include:

  • Providing support in conducting commissioning and testing results
  • Helping field technicians resolve technical issues and challenges
  • Creating and updating commissioning procedures and documentation (checklists, reports, etc.)

Building Automation Engineer

The main duties of a Building Automation Engineer include:

  • Designing building automation systems and creating optimal design solutions to meet client requirements
  • Reviewing electrical drawings and equipment programming
  • Designing building automation network architecture and facilitating the integration of devices through different building automation protocols (Modbus, BACNET, etc.)

Energy Engineer / Specialist / Manager

The main duties of an Energy Engineer/Specialist/Manager include:

  • Identifying and analyzing energy saving project opportunities
  • Evaluating energy consumption, demand savings, and carbon reductions associated with energy conservation measures
  • Implementing energy projects
  • Assisting in commissioning and the measurement and verification of energy savings measures

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Success Stories

Former participants share how training with CIET has transformed their professional life.

Pierre-Francis Parent, Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Consultant - Planéco Énergie
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My background in energy efficiency was primarily at the industrial process level, so I chose to train with CIET to expand my knowledge on building energy systems. I completed the Advanced Course on Existing Building Commissioning (EBCx) as well as the two courses on Building Automation Systems. The new concepts I learned, enhanced by the knowledge of the trainers and the other participants, quickly helped me identify opportunities relating to energy, comfort, and maintenance, most often "low cost" ones.

Pierre-Francis Parent, Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Consultant - Planéco Énergie

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Aaron Wouters, Energy Manager – Trillium Health Partners
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CIET provides the BEST example of how program certification information should be provided. Its personal, with dates relevant to me and my timelines, and also communicates future events.

Aaron Wouters, Energy Manager – Trillium Health Partners

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Anyssa Rambali, Process Engineer - Durez Canada Company Ltd
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The online CEM course was very professionally put together. The team instructors were really knowledgeable and engaging, and the exam was administered and very easy to take through proctorU.

Anyssa Rambali, Process Engineer - Durez Canada Company Ltd

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