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.


Certified Energy Manager (CEM)

The CEM is the most recognized energy management designation and provides benefits to help managers, engineers and service providers thrive. This in-depth five-day training is ideal for professionals and covers the technical, economic and regulatory aspects of energy management.

Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP)

The 3-day CMVP® program helps educate and qualify individuals to learn and apply the fundamental concepts of all modern M&V standards, guidelines, and protocols. The CMVP® Certification provides proof that the individual has gained an understanding of the critical issues surrounding implementation of M&V theory. The program raises the professional standards, both technical and ethical, of those engaged in energy efficiency and energy performance measurement and verification.

Certified RETScreen® Expert (CRE)

The RETScreen® Expert Software is an intelligent decision-support tool enabling stakeholders to rapidly identify, assess, optimise and track clean energy investment performance over the project life cycle. The software is used to evaluate: clean energy options; energy production, savings and costs; project financial viability and risks; GHG emission reductions; and project performance.

Certified Energy Auditor (CEA)

The CEA based on ASHRAE, is focused on audits for commercial and industrial buildings and is intended for audit professionals and energy management staff. This three-day training expands knowledge and is a prep course for the CEA exam. Learn the fundamentals of assessing facility energy use and reduction potential. Covers calculation methods and practical examples.

Certified Building Commissioning Professional (CBCP)

In addition to preparing you for the AEE CBCP exam, this comprehensive five-day course is designed to meet the training needs of professionals who need to know the technical details of the commissioning process. The course goes into considerable technical detail on the fundamentals of both new and existing building commissioning.

Advanced Course on Existing Building Commissioning (EBCx)

This four-day advanced course comprises all Existing Building Commissioning stages and an optional exam. It teaches Building Commissioning and the benefits while covering mechanical system fundamentals as well as good testing and verification practices. This training is ideal for Building Commissioning service providers, operating staff, energy managers, engineering professionals, as well as commercial and institutional building operators.

Capacity Building

Building Energy Modelling Professional

CAN-QUEST is a powerful energy modelling tool to assess and demonstrate performance path compliance with the NECB 2011. It also serves to design high-performance commercial and institutional buildings. This two-day advanced workshop provides specific training on the software and its features as well as the modelling process.

Advanced Building Automation Systems Optimization

This one-day training program leverages a Building Automation Systems diagnostic case study using real-time data to reinforce the principles taught in the course. The day also includes a variety of exercises meant to reinforce key concepts related to set-point identification, scheduling impacts, identification of BAS optimization possibilities, sensor selection, and more.

NECB: Overview, Requirements, and Opportunities *Upcoming 2023*

This course is under development.

Pump Systems Optimization *Upcoming 2023*

This course is under development.

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

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

Aaron Wouters, Energy Manager – Trillium Health Partners

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

Anyssa Rambali, Process Engineer – Durez Canada Company Ltd

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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