Certified Energy Manager (CEM)


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The Certified Energy Manager (CEM®) programme recognises individuals who have demonstrated high levels of experience, competence, proficiency, and ethical fitness in the energy management profession. CEM® comprises an elite group of professionals serving industry, business and government throughout the world.

An international qualification for professionals who require a detailed program of instruction that covers the technical, economic and regulatory aspects of effective energy management. The program offers a comprehensive learning and problem-solving forum for those who want a broader understanding of the latest cost reduction techniques and strategies followed by a voluntary examination which could lead to international certification with the US-based Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).

Course Outline

  • The need for energy management
  • Conducting an energy audit, audit reports and energy audit instrumentation
  • Energy codes, standards and protocols
  • Energy purchasing, accounting and benchmarking
  • Energy and electricity rate structures
  • Electrical systems and electric energy management
  • Economic analysis and life cycle costing
  • Lighting basics and lighting system improvements
  • Electric motors and industrial systems
  • Thermal energy storage
  • Boilers and thermal systems improvement
  • Waste heat, co-generation, CHP systems
  • Renewable energy sources
  • Maintenance programs and building commissioning
  • Building automation and control systems
  • M&V and alternative financing
  • Green buildings and LEED
  • Units and conversions
  • Charts, tables and list of acronyms provided

Steps to Certification

  1. Attend the CEM® training course with an AEE approved training partner.
  2. Write the CEM® examination and attain a 70%+ pass mark.
  3. Complete your CEM® certification application and return it to your training provider timeously.
  4. The local and international CEM® Board will review your application.
  5. Your training provider will advise you of the Board’s decision.
  6. Should you receive feedback that you are a EMIT (in-training) you may re-apply for certification within 3 years which provides ample time to gain more experience.



On completion of the CEM® course you will be able to immediately implement solutions to enable energy efficiency. On obtaining certification with the AEE you will be one of thousands of distinguished professionals in the international energy engineering fraternity.

Delegate Profile

  • There are not pre-requisites to attend the training course, it is a public course and all interested parties are welcome. The pre-requisites only come into play when a candidate wishes to write and pass the examination, and apply for international Certification. The course content is presented by dynamic trainers, and is of interest and value to any person in the energy industry, whether experienced or just starting out.
  • Persons that need to find ways of saving energy through reduced fuel costs, electrical use, transport requirements, improved supply chain, water savings, etc.
  • Persons who have been working in the energy management industry for a number of years and would like to obtain a recognised qualification within the energy engineering career path.
  • For architects, built environment graduates, engineering graduates, environmental graduates the CEM® will open new doors to the fastest growing industry in the world.
  • Persons that need to implement an energy management strategy at an organisation and be able to determine a baseline from where to implement a variety of energy saving activities from understanding electricity rate structures and economic analysis of alternative investments, to considering insulation, boilers, codes and standards, waste heat, motors, to name but a few.
  • Persons that need recognition as a professional who stays up to date on the latest developments in the energy industry by participating in continued energy education that is internationally recognised.
  • Those who are responsible for obtaining ISO50001 accreditation and implement SABS50010 standards to qualify for financial energy saving incentives.


Basic Skill Requirements

The CEM® training course is at a level which assumes the delegate has basic problem-solving skills, including quick and accurate use of a hand calculator, the ability to use basic algebra and to set up problem solution expressions and calculations from a written problem statement.



The CEM® examination may be written on the next day or a later date – subject to pre-application and registration. This is additional to the course cost and duration days. There is no obligation to write the CEM® exam on the last day, an alternative examination day may be registered for as long as it is within three years of attending the training course. Delegates wishing to only attend the training may do so.

Pre-registration for the examination is required and 85% or more attendance of the class based training. Kindly also inform us beforehand of your intention to apply for certification from the AEE.

Should you fail the examination, you may register for a rewrite, as long as it is within three years of the training. Examination must be written 60 days apart.

All delegates that attend in excess of 85% of the CEM® training course will receive a certificate of attendance with the ECSA CPD credits.

NOTE: AEE Examination results will only be released by the EnTF’s AEE Certification department to candidates in good standing with the EnTF.


Eligibility For Certification

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 attend the CEM® training programme, pass the written CEM® 4-hour examination with 70%, and meet one of the following criteria:

  • A 4-year engineering or architectural degree, or a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.), or Registered Architect (R.A.) – within South Africa a Pr Eng, PrArch – with at least 3 years’ experience in energy engineering or energy management.
  • A 3-year technical degree – within South Africa a PrTechEng, PSAT – with at least 4 years’ experience in energy engineering or energy management.
  • A 4-year business or related degree, with at least 5 years’ experience in energy engineering or energy management.
  • A 2-year technical degree – within South Africa PrTechniEng, PAT – with 8 years’ experience in energy engineering or energy management.
  • 10 years or more verified experience in energy engineering or energy management.
  • Re-certification is required every 3 years subject to participation in the AEE continuing education program (CEP).


Examination: A 4-hour voluntary examination may be written in the afternoon on the next day, or a later date – subject to pre-application and registration

Additional information

Date and Location

August 31st to 4th, 2020, Mauritius, Quatre Bornes, September 21th to 26th, 2020, Rwanda, Kigali, November 23rd to 27th, 2020, Johannesburg, SA, November 23rd to 28th, 2020, Nairobi, Kenya