National Credential
Credential: Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP)  ANSI resource
Credentialing Agency: American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

The purpose of the Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP) certification is to certify individuals' ability to evaluate, choose, use, calibrate, and interpret the results of energy modeling software when applied to building and systems energy performance and economics and to certify individuals' competence to model new and existing buildings and systems with their full range of physics. Candidates must submit a completed application and meet one of the combinations of academic and work experience requirements to be eligible to sit for the exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 12K Plumber MOS some          
Enlisted 12T Technical Engineer MOS some          
Enlisted 91C Utilities Equipment Repairer MOS other          
Enlisted 91D Tactical Power Generation Specialist MOS other          

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 10 years
  • Education: High School Diploma/GED
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
1791 Tullie Circle, N.E.
Atlanta, GA  30329
Phone: (800) 527-4723
Fax: (404) 321-5478
Contact Page

Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP)

Option 1: High School diploma or equivalent and a minimum of ten (10) years’ energy-related HVAC, architecture, lighting, or renewable energy experience, including a minimum of two (2) years’ building energy modeling experience.

Option 2: Associate’s degree or Technical degree or certificate in design, construction, or a related field from an accredited institution of higher learning and a minimum of seven (7) years’ energy-related HVAC, architecture, lighting, or renewable energy experience, including a minimum of two (2) years’ building energy modeling experience.

Option 3: Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related field (e.g., building science, architecture, physics, or mathematics) from an accredited institution of higher learning and a minimum of five (5) years’ energy-related HVAC, architecture, lighting, or renewable energy experience, including a minimum of two (2) years’ building energy modeling experience; up to two years of graduate studies at an accredited institution of higher learning can be counted toward the five (5) years’ experience in this category.

Option 4: Government-issued or government-recognized license as a professional engineer or architect and a minimum of two (2) years’ building energy modeling experience.

Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP)

  • Establishing the Modeling Scope (17%)
    • Modeling Objectives
    • Analysis Methodologies
    • Software and Tool Selection
    • Project Scheduling and Budget Considerations
  • Components of Building and Energy Systems (48%)
    • Location and Climate Definition
    • Building Envelope and Partitions
    • Building HVAC Systems
    • Lighting Systems
    • Other Internal and Process Loads
    • District Energy Systems
    • Renewable Energy Systems
    • Controls
  • Applications of Energy Models for Buildings (12%)
    • Simulation Comparisons
    • Modeling Energy Performance
    • Evolution of Simulation Techniques to Meet Project Methods and Objectives
    • Baseline Building Models
  • Interpretations of Energy Model Results (23%)
    • Verification and Troubleshooting of Simulation Results
    • Analyzing and Comparing Modeling Results
    • Economic Analyses
    • Sensitivity Analyses
    • Project Deliverable

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP) credential has the following recertification information:

  • To retain certification, each certificant must earn 45 PDHs during the three year period following initial certification or the last renewal. Additional information regarding recertification can be found on the ASHRAE webpage.