National Credential
Credential: Certified Energy Auditor (CEA)  ANSI resource
Credentialing Agency: Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)

The Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) is an individual who evaluates and analyzes how energy is being used in a facility, identifies energy conservation opportunities and makes recommendations where consumption can be reduced or optimized. Candidates are required to acknowledge completion of a minimum of 2 hours of Safety Training within the last three years and participation in five commercial audits within the last three years. In addition, candidates must meet one of the specified education and/or experience requirements to sit for the exam. All CEM candidates must attend a preparatory CEM training seminar conducted by an approved training provider prior to sitting for the exam.

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

Renewal Period: 3 years

Certified Energy Auditor (CEA)

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
Warrant Officer 120A Construction Engineering Technician WOMOS 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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Certified Energy Auditor (CEA)

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
  • 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

Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)
3168 Mercer University Drive
Atlanta, GA  30341
Phone: (770) 447-5083
Contact Page

Certified Energy Auditor (CEA)

Option 1: Candidate must have a Four-Year Engineering or Architecture degree or Professional Engineer (P.E.) or Registered Architect (R.A.) or active CEM with at least three years of experience in energy auditing and/or participating in a team doing energy assessments

Option 2: Candidate must have a Four-Year non-Engineering degree with at least four years of experience in energy auditing and/or participating in a team doing energy assessments.

Option 3: Candidate must have a Two-Year Technical degree with at least five years of experience in energy auditing and/or participating in a team doing energy assessments.

Option 4: Candidate must have ten years or more verified experience in energy auditing and/or participating in a team doing energy assessments.

Acceptable experience is full-time direct energy auditing work or participating in team energy assessments. Higher education, part-time internships, and research positions are not acceptable.

Candidates are required to acknowledge completion of a minimum of 2 hours of Safety Training within the last three years.

All CEA candidates must attend one of AEE's preparatory CEA training seminars conducted by an approved training provider. AEE does not provide training; instead it has approved training providers.

The Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidates are required to acknowledge participation in five commercial audits within the last three years. Two of the audits are a minimum of 10,000 sq. ft. Also, the audits have been of at least two different building types.

Certified Energy Auditor (CEA)

  • Developing an Audit Strategy & Plan (12-18%)
  • Utility Analysis, Renewable Opportunities (11-17%)
  • Data Collection & Economic Analysis (11-17%)
  • Lighting Systems (7-10%)
  • HVAC & Heating Systems (16-24%)
  • Motors, Drives & Compressed Air (7-10%)
  • Ventilation Systems (4-6%)
  • Domestic Hot Water Systems (4-5%)
  • Building Envelope (3-5%)
  • Water Conservation (3-4%)

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) 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.

Certified Energy Auditor (CEA)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) credential has the following recertification information:

  • A CEA must accumulate ten professional credits every three years and submit a completed Renewal Form to the Certification Renewal Director to remain certified.

Activities for CEA Renewal Credits

  • Continued employment in energy auditing activities: 2 credits per year
  • Continuing education (CEU’s) / professional activities (seminars or conferences) including but not limited to auditing, IAQ, and health & safety: 2 credits per CEU, college credit hour or 10 contract hours for seminar
  • Awards presented and/or papers published involving energy auditing: 2 credits each