National Credential
Credential: Certified Energy Manager (CEM)  In-Demand resource  GI Bill resource  ANSI resource
Credentialing Agency: Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)

The Certified Energy Manager (CEM) credential recognizes professionals in the energy management field who have demonstrated high levels of experience, competence, proficiency, and ethical fitness in the energy management profession. 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, and complete and pass a four-hour written, open-book examination.

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

Renewal Period: 3 years

Certified Energy Manager (CEM)

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 12A Engineer Senior Sergeant MOS other          
Enlisted 12H Construction Engineering Supervisor MOS other          
Enlisted 12T Technical Engineer MOS some          
Enlisted 12X General Engineering Supervisor MOS some          
Warrant Officer 120A Construction Engineering Technician WOMOS some        

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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 Manager (CEM)

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 Manager (CEM)

Option 1: Candidate must have a Four-Year Engineering or Architecture degree or Professional Engineer (P.E.) or Registered Architect (R.A.) with at least three years of experience in energy engineering/management.

Option 2: Candidate must have a Four-Year Technology, Environmental Science, Physics, or Earth Science degree with at least four years of experience in energy engineering/management.

Option 3: Candidate must have a Four-Year Business or related degree with at least five years of experience in energy engineering/management.

Option 4: Candidate must have a Two-Year Energy Management Associate’s degree with at least six years of experience in energy engineering/management.

Option 5: Candidate must have a Two-Year Technical degree with at least eight years of experience in energy engineering/management.

Option 6: Candidate must have ten years or more verified experience in energy engineering/management.

Acceptable experience is full-time direct energy management work. Higher education, part-time internships, and research positions are not acceptable.

All CEM candidates must attend a preparatory CEM training seminar conducted by an approved training provider. AEE does not provide training; instead it has approved training providers.

Certified Energy Manager (CEM)

  • Codes and Standards (4-6%)
  • Energy Accounting and Economics (11-14%)
  • Energy Audits and Instrumentation (11-15%)
  • Electrical Systems (5-7%)
  • HVAC Systems (5-7%)
  • Motors and Drives (5-6%)
  • Industrial Systems (4-6%)
  • Building Envelope (4-5%)
  • CHP Systems and Renewable Energy (4-5%)
  • Fuel Supply and Pricing (4-5%)
  • Building Automation and Control Systems (4-6%)
  • High Performance Buildings (4-5%)
  • Thermal Energy Storage Systems (3-4%)
  • Lighting Systems (5-7%)
  • Boiler and Steam Systems (4-6%)
  • Maintenance and Commissioning (4-6%)
  • Energy Savings Performance Contracting and Measurement & Verification (4-5%)

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Energy Manager (CEM) 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 Manager (CEM)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Energy Manager (CEM) credential has the following recertification information:

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

Activities for CEM Renewal Credits

  • Continued employment in energy management/energy engineering activities: 1 credit per year
  • Membership in a professional engineering society: 1 credit per year (3 max)
  • Continuing education (CEU’s) / professional activities (seminars or conferences): 2 credits per CEU, college credit hour or 10 contract hours for seminar
  • Awards presented and/or papers published involving energy engineering/management: 2 credits each
  • Offices held in a professional engineering society: 1 credit per year