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Certification: Certified Energy Manager (CEM)

The Energy Efficiency Council is the only Australian Training Partner of the ‘Certified Energy Manager (CEM)’ certification and exam, delivered in partnership with the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).

The AEE Certified Professional Directory publishes the complete list of qualified Certified Energy Manager's (CEM) in Australia and across the world.    

ONLINE CLASSROOM 16 - 20 October 2023

How to register:


Course structure

Registrations close: 30 September 2023

Videoconference: Zoom classroom
Class size: 20 maximum
Trainer: Roger Horwood
Schedule: 25 contact hours + 4 hour exam individually scheduled and proctored)
Course materials: The exam is open book and the use of electronic references is prohibited. Printed course materials will be couriered to fully-paid registrants after the closing date. 
Pre-reading: Registrants are encouraged to undertake some pre-reading to familiarise themselves with the terminology of the course. A number of resources are available here.

*The CEM certification program is typically delivered in a face-to-face learning environment across five full days with an exam on the final day. Given the impact of COVID-19 on face-to-face learning, the AEE has temporarily condensed the contact hours of the course to facilitate an online classroom.  

All dates and times are AEDT (Melbourne/Sydney time).

Days 1 – 5 (Monday - Friday, 16 - 20 October 2023)

Session 1: 9.30AM-12.00PM (please be online by 9.15AM to ensure a prompt start)

Break: 12.00-1.00PM

Session 2: 1.00-3.30PM

Exam: 4 hour exam individually scheduled and proctored in a two week window after course completion.


Certification (course and exam)

Includes access to pre-course information, printed course materials, the course, trainer support and the remotely proctored exam. All fees are inclusive of GST.

Standard: $4,620

EEC Member: $3,960

Payment may be made in full by credit card at the time of registration, or a deposit payment of $935 may be made and a balance invoice will be issued.

Exam only (resit or first time)

Registration for the exam only may also be booked and paid through the registration process (refer note 1 below). These registrants will join the exam window immediately following the next course.

Standard: $655

EEC Member: $555 

Payment must be made in full by credit card at the time of registration.


  1. In order to register for the exam only, registrants must have completed the certification program within the last 3 years OR must have undertaken the examination (but not passed) within the last 3 years;
  2. A limited number of discounted places are availaible in each program to full time tertiary students. Pricing and further information on student places is available by writing to;
  3. All prices are stated in Australian dollars and include GST. Payments by credit card attract a credit card surcharge of 2.4% plus GST;
  4. Current EEC members receive significant discounts on the fee schedule, but the membership must be up to date to receive the discounted rate. For more information on becoming an EEC member, review the membership overview; and
  5. Should a non-member register for a course at the EEC member rate, and invoice for the difference will be issued and will be due for payment before the course commences.

About the CEM certification

A Certified Energy Manager is an individual who optimizes the energy performance of a facility, building, or industrial plant. The CEM is a systems integrator for electrical, mechanical, process, and building infrastructure, analysing the optimum solutions to reduce energy consumption in a cost-effective approach. CEMs are often team leaders and help to develop and implement their organisations’ energy management strategies. CEMs have gained increased recognition within the energy industry and by companies looking to strengthen their competitive position by having responsible energy strategies and sustainable operational practices.

  • Energy managers looking to validate their experience and knowledge;
  • Consultant that specialise in improving the energy efficiency of buildings and building systems;
  • Building owners or managers looking to understand how energy savings can finance their next project; and
  • Individuals involved in developing energy efficiency projects, strategies or sustainability programs for their organisation or clients.

This program helps educate and qualify individuals involved in optimising the use of energy in buildings and systems. By obtaining the CEM certification, candidates gain industry and peer recognition by demonstrating their understanding of energy-efficiency principles, practices, and technologies. The program raises the professional standards, both technical and ethical, of those engaged in energy efficiency and energy management.

The certification program requires fundamental knowledge across several core principles and practices specific to energy management in buildings and facilities.

Participants in the Certified Energy Manager certification course will learn about:

  • Codes and Standards
  • Energy Accounting and Economics
  • Energy Audits and Instrumentation
  • Electrical Power Systems and Motors
  • HVAC Systems
  • Industrial Systems
  • Building Envelope
  • CHP Systems and Renewable Energy
  • Fuel Supply and Pricing
  • Building Automation and Control Systems Thermal Energy Storage Systems
  • Lighting Systems
  • Boiler and Steam Systems
  • Maintenance and Commissioning
  • Energy Savings Performance Contracting and Measurement & Verification

Learning Objectives

  • To raise the professional standards of those engaged in energy management;
  • To improve the practice of energy management by encouraging energy managers in a continuing program of professional development;
  • To identify persons with acceptable knowledge of the principles and practices of energy management related disciplines and laws governing and affecting energy managers through completing an examination and fulfilling prescribed standards of performance and conduct; and
  • To award special recognition to those energy managers who have demonstrated a high level of competence and ethical fitness for energy management.

Eligibility for full or in-training certification

Note: all discussion of eligibility criteria refers to a candidates' qualification for full CEM or EM-IT (Energy Manager in-training) status AFTER undertaking the course AND successfully passing the exam.

Every certification program offered by AEE is defined by strict standards to ensure the program maintains it’s industry-wide recognition and credibility. To that end, AEE stipulates three criteria that all CEM candidates must meet to achieve full CEM status:

1. Applicants must have relevant experience or educational credentials, which includes meeting at least one of the following eligibility criteria#;

  • 4-year engineering or architectural degree OR Professional Engineer (PE) OR Registered Architect (RA) and 3+ years related* work experience;
  • 4-year technology, environmental science, physics, or earth science degree and 4+ years related* work experience;
  • 4-year business degree and 5+ years related* work experience;
  • 2-year energy management associate degree and 6+ years related* work experience.
  • 2-year associate degree and 8+ years related* work experience; or
  • 10+ years related* work experience.

2. Candidates must undergo a defined training program that aligns with the fundamentals knowledge base of the program, and the principles and practices of the industry as a whole; and

3. Candidates must pass the associated exam to demonstrate their technical knowledge, proficiency, and abilities in the area of energy efficiency. 

*Related degree in science, engineering, architecture, business, law, finance, or related field and related experience in energy, building or facility management, or measurement and verification.

#If you do not fulfill one of the eligibility criteria in point 1 above, you will still be considered for the Energy Manager In-Training certification, EMIT. The EMIT certification is valid for six years, which allows you time to meet the full CEM certification eligibility requirements.


Roger Horwood is arguably one of Australia's leading energy engineers and has conducted and managed hundreds of energy and greenhouse projects and studies, travelled overseas to train and deliver energy management diagnostics, managed several offices and assisted in business development in Australia and abroad. With his depth of experience across so many sectors of the economy, Roger facilitates training and certification in the Certified Energy Manager (CEM) certification within Australia. 

Maintaining AEE certification

AEE certifications are re-certified on a three year cycle. At renewal time, CEMs are required to provide evidence of 10 credits of CPD undertaken in the preceeding three years. As a guide, a qualifiying course of five contact hours provides 1 x AEE credit. The Energy Efficiency Council provides a range of professional development opportunities to support AEE certifications, however there are many PD options available.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received 30 days prior to the training will be accepted and fees refunded less a 50% cancellation fee. Cancellations made on/after 30 days prior to the training cannot be accepted. Registrations are non-transferable. Refunds will not be available if you choose not to attend the training course. Cancellation requests must be received in writing and can be sent to

The Energy Efficiency Council reserves the right to cancel any program at its discretion. In the event that the Energy Efficiency Council cancels a program, registrants will be given the option of transferring to the next available program dates or being provided with a full refund of the registration fees. 

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