BEM Certifications

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A list of certifications, accreditations, and certificate programs for BEM practitioners (and, in some cases, more broadly for energy engineers and analysts) has been assembled and is available below.

Name of Certification Organization / Institution Short Description
Certified Energy Analyst (CEA) CABEC This is a comprehensive examination for California Energy Analysts that incorporates California energy code standards.
Associate Energy Analyst (AEA) CABEC This is meant as a stepping stone towards CEA for those who are still working on getting experience with the Standards and energy modeling.
Building Energy Modeling
Professional (BEMP)
ASHRAE "An ANSI-Accredited Personnel Certification Program under ISO/IEC 17024 (#1139), validates competency to model new and existing buildings and systems with the full range of physics; and evaluate, select, use, calibrate and interpret the results of energy modeling software where applied to building and systems energy performance and economics."[1]
Building Energy Simulation Analyst
AEE (Association of Energy Engineers) They are no longer accepting new applications – only renewals. "AEE's Building Energy Simulation Analyst (BESA™) professional certification is designed to recognize individuals with special expertise and experience in the area of utilizing building energy simulation software to assess a facility's energy performance."[2]
Certified Energy Manager (CEM) AEE "The 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, analyzing the optimum solutions to reduce energy consumption in a cost effective approach."[3]
Building Energy Modeling Graduate
BCIT - British Columbia Institute of Technology The certification is a series of courses that assess Building Science, Building Energy, and Management & Communication skills.
Home Energy Rating System
(HERS) Rater
RESNET - Residential Energy Services Network "A Certified Home Energy Rater or Rater is a person trained and certified by an accredited Home Energy Rating Provider to inspect and evaluate a home’s energy features, prepare a home energy rating and make recommendations for improvements that will save the homeowner energy and money."[4]


This table was initially developed from content developed by the CalBEM initiative led by Southern California Edison. In 2021, CalBEM led a research effort to evaluate educational opportunities and make recommendations for future opportunities which were documented in the report Recommendations for BEM Education in California. A list of certification programs was included in Appendix 4 of the report.[5]


  1. "BEMP – Building Energy Modeling Professional Certification". ASHRAE.
  2. "Certified Building Energy Simulation Analyst". AEE.
  3. "CEM – Certified Energy Manager". AEE.
  4. "How to Become a Certified Home Energy Rater". RESNET.
  5. Strategic Energy Innovations (November 8, 2021). "Recommendations for Building Energy Modeling in California".
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