Certified Energy Auditor

Based on the growing demand for qualified professionals, the Certified Energy Auditor (CEA™) and Certified Energy Auditor in Training (CEAIT™) certifications were developed and added to the broad portfolio of professional certifications offered by the Association of Energy Engineers. Rising energy costs and inefficiency in plants and buildings is continually driving the need for trained and experienced energy auditors. The CEA certification is one that identifies professionals as having the required knowledge and experience needed to succeed in the growing field of energy auditing.

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What's covered?

The course program has been developed and adapted for European organisations and covers the key topics of:

  • Energy audit and audit approach
  • Energy fundamentals
  • Benchmarking and energy accountancy
  • Energy auditing instrumentation
  • Data analysis
  • Energy financials
  • Air conditioning systems and refrigeration
  • Facilities and lighting systems
  • Electrical systems, motors and drives
  • Alternative financing and measurement and verification
  • Hot water and steam boilers and distribution systems
  • Compressed air; pumping and industrial processes
  • Commissioning and maintenance
  • Water conservation and water auditing
  • Structured energy management programs and ISO 50001
  • Energy Efficiency Directive and requirements of audits for Article 8 compliance in Ireland and UK

This course is presented in a lecture and discussion format.

Who should participate?

  • Staff who have responsibility for energy management and want to gain a better understanding of how to improve their approach to managing energy
  • Members of energy teams who want to contribute more to the energy and water management challenge
  • Environmental auditors who want to gain a better understanding of energy and the opportunities for energy reduction
  • Technicians who want to gain a better understanding of their impact on energy.

What will I learn?

Participants achieve the following learning outcomes from the programme;

  • Assess the energy consumption of an organisation.
  • Analyse the energy data of the organisation to identify key trends or issues.
  • Identify the areas of significant energy use for that organisation.
  • Apply the principles of benchmarking the organisation against other similar organisations.
  • Identify the key opportunities for energy and water improvements related to those areas of significant energy use using sound audit principles.
  • Apply sound financial principles to energy management projects including life cycle costing and savings to investment analysis.
  • Engage and interact in a structured energy management environment with a full understanding of the ISO 50001 energy management standard approach.
  • Transition the outcome of their energy audits into a functional energy management system in line with the requirements of ISO 50001
  • Undertake the role as an ESOS Lead Assessor under UK ESOS Legislation

Who are the tutors?

Ian Boylan

Ian was initially a time served electrician who then completed a raft of qualifications including electrical and electronic technician’s examinations and graduated from UCC with a degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering in 1996 before completing a Masters Degree in Sustainable Energy. He is a former Senior Electrical Engineer with the Irish Naval Service and worked as Energy Services Manager for an Irish Energy Management Consultancy. He is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institute of Engineers of Ireland, founder president of the Association of Energy Engineers (Irish Chapter) and an approved AEE CEM Trainer
Ian has assisted a number of companies to achieve the Irish Energy Management Standard IS393 and provides energy management consultancy to a large number of clients.


What are the entry requirements?

A delegate wishing to achieve CEA certification must have:

a)      Four year degree from an accredited university or college in engineering or architecture, or be a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) or Registered Architect (R.A.). In addition, the applicant must have at least three years of verifiable experience in energy auditing, energy management, facility management, or experience related to energy management OR

b)      Four years non-engineering degree with at least four years of verifiable experience in energy auditing, energy management, facility management, or experience related to energy management OR

c)       Two years technical degree with at least five years of verifiable experience in energy auditing, energy management, facility management, or experience related to energy management; (equivalent of Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications e.g. maintenance fitter, maintenance electrician, or certificate in environmental sciences) OR

d)      Ten years of verifiable experience in energy auditing, energy management, facility management, or experience related to energy management; OR

e)      The current status of Certified Energy Manager (CEM®). Note: If you have already attended the CEM course, you will have covered the syllabus for this 3 day CEA programme.

It is possible for a person with the correct academic qualification but not having the relevant energy related experience, to undertake the course and the examination. On passing the exam they will be awarded the “Energy Auditor in Training” certification. Once the relevant experience has been acquired, the person will receive the CEA certification without having to retake the examination.  Persons competencies will be assessed against the BSI published PAS 51215 requirements to ensure that they have the relevant experience to become certified.

For applicants whose first language is not English, SQT recommends a minimum English language competency of IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent) for successful completion of this programme. It is important to note that learners are not expected to have an IELTS or equivalent examination complete. Potential delegates are expected to self-assess their English language competency against the IELTS Band scores which can be found in this document.

How will I be assessed?

Course learning will be assessed in a comprehensive open book examination.

Programme accreditation

The Certified Energy Auditor qualification is awarded by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), based in the USA, but with chapters in 81 countries worldwide.

Delegates who meet the core requirements, complete the course and pass the examination will be awarded the “Certified Energy Auditor” qualification.  Successful delegates will be certified as a Certified Energy Auditor by the Association of Energy Engineers (www.aeecenter.org) and will also receive one year’s free membership with AEE.   Persons attending this training and passing examination (all in SI Units) and awarded certification as CEA will be automatically approved to act as Lead Assessors in the UK for the purposes of the UK ESOS Legislation.

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