CABEC Energy Analyst Programs: AEA and CEA

CABEC now offers two programs for energy analysts:
Associate Energy Analyst (AEA) accreditation & Certified Energy Analyst (CEA) Certification.

The AEA accreditation is targeted to professionals who work closely with the California Building Energy Efficiency Standards as they gain the work experience or energy modeling expertise needed to become full Certified Energy Analysts (CEAs). This would include but not be limited to candidates new to the energy industry, California Energy Commission staff, utility staff, Building Officials, Architects, Engineers, Manufacturers and similar.  There will be separate AEA accreditations for the residential and nonresidential energy standards.

The AEA provides professional recognition for passing the multiple choice portion of the rigorous CEA exams without CEU’s or direct work experience requirement.  The AEA program has been designed and implemented by your CABEC representatives based on members’ requests and feedback regarding the need for an intermediate energy analyst accreditation on the way towards full CEA status.

Compare features and requirements for the AEA and CEA:

Features AEA CEA
   Residential & Nonresidential Available? Yes Yes
   View status in online dashboard? Yes Yes
   Stamp & Certificate? No Yes
Requirements AEA CEA
   CABEC Membership required? Yes No (but Yes saves $)
   Application Fee $0 w/ any Membership $0 w/ Pro Membership
   Yearly Maintenance Fee $0 w/ any Membership $50 discount w/ Pro Membership
(for 2019; pending final decision)
   Pass multiple choice “AEA” exam Yes Yes
   Pass ACM/modeling “CEA” exam No Yes
   Certify viewing of Professional Practices Workshop Video Yes Yes
   Submit Direct Experience Requirements No Yes
   Yearly 9 Hours of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) No Yes

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