CEA Exam Prep Workshops – November 2018 (San Diego)


This full day workshop will focus on preparing candidates to take the multiple-choice and modeling portions of the Residential Certified Energy Analyst (CEA) exam administered through CABEC. The workshop includes key information about how the exam was developed, exam competencies and objectives, sample questions, study resources and exam taking tips. This workshop will also include hands-on modeling of a sample project, including strategies for project assessment, gathering and organizing plan take-offs, and identifying common modeling mistakes.

Note: Participants are encouraged to bring laptop computers with the most current version of the compliance software and be prepared to use it. 


 8:30am – 4:30pm and FREE of charge. Continental breakfast and lunch provided.

Multiple-choice Exam Workshop Outline: (3 hours total)

  1. Multiple-choice Exam Structure and Scoring
  2. Multiple-choice Exam Competencies and Objectives
  3. Sample Questions

Modeling Exam Workshop Outline: (4 hours total)

  1. ACM Exam Structure and Scoring
  2. Hands-on Modeling (Sample Project)
  3. Common ACM Exam Modeling Mistakes
  4. Exam Tips and Q&A


Key Messages/ Learning Objectives

  • Describe the CEA exam development process and structure.
  • Identify the competencies and objectives (behaviors) that are represented in the Residential CEA exam.
  • Identify appropriate study resources and describe how to use them effectively.
  • Describe the types of mistakes most commonly made when modeling.
  • Perform plan take-offs for a new construction residential project.
  • Apply modeling strategies to accurately model residential projects using Energy Commission approve compliance software.
  • Review an existing model and associated reports to identify and resolve errors.


  • Energy Consultant


Brian Selby, Selby Energy, Inc

Brian is a Principal at Selby Energy, Inc., where his primary role is developing and delivering energy code training for the Energy Codes Ace Title 24 Essentials courses. He has over 30 years’ experience as an energy consultant and residential building designer and has been a HERS rater for over 15 years. He interacts with the California Energy Commission (CEC), Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs), association professionals and other industry stakeholders to foster education, promotion and compliance with the California Building Energy Standards. For the past four years he’s worked closely with CABEC and other stakeholders developing and implementing the CEA Exam program and is a member if the Compliance Improvement Advisory Group (CIAG). Brian is a Certified Energy Analyst (CEA), HERS Rater and serves on the CABEC board of directors. Born and raised in Sonora, his background includes owning and operating a successful building design, energy consulting and HERS rating business. Brian is very passionate and committed to helping this industry learn and adapt to the ever changing requirements of the energy code.

Professional Certifications and Affiliations:
• Certified HERS Rater through CalCERTS – Newly Constructed Homes, Residential Alterations, Nonresidential, Solar, RCA-I, RCA-II, HVAC Replacement, Building Envelope, and Tax Credits
• CABEC Certified Energy Analyst (CEA)
• EPA Certified HVAC Technician, Type II

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  • All listed CEA Exam Prep Workshops are held at:
    SDG&E Energy Innovation Center 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117

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