CEA Exam Resources (2016 Standards)

2016 Energy Code Standards are here!

The first round of 2016 Standards exams — Residential new exams and both Res/Nonres Re-Certifications for active 2013 CEAs — happened on January 26, 2017 in Downey, CA (near Los Angeles) and January 31, 2017 in Stockton, CA (near Sacramento). Scores will be available by early April — hopefully sooner!

The next round of exams will be for Nonresidential new exams and, as in January, both Res/Nonres Re-Certifications. Dates and locations:

Southern California: Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017, 8am to 5:30pm
SDG&E Energy Innovation Center, 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, 92117

Northern California: Tuesday, May 9th, 2017, 8am to 5:30pm
PG&E Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard Street (Between 4th and 5th Streets), San Francisco, 94103

Ready to sign up? Register here!

Below you will find resources and materials to help you prepare for the exam(s). 

One of the most common questions we’ve had around the launch of the new 2016 Standards: what happens to examinees who did not successfully pass all parts of the CEA exam for the 2013 code cycle? See our handy chart for answers!

Or, view the requirements for new and current CEAs heading into the 2016 Standards.

Testing Materials & Exam Preparation

Examinees will be provided with Reference materials on a USB flash drive. Most of these are also available online:

Morning & Afternoon Sessions

The full 2016 Standards CEA Exam is a full-day process, from 7:30 AM (sharp) through 4:30 PM. The Multiple Choice portion occurs in the morning, from 7:30am -12:30pm, and the ACM (modeling) portion occurs during the afternoon session, from 1:00pm to 4:30pm.

Anyone taking only the ACM or Multiple Choice portions will do so during the same sessions as those taking the same portions as part of the Full Exam.

Any current 2013 CEAs taking one Re-certification Exam may complete it during either the Morning or Afternoon session. CEAs taking both Re-certification Exams may complete both during either the Morning or Afternoon session at their location (the Re-Certs are short & multiple choice only), or spread the Re-Certs among both Morning and Afternoon sessions. Early Re-Cert registrants can set their Morning/Afternoon Session preference here; if you need to switch sessions closer to exam day, please contact us.

What to Bring

  • Bring a picture identification (such as a driver’s license)
  • Bring your own laptop (updated and with power cord) that can connect to WiFi and read a USB flash drive, pre-loaded with the most current version of any CEC-approved Residential software that can model E+A+A projects (Existing + Additions + Alterations) and a few #2 pencils. You may also bring a calculator and scratch paper. You may bring hard copies of any materials you want to use, such asthe documents linked above
  • Lunch & drinks in containers as needed

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