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 in January in Downey, CA (near Los Angeles) and Stockton, CA. The first round of Nonresidential new exams and Res/Nonres Re-Certifications were held in May in San Diego and San Francisco.

The next round of exams will be for both Residential and Nonresidential new exams and both Res/Nonres Re-Certifications.

For dates in September, 2017:

Northern California: Thursday, September 7th, 2017, 8am to 5:30pm
The CalCERTS Training Center, 1301 Bidwell Street, Folsom, CA 95630

Southern California: Tuesday, September 12th, 2017, 8am to 5:30pm
Energy Resource Center, 9240 Firestone Blvd, Downey, CA 90241

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 8 AM (sharp) through 5 PM. The Multiple Choice portion occurs in the morning, from 8:00am -12:30pm, and the ACM (modeling) portion occurs during the afternoon session, from 12:30pm to 5:00pm.

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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