How to Renew/Maintain Your AEE Certification
Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) Certified Professionals are required to demonstrate a development of Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) as a condition for certification renewal. The CPC requirements will be satisfied when course providers conduct courses which will enhance and improve a licensee’s professional skills in the area certified.
Each certified professional is required to obtain Continuing Education Units (CEU) or Professional Development Hours (PDH) each renewal period. A total of 10 renewal credits are required. AEE and the Energy Training Foundation (EnTF) does not maintain a record of your continuing education in the interim. You must maintain record of continuing education and complete a recertification form at the time of your renewal. You will reach your recertification date on the fourth January 1st following the date of certification.
Professional credits for recertification should be accumulated during the three-year renewal period for each renewal cycle. The seminar/course taken to acquire your certification does not apply towards your renewal credits.
AEE Energy Seminars offers a variety of live, self-paced in-house training and real-time online seminars that offer CEUs and can be found on aeecenter.org.
In Sub-Saharan Africa and Indian Ocean Islands the Energy Training Foundation (EnTF) together with the Southern African Energy Efficiency Confederation (SAEEC) review training courses, seminars, workshops and conferences for applicable CEUs.
*Please allow 4 weeks for international renewal processing from date of Renewal Application Fee being paid. Renewals can be booked and paid by following this link:
Renewal enquiries can be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Activities applicable as credits for Certification Renewal (must be applicable to your certification type):
- Training courses
- Presenting papers at conferences
- Active service on committees of associations
- Writing papers for technical publications
Workshops and conferences that qualify for CEUs in Sub-Saharan Africa and Indian Ocean Islands include:
- Southern African Energy Efficiency Convention
- African Energy Indaba
- African Utility Week
- Manufacturing Indaba
- SAEEC workshops
Enquire from the EnTF should you be unsure or if you need to find out which conferences and workshops will qualify for credits to be earned.
Credits may only be used for the 3-year renewal cycle. If this is your first renewal, you can only submit credits earned after you received the certification and the preparatory course used prior to the exam is not eligible for credit.
The maximum credit available for membership is 3 credits. Local chapter memberships and PE/Pr.Eng/Pr.Tech etc licenses are not acceptable forms of membership – only AEE membership.
AEE does not pre-approve training providers nor do we have the ability to keep track of credits you have earned during a renewal period. Please only submit your training credits at the time of renewal and ensure that you submit an attendance register confirming your attendance as well as the attendance certificate.
If your training certificate does not specially state CEU or PDH it will be considered a “contact hour.” Any contact hours must be educational training directly related to your certification and you must be able to verify your attendance. Sales meetings and non-educational meetings do not qualify.
Providers of activities for renewal credits
Service providers of courses, workshops and conferences must be accredited colleges or universities, non-profit organization or continuing education department of an organization which meets the following:
- Awards Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Hours (PDHs) to students who have completed a Learning Event. A Learning Event shall have clear objectives, include evaluation at the conclusion and incorporate review into learning activity improvements.
- Provider must maintain a list of all instructors, including qualifications
- Provider must keep a permanent record of attendees, including course name, brief content, location, date of activity, duration, and number of CEUs or PDHs awarded
- Each attendee shall be provided with a Certificate of Participation indicating Learning Event attended, date, location, and CEUs or PDHs awarded
The AEE Certification board will not pre-approve courses or course providers. It is requested that course providers present certified professionals with the above information needed for documentation as proof of continuing education. The decision of what course or activity is to be submitted AEE for credit is up to the judgment of the certified professional. Continuing education which enhances the professional attribute of the certified professional and is beneficial in an area of practice will be considered by the Board for those who are audited. If chosen for audit in a random selection, the certified professional will be expected to provide proof of documentation for the CEUs claimed. Relevant courses presented by an accredited university or college or nonprofit organization are generally accepted for credit.
Retired Certification Status
A certified professional, upon retiring and reaching the age of sixty-five, will be designated as “(name of certification held)-Retired,” will no longer be required to pay renewal fees, and will no longer be listed in our directory of actively practicing certified professionals. No further reporting is necessary except to notify the Certification Director of meeting the age requirement by sending a copy of the retired certified professional’s Driver’s License.
Calculating Your Continuing Education Credits
If you wish to use AEE Energy Seminars training as a part of meeting the 10-credit requirement to maintain certification, note that you will earn 0.8 CEU for each full day of participation in any AEE Energy Seminars training. For example, a 2-day seminar will earn you 1.6 CEU, or the equivalent of 3.2 credits toward certification renewal. The period allotted for certification examinations is not included when calculating the number of contact hours for a seminar.
Certification Renewal Fee
The fee for certification renewal varies based on certification type. The fee will be billed to you for each 3-year renewal cycle of your certification. If EnTF does not receive your paid renewal by the renewal deadline, a reinstatement fee of R800-00 will be charged in addition to the renewal fee. In some cases, it may be necessary to retake the certification exam. The onus is on you to inform the EnTF and AEE if your address changes, as failure to do so may delay your receipt of your renewal notice.
Suspension or Revocation of Certification
Certification will be terminated for professionals who do not accumulate the required professional credits, unless, in the judgement of the certification board, extenuating circumstances exist and the defficiency can be readily overcome. The certification board reserves the right to revoke certification due to violation of AEE’s ethical standards.
Reinstatement of Certification
Professionals who do not complete requirements for recertification by the certification expiration date wll be notified in writing of their suspension from using the certification designation and will no longer be listed as a holder of that certification in any AEE publication until the professional:
- Retakes the certification exam OR,
- Acquires make-up points at a cumulative total, equal to 3.5 credits per year for every year since the most recent activation date of certification (This is only an option if fewer than three renewal cycles have lapsed since the certification’s expiration date)
**If an individual allows their certification to lapse more than once, then they are required to retake the exam**
Use of Certification Designation
A holder of an AEE certification may use the designation with name on organization letterhead, business cards, and all forms of address. Certification is for individuals only. The certification designation may not be used to imply that an organization or firm is certified.