AEE’s Certified Business Energy Professional (BEP) program awards special recognition to those business, accounting, marketing and energy professionals who have demonstrated a high level of competence in their field of energy practice. Ideally suited to persons who supervise and manage technical professionals in energy.

The program offers a comprehensive learning forum for those who wish to culminate their business, accounting, marketing and energy experience and existing qualifications into a recognised international energy Certification.  CBEP® training is followed by a voluntary examination which could lead to international Certification with the US-based Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). Designed for professionals who supervise and manage technical professionals in energy. These professionals may not be engineers, technicians or even technically oriented but they are business, marketing, accounting-oriented: procurement, management, energy accounting and reporting, performance contracting management, alternative financing, utility rates and project financing are critical elements of their job. They need an understanding of how energy efficiency opportunities impact the “bottom line” for their customers and their companies. They need to be able to communicate in non-technical terms the advantages and disadvantages of the various efficiency opportunities available. This program will enable these professionals to document that they understand the techniques necessary to excel. 

  • Need for energy management

Active energy management, environmental impacts/requirements, establishing an energy management program, resources

  • Codes and standards

Basic energy codes, how codes are developed and standards adopted

  • Green buildings programs

Defining a green building, energy staf, LEED, site and source energy,

  • Energy fundamentals

Energy conversions, load factor, heating and cooling degree days, point of use costs, energy formulas

  • Utility rate structures

Knowledge of different types of costs recovered in rates (commodity, distribution, fixed vs. variable, power cost adjustments, etc.), power factor adjustments, block rates, time of use rates, real time pricing, rate analysis, green power, rate development, DSM programs and their impacts to rates

  • Electric and gas procurement

Energy procurement, risk identification in procurement, procurement strategies, energy (fuel) choices

  • Energy accounting

Collecting and organising utility data, spreadsheet tools, calculating the energy use index, sources of data, comparison of facilities, limitations of data, end use analysis, benchmarking, forecasting energy use, energy interval data

  • Energy audits and instrumentation

Role and types of energy audits, common energy audit deficiencies, analysis of operations and maintenance, audit equipment, audit report, incorporating the goals

  • Energy economics and financing

Importance of knowing finance, basic finance, statements and individual components, energy budgeting, development and reporting, economic evaluations, life cycle costing, simple payback, net present value, annual worth, internal rate of return, after tax cash flows, energy efficiency versus renewable economic evaluations, spreadsheet analysis, alternative financing, direct purchase methods, leasing methods, performance contracting

  • Commissioning

Necessity and cost effectiveness of commissioning, associated costs, phases of commissioning, guidance for the commissioning RFP, documentation

  • Measurement and verification (M&V)

Reasons for M&V, M&V targets, minimising risk, M&V options, IPMVP, importance in financing energy and water efficiency, concepts and methodology

  • Metering

Revenue meters, meter reading systems, high level understanding of meter components, electronic correctors, components metered (kWh, kW, kVARh; turnup vs. therms vs. CCF), pressure and temperature correction, read terminology, power factor, interval data systems and analysis, sub-metering, cost centre metering, reporting and budgeting, IT and web-based systems,

  • Building systems overview

Operation and maintenance, building envelope

  • Lighting

Basics (lumens, foot candles, efficacy, CRI, Color Temp, CU), lamp types

  • HVAC systems
  • Control fundamentals


  • Industrial systems overview

Electric utility system, generation, transmission, distribution, power quality and reliability, smart grid, steam systems, boilers, turbines, heat exchanger, motors and pumps, motor basics, motor management, energy savings, variable volume options, selecting and replacing motors, pump types, compressed air systems and its componenets, compressed air efficiency improvements, industrial processes

  • Energy efficient equipment, applications, new technologies

Energy recovery ventilation (ERV), HVAC, ECM motors, lighting technologies, condensing and autoflame control for boilers, transformer technologies, utility scale batteries, future fuels, carbon trading, emissions tracking

  • Onsite generation

Distributed generation, on-site combined heat and power systems and their benefits and potential, fuel cells, solar PV, wind turbines, microturbines, engines, flywheels, energy storage

  • Understand the impact and consequences of all facest of an energy management program
  • Enable you to make good business decisions when dealing with energy management projects, initiatives or programs
  • Make immediate impacts to your organisation

Ideal for persons:

  • CEO’s, decision makers, managers overseeing management programs or managing and supervising technical teams
  • CFO’s, financial directors, accountants
  • Marketing directors and public relations persons working in companies that ascribe to becoming environmentally friendly
  • Project managers in the energy field who require knowledge to help justify getting approval for a higher percentage of energy projects
  • CEMs and CEAs require more business knowledge for projects, or required AEE renewal credits
  • Facility managers, facility engineers, maintenance personnel
  • Energy services company managers
  • Utility account managers and utility employees
  • Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4
  • Good command of the English language
  • Ability to use a scientific calculator

Any person may attend the training, for trainees wishing to pursue the international certification as a Certified Business Energy Professional (CBEP) by taking the examination the applicant needs the following:

  • Attend a minimum of 85% of the theoretical training days
  • Write and achieve the 70% passmark for the international examination within 3 years of taking the theoretical training course
  • Apply for the certification and meet ONE of the following criteria:


4-year degree in business, marketing, finance, engineering, or architecture AND the required experience 2+ years’ related*
4-year unrelated degree AND the required experience 3+ years’ related* experience
2-year diploma AND the required experience 5+ years’ related* experience
None; the required experience only 8+ years’ related* experience
Current status of Certified Energy Manager (CEM®)

*Related experience is in business/accounting, marketing and sales

Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA)

CPD pending


Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)

7.2 credits for AEE Certification renewal credits.


International Certification with AEE

International AEE Certification will be listed in the online AEE Certified Professionals Directory once approved by the AEE Certification Board


Attendance Certificate

Attendance Certificates will be issued to all delegates that attend the full duration of the training course (85% or higher attendance required)

Cost: R 15,700.00 (excluding VAT)


Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA)

6 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits for ECSA requirements. 5 CPD for attending the course, 1 CPD when the examination is passed.ECSA-logo_150x132

Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)

7.2 credits for Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) demonstration to re-certify on another AEE certification program.


International certification with the AEE

International AEE certification may be applied for as a CEM® on attaining a 70% pass-mark for the examination.


Terms and conditions

1. First paid first served policy applies for booking security.

2. Booking security requires the following to be received within six (6) working days prior to the commencement of our service delivery:

a. Full payment with proof of payment supplied.

b. A purchase order to the value of the full amount of the invoice for pre-approved clients.

c. For AEE examinations full AEE Certification Application with accompanying documentation.

3. Fees include:

a. Training courses: course fee, training manual, trainer costs, accreditation fees, venue and catering during training, attendance certificate, AEE chapter membership fee for one year.

b. AEE Examinations: exam fee, exam marking, accreditation fees, examiner costs, certification application and review, venue and snack during exam, exam passes and successful certification applications receive AEE membership for one year for pass candidates, AEE Certificate, AEE online listing.

4. It will be the responsibility of the course participants to book their own accommodation, breakfast and dinner.

5. Policy on international candidates:

5.1 Invoices exclude withholding and country-specific taxes. Should these be leveraged by your government, we reserve the right to invoice the responsible entity/person to recoup the costs.

5.2 ZAR VAT is payable for candidates attending training in South African borders, this may be claimed on departure from South Africa using the tax invoice.

5.3 Visa letters will only be issued to candidates that have paid in full for the training course.

6. Cancellation policy:

6.1 Cancellations received within six (6) working days prior to the first day of training will carry a 25% cancellation fee.

6.2 Cancellations received seven (7) working days or more prior to the first day of training will receive a full refund.

6.3 Examination sittings cancelled or moved more than six (6) working days prior to the exam date will carry a R300 excl reschedule fee.

6.4 We reserve the right to cancel a course should it not be financially viable.

7. Policy on accounts not in good standing:
The candidate in attendance at the course ultimately remains responsible to ensure full payment is received whether self-funded, through a sponsor, or their own company. In the event that a candidate, or the candidate’s organisation is not in good standing with the company we reserve the right to withhold:

Certificates of Attendance
Course Attendance Registers
Issuing of ECSA CPD credits
Examination Results
AEE Certification Application and/or Renewal Submissions
AEE Certification Certificate
Listing on the AEE website

8. Right of Admission Reserved.