The AEE’s Certified Carbon Reduction Manager (CRM®) program is designed to provide recognition for professionals who have distinguished themselves as leaders in the growing field of carbon reduction.

This CRM® course is designed to provide internationally recognised comprehensive training in the critical areas of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, carbon reduction and associated reporting.

The focused, fast-paced program is presented over 3 days and is intended both to expand your knowledge in the carbon management field and to serve as a preparatory vehicle for the exam which is required to achieve the AEE’s CRM® certification. The examination is taken on the 4th day and is voluntary.

The AEE’s widely respected CRM® training and certification program was launched in 2008. The course is now presented on 4 continents, and the certification has gained broad acceptance in the United States and the international arena. The CRM® exam and course materials have recently been updated to reflect the very latest in carbon trends, reporting protocols and guidance documents.

Concepts that will be presented include carbon auditing; emissions reporting and verification; emissions conversions; renewable energy sources and green power; energy efficiency technologies; fleet management; emissions trading; recycling and water; financing and marketing to maximize project success, and much more.

  • Introduction, executive briefing & high-level strategies
  • Introduction to carbon emissions management (why you may need to report GHGs)
  • Carbon footprint measurement & monitoring (practical methods to report GHGs)
  • Practical application
  • Practical strategies & tactics to reduce your carbon footprint and environmental impact
  • Discussion of class exercise
  • Carbon credits, GHG trading and new revenue tactics
  • Financing / selling / approving your program

Steps to Certification

  1. Register to attend the AEE training course with a licensed training provider of the AEE.
  2. Register to sit the AEE examination complete the certification application and return it to the Certification Coordinator at the EnTF.
  3. Attend 85% or more in-class training.
  4. Pass the examination with 70% or more.
  5. Your examination mark and certification application will be reviewed by the AEE African Certification Board for your applied certification.
  6. Your application with African Board recommendations will be submitted to AEE’s International Certification Board for approval.
  7. Should you receive feedback that you may only receive ‘intraining’ status, you may upgrade to full certification status once you have achieved sufficient levels of experience, and as long as this is within 6 years.
  8. You will receive notification for renewal on a 3 yearly basis.

On completion of the CRM® course you will be able to immediately implement practical strategies & tactics to reduce your carbon footprint and environmental impact. On obtaining certification with the AEE you will be one of thousands of distinguished professionals in the international energy engineering fraternity.

This program is designed to help energy-, facility- and business professionals become more adept and skilful in identifying and implementing effective carbon reduction strategies.

Those who can benefit from this course include:

  • Facility-, Energy and Environmental Managers
  • Environmental Engineering Specialist
  • Corporate Sustainability Manager
  • Directors of Energy
  • Energy Engineers
  • Consultants
  • Contractors
  • Plant Engineers
  • Energy Service Professionals
  • Utility Professionals
  • VPs of Operations

The CRM training course is at a level which assumes the delegate has basic problem-solving skills, including quick and accurate use of a hand calculator, the ability to use basic algebra and financial competency to solve problem solution expressions and calculations from a written problem statement.

The examination and certification process is optional and you may take the course without it as well. The examination is typically held on the morning of day 4, or at any other AEE examination day. Examination questions are based on concepts and experiences contained within this program material. The exam, which must be completed within 4-hours, is open book, with a mixture of multiple choice and true/false questions.

This is a voluntary exam and delegates must book for the examination and submit a certification application form before taking the exam. The examination may only be taken after completion of the prescribed AEE CRM® training at a licensed AEE training provider.

Note that exam results will only be issued once candidate is in good standing with EnTF.

Click here to download the CRM brochure in .pdf

Eligibility For Certification

The prerequisites to qualify for the certification process have been designed to take into account the possible diversity of education and practical experience an individual may have. However, each CRM® candidate must attend the CRM® training programme, pass the written CRM® 4-hour examination with marks of 70% or more, and meet one of the following criteria:

Education and Experience:

  • A 4-year engineering or architectural degree, or a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.), or Registered Architect (R.A.) – within South Africa a PrEng, PrArch
  • A 4-year business or related degree, with at least 3 years’ experience in energy or carbon management.
  • A 2-year associate / technical degree – within South Africa PrTechniEng, PAT – with 5+ years’ experience in energy or carbon management.
  • 8+ years or more verified experience in energy or carbon management.
  • Re-certification is required every 3 years subject to participation in the AEE continuing education program (CEP).

*Related experience in energy engineering or energy management.

**Please Note: Verification of employment must be submitted.

If you do not meet one of the eligibility criteria above, you can still apply for the In-Training certification, CRM-IT. In order to gain the in-training certification, you must attend a CRM preparatory training course or obtain a degree from an approved training provider, submit the CRM-IT certification application, and pass the international CRM examination. The CRM-IT certification is valid for six years, which allows you time to meet the full CRM certification eligibility requirements.

Training Costs*

R10 700.00 (Excl. VAT)

Examination: A 4-hour voluntary examination may be written in the afternoon on he next day, or a later date – subject to pre-application and registration

Examination Cost*

R3 200.00 (Excl. VAT)

View all upcoming CRM courses for online registration


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.