ATLANTA, Sept. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Energy announced that the Association of Energy Engineers® (AEE®) Certified Energy Manager® (CEM®) is recognized under the Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines (BBWG) program, making it the first program to earn BBWG Recognition. The Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines are a national framework from which organizations can develop high-quality and nationally recognized training and certification programs, helping to address consistency, quality, and scalability issues in the commercial energy efficiency workforce.
AEE's CEM recognizes individuals who have demonstrated high levels of experience, competence, proficiency, and ethical fitness in the energy management profession. To receive recognition, a certification program must be accredited by a third party to ISO/IEC 17024. The CEM has been accredited to ISO/IEC 17024 by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
"We are thrilled to announce that the AEE Certified Energy Manager credential aligns with the Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines," said Dr. Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. "This is an indication of their dedication to helping develop a competent workforce to operate the nation's commercial buildings in an energy efficient manner."
Al Thumann, P.E., C.E.M., Executive Director for the Association of Energy Engineers said, "the CEM program is the most recognized credential for energy managers, recognizing individuals who have demonstrated high levels of experience, competence, proficiency, and ethical fitness in the energy management profession. Since 1981, over 15,000 professionals have earned the CEM credential providing the BBWG with a quality workforce in place to meet the growing demands of the marketplace."
"The National Institute of Buildings Sciences established the Commercial Workforce Credentialing Council to lead development and implementation of the Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines," said Institute President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA. "The Department of Energy and the Institute worked with private and public sector industry stakeholders, including AEE, to establish, develop and implement outreach to promote education on and adoption of the Guidelines."
The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) is a nonprofit professional society of over 17,000 members in 97 countries. The mission of AEE is "to promote the scientific and educational interests of those engaged in the energy industry and to foster action for Sustainable Development." AEE offers a full array of informational outreach programs including seminars (live and internet based), conferences, journals, books, and certification programs.
For more about AEE, visit www.aeecenter.org. Follow the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) on LinkedIn, Twitter: @AEE, and Facebook.
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