CEA vs. CEPE — What's The Difference?

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What is the difference between a Certified Energy Analyst (CEA) and a Certified Energy Plans Examiner (CEPE)? Both the CEPE and the CEA certifications encourage the professional development of building energy consultants. The CEA has additional requirements beyond passing the CEPE test.

While the California Energy Commission does not require individuals who do compliance work with the energy standards to be certified, the Certified Energy Plans Examiner (CEPE) and Certified Energy Analyst (CEA) certifications are widely recognized as representative of a personís technical expertise and applicable skills related to the stateís Title 24 Energy Standards.

— Certified Energy Plans Examiner (CEPE) —
CEPE Certificate
The CEPE exam is open to anyone who wishes to demonstrate their knowledge of the Residential and/or Nonresidential California Energy Standards, (Residential Standards and Nonresidential Standards are separate tests). Most individuals taking the CEPE test are building department plan checkers, building inspectors, and energy consultants. Individuals passing the exam are listed on the CEPE Roster page on the CABEC web site. The CEPE test is usually given twice each year and is preceded by training sessions designed to help prepare persons taking the exam.

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— Certified Energy Analyst (CEA) —
Certified Energy Analysts are people who have demonstrated their mastery of the Residential and/or Nonresidential California Energy Standards through the following steps.
  1. They have passed the appropriate (Residential and/or Nonresidential) CEPE Exam.
  2. They have at least one year of experience performing energy compliance calculations.
  3. They have participated in a CABEC Professional Practices Workshop seminar (usually a Conference Call).
  4. They attend at least six hours per year of continuing education training.
CEA Certificate
Since energy consultants are not required by the state to be certified, CABEC designed the CEA to be a statement of an energy consultant’s working knowledge and understanding of the California Energy Efficiency Standards. When an energy consultant is a Certified Energy Analyst it is a statement to a building department, builder, architect, or homeowner of the professional skills and knowledge of that energy consultant. Energy professionals who have fulfilled the above requirements will be listed on the CEA Roster page on the CABEC web site.

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