Applying for certification

Areas of assessment

Candidates that meet the pre-requisites will be assessed against ten areas of assessment

The areas of assessment have been developed by senior professionals from across the industry with significant experience implementing energy retrofits of commercial buildings.

Candidates for CEES certification must be assessed as eligible in seven out of ten areas, including three core areas (Areas 1, 2 and 3).

Candidates for certification as a CEEL are assessed against the same ten areas, however the required skills and knowledge in each area are more stringent than for CEES candidates, and a greater emphasis is placed on the candidate's experience.

Candidates for CEEL certification must be assessed as eligible in all ten areas.

For detailed information on pre-requisites, assessment criteria and the application process, download the Guide for Candidates by clicking here. 

Area 1:  Leading and managing IBERs

Ability to effectively lead and manage an IBER project in its entirety, from scoping through to completion.

Required skills and knowledge - CEES

Required skills and knowledge - CEEL

  • Recent and relevant experience working as part of a team implementing energy efficiency retrofits of commercial buildings;
  • Familiarity with key components of construction project management including scope, cost and procurement, time, risk management, contract management, environmental management, and occupational health and safety;
  • A practical appreciation of the principles, skills and techniques required for management of Integrated Building Energy Retrofits throughout the project life cycle from inception to completion.
  • Recent and relevant experience leading the implementation of Integrated Building Energy Retrofits of commercial buildings;
  • Familiarity with key components of construction project management including scope, cost and procurement, time, risk management, contract management, environmental management, and occupational health and safety;
  • A practical appreciation and working knowledge of the principles, skills and techniques required for management of Integrated Building Energy Retrofits throughout the project life cycle from inception to completion.

Area 2: Energy consumption, assessments and analysis

Understanding of energy consumption, collection, billing, modelling and analysis, and ability to oversee energy assessments and audits.

Required skills and knowledge - CEES

Required skills and knowledge - CEEL

  • Understanding of all energy uses within a commercial building, and how they relate to each other and the building’s total energy consumption;
  • Ability to read and understand energy use profiles;
  • Ability to verify the accuracy of data presented, including from existing meters;
  • Can describe the steps necessary to undertake energy assessments and audits.
  • Understanding of all potential energy uses and emission sources within a commercial building, and how they relate to each other and the building’s total energy consumption and emissions profile;
  • Understands the impact of usage trends on energy use;
  • Ability to read and understand energy use profiles;
  • Ability to verify the accuracy of data presented, including from existing meters;
  • Understanding of energy markets, pricing and tariffs;
  • Can describe the steps necessary to undertake energy assessments and audits;
  • Experience includes overseeing energy assessments.

Area 3: Measurement and verification of energy savings

Ability to oversee a robust process for measurement and verification of energy savings.

Required skills and knowledge - CEES

Required skills and knowledge - CEEL

  • Understands the purpose and application of measurement and verification processes, standards and protocols, including the International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP);
  • Can describe how to design measurement and verification processes that are relevant to the project and scope of works being delivered.
  • Understands the purpose and application of measurement and verification processes, standards and protocols, including the International Performance  Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP);
  • Ability to design measurement and verification processes that are appropriate for the scope of particular projects.

Area 4: Business case development and project justification

Ability to undertake cost benefit analyses and develop business cases

Required skills and knowledge - CEES

Required skills and knowledge - CEEL

  • Awareness of different cost benefit analysis methodologies, and ability to identify which is best suited to a particular project or client.
  • Understands need for effective business cases to incorporate both financial and non-financial benefits;
  • Detailed understanding of different cost benefit analysis methodologies and benefits and limitations of each;
  • Demonstrates the ability to develop effective business cases that incorporate both financial and non-financial benefits;
  • Understanding of options for securing project finance, and an appreciation of an IBER's impact on the client's key accounting indicators.
  • Demonstrates ability to use appropriate cost/benefit analysis to suit particular client requirements.

Area 5: Client procurement options for IBERs

Ability to advise clients on the procurement models available, and the most appropriate model for a given project.

Required skills and knowledge - CEES

Required skills and knowledge - CEEL

  • Understanding of the various procurement models that can be utilised on IBER projects (i.e. design, specify, tender; Energy Performance Contracts etc.);
  • Ability to identify the advantages and disadvantages associated with different procurement pathways in relation to a particular project.
  • Understanding of the various procurement models that can be utilised on IBER projects (i.e. design, specify, tender; Energy Performance Contracts etc.);
  • Ability to identify the advantages and disadvantages associated with different procurement pathways in relation to a particular project;
  • Familiarity with the local supplier market for IBER projects, the services provided by various specialists, and how this impacts on the appropriate model for a given project.

Area 6: Interdependencies between building systems and managing operational impacts

Ability to ensure integration between building systems whilst managing the operational impact of an IBER.

Required skills and knowledge - CEES

Required skills and knowledge - CEEL

  • Understands how project design influences interactions between existing systems and new systems, and the importance of all systems working together for an effective overall outcome.
  • Understands how to effectively manage the impact that implementation has on the ongoing operation of the facility.
  • Understands the importance service providers work together effectively to minimise operational impacts and ensure efficient operation.
  • Able to consider how a specific project design influences interactions between existing systems and new systems, and ensure that all systems will work together for an effective overall outcome.
  • Able to consider the project from a broader systems perspective that includes materials and products, building structure, enclosure and building services.
  • Able to effectively manage the impact that implementation has on the ongoing operation of the facility.
  • Able to ensure service providers work together effectively to minimise operational impacts and ensure efficient operation.

Area 7: Energy efficiency and generation technologies

Understanding of energy efficiency and generation technologies, systems and processes

Required skills and knowledge - CEES

Required skills and knowledge - CEEL

  • Understands technologies available to reduce demand for energy (and where appropriate, generate energy).
  • Understands how to deploy technologies appropriately while maintaining or improving functional capabilities of the building (within the context of a particular project, taking into consideration commercial building type, scope of work and client requirements);
  • Understands the opportunities associated with addressing control strategies.
  • Appreciation for which systems are typically used in different commercial building types.
  • Understands technologies available to reduce demand for energy (and where appropriate, generate energy).
  • Understands how to deploy technologies appropriately while maintaining or improving functional capabilities of the building (within the context of a particular project, taking into consideration commercial building type, scope of work and client requirements);
  • Detailed knowledge of the opportunities associated with addressing control strategies.
  • Understands which technologies are typically used in different commercial building types.

Area 8: Commissioning and tuning

Ability to ensure equipment is appropriately commissioned and tuned.

Required skills and knowledge - CEES

Required skills and knowledge - CEEL

  • Understanding of commissioning standards and processes necessary for successful commissioning.
  • Understands the need to ensure equipment has been commissioned correctly and tuned in place.
  • Understands the difference between defects rectification, maintenance and building system tuning.
  • Understands commissioning standards and processes necessary for successful commissioning.
  • Understands the need to ensure equipment has been commissioned correctly and tuned in place, and how this should be done;
  • Understands the difference between defects rectification, maintenance and building system tuning;
  • Understands the opportunities available through adjusting set points and controls during the tuning process.

Area 9: Risk management

Ability to effectively manage the risks associated with an IBER

Required skills and knowledge - CEES

Required skills and knowledge - CEEL

  • A working knowledge of the principles and techniques of risk management of energy efficiency retrofits of commercial buildings;
  • Can describe the key components of construction / retrofit project risk management.
  • Appreciation of the need to manage risk associated with the client's existing systems and processes.
  • A practical appreciation and working knowledge of the principles and techniques of risk management of energy efficiency retrofits of commercial buildings;
  • Can describe the key components of construction / retrofit project risk management;
  • Demonstrates the ability to identify and manage risk associated with the client's existing systems, processes and other client organisational risks.
  • Ability to run an effective risk identification process.

Area 10: Stakeholder engagement

Ability to effectively manage the stakeholders associated with an IBER

Required skills and knowledge - CEES

Required skills and knowledge - CEEL

  • Sound communication skills;
  • Understands the principles of stakeholder engagement and consultation;
  • Understands how a detailed communications plan can be used to facilitate improved project outcomes;
  • Able to identify the key stakeholders involved in an IBER project.
  • Sound communication skills;
  • Understands the principles of stakeholder engagement and consultation;
  • Understands how a detailed communications plan can be used to facilitate improved project outcomes;
  • Able to identify the key stakeholders involved in an IBER project;
  • Understands and can effectively manage the relationship dynamics between different stakeholder groups.

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