Certified Practitioner in Energy Management Systems Program
The US DOE is ramping up its Certified Practitioner in Energy Management Systems (CPEnMS) program. This is the program I "blogged" about last December on this site. (That sequence should be below somewhere.)
The CPEnMS is a sort of mirror image of the AEE's Certified Energy Manager (CEM) program. The CEM looks "down" from the utility bills into the organization's systems and equipment. The CPEnMS looks "up" from the utility bills into the organization's departments, facilities, and operations. Of course they address projects on the systems and equipment as well. But the emphasis is on making sure the larger construct is in place to generate continuous energy improvement.
The DOE sees this program as ultimately delivering auditors and verifiers for the US version of Superior Energy Performance. But it also serves the function of creating a cadre of professionals trained in EnMS implementation and operation so that there is a clear standard of proficiency.
The course is partly online, but also requires in-person attendance at a four-day workshop. There is a four-hour exam to assess "Core EnMS Competency," and another four-hour exam to assess "Industrial EnMS Competency." (The course is not required to sit for the exam. You can just walk in if you want.) Finally, there are required education and experience qualifications. So it is not for the faint of heart. But the program materials were developed under Department of Energy direction, and for those looking for solid training and credentialed legitimacy, this is the way to go.
Full Disclosure: We are under contract to deliver the training as part of the UL-DQS team mentioned in the article. So I may get to meet some of you in person!
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Training Organizations for Certified Practitioners in EnMS Announced Teams led by Georgia Tech Research Corporation and UL DQS, Inc. were selected by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Manufacturing Office and...