ISO 50001 is becoming the global standard to effectively manage energy. The Institute for Energy Management Professionals (IEnMP) was created as a non-profit organization, initially funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, to provide certifications to individuals in support of ISO 50001.

IEnMP Certification Overview

In order to attain any of the IEnMP certifications, the candidate is required to meet the eligibility requirements for education and experience, and pass an examination. IEnMP currently offers three credentials:

  • 50001 Certified Practitioner in Energy Management Systems (50001 CP EnMS)
    The 50001 CP EnMS is for individuals who have demonstrated knowledge and working experience in energy management system related activities. This certification is a prerequisite for the SEP Performance Verifier certification.
  • EPI ISO 50001 Lead Auditor Certification
    The EPI ISO 50001 Lead Auditor credential is created to support an international workforce focused on maximizing the energy savings impact of ISO 50001 implementation in industrial, commercial, and public sector organizations.
  • SEP Performance Verifier Certification
    The SEP Performance Verifier is for individuals who review and evaluate calculations supporting a client’s application of the SEP 50001 M&V Protocol 2019. The SEP Performance Verifier will also verify the client’s energy performance claims, and justify the audit findings related to energy improvement calculations.

IEnMP US Department of Energy Support

IEnMP supports the US Department of Energy (DOE) by offering ANSI accredited personnel certifications in support of the “50001 Ready ” , ISO 50001, and Superior Energy Performance (SEP) Programs. IEnMP certified individuals have the option of focusing on ISO 50001 or also on SEP.

The SEP 2018 Program, targeted for an August 2018 launch, will change the SEP auditing requirements. Individuals desiring to lead SEP 2018 audits will be required to have the EPI ISO 50001 Lead Auditor certification, and complete the SEP Update Training course. In anticipation of this change, IEnMP is no longer accepting applications for the SEP Lead Auditor certification. Currently certified SEP Lead Auditors will be able to audit SEP 2012 and 2017 until February of 2020.

IEnMP Statement of Impartiality

IEnMP is dedicated to impartiality in all certification-related activities. IEnMP activities are independent of external pressures (including political, commercial and financial pressures). The Operations Committee has the responsibility to ensure that all IEnMP activities are performed in an impartial manner. This responsibility includes:

  • A proactive review of potential threats to impartiality and subsequent efforts to mitigate these threats,
  • Identifying and managing actual or perceived conflicts of interest,
  • Ensuring that the certification process is fair to all applicants and candidates,
  • Treating all applicants, candidates, and certificants equally with their fulfillment of certification requirements as the sole determinant of the certification decision.

Complaints & Appeals

An appeal is a formal request for reconsideration of an adverse decision made by IEnMP or its representatives related to an individual’s achievement of a certification. A complaint is a formal request, other than an appeal, for resolution of an issue related to the certification program.

An official complaint can be filed with IEnMP by any entity expressing dissatisfaction towards 1) actions made by IEnMP, 2) actions made by a candidate seeking certification, or 3) actions made by a person who has attained certification status.

The process for filing either an appeal or a complaint with IEnMP is the same. The entity wishing to file either an appeal or complaint may do so via email or by letter. Email submissions should be sent to: Letters should be sent to:

Institute for Energy Management Professionals
2550 Sandy Plains Road
Suite 225
Marietta, GA 30066

The communication should include as much relevant and objective information as possible, including:

  • Appellant’s or complainant’s name and other identifying information (such as candidate and certification IDs, address, business, etc.)
  • Specific information about the appeal or complaint.
  • Anticipated resolution
  • Appellant’s or complainant’s contact information

Upon receipt of the appeal or complaint, the IEnMP Operations Committee will conduct an investigation and will make a determination. The determination will be communicated to the appellant/complainant within 30 days of the date of initial submission. Should the recipient be dissatisfied with the determination, the appellant/complainant will have 30 days from the date of determination to file a written appeal with the IEnMP Board of Directors.

Written appeals to the IEnMP Board of Directors will be considered only if the determination of the IEnMP Operations Committee or IEnMP Appeals Board is deemed to be inappropriate due to 1) material errors of fact, or 2) failure of the IEnMP to conform to the published criteria, policies, or procedures. The determination by the IEnMP Board of Directors will be final. This determination will be communicated to the appellant/complainant within 14 days of the IEnMP Board of Director’s decision.

The certifications offered by IEnMP encompass the following areas:

50001 CP EnMS


The 50001 Certified Practitioner in Energy Management Systems
(CP EnMS) helps organizations in conforming to the requirements of the ISO 50001 plus the additional SEP requirements.

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SEP Lead

SEP Lead Auditors assess an organization’s management system conformance to ISO 50001 & additional SEP requirements. These are documented in ANSI MSE 50021. (No longer offered)

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SEP Performance

SEP Performance Verifiers assess an organization’s application of the SEP M&V Protocol and SEP Industrial Scorecard. Also evaluates the energy performance claims.

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EPI ISO 50001
Lead Auditor

The EPI ISO 50001 Lead Auditor credential is created to support an international workforce focused on maximizing the energy savings impact of ISO 50001 in industrial, commercial, & public sectors.

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