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ABOUT 50001 Certified Practitioner in Energy Management Systems (50001 CP EnMS)

The following information applies to the 50001 CP EnMS Certification. The scope of which includes the following:

  • Works with an organization to establish and/or maintain an energy management system that meets the requirements of ISO 50001.
  • Works with an organization to integrate ISO 50001 with their existing management systems.

Candidates must meet the academic and experience requirements, and pass both core examinations in order to become certified.

The 50001 CP EnMS Certification is
ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 accredited.


A one time application fee of $75.00 is required for processing the application.

There are two required exams, which must be passed in order to become certified:

  • Core1 – includes topics on energy, energy efficiency, and statistics.
  • Core2 – includes topics on ISO 50001 EnMS concepts, business decision making, and internal audit.

The fee for each exam is $295.00.

The exams can be scheduled to be taken on the same day, or on different days. Exam fees will be paid at the time of registration.

Recertification fee is $150.00.


Minimum Requirements

Applicants will be approved to register for the 50001 CP EnMS certification examinations upon successfully documenting fulfillment of the following requirements:

OptionAcademic CredentialsEnergy Management and / or ISO MS Experience*
1Professional Engineering license, AEE Certified Energy Manager certification, USDOE Industrial Assessment Center certification, or EUREM Certificate
Four-year engineering degree.
3 Years
2Four-year degree in energy management, engineering, architecture, science or math4 Years
3Four year degree 5 Years
4Other6 Years

* If only ISO management systems experience is claimed, it must include a minimum of providing technical assistance to one facility resulting in implementation of ISO 50001, or participating as a team lead in one ISO 50001 internal audit.

Academic Credentials must be obtained from an accredited college or university.

Energy Management Experience is defined as:

A minimum number of years’ energy management experience, defined as energy management or energy efficiency experience in facilities, projects or programs.

The energy management and energy efficiency experience must include, 1) identifying and/or implementing opportunities to improve the energy performance of facilities, equipment or processes, or 2) implementing energy management system(s). This experience must be a significant component of the required relevant experience. Significant component is defined as more than 50 percent of the relevant experience submitted as evidence for certification.

ISO Management Experience is defined as:

a) ISO 50001 or,
b) a nationally recognized energy management systems standard (e.g. ANSI/MSE 2000-2008 and prEN 16001:2008) or,
c) ISO 14001 with energy as a significant aspect.

This information must be submitted on the education and experience part of the application form, with enough detail provided on that form to easily verify that all of these experience requirements have been met, including details on experience identifying and/or implementing opportunities to improve the energy performance of facilities, equipment or processes or implementing an energy management system(s).

NOTE: If a candidate’s experience is primarily as a consultant or third- party provider, the requisite years of experience are demonstrated by describing the type of work performed and actual time spent. Experience claimed from individual projects shall not exceed the total time worked.


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Exam Information and Preparation

The 50001 CP EnMS Exam consists of two parts:

  • Core1 – includes topics on energy, energy efficiency, and statistics.
  • Core2 – includes topics on ISO 50001 EnMS concepts, business decision making, and internal audit.

The exam can be scheduled to be taken at a conveniently located testing center.

The following references and materials are provided during the exam:

  • ISO 50001:2011 Energy Management Systems – Requirements with Guidance for use
  • Scratch paper and pencils

It is suggested that you bring a hand held calculator to use during the exam. You may use any non-programmable scientific, business/financial or graphing calculator.

The following section summarizes the body of knowledge covered on the 50001 EnMS Certified Practitioner Core exams:

K1. Energy Fundamentals

  • Definitions of energy, power, 1st law of thermodynamics
  • Conservation of energy, mass, momentum
  • Commonly used units of measure
  • Conversion of units of measure
  • Consistency of units – (e.g., kilowatt vs. kwh)
  • Seasonal effects on energy use
  • Future energy use estimation
  • Equalization of energy units for operations
  • Energy bills – how to read
  • Impact of weather on energy use
  • Diminishing returns for audit detail
  • Intensity of energy use

K2. Understanding Energy Sources and Demand Characteristics

  • Basics of electricity generation and line losses
  • Characteristics of natural gas, biofuels, and other common fuel sources
  • Conversion to source fuel (site vs. source)
  • Understanding demand charges
  • Energy demand versus total energy consumed
  • Facility energy consumption

K3. Energy Problem-Solving Skills

  • Skills needed to approach an unfamiliar system
  • Risk assessment and energy planning
  • Attribute energy use appropriately

K4. Understanding ISO 50001 Energy Management System Concepts

  • Document control
  • Records
  • Management review
  • Continuous improvement constructs
  • Internal audit / root cause analysis / corrective action
  • Management of change
  • Leverage management system elements in place
  • Alignment of goals within the organization
  • Connecting EnPIs and energy objectives with business objectives
  • Training and communication systems
  • Management system terms
  • Energy procurement & energy in design
  • Operational controls
  • Criteria for effective operation and maintenance of a process
  • Organizational structures
  • Impact of new processes on energy use and consumption

K5. Operating Characteristics of Basic Key Energy Using Systems

  • Fuel-fired heating systems
  • HVACR systems
  • Lighting
  • Building envelope

K7. Renewables

  • Incorporating renewables
  • Justifying use of renewables / alternative sources

K8. Fundamentals of Energy Project Management – for Developing Action Plans

  • Schedule
  • Tasks
  • Resources
  • Interactions
  • Goals / outcomes
  • Estimation of energy savings

K9. Data Collection and Use

  • Energy data reliability – accuracy, precision, repeatability
  • Data integration and reconciliation
  • Understanding calibration and its contribution to data accuracy
  • Continuous and periodic monitoring

K10. Fundamentals of Business Decision Making

  • Internal rate of return
  • Time value of money
  • Opportunity cost
  • Lifecycle cost
  • Basic Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
  • Translation from operational language to management terms

K11. Models

  • Basic statistics (linear models vs. non-linear models)
  • Cumulative sum control chart (CUSUM) statistical process control technique
  • Basic understanding of process models
  • Identifying model inputs and outputs
  • Consistency between inputs and outputs in models
  • Equations and statistical programs/applications
  • Relationship between components and system

K12. Instrumentation & Controls

  • Types of controls
  • How instrumentation and controls are used

P1. Energy as related to Management Systems

  • Establish and conduct an energy review
  • Identify all energy sources
  • Identify energy uses and consumption
  • Identify significant energy uses
  • Identify opportunities for energy performance improvement
  • Determine and develop criteria for the effective operation and maintenance of significant energy uses that supports energy performance improvement
  • Establish methods for evaluation of performance improvement opportunities to consider when planning new, modified or renovated equipment, facilities, processes and systems that can have an impact on energy performance
  • Establish a system for the organization to monitor and measure outputs of the energy review: significant energy uses, relationship between significant energy use and consumption, relevant variables, EnPIs, and the effectiveness of action plans in achieving objectives and targets
  • Evaluate a site for conformance with energy planning requirement
  • Use an energy baseline as a point of comparison

P2. Management Systems

  • Apply energy management systems in the context of ISO 50001
  • Determine systems, processes policies and procedures needed to implement and maintain an EnMS for the organization
  • Analyze existing systems, processes policies and procedures in the organization regarding energy, including communication
  • Perform an ISO 50001 gap assessment
  • Create an EnMS implementation strategy to address the gaps in the systems, processes, policies and procedures related to ISO 50001
  • Create an EnMS implementation strategy to address the gaps in the systems, processes, policies and procedures related to SEP (for requirements above and beyond ISO 50001) and address future updates
  • Create a business case to persuade management to act on the recommendations of the implementation strategy for processes, policies, and procedures
  • Define scope and boundary of EnMS
  • Define roles and responsibilities for EnMS
  • Develop an energy policy
  • Identify the appropriateness of the energy policy
  • Identify legal and other requirements related to energy uses
  • Establish objectives, targets and action plans appropriate to the organization’s energy performance improvement opportunities
  • Monitor progress toward completion of the action plan
  • Determine skills needed to implement and maintain an EnMS
  • Analyze competence available in the organization regarding energy management
  • Create a training plan to fill the gaps in competence
  • Determine required and value added documents and records and related controls
  • Work with the organization to establish a procurement policy that is evaluated on the basis of energy performance and the criteria for doing so
  • Design and direct an internal audit program
  • Develop and create a sustainable system for nonconformance, corrective and preventive action
  • Integrate EnMS management review into existing management oversight activities

P3. Internal Audit

  • Prepare the organization for ISO 50001 3rd-party audit

P4. Statistics

  • Identify independent linear variables
  • Test for linearity
  • Interpret significance using p-values (as relating to linear regression)
  • Develop and analyze an energy model using regression analysis
  • Evaluate future energy use and consumption related to operations
  • Project energy consumption related to operations




The IEnMP policy for awarding the 50001 CP EnMS recertification is to allow Certificants three years from the date of certification to meet recertification requirements, which are:

  1. Adhering to the IEnMP Standards of Professional Practice.
  2. Completing Continuing Professional Development requirements.
  3. Submitting payment of required fees and verifying contact information.
  4. Remaining current with any changes to normative references that may impact the 50001 CP EnMS Scheme.

IEnMP Standards of Professional Practice

Regardless of any other professional affiliation, these IEnMP Standards of Professional Practice apply to those individuals applying for certification (Candidates) or certified by IEnMP (Certificants). The IEnMP Standards of Professional Practice establish appropriate and enforceable professional conduct standards and explain the minimal ethical behavior requirements for Candidates and Certificants.

As a Certificant or Candidate, the IEnMP Standards of Professional Practice should guide work with any client. In these Standards of Professional Practice, the term “client” includes any other individual or individuals with whom the Candidate or Certificant interacts.

The standards of professional practice are as follows:

  • Conduct my business and/or professional activities with honesty and integrity.
  • Represent my certifications and qualifications honestly and accurately.
  • Strive to maintain and improve my professional knowledge and competence through regular self-assessments and continuing education or training.
  • Act in a manner free of bias and discrimination against clients or customers.
  • Maintain the privacy of individuals and confidentiality of information obtained in the course of my duties unless disclosure is required by a legal authority.
  • Follow all certification policies, procedures, guidelines and requirements of IEnMP.
  • Act in accordance with all applicable national and local laws and regulations, which include all applicable business, employment, copyright, and intellectual-property laws.

Continuing Professional Development Requirements

Continuing Professional Development is the ongoing learning process a Certificant employs to advance professional knowledge, skills and abilities. Completion of this process is necessary to maintain the 50001 CP EnMS credential.

The two categories of activities needed for recertification are Continuing Education and Continuing Work Experience as described below:

Continuing Education

The certification holder must complete a minimum of 30 PDHs. Activity must be relevant to topics related to the exam content outline as described in the 50001 CP EnMS Exam Preparation section. Activity must be started after the certification is attained and completed before the end of recertification voluntary lapse period.

Topics eligible for PDHs credit are listed below and must be in the Field of Certification:
Energy Fundamentals, Energy Sources and Demand Characteristics, ISO 50001 Energy Management System Concepts, Operating Characteristics of Key Energy Using Systems, Fundamentals of System Optimization, Renewables, Fundamentals of Energy Project Management – for Developing Action Plans, Data Collection and Use, Fundamentals of Business Decision Making, Energy, Management Systems, Internal Audit, Models, Regulatory Requirements, Instrumentation & Controls, Statistics.

IEnMP encourages Certificants to help promote the energy industry. Accordingly continuing education credit will be awarded for participation in activities that are energy industry-related.

CategoryPDHRequired Documentation
* Conferences, Seminars and Workshops includes non-college courses, company sponsored by professional organization or by an independent consultant.

* Courses (including webinars)

* Webinars or exams scheduled to address changes in standards impacting ISO 50001.

* Participation in Energy industry promotion activities.

* Certification – awarded by technical or professional organizations.
1 PDH per contact hourDocumentation supporting each activity may be submitted to IEnMP on the CE Template (See Apply for Recertification). Documentation may include (but is not limited to):

Copy of Certificate earned
Name and signature of Training Sponsor
Name and signature of Immediate Supervisor or Manager
Copy of handwritten sign in sheet
Copy of Identification badge
Copy of confirmation email upon completion of formal directed home study course
College Credit Courses 10 PDHs per credit hour Proof - transcript and statement of which exam content outline topics the course is related to

Continuing Work Experience

The certification holder must complete a minimum of 350 hours of work relating to energy management during the period of certification. Work hours must be logged after the certification is attained and completed before the end of recertification voluntary lapse period.

CategoryHoursRequired Documentation
Work and/or research encompassing energy management such as ISO 50001, energy management business processes, energy efficiency, and associated emerging technologies / processes;

Auditing as a member of an ISO 50001 audit team
350 HoursSubmit a statement of how the work is energy management-related as noted below.

If you have a supervisor, they should prepare the following statement, and submit either via email directly to support@IEnMP.org or as an attached signed PDF.

If you are self-employed, complete and submit the following statement either via email directly to support@IEnMP.org or as an attached signed PDF.

"During the period, [Your Name] has worked a minimum of 350 hours of work in the field of energy management. This work can be described as follows: (please provide a brief description of the work and your role)"


The recertification renewal fee is $150.00 paid at time of recertification.

ISO 50001 Standard Changes

The ISO 50001 standard is subject to change, and may impact the 50001 CP EnmS certification scheme. As a result, the Certificant is required to remain current with any updates to the 50001 CP EnMS certification. These updates may include a new certification exam or a bridge exam reflecting revisions to the standard or other requirements as defined by the industry.

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