SEP Lead Auditor
About The Superior Energy Performance® (SEP™) program
The Superior Energy Performance® (SEP™) program was designed to drive systematic energy performance improvement across the U.S. manufacturing and commercial buildings sectors—significantly reducing energy use and carbon emissions. It was developed with active participation by industry members of the U.S. Council for Energy-Efficient Manufacturing (U.S. CEEM) and is currently administered by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Audits are performed only by SEP Verification Bodies accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB). DOE provides recognition to facilities certified to SEP.
About SEP Lead Auditor Certification
The following information applies to the SEP Lead Auditor. The scope of which includes the following:
- Leads and manages an SEP audit team effectively to ensure the audit objectives are met.
- Assesses the conformance of the energy management system to SEP requirements.
- Using ANSI/MSE 50028 the SEP Lead Auditor will plan and conduct the SEP audits and report the organization’s implementation of ISO 50001 and ANSI/MSE 50021 and associated normative documents.
IEnMP has clarified its policy in response to the SEP Administrator interpretation regarding the certification of Commercial Buildings to SEP. The SEP Administrator has concluded that the current SEP program, standards, protocols, and application can be effectively used by Commercial Buildings (ISO 50003 – Buildings and Building Complexes) for certification to SEP.
Any SEP Lead Auditor who has also qualified as an ISO 50001 Lead Auditor by meeting the certification requirements, including passing the ISO 50001 Lead Auditor International exam, will be considered as competent to lead SEP Audit Teams for certification audits conducted of Commercial Buildings.
The SEP Lead Auditor Certification is ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 accredited.
Current Training Courses
Our training partner, GA Tech currently offers training at this time.
The IEnMP policy for awarding the SEP Lead Auditor recertification is to allow Certificants five (5) years from the date of certification to meet the recertification requirements, which are:
- Adhering to the IEnMP Standards of Professional Practice.
- Maintaining Energy Professionals International (EPI) ISO 50001 Lead Auditor and the IEnMP Certified Practitioner in Energy Management Systems (CP EnMS) certifications in good standing.
- Conducting a minimum of five (5) audit days as a SEP Lead Auditor.
- Receiving payment of required annual fees and verifying contact information.
- Remaining current with any changes to normative references that may impact the SEP Lead Auditor Scheme.
IEnMP Standard 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 IEnMP 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.
Maintain EPI ISO 50001 Lead Auditor and CP EnMS Certifications
To retain the SEP Lead Auditor certification the Certificant is required to maintain in good standing active IEnMP Certified Practitioner in Energy Management Systems (CP EnMS) and Energy Professionals International (EPI) ISO 50001 Lead Auditor certifications. Each of these certifications requires that a certified person adhere to continuing education and work experience requirements as detailed in the applicable recertification policy.
Audit Day Requirement
Certificants are required to conduct a minimum of five (5) audit days as a SEP Lead Auditor.
The fees are $25 per year, paid prior to the end of the recertification cycle. Contact information will be updated when payment is received.
Normative References Changes
The list of relevant normative references is provided above under Exam Preparation.
These normative references are subject to change, and may impact the SEP Lead Auditor certification scheme. As a result, the Certficant is required to remain current with any updates to the SEP Lead Auditor certification. These updates may include a new certification exam or a bridge exam reflecting revisions to the normative references or other requirements as defined by the industry.