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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.

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About SEP Performance Verifier Certification

The following information applies to the SEP Performance Verifier. The scope of which includes the following:

  • Reviews and evaluates calculations supporting a client’s application of the SEP Industrial Sector M&V Protocol and SEP Industrial Scorecard.
  • Verifies the input data on which the client’s M&V Protocol and SEP Industrial Sector Scorecard are based.
  • Evaluates the client’s energy performance claims.
  • Works with the audit team to communicate and justify the audit findings related to energy improvement calculations.

Certification to SEP Performance Verifier is sector-specific. Candidates must meet the sector-specific academic and experience requirements, and pass the sector-specific examination for the sector for which certification is being sought.

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.

Therefore, IEnMP deems that individuals currently qualified as SEP Performance Verifiers (PV) – Industrial have demonstrated that they meet the competencies for the technical areas defined by ISO 50003 or ANSI/MSE 50028. In addition, the current SEP PV exam requires competence in the SEP standards and protocols developed for industry that are now being applied for Commercial Buildings per SEP Program Administrator interpretation dated May 5, 2015. In alignment with this interpretation, the SEP PV credential is appropriate for auditing SEP industrial and commercial candidate facilities until such time as the IEnMP issues additional competency requirements and the appropriate transition plan.

The SEP Performance Verifier Certification
is ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 accredited.
 

Fees

The exam fee for SEP Performance Verifier is $495. There is no application fee.

 
Minimum Requirements

In order to be eligible for the SEP Performance Verifier Certification, the applicant must be 50001 CP EnMS certified, and qualify in one of the following areas:

OptionAcademic CredentialsCombined Energy Management and / or ISO MS Experience
1P.E., CEM, IAC Certificate with four-year engineering degree.3 Years
2Four-year degree in energy management, engineering, architecture, science or math4 Years
3Non-STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) four-year degree;

No four-year degree
6 Years *

* NOTE: For Option 3, two of the six years of experience must include measurement and verification practice. This experience can include either third party or internal measurement and verification of energy performance. The candidate should identify which measurement and verification methodologies they used to verify the energy performance claims or energy savings for specific projects, whole facilities, or organizations. The candidate should describe their role in applying these measurement and verification methodologies.

 

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Exam Information and Preparation

SEP Performance Verifier Exam Preparation

The scope of the SEP Performance Verifier exam encompasses the following:

  • Review and evaluate calculations supporting a client’s application of the SEP Industrial Sector M&V Protocol and SEP Industrial Scorecard.
  • Verify the input data on which the client’s M&V and Scorecard calculations are based.
  • Evaluate the client’s energy performance claims.
  • Work with the audit team to communicate and justify the audit findings related to energy improvement calculations.

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

ISO 50001:2011 will be presented as a reference document on a split screen along with the exam.

The following references can be taken to the testing center for use during the exam:

  • ISO 50001:2011 Energy Management Systems – Requirements with Guidance for use
  • ANSI/MSE 50021:2016 SEP Additional Requirements for Energy Management Systems
  • SEP Measurement and Verification Protocol for Industry
  • SEP Industrial Facility Best Practice Scorecard
  • SEP Certification Protocol

Scratch paper, pencils, and a printed Case Study will be provided by the testing center.

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 SEP Performance Verifier exam:

 

Recertification

The IEnMP policy for awarding the SEP Performance Verifier 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 the 50001 CP EnMS certification.
  • Fulfilling the skills requirement.
  • Receiving payment of required fees and verifying contact information.
  • Remaining current with any changes to normative references that may impact the SEP Performance Verifier 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 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 50001 CP EnMS Certification

To retain the SEP Performance Verifier certification the Certificant is required to have an active IEnMP 50001 EnMS Certified Practitioner certification.

Skills Requirement

Certificants are required to complete either a minimum of two (2) SEP performance verification engagements throughout the five year recertification cycle OR complete the most recent SEP Program Online Training Module and Knowledge checks . The engagements may apply to the development, implementation or auditing of a valid SEP model in accordance with the SEP M & V Protocol.

Fees

The fees are $125 paid prior to the end of the recertification cycle 6 month grace period. Contact information will be updated when payment is received.

Normative Reference Changes

The list of relevant normative references that may impact the SEP Performance Verifier scheme are as follows:

  • ISO 50001:2011 Energy Management Systems – Requirements with Guidance for use
  • ANSI/MSE 50021:2016 SEP Additional Requirements for Energy Management Systems
  • SEP Measurement and Verification Protocol for Industry
  • SEP Industrial Facility Best Practice Scorecard
  • SEP Certification Protocol

These normative references are subject to change. As a result, the Certificant is required to remain current with any updates to the SEP Performance Verifier 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.

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SEP Performance Verifier Application


The following information applies to the SEP Performance Verifier certification. The scope of which includes the following:

  1. Review and evaluate calculations supporting a client’s application of the SEP Industrial Sector M&V Protocol and SEP Industrial Scorecard.
  2. Verify the input data on which the client’s M&V and Scorecard calculations are based.
  3. Evaluate the client’s energy performance claims.
  4. Work with the audit team to communicate and justify the audit findings related to energy
    improvement calculations…
Impartiality

IEnMP and its Advisory Board endorse the principles of impartiality, fairness and equal opportunity and commit to act impartially, fair and equitably in relation to its applicants, candidates and Certificants, including but limited to:

  1. Applying its standards and requirements for examinations and certifications equally to all individuals regardless of age, race, religion, gender, national origin, veteran status or disability.
  2. Implementing its policies and procedures impartially and fairly.
  3. Not restricting certification based on undue financial or other limiting conditions.
  4. Not allowing commercial, financial or other pressures to compromise impartiality in certification activities.
Eligibility

In order to be eligible for the SEP Performance Verifier Certification, the candidate must be CP EnMS – Industrial or 50001 CP EnMS certified, and qualify in one of the following areas:

  1. P.E., CEM, IAC Certificate with four- year engineering degree; and/or combined energy management and/or ISO MS experience of 3 years.
  2. Four-year degree in energy management, engineering, architecture, science or math; and/or combined energy management and/or ISO MS experience of 4 years.
  3. Non-STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) four-year degree or no four-year degree; and/or combined energy management and/or ISO MS experience of 6 years.
  4.  
    * NOTE: If Option 3, the candidate will be requested to supply additional information to identify which measurement and verification methodologies were used to verify the energy performance claims or energy savings for specific projects, whole facilities, or organizations. The candidate will also be requested to describe their role in applying these measurement and verification methodologies.

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