Govt. BEE certified Energy Managers and Auditors National Certification Exams 2021


Want to know how to become a Government-certified Energy Manager or an Energy Auditor? Looking for the schedule of the Government of India's National Certification Examination (NCE) of 2021? This article provides the dates of the NCE conducted by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and complete information on the eligibility requirements to become an Energy Manager and Energy Auditor through the CEM and CEA exams. Details of the online registration and application process have also been provided.

The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Ministry of Power, Govt. of India has released the schedule for the 21st National Certificate Examination for Energy Managers (known as the CEM exam) and for Energy Auditors (known as the CEA exam). The exams will be conducted by the Dr Ambedkar Institute of Productivity (AIP), the training institute of National Productivity Council, Chennai as the National Certifying Agency (NCA) as per BEE's guidelines and the syllabus that is approved by BEE. It will also issue the Certificates and Credentials to those who successfully clear the exams. Candidates sponsored by the State Designated Agencies (SDAs) are also welcome to register for the exams.

General information on the Certificates

The certificate thus obtained, for both, managers and auditors, is considered valid only up to five-years and must be renewed every five years. To get this renewal, they need to take up a short-term refresher course conducted by BEE or NCA and inform BEE in the prescribed format that they attended the course so that the certificate is renewed for a further five years. The certified managers and auditors must perform their duties and responsibilities professionally and ethically, otherwise, their certificates may be revoked by a BEE-appointed Committee after a due hearing is given to the individual to put forth his/her explanations.

Let's now understand why these BEE certificate exams are important.

What is the significance of CEM and CEA

The certificate obtained through the exams gives authority to the individual to draw up and develop a plan and formulate relevant policies in an organization as per the roles and responsibilities of a CEM or CEA as the case may be. For example, a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) can put in place a concrete plan that will help towards energy efficiency and environmental improvement, reduce the costs of energy, etc. A Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) will quantify energy consumption through a detailed audit of energy and utility systems, put forth useful suggestions on technologies to save energy, etc.



Eligibility requirements

Who can appear for BEE CEA exam

To be eligible to appear for the National Certificate Examination for Energy Managers (CEM), you should have a Graduate Engineering or Architecture qualification and at least three years' work experience that includes the use of energy in operation, maintenance, planning, energy management, energy efficiency and energy conservation, building design or building energy management.

Other acceptable criteria: (i) You must be a Post Graduate in the fields of engineering or architecture with at least two year's work experience in the same fields as mentioned above; or (ii) a Graduate Engineering or Architecture qualification and also a Post Graduate degree in Management or equivalent with at least two years of experience in the same fields as mentioned above; or (iii) a Diploma in Engineering with at least six years of experience in the same fields as mentioned above; or (iv) a Postgraduate qualification in Physics or Electronics or Chemistry (with Physics and Mathematics at the graduation level) with at least three years of experience in the same fields as mentioned above.

Who can appear for the CEA exam

To be eligible to appear for the National Certificate Examination for Energy Auditors (CEA), you should have a Graduate Engineering or Architecture qualification and at least three years' work experience that includes the use of energy in operation, maintenance, planning, energy management, energy efficiency and energy conservation, building design or building energy management.

Other acceptable criteria: same as (i) and (ii) as mentioned above for CEM.

Note: The work experience mentioned is post-qualification work experience as on the closing date of the application, which is 6th February 2021. If you do not have the requisite work experience for CEM/CEA, then you cannot register for the exam.

Exam attempts and supplementary candidates

Those who are registering as new candidates are allowed to appear for a maximum of three times per paper within six consecutive exams. A candidate who has failed is permitted to apply and register again as a fresh candidate.

A supplementary candidate is one who has not qualified through the previous five exams (nos. 16 to 20). Such a candidate can appear for the current one, namely the 21st exam. Those who had registered and not qualified on or before the 15th exam cannot appear for the current one as a supplementary candidate but can apply and register as a fresh candidate.



BEE Exam format

The CEA and CEM exam is in English medium only, with three common papers having objective and descriptive type questions and in each, you have to secure min. 50% to pass. The three papers are -
Paper 1: General aspects of Energy Management and Energy Audit, with objective and descriptive type questions. Duration: 3 hours. Total marks: 150 marks (min. 75 to pass).

Paper 2: Energy Efficiency in Thermal Utilities, with objective and descriptive type questions. Duration: 3 hours. Total marks: 150 marks (min. 75 to pass).

Paper 3: Energy Efficiency in Electrical Utilities. Duration: 3 hours. Total marks: 150 marks (min. 75 to pass).

Paper 4: Energy Performance Assessment for Equipment & Utility Systems. This exam is only Energy Auditors and is an open book exam, that is, you can refer to the Guide Book supplied at the time of registration, but other reference books and written material will not be allowed. The descriptive and numerical questions will be of a higher degree of difficulty as compared to the other papers. Duration: 2 hours. Total marks: 100 (min. 50 marks to pass).

[Refer to details of exam dates and timings under the heading of important dates later in this article]

Application, certification and exam fees

For new candidates

The application fee is Rs.500/- for general candidates and Rs. 250/- for SC candidates, for ST candidates, and those belonging to Other Backward Classes having an annual income of less than Rs. 8 lakhs per annum. A Company-sponsored candidate has to pay Rs.500/-.

The Certification fee, which includes the exam fee, is Rs. 10,000/- for General candidates and for and Other Backward Classes (OBC) Creamy Layer candidates. The fee is Rs. 5,000/- for SC candidates, for ST candidates, and For Other Backward Classes (OBC)- Non-Creamy Layer having an annual income of less than Rs.8 lakhs per annum. A Company-sponsored candidate has to pay Rs. 20,000/-.

For supplementary candidates

There is no application fee at all.
The exam fee is Rs.1500/- per paper for General candidates and for and Other Backward Classes (OBC), Creamy Layer candidates. The fee is Rs.750/- for SC candidates, ST candidates, and for For Other Backward Classes (OBC), Non-Creamy Layer having an annual income of less than Rs.8 lakhs per annum.

Fee for Upgrade

A candidate who registers for the Energy Manager exam has successfully qualified this exam and meets all the eligibility criteria for appearing for the CEA can apply for up-gradation to Energy Auditor. However, this option is available only up to five years from the date of issue of Energy Manager Certificate. Such candidates seeking up-gradation need to use their existing registration number only once and must qualify by appearing in a maximum of three attempts within six consecutive exams.

For this upgrade, there is no application fee. There is a Certification fee, though, which includes the exam fee. This is Rs.1500/- for general candidates and Other Backward Classes (OBC), Creamy Layer. The fee is Rs.750/- for SC candidates, ST candidates, and for For Other Backward Classes (OBC), Non-Creamy Layer having an annual income of less than Rs.8 lakhs per annum.

How to apply

It is advisable to first go through the official prospectus before registering for the CEM/CEA exam to ensure that you fulfil all the requisite eligibility criteria and know the guidelines and instructions for the exams.

Register with a valid email ID and mobile number at the AIPNPC exam registration portal. Fill up the application form and upload the required documents as listed in the official prospectus.

During the online registration for the CEM/CEA, you can select up to three centres, in order of preference located in these proposed cities - from Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Kochi, Dehradun, Delhi/NCR, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Kanpur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Ranchi, Thiruvananthapuram and Vadodara.



Important dates

Last date to submit the online application along with required documents: 6th February 2021.
Downloading of e-Hall ticket: 5th March 2021 onward.
Exam dates and timings of the exam:
Paper 1: 27.03.2021, 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 noon.
Paper 2: 27.03.2021, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Paper 3: 28.03.2021, 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 noon.
Paper 4: 28.03.2021, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Date of the exam result: will be announced on the official website.

After the exam result: The e-Mark sheet and e-Provisional Certificate can be downloaded from the same website. The date of commencement of the e-Final Certificate and e-ID card download will be intimated through SMS.

Contact information

For further details contact-
Controller of Examination NCE for EM & EA,
National Productivity Council,
Dr. Ambedkar Institute of Productivity,
6, Aavin Dairy Road,
Ambattur Industrial Estate (North),
Ambattur, Chennai – 600 050.
Mobile: +91 9677 245 234.
Email: examcell@em-ea.in
Exam-related updates available at: http://www.aipnpc.org/ and https://www.beeindia.gov.in/


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