Professional Achievement Award in Energy Resource Management

Professional Achievement Award in Energy Resource Management

Classroom Program


9-12 months


9 Units

UCR Extension

Be prepared to address a variety of specific facility management concerns such as energy conservation and resource management in industrial and commercial settings. Examine current major energy management issues, and learn about successful strategies to evaluate usage, improve efficiency, cut waste, and reduce costs.

Designed For

Those currently working or aspiring to work in:

  • Facilities management
  • Energy management
  • Energy auditing
  • Energy system management
  • Other related fields

What You'll Learn

  • Supply, demand and regulation
  • Cost/benefit of energy management
  • System efficiency and maintenance
  • Green technology and conservation strategies
  • Creating and auditing an energy management plan

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Positions are available in a variety of industries all over the world, and can be found in private firms or companies, government or nonprofit organizations. They might include:

  • Energy Manager
  • Certified Energy Auditor (CEA)
  • Energy Engineer
  • Facilities Manager

Program Overview


9 Units

“Sustainability is the answer to survivability. We owe it to future generations to start doing this smarter and with more than a selfish, live-for-the-moment philosophy. My classes at UCR Extension opened my eyes to so many ways we can do things better, and shared ideas from those who already are. The future is now wide open with possibilities.”

Craig Ryan

Senior Project Manager
Proactive Engineering Consultants
Menifee, CA

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • High school education or equivalent


This award prepares you to pursue credentials offered by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE):

  • Certified Energy Auditor (CEA)
  • Certified Energy Auditor in Training (CEAIT)

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

Energy Auditing-Principles and Practices

ENGR X403.02

3 units

Surveys the fundamental knowledge, skills and experience necessary to conduct energy audits for residential, commercial and industry structures. Participants explore how to evaluate facility energy usage and opportunities to improve efficiency, reduce energy usage and the introduction of conservation measures. Topics include the building envelope, heat flow, R and U values, walls, roofs, windows, energy management, lighting, HVAC systems, ventilation, hot water systems, water conservation and utility usage. This course helps participants prepare to pursue Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) or Certified Energy Auditor in Training (CEAIT) credentials offered by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).

Quarter 2

Energy Management: Principles and Practice


3 units

Examine the latest trends, innovations, and best practices for reducing costs associated with facilities usage.

  • Energy management principles and techniques
  • Controlling energy usage and costs
  • Conducting the energy audit
  • Energy codes and standards
  • Benchmarking energy use and performance
  • Energy accounting, fuel rate structures
  • Electric rate structures
  • Economic analysis of alternative energy investments
  • LEED principles and practice
  • Replacement schedules and the role of energy management in overall planning and operations.

Quarter 3

Energy Resource Management

ENGR X403.01

3 units

Examines major energy resource management issues including demand, supply, utilization, management, monitoring, conservation and planning. Participants learn how to develop successful energy management strategies to eliminate waste, manage usage, control costs and plan for future demand. Time is also devoted to examine government regulation and incentives for energy conservation including local, regional, state and federal programs for electricity, water, waste management principles, calculating energy usage, cost/benefits of recycling programs, reducing or eliminating waste, managing peak loads, controlling water usage, LEED certification principles, and engineering systems to better manage energy resources.

“A continuing love of science and how science interacts with our legal system gives me a unique perspective on environmental law. I enjoy bringing real-world examples of legal and environmental concepts into the classroom. Helping students understand how complex laws affect land use, development projects, and the world that we see around us is one of my greatest joys.”

Charity Schiller

Attorney & Partner
Best, Best & Krieger
Riverside, CA

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