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How Do I Become an Energy Manager?

D. Nelson
D. Nelson

An energy manager is a professional who is responsible for guiding an organization's energy use. The goals of an energy manager normally include reducing usage in order to cut costs and create an environmentally-friendly organization. Professionals in this field often use energy management software that allows them to track energy usage in real time and compare periods of usage. A professional may also be able to compare different kinds of energy and determine which type is best for a certain organization. To become an energy manager, it can be helpful to acquire the educational background in software and financing that can help you to earn energy manager certification.

In most areas, no certification is necessary to become an energy manager. Earning certification, however, can make the job hunt easier and can better prepare you for excelling in the workplace. When certification is available, it is normally offered by an agency that is regulated or sponsored by a government.

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Individuals who take an energy manager certification exam commonly have some experience in the energy management field. Exams tend to focus on subjects such as the economics of alternative energy, constructing control systems, and lighting systems. If you do not have experience in this field, you may want to consider taking academic courses that can train you in basic energy principles and practices. Professionals who have worked in energy management may benefit from preparatory exam courses that can help them to answer specific kinds of questions.

A professional can become an energy manager in any number of industries. It can be helpful to know which industry you would like to work in prior to taking a certification exam. Many tests have a number of optional sections, and test takers must choose to complete a certain number. If you plan on working in manufacturing, for example, you might benefit from taking an optional test in motors. Aspiring energy managers who are interested in real estate may choose to take a green building test.

Once you have both passed a proficiency exam and have determined the industry in which you would like to become an energy manager, it can be necessary to update your resume. Many employers who are seeking energy managers request that applicants are certified. In these cases, it can be helpful to list your certification at the top of your resume. Other employers may be interested more in experience. Your certification does not hurt your chances in these instances, though it is advisable to list work experience at the top of the document.

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