The Energy Professionals International (EPI) is a non-profit organization that works with government representatives to identify international workforce needs and establish certification programs for the purpose of improving energy efficiency and reducing emissions in industrial, commercial and public sector organizations world-wide. EPI collaborates with subject matter experts from founding and participating countries to create certification programs which are comprised of schemes and exams (EPI Products) that establish a high level of knowledge and skills for the certified persons globally. These products are sublicensed to qualified personnel certification bodies for implementation and credentialing of the qualified candidates. All of the EPI certification programs conform to ISO / IEC 17024 accreditation standards.
EPI was started by six countries and UNIDO working through the Energy Management Working Group (EMWG) to define the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively audit organizations seeking certification to ISO 50001. The result is the consensus-based ISO 50001 Lead Auditor Certification Program, which enables countries to increase the technical reliability in ISO 50001 audits, increase the impact of ISO 50001, and demonstrate the value of EnMS in industrial, commercial, and public sector organizations.
The EPI consists of the following EMWG members and partners:
- Canada (co-sponsor): Natural Resources Canada
- United States (co-sponsor): U.S. Department of Energy
- Chile: Agencia Chilena de Eficiencia Energética
- Mexico: Comisión Nacional para el Uso Eficiente de la Energía
- Republic of Korea: Korea Energy Management Corporation and Korea Auditor Registration
- South Africa: South African National Energy Development Institute and National Cleaner Production Centre
- United Nations Industrial Development Organization (observer)
The mission of EPI is to identify international workforce needs and establish certification programs for the purpose of improving energy efficiency and reducing emissions worldwide.
The EPI certification programs are designed to meet the competency requirements defined by standards such as ISO 50003, thereby streamlining the reporting and auditing requirements for the EPI stakeholders. Additionally the certification programs are recognized by all founding and participating countries enabling the certified persons to practice within the country.
This mission is manifested by countries coming together with subject matter experts to collaborate on the identified certification schemes. Development of the certification schemes follows a process to ensure that resulting EPI schemes and / or exams are consistent with the requirements for ISO / IEC 17024 accreditation.
The EPI certification programs are implemented by licensing the schemes and / or exams to Personnel Certification Bodies (PCBs). The PCBs in turn are required to attain ISO / IEC 17024 accreditation and administer the certification process for the individual candidates.
EPI and its Board of Directors endorse the principles of impartiality, fairness and equal opportunity and commit to act impartially, fair and equitably in relation to its PCB applicants, including but limited to 1) applying its standards and requirements for schemes and examinations 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, and 3) not allowing commercial, financial or other pressures to compromise impartiality in its certification program activities.