ABOUT EPI

Who We Are


The Energy Professionals International (EPI) is comprised of representatives who are nominated to serve on the EPI Leadership Committee. The composition of the EPI Leadership Committee is designed to recognize founding member stakeholder groups, and also meet ISO/IEC 17024-2012 requirements for maintaining impartiality.

Graziella Siciliano
Chair
Environmental Defense Fund

Bettina Schreck / Marco Matteini
UNIDO

United Nations Industrial Development Organization

Barrry Bredenkamp
South Africa
South Africa National Energy Development Institute

Wendy da Cruz
South Africa
Consultancy Services

Aimee McKane
IEnMP Chair
Manage4Energy

Noé Villegas Alcántar
Mexico
Comisión Nacional para el Uso Eficiente de la Energía – Mexico

Bob Fraser
Canada
Natural Resources Canada

Paul Scheihing
United States
US Department of Energy

Sylvie Dore
International Industrial
Cummings

Jeong Rae Koo
South Korea
Korea Auditor Registration (KAR)

 
 
 

What We Do


EPI Products consist of both a certification scheme and an associated international exam for the specific EPI Certification Programs being offered. These products are developed in accordance with ISO / IEC 17024 accreditation standards, and are in a position to be sub-licensed to a Personnel Certification Body (PCB) as a turnkey certification program.

Individuals certified to any of the EPI programs will be recognized by all of the EPI founding and participating countries.

The initial EPI Product was the ISO 50001 Lead Auditor certification program, but this has been expanded to include other certification programs that focus on ISO 50001. It is the role of the IEnMP to maintain the relevant schemes and exams, so that EPI can focus on identifying prospective countries that want to participate with the common vision. Countries interested in participating, will work with the EPI Leadership Committee to identify a Personnel Certification Body (PCB) within the country to license the program and administer it within their country.


Certification Scheme

EPI maintains exclusive rights to the International certification schemes, which enable the turnkey product offering. The certification schemes for all EPI endorsed certifications shall include, but are not limited to, the following components:

  • Certification scope
  • Job Task Analysis
  • Eligibility requirements
  • Exam blueprint
  • Certification requirements
  • Recertification requirements
  • Surveillance requirements

 

International Exam

  • Establishing an Exam Development Task Force (EDTF) responsible for item writing and maintaining the exam forms necessary to ensure exam security, fairness and impartiality.
  • Conducting annual item analysis on each certification exam, and sharing the Psychometric Reports with each licensed PCB.
  • Ensuring that each International Exam offered meets the requirements for ISO / IEC 17024 Accreditation.

 
The Energy Professionals International (EPI) 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 was started by six countries and UNIDO.

EPI began by working through the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) under the Energy Management Working Group (EMWG) initiative to define the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively audit organizations seeking certification to ISO 50001. The result is the consensus-based EPI 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.

Energy Management Working Group (EMWG) member governments leverage their resources and take collective action to accelerate ISO 50001 adoption around the globe. Participating governments include Argentina, Australia, Canada [lead], Chile, China, Denmark, the European Commission, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, and the United States [lead]. The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) serves as the Operating Agent for the EMWG.

EPI merger with IEnMP.

In March of 2018, Energy Professionals International (EPI) merged with the Institute for Energy Management Professionals (IEnMP). As non-profit organizations, both EPI and the IEnMP share a mission to develop and deliver high-quality, internationally-recognized professional certifications for the purpose of supporting robust implementation of ISO 50001 Energy management system standard and related energy management policies and programs.

EPI’s flagship credential is the EPI ISO 50001 Lead Auditor certification, which ensures that management system auditors are prepared to plan, lead and manage ISO 50001 certification audits including evaluating energy performance improvement. IEnMP currently offers the EPI ISO 50001 Lead Auditor under license. IEnMP also offers the 50001 Certified Practitioner for robust implementation of ISO 50001 and SEP Performance Verifier, associated with the US Department of Energy’s Superior Energy Performance and 50001 Ready programs. All three credentials are ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 accredited.

This merger builds on an existing close cooperation between the two organizations. It provides EPI with access to IEnMP’s international test delivery platform and certification support services while also introducing EPI professionals to the additional credentials offered through the IEnMP. Work has already begun on updating the credential for EPI ISO 50001 Lead Auditor to align it with the publication of the updated standard, ISO 50001:2018.


The EPI was intially formed with the following EMWG members and partners:

Canada
Natural Resources Canada
(co-sponsor)

United States
U.S. Department of Energy
(co-sponsor)

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



The mission of the EPI Leadership Committee is to work with government representatives and subject matter experts 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, and through the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) Multilateral Agreement (MLA) 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 schemes and exams are consistent with the requirements for ISO / IEC 17024 accreditation.

The EPI certification programs are implemented by licensing to Personnel Certification Bodies (PCBs). The PCBs administer the certification process for the individual candidates, and leverage the ISO / IEC 17024 accredited exams through the international exam delivery platform.

The EPI Leadership Committee endorses 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.