EPI Products consist of both a certification scheme and an associated international exam for the specific EPI Certification Program being offered. These products are developed in accordance with ISO / IEC 17024 accreditation standards, and are in a position to be sublicensed 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. This program was created to address the lack of skilled and trained personnel available to conduct ISO 50001 certification audits, and reduce the burden on Certification Bodies to prove the competence of their auditors. The resulting scheme and exam, created by a collaboration by Subject Matter Experts from the founding and participating countries, ensures that ISO 50001 is being implemented consistently nationally and internationally, so that governments can use the standard as a key tool to measure progress towards energy and climate goals.
EPI holds the copyright for all EPI Products according to the terms of a license agreement between EPI and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. EPI must request copyright of new or substantially revised EPI Products through the US Department of Energy, with licensing back through Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to EPI. The EPI will manage the sublicensing of products to PCBs on behalf of the EPI Managing Board according to the terms of the license agreement between LBNL and EPI.
EPI maintains exclusive rights to the EPI International certification schemes. The certification schemes for all EPI 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
EPI International Exam
EPI maintains exclusive rights to the EPI International exam items and maintenance including:
- 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 EPI International Exam meets the requirements for ISO / IEC 17024 Accreditation.