Eligibility requirements for licensed professionals

To verify applications for ENERGY STAR certification, you must:

  • Possess a current license as a Professional Engineer (PE) or a Registered Architect (RA) in any U.S. State, Canadian Province, or territory of the U.S. or Canada and be in good standing;
  • Have a working knowledge of building systems, ASHRAE Standard 55 and 62.1, and the IESNA Lighting Handbook; and
  • Understand the jurisdiction’s engineering and architectural licensure laws, professional ethics requirements, and regulations 

You don’t need to hold a license in the same jurisdiction as the building you’re verifying, and you may be an employee of the company applying for the ENERGY STAR, as long as you’re unbiased in your assessment.

Only licensed professionals who meet all of these criteria are eligible to verify applications for ENERGY STAR certification.

We take this seriously.

The credibility and integrity of ENERGY STAR rests on the validation that licensed professionals provide. If you’re found to have falsified information on a building’s application for ENERGY STAR certification, EPA reserves the right to pursue recourse through state/territorial/provincial licensing authorities and under Federal law.  Title 18 USC Section 1001, Crimes and Criminal Procedure, Fraud and False Statements, holds that:

Whoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully – (1) falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact; (2) makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or (3) makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry; shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years … or both. [1]



[1] Full text of Title 18 USC Sec 1001 is available at: http://uscode.house.gov