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Plant/facilities engineers are the backbone of any facility. AFE recognizes how essential these individuals are, and therefore provides the Certified Plant Engineer (CPE) Program to teach you how to accurately diagnose and solve common problems you may encounter in your facility.


Electrical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Civil Engineering

Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning + Refrigeration (HVAC&R)

Environmental Engineering

Controls & Instrumentation



OSHA Safety


1. Check Eligibility

There are two ways you can qualify for the CPE (Eligibility Matrix):

  1. Category A: you are eligible if you have a minimum of 4 years of management experience in plant/facility engineering (OR) 6 years of work experience in the field overall with a 4-yr degree in engineering, architecture, or a related field. If you do not have a qualifying degree, you must have a minimum of 6 years of management experience in plant/facility engineering (OR) 8 years of work experience in field overall.
  2. Category B: you are eligible if you have a minimum of 4 years of experience as a registered professional engineer (PE). Category B applicants are exempt from the exam module you are already licensed in.

2. Apply

You can take the CPE exam at either (1) an AFE review program site or (2) at your workplace, using a proctor from your employer’s human resources. If that is not an option, a boss or supervisor may act as your proctor. If you take the exam at your facility you have two format options: paper-based or on-line. Test materials are forwarded to the proctor one day in advance of your exam date. Upon completion of the exam, the proctor will return the materials to the certification department for grading.
Apply here 

Please note: The verification of employment section of this application must be completed and attached to your application.
CPE Verification of Employment

Find more information on the CPE course here!

Upcoming Review Courses

Upcoming Events

Costs Early bird registration ends 45 days prior to the start date of the review course. Regular registration ends 7 days prior to the start date of the review course.
Online Review Course

  Early Bird Registration  Regular Registration 
Member  $1,300  $1,600
Non-Member  $1,500  $1,800

Self Study
   Regular Registration
 Member  $700
 Non-Member  $910



1. Check the Guidelines
Be sure to review the needed Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to renew your certification (CPE Renewal Guidelines).

2. Apply for your Certification Renewal here!

CEU Verification Form *
* the CEU Verification is a supplemental form to the Certification Renewal Application. This should only be used if you decide to use the 90 day window to submit your CEUs after submitting your application. If applicable, this form should be sent to within the above stated time window.