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Certified Demand Side Management Professional Training Program


*Please note, for all certification preparation training programs, an additional fee is due when submitting your certification application to take the exam.


Attend In-Person or Virtually. Held over 3 days, with multiple instructors.

This training program provides overview of the significant components of demand side management (DSM) and demand response (DR) programs. As DSM and DR programs are being implemented by utilities, states, and government entities, having a comprehensive and broad understanding of all of the critical facets of such programs is vital for energy professionals involved in directing, managing, administering, and supporting them. By understanding these aspects of DSM and DR programs, professionals can avoid common mistakes and pitfalls when designing, implementing and managing new programs.

Who should attend?

This course provides the best value for energy engineering and sustainability professionals engaged in the development, implementation, management, or administration of demand side management and demand response programs or to those seeking career growth in the future into this area. 

In-Person Classroom Experience 

Travel to the training location and join your cohorts in a state of the art learning center. You benefit from being away from the office, daily interruptions, and direct face-to-face interaction with your fellow attendees and instructors.

Maintaining a Safe Environment

The health and well-being of our attendees and instructors is our top priority. In-person attendees can be assured AEE and the training facility adhere to the CDC's recommendations for social distancing and safety measures. 

In-Person Training Materials 

All registration and course materials will be given to attendees at sign-in on day 1 at the seminar location. The course workbook is updated annually with the latest industry best practices and technical information. Workbooks will not be pre-shipped to in-person attendees.

Certification Program

This training program prepares attendees to take the Certified Demand Side Management Professionals™ (CDSM™) exam. Please review the requirements for certification here. In order to take the exam you attendees must submit the CDSM Certification Application. A separate certification and application fee applies.

Remote proctored exam times are scheduled on an individual basis. Early registration & exam application is recommended to ensure there will not be a delay in scheduling the remote exam.

Additional questions about the exam or certification eligibility? Contact CDSM Director, Francine Seskin,


  • Learn what is expected of Certified Demand Side Management Professionals (CDSM's).
  • Understand the differences in DSM and DR programs and how they came about.
  • Understand how these programs are viewed by different constituents, the impacts of these programs, and how they align with organizational goals.
  • Present situations and issues which promote a better understanding of the unique opportunities posed by different DSM and DR programs and help enable better decision making concerning these programs.
  • Learn how DSM and DR programs are a valued component of an energy professional's responsibilities of managing energy procurement, energy utilization, and energy cost reduction projects

    Location & Schedule


    March 27 - 30, 2023 | Long Beach, CA | AEE West 2023

    Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center
    300 East Ocean Boulevard
    Long Beach, CA 90802

    *Training room location and additional information will be provided at the Registration Table during Sign-in on Day 1.


    Day 1 | 8:00 am – 8:30 pm | Sign-In

                 8:30 am – 4:30 pm | Training

    Day 2 | 8:00 am - 4:30 pm | Training

    Day 3 | 8:00 am - 4:30 pm | Training

    Day 4 | 8:00 am - 8:30 am | Exam Registration (In-Person Only)

                9:00 am - 1:00 pm | Exam (In-Person Only)

    *Remote exams are scheduled on an individual basis. See Certification Program tab for additional instructions.

    Educational Credits

    2.4 CEU | 24 PDH | 4.8 AEE Credits

        Important Notes

        Please Note:

        • Review the Transfer & Cancellation Policy. By Registering for this Training Program you agree to these terms.
        • Early registration is recommended as seats for AEE Training Programs are limited. Registration will close when an event reaches capacity.
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        • This program is designed for US attendees only. Contact your local training provider for programs available in your region.