Posted to AESP in the Energy Efficiency Group
AESP Contributor's picture
Communications AESP

Founded in 1990, the Association of Energy Services Professionals is the leading organization in the U.S. and Canada serving the networking and professional development needs of energy...

  • Member since 2011
  • 232 items added with 186,655 views
  • Sep 13, 2018

This item is part of the Special Issue - 2018-10 - AESP EE Day, click here for more

  • Get the knowledge and skills needed to manage DSM programs
  • Give assurance of your expertise to employers and clients 

In a cohort-based program, you complete 6 courses and a Capstone project to earn the Certificate of Excellence in DSM Program Management. The Certificate informs current or prospective employers that you have the essential knowledge and practical skills required to manage demand-side management programs.

Course 1: Energy Basics ONLINE

Energy. We use it every day, but why is it important? Who uses it? How is it generated and transmitted to end users? This course will enable DSM program managers to answer these foundational questions. 

Course 2: Utility Fundamentals ONLINE

You may work in the demand-side management industry, but do you know how this industry, or even utilities for that matter, came about? This course helps DSM program managers understand basic industry fundamentals, including its origins and the complex relationship between regulation and operations. 

Course 3: Utility Business Models ONLINE

Much has changed to the traditional utility business model over the past decade. This course is designed to enable DSM program managers to understand how utilities traditionally operate (make money) and how their traditional operations are being disrupted through the advent of new policies and technologies. 

Course 4: Contract Management ONLINE

Contract management matters, especially so for a demand-side management program manager who uses contract vehicles to manage and execute all their work. This course instructs attendees on the best practices in contract, budget, change, and risk management necessary for successful project and program management.

Course 5: DSM Program Cycle   INSTRUCTOR-LED, PORTLAND OCTOBER 23-25, 2018

The demand-side management program cycle is an iterative process, one that is tracked, measured, and improved over time. We will introduce this process to DSM program managers during this course, which will outline the origins, significance, and future implications of DSM, and the importance of economics in all aspects of the DSM program cycle. This course will also cover the first of the three DSM program cycle components, that of program planning and design.

Course 6: DSM Program Cycle INSTRUCTOR-LED, PORTLAND OCTOBER 23-25, 2018

DSM program managers can expect to learn about the remaining two components of the DSM program cycle, which includes implementation and evaluation. Although two very different components, DSM program managers will learn of the complex yet strategically significant relationship between the two.

Capstone Project PORTLAND OCTOBER 23-25, 2018

The capstone project is a research initiative that directly reinforces the information learned in the training courses 1-6 and requires individuals to work collaboratively to apply these skills to a real-world professional scenario. Individuals will be able to choose and work on a project that aligns with their role, areas of interest, and the sector. It must be completed to receive the certificate.

To receive the Certificate of Excellence DSM Program Management
You must complete all 6 modules, the Capstone Project and pass all module tests with an 80% grade or higher.


New Cohort Starting Now! 

Courses 1 to 4 to be completed ONLINE September-October, and Courses 5 and 6, and the Capstone project to be completed at in-person interactive sessions in Portland, October 23-25, 2018.



For courses 1-6 and Capstone

  • $1499 or 10 points - AESP Members
  • $1999 - Non-Members


What past participants have to say:

(I enjoyed) the networking with other industry professionals and learning from instructors who were very experienced in the field and (from) professionals with different backgrounds and perspectives.

...The breadth and the detailed discussion and examples, as well as Sami's broad perspective of the industry and how the different Impact elements were developed...

...I did not expect it to cover all the pieces (Planning, design, implementation, marketing, and evaluation.

...Very engaging for what could easily be dry subject matter.

AESP leads a vibrant community of professionals dedicated to improving energy efficiency through learning, networking and knowledge sharing.
AESP Contributor's picture
Thank AESP for the Post!
Energy Central contributors share their experience and insights for the benefit of other Members (like you). Please show them your appreciation by leaving a comment, 'liking' this post, or following this Member.
More posts from this member


Spell checking: Press the CTRL or COMMAND key then click on the underlined misspelled word.

No discussions yet. Start a discussion below.

Get Published - Build a Following

The Energy Central Power Industry Network is based on one core idea - power industry professionals helping each other and advancing the industry by sharing and learning from each other.

If you have an experience or insight to share or have learned something from a conference or seminar, your peers and colleagues on Energy Central want to hear about it. It's also easy to share a link to an article you've liked or an industry resource that you think would be helpful.

                 Learn more about posting on Energy Central »