CEE lighting expert co-develops lighting controls certification with NALMCO

Nov 21, 2016

Ennen-E_HR_.jpgCEE facility services manager Erik Ennen served as a lead contributor to the development and recent roll-out of the lighting industry's first certification program for lighting controls professionals. At CEE, Ennen works primarily with the One-Stop Efficiency Shop, a full-service lighting rebate program provided by Xcel Energy and delivered by CEE, available to small businesses throughout Xcel Energy's Minnesota service territory.

The Certified Lighting Controls Professional (CLCP) certification was developed through the International Association of Lighting Management Companies (NALMCO), which is made up of nearly 150 member companies representing more than 1,800 individuals involved in lighting management services, including lighting maintenance, retrofitting and manufacturing. Founded in 1953, NALMCO was the first organization in the lighting industry to create nationally recognized professional certifications for lighting management. Ennen, who has worked at CEE since 2001, is chair of NALMCO's certification committee and spearheaded the development of the new CLCP certification.

The lighting industry is undergoing massive change due to growing demand for intelligent LED lighting systems and controls. LED lighting, which promises high operating cost savings, is ideally paired with intelligent lighting controls, which promise additional savings and flexibility. Growing demand for lighting controls is creating an education gap among service providers unfamiliar with aspects of the technology, particularly networked lighting controls. 

As NALMCO’s newest certification, the CLCP demonstrates a baseline of proficiency in lighting controls technology, application, design, commissioning and related issues such as energy codes. Given its broad application, the CLCP is a useful designation for any individual involved in developing, managing, or evaluating lighting controls -- including utility company staff, program managers, government agencies, lighting distributors, and electrical contractors.

All CLCP certification coursework is available online, to be completed at the applicant's convenience. Interested lighting control practitioners can learn more and apply for certification anytime at www.nalmco.org/CLCP.

Related links
Erik Ennen bio
NALMCO
Certified Lighting Controls Professional certification
One-Stop Efficiency Shop at CEE