Singapore Certified Energy Manager (SCEM) Programme and Training Grant

Benefits of SCEM Programme

The SCEM programme is designed for engineering professionals who intend to build their career as energy managers. It gives a thorough understanding of the key energy issues either in the building or industry sector. The programme will help the participants to develop the technical skills and competencies needed to manage and track energy usage within the organisations they serve.

A SCEM is envisioned as:

A competent energy professional equipped and qualified to perform technical and managerial functions in the areas of

  • Energy audits, management and measurements
  • Energy retrofitting services
  • Financial advisor for energy efficiency measures and contracting
  • Consultation and Procurement services
  • Facility and energy management
  • Energy engineering works

Feedback from SCEM classes

Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK)


GlaxoSmithkline has two manufacturing facilities in Singapore, located in Quality Road and Jurong, supplying Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) in 16 products for the global markets.  Jurong is also home to an R&D Chemical Development Pilot Plant which produces APIs in their final phase of development.

The APIs manufactured in Singapore are used in products for the treatment of flu, asthma, HIV, cancer, ulcers and pain management.

Project Description

Mr Yeo Yee Pang attended the SCEM training programme and is a certified SCEM. He is the key person responsible for energy management at GlaxoSmithkline (Glaxo Wellcome Manufacturing). Together with an energy management committee lead by Mr Yeo, yearly targets for energy savings are set. The Committee also identifies energy saving projects to be carried out. Since 2002, he had worked with the team to identify energy wastage in many areas within the site and also introduced the use of a monitoring and targeting systems that has provided the site with a better understanding of its energy usage.

The monitoring and targeting system goes a long way towards helping the energy management committee to single out projects that promise to pay off where energy savings are concerned.

In 2011, GSK signed up to the UN Caring for Climate initiative, reflecting the commitment to take action on climate change.


GSK has implemented close to 300 energy saving projects and achieved savings in excess of $12.5 million.

Eastman Chemical Singapore


The company’s Jurong Island site functions as the Singapore plant for Eastman Chemical Company, which produces chemicals, fibres and plastic materials.

These materials are used by a variety of products that function as integral parts of our everyday life, such as resins, coatings and vinyl compounding.

Project Description

Mr Rangaswamy Premkumar attended the SCEM training programme and is a certified SCEM.

In the plant, process equipment like distillation columns are heavy energy consumers separating components in the feed based on their boiling points. They are the prime target for energy conservation drives.

Mr Rangaswamy Premkumar was the leader of a project team that optimised the distillation process by understanding the physical properties of the components and optimising the amount of steam to distil the components in the feed.


The project has resulted in cost savings as less energy is consumed by the distillation columns.

SCEM Programme

The Singapore Certified Energy Manager (SCEM) Programme, developed by the Energy Sustainability Unit of National University of Singapore (NUS) under the sponsorship of the Economic Development Board’s Locally-based Enterprise Advancement Program (LEAP), offers a formal training and certification system in the area of energy management.


The programme is endorsed by the following professional institutions and industry organisations/associations:



SCEM Training Levels

There are three training levels for SCEM, namely Associate Level, Professional Level and Executive Level, catering to applicants with different educational and training backgrounds. The following table summarises the prerequisite criteria recommended for training admission for Associate and Professional levels:

Level Prerequisites
Education Relevant Experience
Associate Higher NITEC 3 years
Diploma --
Specialist Diploma --
Professional Degree, Diploma** --
Executive Varies with course Varies with course

Associate Level
- Associate level SCEM training focuses on skill training and practical development in energy auditing works, installations, measurements and instrumentations.

Professional Level - Professional level SCEM training focuses on the theory and practice of energy management, energy efficiency and analysis, procurement, finance and economics. The training aims to develop competency in energy audit works, energy performance contracting and project management, energy efficiency analysis, energy economics and financial assessment. Participants will eventually identify saving potentials and make sound recommendations and proposals.

Executive Level - Executive level SCEM courses are short courses meant to give participants who are executives and senior management awareness of energy efficiency related topics thus allowing them to promote energy efficiency in their organisations. These courses are non-certifiable.

Candidates who have completed the training at Associate Level or Professional Level and meet the necessary criteria can apply for ASCEM and SCEM certifications respectively. 

**The prerequisites for qualifying to be an SCEM are detailed under the SCEM Certification tab.

Training Course Content

SCEM Curriculum

The SCEM curriculum comprises both compulsory and elective modules. Each individual needs to undertake 4 compulsory and 2 elective* modules, and at the end of each module, the individual has to take the respective examination. The individual who passes the examinations for all 6 modules and fulfils other pre-requisites** will qualify to be an SCEM.

The training modules are as follows:

  • Core Modules

    • Energy Measurement & Audit (EMA)
    • Energy Management & Economics (EME)
    • Air-Conditioning and Mechanical Ventilation (ACMV) Systems 
    • Motor Driven Systems (MDS)
  • Elective Modules

    • Integrative Design for Energy Efficiency (IDEE)
    • Building Envelope and Lighting Systems (BELS)
    • Steam and Compressed Air (SCA) Systems 
    • Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Systems 
    • Energy Recovery and Reuse (ERR)
    • Energy Efficiency in Cleanrooms and Laboratories (CL)

Click here (PDF file, 45KB) for short descriptions of the various SCEM modules.

*A candidate who has completed the Green Mark Manager course offered by the BCA Academy may be exempted from taking the BELS module.

**The pre-requisites for qualifying to be an SCEM are detailed under the SCEM Certification tab.

Reference Manuals

The following reference manuals are developed to help SCEM candidates with their course work and to serve as reference materials with local case studies for practising energy managers.

Training Providers

SCEM training is offered by a number of Registered Training Providers that have been accredited by the SCEM Steering Committee. Interested persons who meet the course pre-requisites may register directly with the training providers.

Associate Level

Graduates from any of the programmes below are deemed to have met the requirements of SCEM certification at Associate Level and are eligible to apply for the ASCEM certification.

WSQ Statement of Attainment in Process Technology (Energy Management) through:

Singapore Polytechnic:

Temasek Polytechnic:

Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Academy - offers the following diploma programmes:

Professional Level

Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) Academy

Training Co-ordinator: Mr Vincent Chiew

Tel: 6460 4247


For more information regarding course schedules,

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Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS)

Training Co-ordinator: Mr Tom Chua

Tel: 6338 8578


For more information regarding course schedules,

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Executive Level

McKinsey Capability Centre Green Campus

Training Co-ordinator: Mr Harsh Choudhry


Please click here (PDF file, 218KB) to refer to the brochure. 

SCEM Certification

SCEM Registry

The registation of SCEM at Associate and Professional Levels is managed and maintained by the SCEM Registry housed under the Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES).

Certification Criteria

Level Criteria
Education Relevant Experience SCEM Training Others
Associate Higher NITEC 3 years
  • Apply for SCEM certification within 5 years from the date that the applicants complete ASCEM training
Diploma --
Specialist Diploma --
Professional IES Recognised Engineering Degree 2 years
  • Pass 4 core modules and 2 elective modules***** within 3 years

    • Apply SCEM certification within 5 years from the date that the applicants pass the last training module
Degree (Others) 3 years + 2000 - word report
Engineering diploma issued by local polytechnics or the Building & Construction Authority Academy 10 years + 2000 - word report
  • Pass 4 core modules and 2 elective modules***** within 3 years

    • Apply SCEM certification within 5 years from the date that the applicants pass the last training module
(Candidate must first pass an interview with the SCEM Registry Committee)
  • Hold a managerial position
  • Possess an SCEM (Associate Level) certification
  • Pass an interview with the SCEM Registry Committee

Application for certification

Candidates who meet the certification criteria may apply for SCEM certification with the SCEM Registry. A certificate of registration which is valid for one year, will be issued to successful applicants. For clarifications on SCEM certification, please contact the SCEM Registry at

*****A candidate who has completed the Green Mark Manager course offered by the BCA Academy may be exempted from taking the BELS module (elective module).

SCEM Training Grant


The SCEM Training Grant is a co-funding scheme administered by e2i to develop local expertise and capability in professional energy management. The scheme is targeted at engineers/ managers who manage manufacturing facilities and buildings and provide energy services or engineering consulting services.

Form of Assistance

The Training Grant co-funds part of the SCEM training cost (inclusive of one exam fee per module) at the Professional Level. The SCEM programme (Professional Level) comprises of a total of 4 core modules and 2 electives. Each module, except for the EMA module which costs $1080 before GST, costs $980 before GST. Qualifying candidates will need to pay the module and exam fees upfront and will only be entitled to the Training Grant upon passing of exam.

In addition to the Training Grant, the SCEM Programme is supported by Singapore Workforce Development Agency's Absentee Payroll funding. Applicant companies can apply for the funding in the SkillsConnect system. For more information, please contact SkillsConnect.

Eligibility Criteria


Candidates who sign up for the full SCEM Programme at Professional Level are eligible for the Training Grant.

In addition, the Candidate must:

  • Be an employed Singaporean or Permanent Resident;
  • Attain at least 80% attendance;
  • Meet the minimum set of entry requirements for the course(s) within the Programme;
  • Pass the examination by modular basis and attain full certification within 3 years; and
  • Not receive any other funding from government sources in respect of the actual grant disbursed.
Application and Enquiries


Application for the SCEM Training Grant should be made via the Registered Training Providers.

Applicants can make enquiries or register directly with the Registered Training Providers should they wish to enrol for the SCEM programme.

For more details on course dates and application, please refer to the respective Registered Training Providers’ websites:

The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) Academy or Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS).


For clarifications on the SCEM Programme, you may contact:

Mr Quek Jian Feng

DID No.: 6708 6214


Mr Patrick Lim

DID No.: 6731 9047


For clarifications on SCEM certification, please contact the SCEM Registry.