Course Overview

The GEC Designation Program is a 100% online continuing education course. The GEC certifies that you have mastered a certain breadth and depth of energy industry knowledge to help you excel within your current energy industry position or enter the energy industry.


 GEC Program Timeline

Registration for the GEC program is open year round with examinations offered every month. Examinations are held online on the 10th of the month, and all examinations are completed online from anywhere in the world using a computer or tablet.

After registering for the GEC, you are welcome to schedule your examination date. There is no deadline to schedule your examination, but you must take your examination within one (1) year of registering for the course, and you must wait at least six weeks before taking the GEC examination after registering for the course. This delay is imposed by the course administrator to protect the integrity of the course; the minimum amount of study time necessary to take the examination is six weeks.

Examination Dates

Exam Date:

Must Register For the Course By:

January 10th

December 1st

February 10th

January 1st

March 10th

February 1st

April 10th

March 1st

May 10th

April 1st

June 10th

May 1st

July 10th

June 1st

August 10th

July 1st

September 10th

August 1st

October 10th

September 1st

November 10th

October 1st

December 10th

December 1st

GEC Exam Preparation

Candidates must download the required readings laid out in the study guide. The Glossary also provides some additional ideas on what to pay attention to within the readings but doesn’t cover everything that will be on the exam. The GEC exams are conceptual in nature and require more of an understanding than a great ability to memorize facts.

Preparation time for this exam depends greatly on each candidate’s current knowledge, experience, reading speed and comprehension.  It is impossible to calculate how much time a specific individual would need to prepare, but we suggest 75-100 hours of reading/study time.

In order to complete the exam in the allotted time, participants are required to gain a mastery of the core energy industry concepts covered in the required readings. Those who have not read the material may have difficulty in completing the exam within the 2 hour time limit, and are encouraged to not take the examination until reading/study is complete.

Exam Composition


Number of Questions

International Energy Industry Terminology

10 Multiple Choice Questions

Renewable Energy & Biofuels

20 Multiple Choice Questions

Electricity Generation, Transmission & Distribution, and the Smart Grid

20 Multiple Choice Questions

Electricity & Gas Deregulation

10 Multiple Choice Questions

Oil Reserves & Shale Oil

10 Multiple Choice Questions

Natural Gas Industry

15 Multiple Choice Questions

Energy Efficiency

15 Multiple Choice Questions