Course Name
Course Dates
Course Duration (Days)
Exam Date
Regular Price (in AED per candidate)
CDSM 27 – 29 May 2024  3 Days + 1/2 Day Exam 2nd June 2024 13,100 + VAT

AEE’s Certified Demand Side Manager (CDSM™) program provides distinct recognition to professionals who have exhibited a significant level of expertise and ethical suitability in the field of demand-side practices. This program is widely embraced by individuals employed in the utility sector.

This comprehensive course is designed to prepare you for the exam, equipping you with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel and obtain your professional certification.

Who are Certified Building Commissioning Professionals?
  • Are you an Energy Utility Professional that plans, manages, administers, or supports demand-side management (DSM) or demand response (DR) programs?
  • Are you an energy-efficiency consultant that proposes DSM or DR projects to utilities or local, state, and federal government clients?
  • Are you involved in the process of deciding which energy procurement, energy utilization, and energy cost reduction projects get approved?

A Certified Demand-Side Manager (CDSM™) is an individual responsible for strategizing, overseeing, administering, implementing, or supporting initiatives related to demand-side management (DSM), load management (LM), or demand response (DR) programs. The CDSM™ formulates DSM, LM, or DR tactics, technologies, or projects and presents them to utilities or governmental clients at the local, state, and federal levels, as well as to end-users. They play a vital role in monitoring, assessing, and making decisions regarding the approval or modification of projects aimed at energy procurement, energy consumption, and energy cost reduction. This involves applying various energy principles to illustrate the effects on utility and customer expenses, resilience, capacity, reliability, and project finances. The CDSM™ possesses an understanding of how DSM, LM, and DR program frameworks are perceived by customers, utilities, and communities. They also grasp the implications of energy programs and their alignment with organizational objectives and expectations.

Body of Knowledge
  • History of Demand Side Management (DSM), Demand Response (DR), and Load Management (LM)
  • Planning and Evaluating DSM, DR, and LM
  • Designing DSM, DR, and LM Programs
  • Implementing DSM, DR, and LM Programs
  • Managing DSM, DR, and LM Programs
  • Verification & Analysis of DSM, DR, and LM Programs
  • Future DSM, DR, and LM Programs
Eligibility Criteria
Education Work Experience
4-year related* degree OR Professional Engineer (PE) OR Registered Architect (RA) AND 2+ Years related* experience
4-year unrelated degree AND 3+ years related* experience
2-year associate degree AND 5+ years related* experience
NONE AND 10+ years related* experience
Current Status of Certified Energy Manager (CEM®),Business Energy Professional (BEP®), or Certified Energy Procurement Professional (CEP®)  
Sample Certificate


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Rebates and Bursaries

Contact us at [email protected] or call +971 4 279 1464 to determine your eligibility for a course fee reduction. 



The British University in Dubai

Block 11, 1st and 2nd floor, Dubai International Academic City PO Box 345015, Dubai, UAE

Tel: +971 4 279 1400


Email: [email protected]