About Us


The National Institute for the Uniform Licensing of Power Engineers, Inc. (NIULPE) is the only internationally recognized Third Party Certifier of Power Engineering and related professional qualifications in the United States. Its goal is to improve safety and operating standards in the workplace of all operating organizations through certification of operator knowledge by the use of a rigorously created, validated and maintained series of examinations over a number of classifications.

NIULPE Certifications are qualified/required for Utility Operation of US Military facilities under Army regulation (AR 420-1, Chapter 23 Section 8).

Army Energy and Water Management Program: Policy: AR 420 Series

NIULPE’s International Standard Syllabi Topics & Examinations align with Canada’s National Standardized Reference Syllabi & Certificate of Competency Examinations for Power Engineers and Refrigeration Operators

Canada’s Training Syllabi Charts: Power Engineers

NIULPE works with advisory groups, qualified educators & curriculum developers in support of its Certifications to ensure alignment of training programs with it’s industry and government qualified Certifications.

NIULPE is an incorporated, not for profit, third-party organization that acts on an international level to establish and maintain standards for Chief Engineers, Shift Engineers, Operators, Examiners, Proctors, and Instructors in support of licensing agencies. In addition, NIULPE will accredit programs in Energy Management Technologies and the facilities that they are taught in which meet minimum requirements and will commission those instructors of energy management technology and those instructors teaching courses in support of energy management technology who meet the requirements established by this Institute.

Registration may be purely voluntary or legislated on the part of Federal, State and Municipal licensing agencies, etc. It is, however, the only formal structure through which a person in power engineering may establish formally, a level of international competence with international recognition.

NIULPE performs the following major functions in support of the Power Engineering and Related professions:

  1. Establishes and maintains uniform standards for the qualification for power engineers and related professions.
  2. Promotes safety in the operation of power generating and management equipment and systems.
  3. Assists licensing agencies to determine the competence of energy management professionals through investigations and examinations which assess the qualifications of candidates for licenses to be issued under the rules of NIULPE and approved by the related regulating jurisdiction..
  4. Grants and issues commissions to the Licensing Agencies and Representative Groups who apply and qualify.
  5. Maintains a registry of all licensing agencies meeting the requirements of NIULPE.
  6. Maintains a registry of all examiners & instructors who meet the requirements of NIULPE and are commissioned by NIULPE.
  7. Maintains a registry of all individuals receiving NIULPE Certificates of Competency after meeting the requirements of NIULPE.
  8. Serves as a clearing house to facilitate reciprocity and comity among all jurisdictional licensing agencies.
  9. Develops and keeps current uniform terms and definitions, updating terminology and eliminating obsolete terms.
  10. Encourages the enforcement and compliance to all codes, laws, and acts assuring the protection of health, life and property.
  11. Publishes standard Reference Syllabi for study requirements and recommend learning resources which meet the knowledge requirements of these syllabi.
  12. Publishes a guideline for power equipment rating, automation, etc.
  13. Recommends Standard Learning Material resources in support of Certification preparation.
  14. Publishes a list of appropriate Additional Reference Material in support of Certification preparation.
  15. Acts as advisor to educational entities engaged in teaching power engineering and related technologies.