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Certified Chief Engineer Training

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(Covid-19) UPDATE:

The recent price reduction due to the Coronavirus has made our programs more affordable and accessible for many engineering candidates. Our virtual programs has demonstrated so much success and popularity that we are we will continue to offer both the discounted program “without a hard copy of our study guide” as well as, for full price, which includes a mailed copy of the study guide to your home business. 


Due to Covid-19 Safety Precautions

NAHLE Goes Paperless

NAHLE is currently offering both the CCE and CDOE as

Online-Only Programs

(This program was originally offered due to restrictions regarding going to the US Post Office during the height of the Covid-19 virus. The program has become very popular at this price point of $399. If you wish to have the program iinclude a mailed study guide to your home or business, do not use the Discount and you must pay the full price. Discounted program candidates do not receive a printed copy of our Study Guide).

 Limited-Time-Only Price Reduction

CCE Price: $399

Use Discount Code: “DiscountCCE“ 



Both CCE and CDOE programs have added an Appendix:
Legionellosis Risk Management for Building Water Systems
NAHLE now offers an Online version of our CCE training program in Spanish 

Coming Soon our NEW!

Certified Maintenance Manager (CCM)


Assisted Living Facilities Engineer Training



Certified Chief Engineer Program Overview

The CCE program has been developed with the input of several hotel management companies and industry professionals to provide a curriculum for hotel engineers and maintenance professionals of Select or Limited-Service Hotel Properties and other low-rise lodging facilities such as assisted-living and senior citizen lodging facilities. All program candidates are provided a complimentary membership to NAHLE and continuing access to our Study Guide and related curriculum materials.

For more information on certificate programs and their impact to your career, See Georgetown University’s study (click here).

Description: The Certified Chief Engineer (CCE) program is a self-paced professional development program for hotel engineers and maintenance professionals. The CCE study guide has been developed by the National Association of Hotel & Lodging Engineers in conjunction with numerous hospitality industry experts contributing as authors. NAHLE partnered with the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (EI), Apple REIT, and Grainger to bring you this program.



The CCE program requires the candidate to:

1) Study the provided course content,

2) Complete the On-line Sectional tests, and

3) Track study time & place notes (Optional).


The program’s study guide, “Hotel Engineering for Select Service Properties,” is comprised of 19 chapters and 265 pages plus an Appendix. The study guide has been recently revised to include a new Appendix chapter on implementing a water management plan to reduce risk associated with Legionella.

Online Course Curriculum:

1) Tutorial (optional)

2) Online Study Guide and Appendix (required)

3) Practice Exams for each chapter (optional)

4) Sectional Exams (required)


The study guide is further divided in four sections with the following chapters:

Section 1) Management 

.    Introduction To Hotels

.    Prioritize Tasks & Time Management

.    Project Management

.    Environmental Health & Safety

.    Emergency Response Planning

      Maintenance of the Hotel                                       -        TEST SECTION 1


2) Building Systems

.    Plumbing Systems

.    Electrical Systems

.    Lighting Systems

.    Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

.    Fire and Life Safety Systems – Mag-Card Locks

.    Packaged Terminal Air Conditioning (PTAC) Units

.    Vertical Transport Systems                                    -        TEST SECTION 2


3) Building Envelope & Grounds

.    Building Design & Construction – Low-Rise Wood Construction

.    Through-Wall Penetrations

.    Swimming Pools and Spas – Saline / Dehumidification

.    Integrated Pest Management

.    Outdoor Parking Facilities

.    Mold & Mildew

.    Appendix: Legionella Risk Mitigation                      -        TEST SECTION 3


The CCE certificate program designation is achieved by successfully completing 3 Sectional exams or tests administered on-line by Litmos a division of SAP. Each sectional test is comprised of numerous multiple-choice test questions drawn from the Section’s individual chapters and the addition of our Appendix. A minimum passing score of 70% per exam is necessary to successfully complete the program. Applicants may take each Sectional exam until they successfully reach a passing score. All exams are open-book, meaning that candidates may refer to personal notes or books during their exam. Candidates have one hour to complete an exam.

Upon successful completion of the three (3) required exams, candidates may download their certificate of completion as a pdf file. Certificates are found under the Litmos drop-down menu Achievements. All certificates are designed to print on most standard color printers using 8-1/2 x 11 inch paper. Your certificate designates the candidate has successfully completed the core competency requirements to become a Certified Chief Engineer.

May you and your family remain safe and healthy.

Very truly yours,

Robert Elliott
National Association of Hotel & Lodging Engineers

P.O. Box 30844

Alexandria, VA 22310




Certified Chief Engineer (CCE) Training: Consists of an online study-guide, tutorial, practice exams and exams for limited service hotel properties and low-rise lodging facility engineers and No. 2 or promotion tracked engineers for resorts and full service properties. This course is a little less demanding than our CDOE, but both curriculums include information related to the planning and organizing of tasks, overviews of hotel building systems, and the building facade and grounds. It also provides financial and ethical skills required to operate effectively within a hotel organization. The limited service property study guide curriculum spends less time on management and OSHA principles and requirements. Its chapters focus on low-rise wood-frame building construction. The CCE study guide provides an additional discussion of PTAC units with a detailed look at moisture infiltration and thru-wall penetrations not found in our CDOE program. Both of NAHLE’s professional curriculums are intended to be comprehensive and cover most all hotel building and lodging facility engineering subjects including: HVAC, plumbing, electrical, lighting, landscaping, swimming pools and vertical transport, among others.

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