ASHRAE Launches Commissioning Certification Program

April 6, 2009

This June, ASHRAE will launch its Commissioning Process Management Professional certification program at the Society’s 2009 Annual Conference in Louisville, KY. This new certification recognizes those with optimal knowledge of the entire building commissioning process and is ideal for individuals given a commissioning role who may not have a building HVACR background.

Developed with input from APPA, BCA, IESNA, NEBB, SMACNA, TABB, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the program will help building owners, developers, operators, and others recognize individuals capable of assuring that building systems and equipment are designed, installed, tested, operated, and maintained according to their operational needs. It is fourth in ASHRAE’s suite of certification offerings, the others of which focus on healthcare design, high-performance building design, and operation and maintenance.

“As the standard-setter for sustainable building performance, ASHRAE’s certification program recognizes that people who manage the commissioning process need to have people- and project-management skills in addition to a level of understanding of building design, construction, operations, and maintenance,” says Bill Harrison, ASHRAE president. “This is what distinguishes the commissioning program from other HVAC commissioning certifications.”

Individuals must meet certain eligibility qualifications to take the exam, as well as pay a $207.50 fee ($147 for ASHRAE members) before June 5. Further information, an exam content outline, and available resources for preparation can be found at www.ashrae.org/certification.

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