ASHRAE revises commissioning certification to meet DOE guidelines

May 6, 2016

The commissioning certification program by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is being updated in hopes of getting recognition for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).  Photo © Bigstock.com/Dragon Images
The commissioning certification program by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is being updated in hopes of getting recognition for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
Photo © Bigstock.com/Dragon Images

The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE[1]) has updated its commissioning certification program requirements offering recognition by U.S. government agencies for contracts requiring commissioning services.

The program validates competency against the Better Buildings Workforce[2] (BBW) guidelines by the National Institute of Building Sciences’ (NIBS’) Commercial Workforce Credentialing Council (CWCC).The certification will be known as the Building Commissioning Professional (PCxP) and the goal is to achieve U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognition in the summer of 2017.

Current ASHRAE Commissioning Process Management Professionals (CPMPs) will be able to renew against these new scheme requirements beginning in 2017; those who do so earn ASHRAE BCxP certification for up to three years.

“This update will not only help ensure the continued validity and relevance of ASHRAE’s commissioning certification, but also add value,” said ASHRAE president David Underwood. “DOE recognition will help ensure quality services are provided by these professionals, as well as increase consumer confidence, and ultimately ensure the quality and performance of buildings.”

ASHRAE had a role in developing the guidelines through it participation on the board of advisors for NIBS’ CWCC, which works to establish voluntary national guidelines to improve the quality and consistency of commercial building workforce credentials. The revisions will take effect Sept. 15.

Endnotes:
  1. ASHRAE: https://www.ashrae.org/
  2. Better Buildings Workforce: https://www4.eere.energy.gov/workforce/projects/workforceguidelines

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