ASHRAE launches commissioning certification program
Just as the commissioning process helps buildings and their systems operate optimally, ASHRAE’s newest certification recognizes those with optimal knowledge of the entire building commissioning process. The program is ideal for individuals given a commissioning role who may not have a building HVAC&R background.
ASHRAE’s Commissioning Process Management Professional launches in June at the Society’s 2009 Annual Conference in Louisville, Ky. The program helps 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.
“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,” Bill Harrison, ASHRAE president, said. “This is what distinguishes the commissioning program from other HVAC commissioning certifications.”
Developed with input from APPA, BCA, IESNA, NEBB, SMACNA, TABB and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the program is the fourth in ASHRAE’s suite of certification offerings. The others focus on healthcare design, high-performance building design, and operation and maintenance.
Individuals must meet certain eligibility qualifications to take the exam. For more information, an exam content outline and available resources for exam preparation, please visit www.ashrae.org/certification. The fee for the exam is $207.50 before June 5 ($147, ASHRAE members).
ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is an international organization of some 50,000 persons. ASHRAE fulfills its mission of advancing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education.