ASHRAE has certified more than 1,700 professionals who have demonstrated their knowledge and expertise in the HVAC&R industry. Discover how you can achieve a competitive edge by earning an ASHRAE certification.
Maintain your competitive edge with certification as a …
Health Facility Design Professional (HFDP)
- Separate yourself from your peers
- Increase your credibility with employers and clients
- Advance in your profession
- Demonstrate your commitment to your profession
- Use as a springboard for ongoing professional development
|Congratulations to January's HFDP Earners
Showcase Your Expertise with a Certification as a Health-Care Facility Design Professional
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Steps to earn a HFDP certification
Read the Guidebook.
The Guidebook is available as a free PDF download and contains important information related to the examination, eligibility requirements, and available resources for the HFDP program. Download your copy here.
Complete the Simple Application.
The HFDP examination is $415 ($295 for ASHRAE members). After ASHRAE approves your application, you will receive information about how to register for the HFDP examination.
Register for the exam within 90 days.
Testing centers are available worldwide. In the U.S., most testing centers are in H&R Block offices. You must register for and take the examination within 90 days of the approval of your application.
Take the Practice Exam
The first online practice exam for the Health Care Facility Design Professional (HFDP) certification has launched.
Steps to maintain your HFDP certification
Stay current with ASHRAE Continuing Education.
To maintain your HFDP certification, you must have completed 45 professional development hours that meet the ASHRAE Continuing Education (ACEs) guidelines in the three (3) years following the year in which either you initially earned the certification or you last renewed it. The ACEs must be directly related to healthcare facility design. Online courses are available each spring and fall and onsite courses are available throughout the year including at ASHRAE’s Annual and Winter conferences. See a list of the currently scheduled courses here.
Renew your certification.
THE HFDP renewal fee is $195 ($125 for ASHRAE members).
- All ASHRAE certifications are issued for a period of three years and expire on December 31 of the third year.
- Certified Professionals have a twelve-month grace period after expiration to submit a renewal application.
- Forty-five professional development hours that meet the ASHRAE Continuing Education (ACEs) guidelines.
- Documentation of ACEs does not need to be submitted with renewal application but should be retained. Random audits are conducted to monitor compliance.
Earn ASHRAE Continuing Education Hours by writing exam items.
ASHRAE is providing an opportunity for persons who are certified to draft items for use on each of the six certification exams. Items must be submitted for the certification(s) held by the person submitting. Writing exam items allows people who currently hold one or more of the ASHRAE credentials to earn up to five (5) ASHRAE Continuing Education (ACE) units toward renewal of that certification by submitting 10 draft exam items. Items must follow the format provided in the current AMP Item Writing Guide for Certification. Access the Online Item Writing Form.
Information to help you get ready to take the exam
HFDP Related Resources
Other available resources detailing the broad body of knowledge are available.