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Certification FAQs

The Candidate Guidebook for the certification program in which you are interested is the best resource for detailed information on many of the below frequently asked questions. 

Value
Applying for Certification
Taking My Exam
Recertification
BCxP Certification FAQs
CPMP Recertification as BCxP FAQs
International Examinees
Program Governance
Exam Development
Additional Questions?

 

Value

1. Why should I get certified?

Recognized by over 30 national, state and local government bodies and with over 2,400 certifications earned to-date, ASHRAE certifications increasingly have become the must-have credential for built-environment professionals.

2. How will people know that I am certified?

The name and location of each active certificant are posted on ASHRAE's website.  The list is updated monthly to reflect new certificants.  In addition, ASHRAE encourages certificants to include their ASHRAE certification designation on their e-mail auto-signature, business cards, letterhead, social networks and other public locations.

3. What does ANSI accreditation mean?

ASHRAE's Building Commissioning Professional (BCxP), Building Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP), Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP), Commissioning Process Management Professional (CPMP) and High-Performance Building Design Professional (HBDP) certification programs are all accredited by ANSI as conforming to a rigorous, internationally recognized standard (17024) for personnel certification programs. The 17024 standard addresses certifying body legal status, management of confidentiality and impartiality, governance, recordkeeping, security, certification scheme requirements, appeals and complaints, among other requirements. All 6 ASHRAE certification programs are managed against the 17024 standard.

 

Applying for Certification

1. What does earning an ASHRAE certification involve?

Applicants must submit a completed application attesting to fulfilling the eligibility criteria and then – if approved to sit for the exam - pass an examination.

2. Where can I find an application?

The electronic application for each certification program is available on the ASHRAE website. 

3. What is the application fee?

$395 for ASHRAE members and $545 for non-members.

4. How will I know if I have successfully submitted my application?

After successful application submission, you will receive an email confirmation.

 

Taking My Exam

1. Where and when can I take an exam?

Exams may be taken year round at any one of over 300 testing centers in countries around the world.

2. How do I schedule an exam?

Candidates approved to sit for a certification exam will receive an e-mail notification that includes directions on how to schedule their examination, including the selection of an examination center, date and time.  Candidates must schedule and take their exam within 90 days of approval to sit for the exam.

3. What is tested on the exam?

Certification exams assess competence in critical job tasks, and their related knowledge, skills and abilities, as identified by the Exam Subcommittee for each program.  These tasks can be found in the detailed content outline (DCO) in the Candidate Guidebook for each certification program.

4. What is the exam format?

Each exam except the Building Commissioning Professional (BCxP) exam consists of 115 multiple-choice items, of which 100 will be scored. The additional 15 items are interspersed throughout the exam and are used for "pre-test" purposes; candidates do not know which items are scored and which are being pre-tested. The BCxP exam consists of 130 multiple-choice items, of which 10 are unscored, pre-test items. The three cognitive levels tested on exam are recall, application and analysis. Candidates for the Healthcare Facility Design Professional (HFDP) certification have 2 hours in which to complete their exam, while all other exam candidates have 2.5 hours. Non-native English speakers may request an additional 30 minutes of testing time.

5. How do I go about requesting an accommodation for testing?

ASHRAE complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act while striving to ensure that no individual with a disability is deprived of the opportunity to take the examination solely by reason of that disability.  To request an accommodation for testing, please submit a completed “Request for Special Accommodations Form” immediately following submission of your application.  Please note that up to 45 days will be needed to evaluate the request.  It is ASHRAE policy to maintain strict confidentiality of all information pertaining to an individual's application.

6. Is there an exam prep course I can take?

Though the best preparation for the exam is your work experience, as it's an exam on competence in critical job tasks, and their related knowledge, skills and abilities, for those interested in preparing for their exam, ASHRAE offers the following resources, which can be found on the landing page for each certification program:

  • The Detailed Content Outline (DCO) in Appendix A of the Candidate Guidebook lists which critical job tasks are tested on the exam.   The DCO even indicates how many questions on the exam are in a particular content area.
  • The Candidate Guidebook as well lists “Key” and “Related” resources for exam prep, which may include publications and courses. Since no two exam candidates have the same education and work experience background, it must be up to the individual to identify areas of improvement for exam preparation.
  • A convenient, 30-question, online practice exam ($39) is recommended.  Though not a gap analysis tool, it will help exam candidates become more familiar with exam content and difficulty.

7. What score do I need to pass my exam?

Candidates will receive a result of "pass" or "fail," as well as a numerical score, but ASHRAE does not publish the scores need to pass, primarily to encourage examinees to score as high as possible on their exam.  The passing score can be different for different certification exams, but that doesn't mean one exam or certification is more or less difficult, or more or less rigorous, than another.

8. What can I bring to the examination?

Candidates may bring into the examination room a non-programmable, scientific calculator. The examination center as well will provide each candidate with scratch paper and a pencil for making calculations. To manage possible noise, U.S. examinees will be provided with ear plugs. International and pencil-and-paper examinees may bring their own earplugs, though the proctor will need to inspect and approve them.

9. If I fail the exam, can I reapply to take it?

Yes – but such candidates must wait at least 90 days before reapplying to retake the exam. 

 

Recertification

1. Why do I have to recertify?

Over time, the critical tasks of a job, and its related knowledge, skills and abilities, evolve.  The purpose of recertifying every three years is to ensure that Certificants maintain a level of continuing competence through acceptable professional development activities.

2. What is required to renew my certification?

Forty-five (45) professional development hours (PDHs) in subject matter related to the certification earned for all ASHRAE certifications, except the BCxP which requires 50 PDHs. In all cases, recertification requirements must be met by December 31 of the renewal year. Complete renewal requirements for ASHRAE certifications may be found in the respective certification Candidate Guidebooks. The cost of recertification is $195 for ASHRAE members and $295 for non-members, except CPMP recertification as a BCxP which is $295 for ASHRAE members and $395 for non-members.

3. For renewal purposes, can acceptable PDHs be earned only through ASHRAE activities?

PDHs can be earned in a wide variety of ways and not just through ASHRAE activities! Definitions of acceptable PDHs as well apply across all countries in which Certificants live. 

 

International Examinees

1. Why doesn’t ASHRAE translate its English certification exams into my language?

The Certification Committee strives for consistency among all programs, offering the same certification per key, built-environment job to all applicants.  At current application rates, it would not be sustainable to have multi-language certifications for the same job.  Such an effort essentially would require duplicating all of the efforts made for the English program: creating and managing an Exam Subcommittee of volunteers, developing and banking exam questions, translating and maintaining updated ancillary materials such as applications, Candidate Guidebooks, web-pages, practice exams, certificates, letters, and possibly even reference materials.  

One tremendous benefit of having one, single-language certification per key, built-environment job is that certificants, employers and colleagues all over the world know that a “BEMP,” for instance, regardless of country of origin fulfilled the same eligibility criteria as a BEMP from another part of the world.

2. How does ASHRAE support non-native English speaker certification applicants?

Applicants who self-declare that they are a non-native English speaker receive an additional 30 minutes of testing time to ensure they are afforded enough time to demonstrate competency.  In addition, though all applicants pay the same fee, ASHRAE pays the additional $70 it costs to deliver a computer-based exam internationally. 

 

Program Governance

1. Who serves on the Certification Committee?

Certification Committee members are ASHRAE members who volunteer to serve three-year terms because they are passionate about the benefit and value of certification to professionals in the built environment industry.

2. What is the role of the Certification Committee?

The Certification Committee is responsible for developing and implementing ASHRAE Certification programs.

3. Who is PSI Services LLC (PSI)?

PSI Services LLC (PSI), also known as Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc. (AMP), is ASHRAE's exam development and test delivery partner. 

 

Exam Development

1. How are the Detailed Content Outlines (DCO) for certification exams developed?

Using a consensus-based process, ASHRAE exam development partner PSI leads Exam Subcommittees of subject matter experts in identifying the domains of critical, work-related activities in which professionals in a given job are involved. 

2. How are test questions developed?

PSI trains Exam Subcommittee members in the best practices of exam item development.  Once items are drafted, the item review procedure requires unanimous agreement on the acceptability of each item until test specifications have been fulfilled.

3. How are passing scores developed?

PSI leads Exam Subcommittees in conducting a passing point study.  The expert judgements of these SME committee are required to produce and interpret the study results and set the examination passing point.

 

Additional Questions?

What if I have additional questions?

Feel free to contact ASHRAE Certification at 678-539-1105 or certification@ashrae.org with any questions, and we will be happy to respond within one business day.