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ASHRAE Membership

ASHRAE membership is open to any person associated with heating, ventilation, air conditioning or refrigeration. ASHRAE is unique because its membership is drawn from a wide range of disciplines relating to the HVAC&R field. Over 56,000 individuals from more than 100 nations belong to the Society.

Discounts on Publications

ASHRAE members earn 15% off publications. Hundreds of titles are available including the complete collection of ASHRAE Standards including 90.1, 62.1 and 189.1.

Develop Leadership Skills

When you join ASHRAE, you are making an investment in yourself. When you become active in the Society by giving your time and sharing your knowledge, you get even more out of that investment.

Network with Industry Professionals

Each month, all over the world, ASHRAE chapters convene for an informational program featuring a speaker or topic that is key to professionals in the industry. Meet with your peers and share ideas.
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Education & Certification

HBDP - High-Performance Building Design Professional Certification

ASHRAE has certified more than 2,500 professionals who have demonstrated their knowledge and expertise in the HVAC&R industry. Gain a competitive edge by earning an ASHRAE certification in high-performance building design. ANSI Accredited Logo_Blue-135x125.pngDeveloped with the participation of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) and with input from the Green Building Initiative (GBI) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the HBDP certification, an ANSI-Accredited Personnel Certification Program under ISO/IEC 17024 – Accreditation #1139, validates competency to do the following:

Design and integrate sustainable HVAC&R systems into high performing buildings.


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HBDP Registration
  • Demonstrate competency in critical high-performance building design knowledge, skills and abilities,
  • Elevate your reputation among peers, in the workplace and among clients.
  • Comply with local, state and federal requirements



Earn an HBDP certification

     Check Your Eligibility.
Review the eligibility criteria on page 2 of the Candidate Guidebook to see if you are eligible to sit for the exam.

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Review key policies related to Request for Special Accommodations, Impartiality, Certification Complaint Process, Appeal of Certification Denial, and Guidelines for Suspending, Withdrawing or Reducing the Scope of Certification.

    Apply Online in Just 5 Minutes*

The ASHRAE member discounted application fee is $395(non-member - $545). After ASHRAE approves your application to sit for the exam, you will receive instructions how to schedule a computer-based test (CBT) at 1 of over 300 locations.

Notes: Non-native English speakers may apply to receive an additional 30 minutes of testing time. Such applicants must declare their native language, and provide the name and email of a professional reference who can confirm the applicant is a non-native English speaker.

    Schedule Your Exam.
Testing centers are available worldwide. You must register for and take the examination within 90 days of the approval of your application.

 Get Ready to Take Your Exam

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Become more familiar with HBDP exam content and difficulty with this 30-question, Online Practice Exam.

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These Certification FAQs can help. Please call 678-539-1105 or email with any additional questions.


Renew your HBDP certification

    Earn 45 Professional Development Hours (PDHs).

Certificants are required to renew their certification every three years. The purpose of renewal is to ensure that a level of continuing competence is maintained through acceptable professional development activities in subject matter related to the certification earned. To be eligible for certification renewal, forty-five (45) Professional Development Hours (PDHs) must be earned by December 31 of the renewal year. See a list of acceptable PDH activities. Complete recertification information can be found in the certification Candidate Guidebook.

Recertification FAQs >>

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Review key policies related to Impartiality, Certification Complaint Process, Appeal of Recertification Denial, and Guidelines for Suspending, Withdrawing or Reducing the Scope of Certification.

    Submit your Recertification Application

By December 31 of the final year of your three-year certification period, submit a completed recertification application attesting to having earned 45 acceptable PDHs, together with an application fee ($195 for members, $295 for non‐members).

Apply for Recertification Now!