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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

Tips and Strategies for Certification Exam Preparation

Study Strategy

Those candidates for ASHRAE certifications who choose to prepare for their exams may want to use the following strategy:

ASHRAE Certification Guidebook Collage

  1. Download the Candidate Guidebook found on the certification program’s webpage.
  2. Review the Detailed Content Outline (DCO) found in the Guidebook. The DCO outlines the topics that will be covered on the exam AND indicates how many items (out of 100) from each topic area will appear on the exam. Some topic areas will have more items than will other topic areas.
  3. Determine which topic areas you are most comfortable with and which ones you want to “brush up” on.
  4. Decide how much time and effort to expend on studying each topic area, based on the relative “weight” of the topic area and your experience and comfort level. 
  5. Browse the list of Available Resources found on the certification program’s webpage to determine which ones align best with any areas  you want to brush up on. Then you can decide whether you need to obtain additional materials to help with your examination preparations.



Exam-Taking Strategy

  1. The first time through the exam, mark an answer for every item – there is no penalty for “guessing.”
  2. “Flag” items that either you are not sure of or will take more than 30 seconds to address and return to them for more consideration if you have time at the end of the exam.
  3. On ASHRAE exams, each of the four answer choices will be correct approximately an equal number of times. No single answer choice is correct a significant number of times more than any of the others.