The Importance of Commissioning Certification

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Collin Wheeler, BCxP, Associate

HVAC systems for hospitals, labs and chilled water/heating water plants are complex, to say the least. Equipment and building automation systems are interconnected for proper operation, and commissioning of these systems is important. The creation of commissioning steps to best simulate actual equipment failures or power outages to test these systems is difficult to do correctly. 

In 2009, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) began a program for commissioning, offering a certification process for a Commissioning Process Management Professional (CPMP). The purpose of this certification is to help building owners, developers, standards writing agencies and others assess the capability of individuals to develop and manage the whole building commissioning process with the owner.

In 2018, the certification for commissioning was changed by ASHRAE. The CPMP professionals have three years to apply and pass the tests to obtain the new Building Commissioning Professional (BCxP) certification. December 2021 is the deadline for this recertification process. In 2010, I obtained the CPMP certification, and in 2019, I obtained the new BCxP certification to better serve our customers.

It’s important to have a certified commissioning professional on your project team to ensure the best outcome. If you’re interested in learning more about HAWA’s commissioning services, reach out today.

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