ATLANTA — Personnel who work at U.S. federal buildings can now include their ASHRAE certifications and an ASHRAE course in their professional development plan.

ASHRAE’s Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP), Commissioning Process Management Professional (CPMP), and Operations & Performance Management Professional (OPMP) certifications, and the ASHRAE Learning Institute’s Fundamentals of Building Operation, Maintenance, and Management course, have been reviewed by the Facility Management Institute of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and are now considered Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act (FBPTA)-aligned. The process included reviewing learning objectives, skills taught, and material covered.

“Recognition of these ASHRAE qualifications as ‘FBPTA-aligned’ not only is confirmation that ASHRAE certifications and courses are relevant and meet industry need, but it also will be a boon to federal employees charting their professional development,” said Cameron Labunski, P.E., CPMP, HBDP, HFDP, ASHRAE Professional Development Committee chair and incoming Certification Committee vice chair.

These qualifications have been included in the 2015 Core Competencies and Recommended Curriculum and added to the Accelerate FM tool, designed to help personnel manage professional development. Federal buildings personnel can meet FBPTA requirements in competency area performances ranging from 13 to 98 with one of these ASHRAE qualifications.

For more information about ASHRAE certifications and ASHRAE courses, visit

Publication date: 6/10/2016

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