The engineering society will soon offer a certification test for commissioning.

ASHRAE will soon be offering certification for those involved in building commissioning - even if they don’t have a background in HVAC work.

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers new certificate, commissioning process management professional, will be introduced at the society’s annual conference, June 20-24 in Louisville, Ky.

The program, developed with input from the Sheet Metal and Air-Conditioning Contractors’ National Association, the National Environmental Balancing Bureau and others, helps building owners and  developers find people capable of assuring that systems are installed and running properly, ASHRAE officials say.

“As the standard setter for sustainable building performance, ASHRAE’s certification program recognizes that people who manage the commissioning process need to have people- and project-management skills in addition to a level of understanding of building design, construction, operations and maintenance,” said society President Bill Harrison. “This is what distinguishes the commissioning program from other HVAC commissioning certifications.”     

For more information on the exam, visit ASHRAE’s Web site.