AABC Commissioning Group (ACG)

Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA)


Credential: Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA)  ANAB (ANSI) resource CA Eligible
Credentialing Agency: AABC Commissioning Group (ACG)

Renewal Period: 3 years

AABC Commissioning Group's (ACG), Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA) certification is offered to independent building commissioning professionals to recognize competence and promote continual professional development. The CxA program serves the industry by recognizing independent building commissioning professionals who demonstrate the technical, management, and communications skills required for competent performance. ACG’s CxA certification is for industry professionals who lead, plan, coordinate and manage commissioning teams to implement commissioning processes in new and existing buildings. Candidates must meet education and experience requirements, mandatory commissioning project requirements, verification of independence, adhere to the CxA Code of Ethics and pass a written exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    low

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 10 years
  • Education: High School Diploma/GED
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

AABC Commissioning Group (ACG)

1518 K Street, NW
Washington, DC  20005

Phone: (202) 737-7775

Fax: (202) 638-4833
Email: certification@commissioning.org

Option 1:

Candidates must have a High school diploma or GED and 10 years’ building industry experience, with 5 of those years in commissioning experience.

Building industry experience is defined as design, construction, testing and commissioning, code enforcement, and operations.

Option 2:

Candidates must have an Associate/Technical/Vocational 2 year degree, non-building sciences bachelor’s degree, or equivalent military training/experience and 8 years’ building industry experience, with 5 of those years in commissioning experience.

Building industry experience is defined as design, construction, testing and commissioning, code enforcement, and operations.

Option 3:

Candidates must have a Bachelor’s Degree in building sciences or equivalent military training/experience and 5 years’ commissioning experience.

Building science education is defined as mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, construction science, construction management, architecture and other majors/fields of study designed to train people for careers in the building industry.

Option 4:

Candidates must be a Licensed Architect or Professional Engineer and have 3 years’ commissioning experience.

The Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidates must have participated in a minimum of three commissioning projects. The projects may not include one and two family residential buildings. In the span of the projects, the applicant must have participated in at least six of the following activities:
    1. Development of an OPR/CFR
    2. Development of a commissioning plan
    3. Review of a design
    4. Perform field verification
    5. Oversee performance testing
    6. Correction of deficiencies
    7. Coordination of facility operator training
    8. Prepare commissioning report
  • One of ACG’s core principles is the importance of independent, third party commissioning. Therefore, ACG will verify that the applicant’s current employer is an independent commissioning company.

    ACG defines an independent commissioning company as one that provides independent commissioning services in accordance with the ACG Commissioning Guideline, and does not also provide services that present conflicts of interest, such as manufacturing of equipment or system components, installation or other contracting, construction, or other services that could affect the ability of the applicant to render an objective commissioning report.

    Candidates and certificants who change employers during the CxA application and testing process, during the certification cycle, or at any point in the future, are required to notify the CxA Certification Department so independence can be re-verified.

  • As a condition of earning and maintaining certification, applicants for CxA certification must agree to uphold and abide by the CxA Code of Ethics. The CxA Code of Ethics is documented in the CxA Candidate Handbook and is subject to modification. It is the responsibility of the candidate and certificant to secure a copy of the most up-to-date copy online.

Written Exam

  • Managing Commissioning Projects (18%)
    • Identify the scope of the project
    • Develop a commissioning team
    • Manage a commissioning budget
    • Identify commissioning deliverables
    • Participate in VE activities
    • Review project documents
    • Monitor the construction/project schedule
    • Participate in project meetings
    • Conduct commissioning meetings
    • Track deficiencies (issues log)
    • Facilitate risk assessment as it relates to commissioning activities
    • Assess pass/fail criteria for functional test results
    • Identify tasks for completion of commissioning processes
  • Preparing Commissioning Documentation (19%)
    • Assist in developing the OPR/CFR
    • Create system/equipment list
    • Create commissioning process tracking metrics
    • Develop the commissioning plan
    • Develop commissioning schedules
    • Develop communications plans
    • Create commissioning specifications
    • Write system verification checklists
    • Create FPTs
    • Determine site visit protocols (logistics)
    • Develop issues logs
    • Document commissioning meetings
    • Write commissioning reports
    • Create systems manuals
    • Develop end of warranty review process
  • Conducting Commissioning Activities (24%)
    • Plan commissioning construction activities
    • Monitor commissioning construction activities
    • Facilitate the completion of construction checklists
    • Facilitate the acceptance phase
  • Managing Training Activities (4%)
    • Develop training plan
    • Facilitate training coordination meeting
    • Facilitate training activities
    • Conduct training follow-up activities
  • Completing Warranty Phase Activities (5%)
    • Facilitate off-season testing
    • Troubleshoot facility issues
    • Measure energy performance
    • Facilitate end of warranty meeting
  • Conducting Existing Building Commissioning (23%)
    • Determine scope of project
    • Conduct a building performance assessment
    • Prepare a CFR
    • Conduct a systems assessment
    • Conduct a site investigation
    • Recommend corrections and improvements
    • Oversee implementation of corrective measures
    • Conduct performance verifications
  • Conducting On-Going Commissioning (7%)
    • Measure IEQ performance
    • Evaluate building systems performance
    • Review building operating plan
    • Review maintenance activities
    • Accommodate space/function changes
    • Implement corrective actions
    • Publish measurement and performance results to stakeholders

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

RECERTIFICATION

Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA) credential has the following recertification information:

  • CxA certification is valid for 3 years. Certification holders are required to earn 50 points by participating in at least one commissioning project, 25 points from the Mandatory Continuing Education section, and 25 points from the Continuing Professional Development section on the CxA Recertification Point System Matrix. Qualifying continuing education/professional development activities must be related to commissioning, and include proof of attendance from a third party.

  • Candidates must agree to uphold and abide by the CxA Code of Ethics.
  • Candidates must pay applicable annual fees and verify continued independent status on an annual basis, with updated certificates issued annually.

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